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Bishop's Stortford Lawn Tennis Club members excel on Wimbledon appearances



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Luke Dunham got to play on hallowed turf when he represented Hertfordshire at Wimbledon.

The Bishop's Stortford Tennis Club youngster won the club Road to Wimbledon before getting the better of clubmate Lucas Reyes in the county tournament.

Representing Herts at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Dunham made it all the way to the last eight where he lost a very tight match 6-3, 4-6, 10-6.

Luke Dunham at Wimbledon. Credit: AELTC/Adam Warner. (51770372)
Luke Dunham at Wimbledon. Credit: AELTC/Adam Warner. (51770372)

Reyes, as county runner-up, also got to travel to SW19 where he took part in a coaching session run by four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist and former British No 1 Tim Henman.

And the famous courts in London were also graced by Stortford pair Terry Stevens and Hussein Shaida as they were crowned British over-80 doubles champions.

They were victorious against Roger Taylor – who reached No 8 in the men's singles world rankings in 1970 – and Roy Henderson.

Lucas Reyes with Tim Henman (51770368)
Lucas Reyes with Tim Henman (51770368)

Meanwhile, Joys De Graaf was victorious in both the ladies' singles and doubles in the Stortford club tournament.

She beat Kaitlin Dwyer in the singles and then teamed up with Lynn Murphy to get the better of Kath McConnell and Bev Bray in the doubles.

Ajit Velu, who beat Stevens, and Jonas Eneberg, who defeated Pete Harris, won the men's club and open titles respectively.

The men's doubles crown was claimed by Steve Smith and John Buckley thanks to a win over Zac Blaney and Dan Harper.

Terry Stevens and Hussein Shaida (51770370)
Terry Stevens and Hussein Shaida (51770370)

And Stortford had two reasons to celebrate at a special afternoon tea to honour the winners in both the 2020 and 2021 Hertfordshire LTA Awards as they received their Club of the Year prize (2020) and Sam Price was presented with the Performance Coach of the Year accolade (2021).



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