Last weekend saw Devon and Cornwall’s most talented young tennis players serve it out on the court to become Flybe’s Winter Mini Masters’ Champion. Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, is a long-term supporter of grassroots tennis in the region, with many young players benefiting from the airline’s continued involvement.
The event, held at the South Devon Tennis centre, marked the final weekend in a series of Flybe Mini Masters events held at tennis clubs across the region. Eight top players from each county and age group were invited to compete for their own Flybe Mini Masters’ trophy. The matches were incredibly close, but this season’s rising stars are as follows:
- Mini Green (10 and under) category – Winner, Tynan Hill from Exeter; runner-up, Nathan Woo from Barnstaple
- Mini Orange (9 and under) category – Winner, Tommy Poli from Exmouth; runner-up Sebastian Stanbury-Flood from Exmouth and Exwick
- Mini Red (8 and under) category – Winner, Parker Caleshu from Plymouth; runner-up Lucas Urquiza from Chagford
Simon Lilley, Flybe’s Director of Marketing, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to play a key role in giving the region’s budding tennis players a chance to further their dreams in becoming a future Wimbledon tennis star. Both the winter and summer Mini Masters’ series have given talented young sportspeople from throughout Devon and Cornwall the opportunity to experience competitive tennis.
“It is a privilege to have helped give junior tennis a higher profile and the popularity of our Mini Masters’ series has resulted in a heartening growth in volume and quality of young players taking up the game. We are proud to have seen children who have come through the mini masters progress into Team Flybe and now are attending National tournaments and are some of the UK’s leading players in their age groups.”
Georgina Loosemore, LTA Tennis Development Manager, said: “What a fantastic weekend of tennis, it was amazing to see everyone playing so well and enjoying doing so. It is so exciting to bring players together from all over the two counties to compete, make new friends and be a part of British Tennis. The standard of tennis gets better and better each season and this is a credit to the players and coaches of Devon and Cornwall. Many coaches were present at the finals, which further spurred players to perform well. Many thanks to Flybe for their continued support of tennis within the counties, it is enabling so many more children to play and be enthused by the sport”.
The event was refereed by Cornwall’s Sue Eames and presentations were made by John Allen MBE and Hilary Webster of Devon and Cornwall LTA. Hilary said, “It was such a pleasure to see so many young players enjoying the competition and their behaviour and attitude both on and off court has been exemplary and inline the LTA Fair Play campaign. Devon and Cornwall LTA are so grateful to Flybe for this vital support to grassroots tennis in both counties. ”
The competition was open to tennis players up to the age of 10 years old with heats being held across 14 tennis centres and clubs across Devon and Cornwall.