HELENSBURGH Tennis Club’s men’s first team concluded their season with mixed results last week.

Visitors Bishopton proved too strong for the team, beating them 7-2 on Friday but a great 6-3 win earlier in the week against Titwood secured division three tennis for another year.

Stephen Lewis and David Reid at first couple won 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, but second couple Phil Hamilton and David McCowan had a tougher time of it.

They struggled in the opening two sets, but fought back to take the third to a tie-break - though they just couldn’t find the winning shot, and eventually lost it 9-11.

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Alastair Hope and Keith Love, however, were in devastating form at third couple, winning 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.

Team captain Stephen Lewis praised his side’s performance in securing division three tennis next year.

He said: “We had a lot of tough matches this year but the players dug deep and displayed grit and determination to get as many sets as possible for the club.”

The men’s second team also performed well, and are currently sitting fifth in their division with one match still to play.

Team captain Keith Love admitted that his side struggled early in the season due to injuries but once all his players returned they produced the goods.

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The club ran a very successful Wimbledon mixed doubles event on Saturday. In glorious sunshine Iain MacLaren and Susan Russell narrowly beat Mike Bews and Phylliss Fullarton in a thrilling final. In true Wimbledon style the competitors enjoyed strawberries and cream afterwards.

Helensburgh will host the annual District men’s and ladies veterans doubles tournament on Saturday, July 20. The event will be organised this year by Cardross Tennis Club and players from all four local clubs are invited to send players, who must have been aged 40 or above on December 31, 2018 to qualify.

Full details are available from tennis conveners at each club.