JAMIE Miller and Catherine McCourt were crowned gents’ and ladies’ singles champions at Cardross Tennis Club’s annual championship finals day.

A gale blowing in off the Clyde posed a significant challenge to all the players, not least Max McKay, whose high service ball toss was particularly susceptible to the conditions in the gents’ singles final – at least one of Max’s serves ended up on the street outside as Jamie, in a repeat of the 2018 gents’ final, won the championship in two sets.

The wind really picked up for the ladies’ singles final, with Danielle Gordon and 2018 runner-up Catherine Court both having to stand well back from the service line to keep serve in when serving with the wind, and then hitting the ball as hard as they could from the opposite end.

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Catherine managed to adapt to the conditions better and closed out in two sets.

All doubles pairings are drawn out of a hat, so with a bit of a ‘pot luck’ excitement to the match ups, the process drew out some very strong pairings.

The ladies’ first team couple were drawn together, as were two of the strongest male players, making it an uphill task for all the other competitors.

Luckily for the ladies they managed to avoid the gale force conditions by arranging their final for the evening before finals day, so on a calm, balmy Friday evening, the club’s top couple and multi-former club champions, Gillian Branch and Caroline McDaid, overcame Danielle Gordon and Janet Hogg over three sets.

In the gents’ doubles, sibling rivalry added to the spice, with top seeds David Carmichael and Keith Wilson taking the first set against the run of play against Steven Carmichael and singles champ Jamie Miller – Jamie being a late stand in partner for Steven when his original partner was out injured.

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In some long and exciting points Steven and Jamie held strong and took the honours by two sets to one.

Caroline McDaid and David Carmichael had been drawn together for the mixed doubles, but the top seeds were pushed all the way by Catherine Court and Jamie Miller, with Caroline and David just edging the deciding third set tie-break, 7-5, 2-6, 7-6.

Special mention to Natasha Stephenson who was awarded the most improved player of the year. Congratulations Natasha.

Thanks to all those members who competed and organised – particularly to those members who provided the lovely home baking to sustain players and spectators alike throughout the day!