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Andrew Sharpe and Alex Riggall win A-grade at Kendenup Tennis Club’s annual mixed doubles event

Taj StubberGreat Southern Herald
A-grade doubles winner Andrew Sharpe in action.
Camera IconA-grade doubles winner Andrew Sharpe in action.

Kendenup Tennis Club held their annual mixed doubles event to kick off their season, with 32 players hitting the court in warm conditions on Sunday.

A strong field competed in the round-robin event, consisting of eight pairs in two divisions.

Four courts were filled with players coming from Albany, Kojonup and Frankland River alongside local players.

A-grade winners Andrew Sharpe and Alex Riggall with runner ups Tom Hillman and Cindy North.
Camera IconA-grade winners Andrew Sharpe and Alex Riggall with runner ups Tom Hillman and Cindy North.

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Alex Riggall and Andrew Sharpe dominated the A-grade division to walk away victorious over Cindy North and Tom Hillman.

Riggall and Sharpe went through the day winning six matches and were too strong in the final, winning 4-1 over North and Tom Hillman.

North and Hillman claimed five wins to finish runner-up.

Tom Hillman plays a strong forehand.
Camera IconTom Hillman plays a strong forehand. Credit: Picture:

In the B-grade division, Jackie Brennan and Barry Atkinson were crowned champions over the pairing of Belinda and Mark Bunker.

Brennan and Atkinson went through undefeated and won the final in a tight tussle 4-3.

A highlight was youngsters Denby Sharpe and Tea Zizek holding their own in B-grade, with the pair sure to be a force to be reckoned with as they get older.

Claire King gets ready to serve.
Camera IconClaire King gets ready to serve.

Event organiser Vanessa Hillman said it was a great way to start the season.

“We were very happy with the turnout for the event and it was great to see the high level of tennis played,” she said.

“It was great to be able to hold the first tournament of the season and to see the high quality of tennis played.

“We are very thankful for the sponsorship from Albany Retravision and for everyone who supported this event and are looking forward to the rest of the tennis season.”

Dylan Hillman serves.
Camera IconDylan Hillman serves.
B-grade winners Barry Atkinson and Jackie Brennan with runner ups Belinda Bunker and Mark Bunker.
Camera IconB-grade winners Barry Atkinson and Jackie Brennan with runner ups Belinda Bunker and Mark Bunker.
Tom Hillman returns at the net.
Camera IconTom Hillman returns at the net.

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