The qualifying weekend of the Stonehaven Grand Prix saw perfect conditions with a surprise appearance from the sun on Sunday.
In the men’s singles there were four places up for grabs in the main draw next weekend.
Twenty nine men were battling it out producing great tennis. Ben Scott-Wilson, Jonathan Gordon, Louis Duthie Gray and Kieran Hamilton (pictured) made the semi finals so qualified for the main draw next weekend.
Stonehaven club mates Kieran and Louis had a brilliant semi final with Kieran coming out on top after saving match points. In the other semi final Jonathan beat Ben in a 3rd set match tie break.
Rubislaw’s Jonathan Gordon justified his top seeding in the Stonehaven Grand Prix qualifying event with a three set victory over the host club’s number three seed Kieran Hamilton in the final. Gordon was also taken the distance in both his quarter and semi-final matches before overcoming David Whyte (Westhill) and Ben Scott-Wilson (King’s College).
Gordon now progresses to the main draw which takes place this weekend between Friday and Sunday.
Well done to all players for competing hard and fair over the weekend.
Next week sees the main event for men’s and ladies with defending champion Bruce Mciver looking to regain the title but young player Patrick Young will be keen to get one over his coach. In the ladies Stonehaven player Aoife will start as one of the favourites for the title.
Play will start on Friday, March 25 at 6pm ongoing all weekend with the finals on Sunday afternoon.
MEN’S SINGLES 1st ROUND – S. Poopathi (DL Aberdeen) bt S. Robertson (Westburn) 6-1, 6-2;
D. Whyte (Westhill) bt J. Huntley (Rubislaw) 6-0, 6-0;
Jamie Mathie (DL Aberdeen) bt G. Kennedy (Cults) 7-6(5), 3-6, (10-7);
L. Findlay (Stonehaven) bt H. Kim (unattached) 6-1 ret.;
A. Whittington-Davis (BUCS) bt H. Asher (Cults) 6-2, 6-1;
J. Sanchez (Westhill) bt J. Miller (Rubislaw) 6-3, 6-2;
B. Scott-Wilson (King’s College) bt S. Holley (Montrose) 1-6, 7-5, (10-3);
A. Borowski (unattached) bt Jason Mathie (Cults) 6-4, 6-4;
C. Reyboz (DL Aberdeen) bt B. Hine (Rubislaw) 7-6(3), 6-0;
J. Dempster (DL Dundee) bt P. Roscoe (Stonehaven) 6-4, 7-5;
G. Alexander (Dundee West End) bt S. Barclay (BUCS) 6-3, 6-0;
A. Grant (Rubislaw) bt V. Ramaiya (DL Aberdeen) 6-1, 6-0.
2nd ROUND – J. Gordon (Rubislaw) bt Poopathi 6-1, 7-5; Whyte bt Mathie 6-0, 6-1; Whittington-Davis bt Findlay 6-7(5), 6-3, (10-5); Scott-Wilson bt Sanchez 6-4, 7-6(3); Borowski bt Reyboz 6-0, 6-3; K. Hamilton (Stonehaven) bt Dempster 6-3, 6-2; Alexander bt C. Brechin (unattached) 6-0, 6-0; L. Duthie Gray (Montrose) bt Grant 6-1, 6-0.
QUARTER FINALS – Gordon bt Whyte 6-4, 4-6, (10-7); Scott-Wilson bt Whittington-Davis 7-6(7), 6-0; Hamilton bt Borowski 7-5, 4-6, (10-2); Duthie Gray bt Alexander 7-5, 2-6, (0-9) ret.
SEMI FINALS – Gordon bt Scott-Wilson 4-6, 6-2, (10-5); Hamilton bt Duthie Gray 4-6, 7-6(5), (10-3).
FINAL – Gordon bt Hamilton 4-6, 7-6(5), (11-9).