Southwark City Tennis had mixed fortunes over the weekend with the mens first team finishing with a loss and the second team securing some respectability with a 6-0 win. In their penultimate match the women's team went down narrowly 4-2 to Telford Park. The Club has been represented by 58 players so far (36 male) and the overall tally stands at 22 losses and 11 wins.
The mens first team fell short in their league title bid losing out 4-2 to a good Wilton 2 side. Top two seeds Abdul Hassan and Omar Daud came through their singles matches against decent opposition but Carlos Diaz suffered his only singles defeat of the campaign while Junior Babalola-Davies lost out to Ted Boyce (who works at Burgess Park Tennis Centre on Mondays!). This left the teams at 2-2 with the doubles to play. Wilton are particularly strong at doubles, Southwark City are not, and Junior and Carlos could not match the opposition in the first match. Omar and Abdul regrouped after losing the first set 6-0 but despite an improvement eventually lost out 6-4.
The mens second team outclassed Pensford's second team 6-0 to finish in mid table. Abdullahi Daud came through both singles and doubles with the minimum of drama. Clive Brown representing the club a week after his son Andrew was also far too strong for the opposition. The Brown's contributing four wins from four matches, surely they have to play together next year. Niyi Bello also contributed. It was left to captain Martin Riols to round off proceedings. Meeting a player with a mirror image of his own game Martin eventually came through with a win an hour after everyone else had finished!
In the womens event the team lost out 4-2 to Lambeth rivals Telford Park. Andrea Poveda-Ocampo and Rushan Tonge-Bobia were strong winners in the singles but Marie Martignon and Antonia Onwochei lost out to set up the doubles nicely. Marie and Sophie Whittall lost out in the first doubles leaving the match hinging on Andrea and Antonia's match. Despite taking the first set 6-4 our pair had to pull out due to childcare issues. This was a massive let down for the team. Our special thanks to Sophie for her patience with the fixture.
Tarique Tonge-Bobia's continuing progress was shown by his selection for the County 12U side. Tarique made a decent contribution to the team finishing with a win and a loss.
Playing for Surrey Boys in the Aegon County Cup event Camberwell player Mukhtar Andu had a perfect record of four singles and two doubles victories. In the South East regional qualifying event the Surrey Boys 10U team scored wins over Sussex and Hampshire in the group stage before going on to defeat Kent and Sussex in the final rounds. Mukhtar and the Surrey team will compete at the national finals in Bolton on 14 and 15 June. In a busy half term week Mukhtar Andu also found time to win the regional Wimbledon Club Open 10U boys event.
Despite the rain over the half term week local players competed in a number of events at Burgess Park with Max Kibo winning the 9U event and finishing as runner up in the 10U. Lucas Ebert won the 8U tournament.