Competitive Tennis at West Bay

With our West Bay Wimbledon Tennis Event this weekend, head tennis coach Martyn takes a look back to recap our recent event success and also shares his top competitive tennis tip!

West Bay aims to provide a competitive program for all levels of tennis. Competition is a great way to supplement training and there has been a lot going on over the last couple of months. Amongst the Juniors, West Bay player Henry Porter won the Island 10 and under Easter championships at Ryde. There were also other notable performances in the under 9 event by West Bay players Jessica Green, Franz Michalos and Kieran Adams and in the 8 and under event by Bella Pilcher and Klara Gryczeck. Head coach Martyn Bailey said “ I am extremely proud of our junior players. They are putting in a great effort every week during their weekly training sessions and it is great to see their improvement transfer to the match court”.

It is important to mention the adults achievements also. They have played two recent fixtures against Brighstone tennis club which have been hard fought and ended both times in a 2-2 draw. The level of tennis has been fantastic and it is great to see the West Bay players competing against other clubs.  A special West Bay thanks goes out to Claire Beasley, Jay Ironside, Jamie Sheldon and Juan Manuel who played the match

Our next event

For anyone reading this and thinking, I want to have a go at competing, then why not pop along to our next tournament – the West Bay Wimbledon Extravaganza on 15th July. To book or enquire please see Martyn or one of the Country Club Team or read more here.

Tips from the top!

Unforced errors are the killers in matches. These are errors that are made when under no pressure from the opponent.

Not all unforced errors are equal, these errors made at 40-0, or 40-15 are forgivable or when you are way ahead in a set, but on first points of games, deuce, or advantages they can prove costly,
TIP- know the score, and when NOT to hit unforced errors

Coaching point: Look at your shot selection when you make the errors. Do not try to hit too close to the line or too hard as these shots have little margin for error. On an important point there is nothing wrong with playing a little safer and giving yourself a higher probability of getting the ball in the court. The best advice is to still swing aggressively however aim a little further away from the lines – Good Luck!