17th Dec, 2018

Warwick Boat Club coach takes gold at World Tennis Championships

WARWICK Boat Club’s Jenny Waggott brought home the gold medal for Great Britain at the World Tennis Championships in Croatia.

Playing with Francis Madellan, Waggott won the important doubles final against the USA in two sets, 6-4, 6-1.

Waggott, playing as No.2 for GB in the over-75s category, played outstanding tennis to get through three round robin matches to reach the competition for medal places.

Against France, she put her team in a great position by winning a hard-fought singles encounter after Madellan lost her tie 7-5 which lasted three-and-a-half hours.

The GB team has great strength in the doubles and in the deciding rubber Waggott and Madellan teamed up to give the French a lesson in the art of team tennis.

In the final against the USA, Waggott went down in her singles but Madellan won.

Again the GB pair stepped up and raised their game to win team gold in the deciding doubles.

Paul Martin, Warwick Boat Club’s captain of tennis, said: “Jenny is to be congratulated on an outstanding achievement.

“Representing Great Britain at international level and winning gold is an honour for her but also for Warwick, a multi-sports club.”

Also competing in the over-70s event was Jackie Robinson (WBC) and Penny Sheehan (Surrey) won three out of four of their doubles matches before going down in a close match to the top seeds USA.

Warwick’s over-35s men’s team also came home with a medal, winning bronze in a European Championship doubles tie break played against Latvia in La Manga. Again the tie went to a deciding doubles.

Paul Martin and Hugh Jacques won their match 7-6, 6-3 meaning Steve Davies and Jamie Drummond had to win theirs to secure the bronze. They won the first set but lost the second meaning it all came down to the wire, with the WBC pair holding their nerve to win 10-6.

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