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Rhiwbina’s Tom wins in Tenerife


Rhiwbina Tennis Club’s head coach, Tom James, has won his first International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles title.

Tom won the tournament in Adeje, Tenerife, beating Tanel Luka of Estonia 7-5 6-4 to win the singles final in the ITF seniors world tour event. He also finished runner-up in the doubles, partnering Vadim Minin from Russia. The victory moves him to 285 in the seniors world rankings.

Tom James receives trophy - Ibiza

Meanwhile, in the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) national Level 2 event (for players of national and county standard) in Bolton,  South Wales County Cup team mates Matthew Story and Ricky Hernandez Tong met in the final, which Matthew won 7-5 6-3.

“What a great Christmas present for Welsh tennis to have winners in two big competitions,” said  Peter Drew, chief executive of Tennis Wales. “These are tremendous achievements by Tom, Matthew and Ricky – a real inspiration for the growing number of people of all ages playing tennis in various forms throughout Wales.”

Information on all aspects of tennis in Wales is available from Tennis Wales at 029 20 463335 or www.lta.org.uk/in-your-area/Wales/ and for regular updates follow Tennis Wales on Twitter @tenniswales

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