To start with, the North Angus DC Lighting Tournament is just good fun. The tennis is great, the Montrose tennis family super friendly and welcoming. Home baking on the go, the barbecue on for days, sun is out (pretty much always, including high winds and some hail)...but heyho: welcome to tennis in the Scottish summer.
So, we went on a mission to conquer Montrose - and have a burger (or two). We is: Simon Plummer, Joshua More, Phoebe Mitchel, Konrad Struck, and Bernhard Struck. Simon had a tough drawn in the open men's singles, one of the (too many) young guns proved too hard. But he battled and out and gave him a good run. So did Bernhard vs no 7 seed, got to two set-points in set 1 but lost it 6:7, 4:6. (Anyone who has advice on how to convert a set-point, please post here...).
Phoebe Mitchell (under 16 girls) pulled off a clear first round victory with a 6:2, 6:0 and just nailed it. The draw then was not too friendly, facing no 1 see in round two. This was a step too much against the later winner of the tournament.
You need some luck with the draw. Konrad was not so lucky. He faced no 2 seed and later finalist in round 1. In spite of good hitting, his opponent knew the answers and was too solid overall. Joshua (also in the under 16 boys), played a fantastic first set (6:0)...but tennis is a funny and tough game. He lost the second set 4:6 and came so close...9:11 in the match tiebreak. Next time, Joshua! Just do not switch off, never.
Well, and then there was the men's doubles. Bernhard partnered with local Montrose youngster (and star) Cameron Fryer...and they pulled it off. Unseeded into the tough draw, they faced off no 1 seeds in round 2 (in the rain...but in style) 7:6, 6:2, marched through the semis before dealing with the no 3 seeds in the final. 7:6, 6:2 (again). Sealed with an ace down the tee on match point. Class!
Overall, a fun and great welcoming and well-organised tournament. Put this firmly in your diary for 2020! The trip is worth it. The Montrose tournament is a LTA level 4 event. In addition to men's and ladies' open, they offer under 16, under 12, under 10, under 9, and under 8 events for both boys and girls. So, keep playing, keep or start competing. Or just go for the burger and cocktails.