The Wales women’s over-35s tennis team defeated England, Scotland and Ireland to win the Four Nations title at the Bolton Arena.
The team comprised Ellen Jones, of the XL Academy/ Cardiff Metropolitan University; Linda Jones, who is a coach at David Lloyd, Finchley; and Carys Rees, a coach at Abergavenny.
The women won all three matches in each of the three rubbers against the other home nations, ending with a maximum six points from the tournament.
The men’s over-50s also did well, beating Ireland and Scotland, and losing only to England. Their team was Alistair Alexander, from East Sussex; Mike Harpin, of Bridgend; and London-based Simon Richards.
Wales finished third overall, behind the winners, England, and runners-up Scotland.
The competition runs every year for alternate age groups alternate. This year was for 35s, 45s, and 50s. Next year, when it is held in Wales, the teams will be over-55, 60 and 65.
“This was a fantastic performance by the over-35 women’s team,” said Peter Drew, chief executive of our client, Tennis Wales. “England is always at an advantage because of the number of players they have to call on, so winning one of the age groups is a real achievement.”
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