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Serving up success at tennis club

Posted onPosted on 9th May

Mansfield Lawn Tennis Club was rewarded for its best year in 2023 by receiving three top accolades at the Notts LTA Tennis Awards — and has stressed that the club and sport is open to all.

Among those receiving awards was Jan Hodgetts, who started playing tennis at Mansfield in 1961 and received the Lifetime Achievement trophy.

Head coach Gareth Griffiths was named Development Coach of the Year, while Oscar Marten, a youth player already competing at a high level in the adult league, was presented with the Rising Star award.

The success at the awards event, held at The Nottingham High School, reflected excellent team performance across the county leagues for the club, which was established in 1883.

Mansfield teams picking up league cups at the awards were:

Men’s first team, who won their Division 3 with an unbeaten record
Men’s second team, who won their Division 4
Women’s second short format team, who won their Division 5
Men’s first short format team, who came second in Division 5 to earn promotion.

Club chair Dr Chris Payne said: “We continue to offer members the opportunity to play in matches and develop skills for the wider good of the tennis community in Mansfield.

“Our club’s purpose and vision is to make the sports open to all.

“Tennis is for everyone at Mansfield Lawn Tennis Club — all ages, all backgrounds, all levels of fitness. Anyone can pick up a racket, anyone can be part of the MLTC family.”

The club, which has more than 200 members and is run by a team of volunteers, has five hard courts and four grass courts.

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