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In March, Middlesex Tennis hosted our annual awards evening at The Queens Club, where we recognised the many successes over the past year.
Find below your 2022 Award winners and a massive thank you to everyone for your efforts on and off the court.
A huge thank you to LTA President David Rawlinson to come and present the awards.
Check out Photos from our Awards Evening here.
The LTA Awards 2022 recognise & reward individuals, clubs and organisations for their contribution to the development of Tennis in Middlesex throughout 2021.
The 2022 Middlesex LTA winners were as follows;
- Disability Award: Get Set 4 Tennis
- This has been awarded to a tennis provider that is dedicated to increasing participation levels of SEN students by providing the opportunity to play and learn tennis.
Get Set 4 Tennis make students with complex needs feel welcome and comfortable to try their best every session. Sessions are inclusive to all and as a result the students have loved taking part. Students are able improve their tennis skills and their confidence, self-esteem and well-being.
A very deserving award winner for this award.
- School of the Year: Stormont House
- Stormont House is a community special school for students who have complex and inter-related special educational needs. Following the 2021 lock down Hackney Tennis contacted Stormont House and established a new partnership enabling LTA qualified Hackney Tennis coach Allan Bairstow to deliver two one-hour curriculum time tennis lessons each week to Stormont House students, on the Hackney Tennis courts at Hackney Downs park. Stormont House is perfectly situated next to the courts, which removes any difficulties with transport. Hackney Tennis now provides this opportunity to a new year group each half term which will enable Hackney Tennis to teach 6 classes each year. The school has two indoor badminton courts which will enable the sessions to take place indoors during inclement weather. Allan Bairstow has been leading the sessions along side PE teacher Kamil Hajdrych. Kamil is a fantastic PE teacher and Allan and Kamil are working really well together to deliver the best sessions possible for the children.
•Providing high quality tennis coaching to 140 special needs students
•Work alongside Stormont Houses' PE teacher and share exercises and coaching skills that will be a valuable addition to the the school’s own PE delivery
•Longer term objective to train Hackney Tennis members as volunteers to help ensure the project is sustainable for future years
- Competition Award: Middlesex County Closed
- It was brilliant to be back on court for a full County Closed week hosted by Hazelwood Sports Club and Vicars Moor LTC. We had 231 players take part and 423 entries with many competitive matches throughout the tournament. The week was organised and run by Brenda Stewart, supported by the Middlesex Staff and Management Board throughout the week.
The county continued in its efforts to deliver an inclusive tournament hosting with Surrey a Visually Impaired Event (At Islington Tennis Centre), Learning Disability Tournament (At Vicars Moor) and a Wheelchair Tournament (At AELTC Community Grounds).
A real success for 2021 was the introduction of a Doubles Finals Day to close off the week on a high.
- Community & Parks Award: Cambridge Gardens
- Community Parks Tennis, based at Cambridge Gardens, are a fairly newly formed business continuing much of the work that was delivered as part of Caroline's previous business venture (with Kate Maurici) under Sheen Parks Tennis.
They have ensured a safe return to playing tennis in a number of park sites. They have successfully delivered a number of LTA products including LTA Youth Start, delivered inclusive tennis sessions and linked with local schools and nurseries. A key success was the wheelchair tennis sessions that are included in the LTA Open Court programme.
CPT engage with players of all ages and abilities and have a great team of coaches to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment to anyone who steps on to court. They have an extensive tennis offer which has seen the number of people involved grow over the last year. They are fully engaged with their members, the LTA and are always happy to take on feedback and try new approaches and initiatives. They have recently linked with a local Scout group and made use of the LTA Youth Start programme to gain their Beaver Badge. They engage schools and nursery's and have a link with Kingston Academy.
CPT take safeguarding very seriously and adhere to the LTA minimum standards regarding coaching, Welfare Officers, policies and procedures etc. As previously stated they have a very inclusive approach and provide disability specific sessions as well as deliver 1 to 1 coaching for disabled players. Court usage is extremely high in Richmond park venues and much of this is down to having a great programme delivered by a welcoming and friendly team. Community Parks Tennis, although recently formed, has hit the ground running and been able to continue much of the work already being delivered by Caroline and her team. Having a parks tennis provider so open to new idea's and initiatives is brilliant and the inclusive nature of their operation is fantastic. They are truly embedded in the parks environment and genuinely care about community tennis and developing all players. They are a very professional company, who do a brilliant job and should be deservedly recognised for it.
- Official of the Year: Sangeeta Arora
- This has been awarded to our competitions co-ordinator Sangeeta Arora, who outside her role at Middlesex, spends over 100 days a year working as a Tournament organiser, Referee and Court Supervisor.
Sangeeta has taken on local venues, Gunnersbury Sports Park, Will to Win Pitshanger, Ealing LTC and Islington TC where she runs Grade 4-6 competitions to introduce and retain players in competitions. She has also referee' ed her first County Cups with 9U, 10U and Open Events in 2021 (after the events were cancelled in 2020), and continues to referee Winter Regional Tours. She also regularly court supervises at National, ITF and TE events to gain experience and knowledge from
For Sangeeta, the best part of officiating is seeing players gain confidence, develop their skills and love of their game through taking part in matches and tournaments.
She was awarded ABTO's Up and Coming Referee of the Year.
- Club of the Year: Conway LTC
- Friendly! Busy! Thriving!
Over the past year, despite doubling their membership, Conway balanced the demands of different sections of the club from team players, social, competitions and coaching. Conway gained permission for floodlights on an additional court with no objections to the planning permissions. They migrated to clubspark for court bookings and membership, introduced a coffee shop in their revamped clubhouse and sought sponsorship to support their junior programme from a local business. The club also appointed their first Female Head coach, when their head coach retired.
Conway have gone from strength to strength to earn their award for Club of the Year.
- Performance Coach of the Year: Glenn Kuma-Mintah
- In 2021 Glenn successfully launched his tennis academy as part of Gunnersbury Park LTC. This has proven to be extremely successful with Glenn managing to consistently deliver a highly successful coaching programme, despite a period of major change. This new and autonomous environment has enhanced further the success of his players.
He continues to produce international and national juniors and has a successive group of younger players, elevating through the ranks, who are aspiring to follow in the footsteps of their older peers. His innovative and individual approach, combined with his high energy levels has made him a highly sought after coach and this nomination is well deserved.
Players Glenn has worked with throughout 2021 include:
>Derrick Chen - 18U Doubles National Champion. US Open & Wimbledon Junior Draws
>Derin Acaraoglu - US College
>Ranah Stoiber – Wimbledon and Australian Open Junior Draws
>Nicolas Moreno de Alboran - US Open Men's debut. ATP Challenger Semi-Finalist, ITF 25 K (Two titles), ITF 15K Title
>Tara Laval – National Runner Up 11U
>Sophia Frederick McKee - Represented Middlesex (Regional Title) and England (Four Nations Title)
It is an extremely strong and diverse coaching record.
Glenn is co captain to the 14U boys team. He brings huge value to the squad in terms of his energy, passion, and highly respected coaching quality. Glenn is highly motivated in his role, and despite tennis being mainly an individual sport, seeks out contribution from others, shares best practice with other coaches and is always open to engaging with other coaches, players and parents.
- Volunteer of the Year: Tashiya Mirando
- Tash is a well deserving winner of the Volunteer of the Year for her role as chair of Tennis at Cumberland LTC.
She has made it a priority to serve and represent all aspects of the club's tennis players from Team players to social players alike. She brings the club together to make the club a friendly community where members want to be and get involved.
Tash is also a full time GP, and was on the working party throughout COVID, to assist the club and balance safety measures that needed to be followed as well as prioritising players to get back onto court and playing.
- Young Person of the Year: Dylan Stephens
- The Young Person of the Year was awarded to Dylan Stephens. Dylan started volunteering at his Club, The Avenue, helping with the mini tennis players on Saturday mornings. He would accept no payment!
Dylan is never late, always has a new idea up his sleeve and is amazing with the children. He always knows everyone names before the warm up has finished. He finds something good to say about every child even the one struggling the most. Everyone leaves a lesson run by Dylan feeling that they are ready for Wimbledon!
But this is not where Dylan’s talents end! He is the most efficient administrator. If we need something done, he’s on it; in fact, he communicates quicker and more efficiently than his Mum and Dad! With his ‘can do’ attitude, Dylan will go far...
All the parents check which groups he is coaching now before booking their little players onto tennis courses. The teenagers ALL want to be his tennis partner and, in his team, not just because he is a first-class player, but because he generous in spirit and will always let his partner take the glory…… never a bad word to say about anyone!
When he was 6 he won our club Annual Tournament in red, this Summer, at 16, he won all the adult trophies!
- Development Coach of the Year: Caroline Jordan
- Caroline Jordan has been awarded Middlesex Coach of the Year for her dedication to providing the opportunity for more players to access tennis, and building a community around her ventures.
"Caroline know by now all Richmond / Twickenham tennis players - big and small, young and older ,beginner and advanced. She brings us all together with her enthusiasm in teaching us tennis and organising tennis tournaments and rally's."
In particular her offer for Key Stage 2 students in Richmond to play classes in both a school setting and local courts. Caroline ensures young people enjoy playing the game in a safe setting and demonstrates an excellent standard of care. Caroline is very attentive (remembering everyone's names by the end of the warm up) and makes everyone feel welcome.
Caroline has also been instrumental in working with the LTA with the local Open Court project to enable those with disabilities to participate in sessions and play tennis - a particular success has been the Wheelchair sessions and tournament.
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Olly Rogger
- The lifetime achievement award recognises and celebrates the significant achievement of an individual over many years, and for this individual it is hugely relevant: Olly has been behind the development and maintenance of the Finchley Manor tennis club and courts for well over 30 years. He has moved the club forward through each era of its development, notably in developing a superb playing experience on the courts. Thanks to him the club have a current wonderful mix of artificial clay, US open hardcourts and a tarmacadam kids zone over 2 courts In order to achieve the clubs aims and ambition,
He regularly undertakes research, visiting clubs to see what works and what doesn’t! Additionally, to this area of expertise, Olly remains a player of an exceptionally high standard, with his love of the game shared with many members including up and coming juniors. His contribution to the wider development of British Tennis needs to also be acknowledged this evening through the Financial Leadership he provided to the Lawn Tennis Association – based at Queens Club for close onto 30 years.
It’s certainly very inspirational and uplifting to view the successes of Middlesex Teams both across 2019 and into 2020. Middlesex for the first time in its history won the LTA champions Race, a culmination of all of the performances from Junior County Cup competitions, Adults county week, winter singles and the over 35 competition held at Eastbourne. It has been a huge achievement and team effort to prise the away this prestigious trophy from Surrey and Herts who have dominated county cups in recent years.
Well done for everyone involved Players Parents, Coaches and everyone connected with the teams. As current champions and holders we have a lot to be proud of.
Below we recognise our Middlesex Tennis Performance Award Winners:
- Middlesex Team of the Year: 14U Girls
- Captain Claire Taylor
Assist. Carlos Ferra
Annabel H. Flora J. Isabella W. Mika S. Sophia FM
The 14U Girls Teams were Regional Champions in 2021 overcoming a tough challenge from Kent to seal the title.
The team cruised to 6-0 wins v Hampshire and IOW and Sussex to set up a final showdown v Kent.
In a match which was hotly contended, Mika, Sophia and Issy took the first three singles in Match Tie breaks (11-9, 10-6 and 12-10 respectively) to give Middlesex a strong position heading into the doubles. Both doubles were well fought, with Mika & Sophia coming out on top 4-3(1) 4-1 to seal the tie and title for Middlesex.
- Middlesex County Cup Captain of the Year: Claire Taylor
- Claire has led the 14U Girls Middlesex team to two successive National Titles in 2018 and 2019 and a Regional Title in 2021.
Claire is one of our most experienced captains and well-respected by her peers and players alike with a passion for developing tennis. She has also represented Great Britain and played at Wimbledon in the Ladies Singles and she is able to pass on her experiences and knowledge to players.
As a captain, Claire gives confidence to players, and supports the team and players well - to get the best out of them on the court.
- National Champions: Ladies 35 Team
- Congratulations to the Ladies 35s Team led by captain Fran Brewester who retained their National Title. The team of Fran Brewester, Jane Hart, Barbara Griffiths, Mili Shah, Gemma Sgariglia and Hiroko Craven recorded wins v Durham and Cleveland, Somerset and Hertfordshire to finish top of Division 1.
- Middlesex Junior Player of the Year: Ranah Stoiber
- New for 2022 A deserving winner for the first Junior Player of the Year Award. Ranah had some outstanding success throughout 2021. This included a National Finalist at the 16U Grade 1 which awarded Ranah a wildcard into the Wimbledon Girls Main Draw, where Ranah reached Round 3. Ranah is also making an impact in the doubles draws regularly including reaching the finals of J1 TRARALGON in Australia.
We will be looking out for Ranah at this year's Wimbledon.
- Middlesex Player of the Year: Andy Lapthorne
- Our 2022 Player of the Year was awarded to a multiple Grand Slam Champion - Andy Lapthorne. Andy has 13 Grand Slam Titles, and in 2021 won the Quad division of Roland Garros Doubles Championships, completing his Career Slam in doubles as well as winning his second Wimbledon Doubles Title.
- Middlesex Mixed Cup Summer: The Queens Club
- The Queens Club held their Middlesex Summer Cup Title with dominating wins over Hackney, Paddington and Campden Hill.
The Middlesex Summer Cup is a Mixed Doubles Knockout competition with the strongest clubs and players battling it out for the title.
- Middlesex Summer League Mens: Holland Park
- Congratulations to Holland Park on winning the Premier League Men's Play off match v Cumberland LTC.
Holland Park topped the West Premier League with 6 out of 7 wins including recording two 24-0 wins in the latter half of the season. They took this momentum into the Play Off match v East Winners Cumberland LTC, winning the play off 14-10
- Middlesex Summer League Womens: Campden Hill
- Campden Hill retain their Premier League Ladies Title. Strong wins throughout the season to earn their place in the play off match.
In a high quality competitive match v Cumberland LTC which reached 12-12 at the end of play, meant spectators were treated to a shootout to decide the fixture. Campden Hill won these Match Tie breaks 3-0 to seal the tie.
- 18U County Closed Champion
- 18U Boys - Luca Bluett
In an all-Bluett final, Luca and Jago had a very competitive first set, with Luca edging the tie break 7-3. Luca then dominated the second set to seal the title.
18U Girls -Amelie Brooks
First seed Amelie had some convincing wins v county squad players to reach the finals. She was pushed against Kayal in the finals but pulled back the second set to force a match tie break, which Amelie took 11-9.
- Road to Wimbledon County Finals
- Boys Winner - Max Silverman
Girls Winner - Celine Ricaud
Congratulations to our 2021 County Winners. Both players progressed convincingly through the draws to take the titles. Celine and Max then went onto play at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in a weeklong tournament which included a players party, access to the Member's area and Royal box.
Road to Wimbledon is being rebranded to Play Your Way to Wimbledon for 2022 with its new sponsor Vodaphone.
- Middlesex Meritorious Award: Chris Green
- Chris joined Wayfarers juniors during the 1950's and played there all his playing career. When the league started he played for the Wayfarers teams and continued playing regularly to the late 1980's. Chris supported his club as match secretary and club treasurer and was subsquently made an honorary member for his services.
Chris supported the creation of the Middlesex Summer League which began in 1967, firstly as a Divisional Secretary, North West Regional Secretary from 1986 and League Secretary since 1987.
For many years he put much effort into running the league but many of the lengthy tasks he undertook have been much reduced due to the coming of the computer and the internet. In particular he spent many hours prior to the beginning of the season getting the match cards, divisional result forms and hand books organised and printed. He then sat in his room collating all of these into envelopes to be sent to the clubs, 120-130 of them, with the correct number of match cards and handbooks. He also put handbooks and divisional sheets in envelopes - 30-40 of them. He worked out the postage, bought the stamps and then took a large heavy bag to the post office to be sent off. It was very rare he made a mistake.
- Middlesex President's Award: Brenda Stewart
- The Middlesex Presidents Award is being presented to our one and only Brenda Stewart for her outstanding service to both tennis and Middlesex.
Brenda has spent 32 years on the Middlesex LTA Management Board, Prior to that she was already running competitions for Middlesex as a volunteer. She has been the Regional secretary of Middlesex Summer League for approximately 18 years and is our County Closed Referee.
Many of us know Brenda as a fantastic referee! The magical quality of being a friend of the players but always firm and fair.
“We knew you cared so much about us all and always knew you were super organized and wanted only the best for us – to get us onto court and enjoy competing!” Phil Veasey, Middlesex Chair
Brenda is also a serving Chair for over 30 years to Our Lady of Muswell Tennis Club. Brenda has been a member for over 60 years, has served as the Ladies captain and success includes winning their division of the Middlesex Cup. Brenda has always been encouraging to juniors, and giving them experience of team tennis.
“Without Brenda at the helm OLM would not be the place it is today. She is still Chairperson and is currently organising the total refurbishment of the clubhouse with additional floodlights on the courts!” OLM member
Nominations open in September