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COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Kent County Championships, always held in the last week of August, are the highlight of the Kent Tennis calendar with over 400 players taking part each year. The emphasis is to celebrate tennis in Kent by bring together players from every part of the county and catering for all ages and abilities. Kent Tennis collaborates with Bromley Tennis Centre as well a number of dedicated volunteers to create a great atmosphere for players and spectators alike.

Chris Mann (Lead Referee), Jason Baker (Referee)

Main Draw
Monday 21st - Sunday 27th August 2023

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The 2023 Tournament Committee

Siobhan Butler (Kent Tennis), Sarah Langford (BTC), Tom Defrates (Disability Tennis), Keith Gill (Kent Tennis Board Member), Graham Silvester (Referee),  Jason Baker (Lead Referee)

Inclusive Festival

To find out more about disability tennis in Kent or to join the LTA Open Court programme, contact
Tom Defrates at
disability.tennis@kenttennis.org.uk

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS REPORT 2023

As usual, the final week of the school summer holidays brought the flagship tournament in Kent, the 93rd CountyTennis  Championships to Bromley Tennis Centre, with matches taking place for up to 13 hours each day. Entries were up by 16% on 2022 with 619 entries from 416 players, across 27 events ranging from 8U to Open.

The week began on Sunday with the Inclusive Tennis Festival for players with disabilities attracting players of all ages from across Kent, including a former GB paralympic table tennis player. One rally during the fun, friendly afternoon generated over 300 shots, and all the players received a medal and certificate at the end.

The County Championships main draw events ran throughout the week, with the 8U finals on Friday 25 August and finals of all other age groups and adult competitions on Sunday 27 August. The busy finals day saw Tim Viding and Daisy Rowland triumph as Boys and Girls Singles County Champions (18U winners) respectively.

Tim Viding reached four finals in total (winning 2), whilst Milla Bray was the only person to win two singles (10U and 11U), Julie Oprchal reached 3 finals (winning 1), Judy Zhang reached 4 finals (winning 1).

The largest entry was, once again, in the Men’s Singles with 64 players competing. In total, across all age groups, there were 886 matches played this year – a staggering feat of organisation by the Referees to get this all through on time, especially when rain halted play on the outside courts on several occasions.

Congratulations to all the winners and losing finalists. They kept a big crowd entertained all day playing excellent tennis in the finals.

 

Finally, a big thank you to Bromley Tennis Centre and their staff for being such excellent hosts and partners in the running of the tournament once again. Our thanks also go to Jason Baker as Lead Tournament Referee, Graham Silvester as Tournament Referee, Sarah Langford as Tournament Director and Siobhan Butler as Kent Tennis Lead, as well as the many volunteers who manned the Kent Tennis welcome desk, all the court supervisors, umpires, as well as jdm Estate Agents for sponsoring the Championships and allowing us to provide the t-shirts to all the players.

 

We hope to grow our Inclusive Tennis festival further in 2024 and any other suggestions to improve the event will always be welcome.

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