Blatchford and Flatters lose title
SAMPFORD Peverell's Alfie Flatters and Simon Blatchford just missed out on a successful defence of their doubles title at the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta.
The pair, who are starring in their club's challenge to win Division One of the Exeter & District League, lost 7-6 (7-5),
7-6 (7-3) against Gerard McVeigh and Andrew Norton in the final.
On their way to the final, Flatters and Blatchford beat Sampford Peverell clubmate George Hirst and Mark Hammond 6-3, 6-2 in the last 16.
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"There was not a lot in it in the final and Andrew Norton is a complete player and we couldn't get much past him," said Flatters, who also reached the semi-finals of the singles.
Another Sampford Peverell player, former Devon champion Bruce Wheatley, was unable to defend his Regatta title.
Flatters, the No. 1 seed, lost 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-finals against eventual runner-up Charles Turney, after squandering a 4-0 lead in the second set.
In the men's over-45 singles, Exeter's No. 6 seed Darren Stapleton lost 6-1, 6-1 in the semi-finals agaunst top seed Mike Johnson.
However, there was consolation for Darren and son Luke in the family doubles as they beat Aaron and Paul Hailey 6-0, 5-7, 10-8 in the final.
Seaton's Emma Fidge and Marylin Barlow won the women's over-45 doubles for the second year running, beating Katherine Blair and Maggie Miller 6-1, 6-2 in the final.
In the women's open doubles, defending champions Rachael Jacobs and Madeline Ramsey (Newton Abbot) lost 6-0, 6-1 in the final against Anya Still and Natalie Hepburn.
Exeter Tennis Centre's Daniel Mountford was crowned Devon champion in the and-and-under red singles for the second year running, with Exmouth Tennis & Leisure Centre's Ben Johnson the runner-up.
Rhea Knight, from SA Tennis in Exeter, was second in the girl's event.
Teignmouth's Taylor Ingham-Hill won the nine-and-under orange singles, with Exmouth Tennis & Leisure Centre member Laura Mo winning the girl's section.