TENNIS: Sports snatch draw to stay on track for title

Bicester Advertiser: From left, Woodstock’s Chris Corfield, Paul Allen, Manoj Gujral and Phil Waller stand alongside the Oxford Sports side of Dave Tuck, Ben Coomber, Ak Izrailev and Tom Francis From left, Woodstock’s Chris Corfield, Paul Allen, Manoj Gujral and Phil Waller stand alongside the Oxford Sports side of Dave Tuck, Ben Coomber, Ak Izrailev and Tom Francis

OXFORD Sports are favourites to land the Men’s Premier Division title in the Thames Valley Winter League.

A 4-4 draw with leaders Woodstock means that a win or draw for Sports in their final fixture at Portcullis will see them land the title.

Woodstock could have secured the crown with a 7-1 victory, but having been 3-1 behind after the first round of matches, the west Oxfordshire side are now just grateful they still have a chance of glory.

Chris Corfield and Paul Allen beat Sports’ Ak Izrailev and Tom Francis to level the match at 3-3.

Woodstock’s Manoj Gujral and Phil Waller took the first set 7-6 against Ben Coomber and Dave Tuck in the decider, but the Sports duo came back to win the second set 6-4 and leave the honours even.

Sports are on course for a double success, with their ladies’ team top of Division 1 after a 5-3 victory over Woodstock, thanks to the top pair of Cressida Henderson and Maria Karditsas winning all four sets.

In Division 2, Witney and Banbury West End are promoted after a 5-3 win over Cholsey B and 4-4 draw with Faringdon respectively.

PREPARATIONS are already under way in Oxfordshire for the Great British Tennis Weekend, which takes place this summer.

Although four dates have been set aside nationally, Oxon are focusing on June 28 and 29 – the middle weekend of Wimbledon.

Lots of clubs will be offering free tennis and opening their doors to new members.

Places are already available to book online at greatbritish tennisweekend.com.

THE AEGON Premier League regional season get under way this weekend.

North Oxford host Maidenhead in the first men’s fixture on Sunday (12)

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