Teresa Catlin and Siobhan Nicholson crowned national champions
Teresa Catlin has added a new national title to her collection.
The Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club (CLTC) manager is the new GB Seniors Closed Over-50s Grass Court doubles champion after teaming up with Siobhan Nicholson to take the crown at Aorangi Park, Wimbledon, two years and one day after winning their world doubles title in Lisbon.
Catlin and Nicholson, the reigning 50-plus world champions, were too consistent for their GB team-mates Jane Hunter and Bridie Amos, winning 6-2, 6-2.
She said: “ It was great to be back playing again and a bonus to win. Even better was to see everyone and enjoy the social aspect of playing the tournament.”
The grass court event is the first to be held since the 2020 lockdown suspended all other national competitions.
It was the first national seniors grass court title for Catlin, who has previously won the indoor and hard court championships.
The competition should have been a warm-up for the 2021 World Seniors Championships in Croatia, which start later this month, but Great Britain have opted not to send teams to the event in Umag due to the Covid-19 pandemic and on-going travel restrictions.
This means Catlin will also not defend her singles title as the individual competitions follow immediately after the team event.
She added: “All being well and if selected, I look forward to returning in 2022.”
There was also an impressive debut for two other CLTC members in their first national seniors’ event.
Andy Voss and Andy Smith reached the men’s over-45s final before losing 6-2, 6-4 to GB duo Mark Beim and Nick Adams.