After four Grand Slam events last winter and poor weather disrupting the ATP finals, we eventually got our two finalists last Saturday, playing at Walsall Tennis Club’s Finals day.

Seventeen Players had taken part, and over the summer the Top 8 Competed in the knock out stages. The results are featured right>>>>

Dudley -3, Paul -3, Rhiannon +2, Anthony -1, Emman +1, Tim -1, N.Addo -1 and N.Allen -1 played off these handicaps in first to seven points tie break sets. The format was now first to 4 sets.

Some close games saw Dudley, Tim, Paul and Emman advance to Semi Finals, before Emman eliminated favourite Dudley 4-1 having improved over the summer. Paul Maguire breezed past Tim to face Emmanuel Omodeni in the Final.

Paul took control winning the first set, next set went to deciding point which Emmanuel took in what was a must win set for him. Emman also took the next two sets capitalizing on a couple of untimely double faults from Paul. With Emman just one set away, Paul rallied well to put some pressure on and comfortably won the fifth set. However unforced errors from Paul early on gave Emman a massive lead that even Harry Houdini couldn’t find a way out of as Emmanuel took the brand new Silver plate and £50 Cash Prize. Congratulations to Emman and unlucky Paul, I’m sure he will have gained valuable lessons in the final and bounce back this Winter in the new Grand Slam season. Whilst Emman will have to defend his crown off a tougher handicap.

Grand slam dates will be announced tomorrow as well as the increased prize money. Well done to everyone who competed in the first ever On The Edge Tennis Grand Slam of Handicap Singles.


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