Stafford Lynn claims tennis title

Doagh's Stafford Lynn receives his trophy in Preston.
Doagh's Stafford Lynn receives his trophy in Preston.
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Newtownabbey’s Stafford Lynn added to his trophy collection with victory at the North West of England Wheelchair Tennis Championships at the weekend.

The Doagh man was the cream of the crop as top wheelchair tennis players from all over Great Britain and Ireland as well as a representation from Europe descended on Preston Tennis Centre to battle it out for the title.

Lynn entered the second draw singles where he battled through the rounds without dropping a set before meeting top Scotland player Kieth Thom in the semi-final. The Scot put up a braveheart style fight, but after some fine displays, Lynn proved too good, coming through in straight sets 6-3, 6-5.

He faced Republic of Ireland’s top player Gareth Green in the final, when the Doagh flyer was again in inspired form and cruising to a straight sets win 6-2, 6-1.

This top level victory should hold him in good sted for the Belfast City Council Evian International Wheelchair Tennis tournament taking place at The Ozone complex in September.