Net gains for GB tennis stars


Savannah Simons was queen of the court – bringing home three medals.

The great niece of Jack ‘Kid’ Berg, the former British Lightweight champion, Simons, 16, won the Junior Girls singles and silver in the doubles and mixed doubles.

A member at Chandos, Simons is the current Middlesex County closed junior champion for
Under 16 and 18 singles and doubles and recently helped Middlesex gain
promotion to the Premier National League Division One. She is also ranked No.
1 in Middlesex and 37th in the UK in her age category

It was also a profitable competition for Boaz Goldwater. Together with Silver, he finished runner-up in the mixed doubles and bronze in the Junior singles.

Maccabiah 2009 bronze medal winner Stephen Cole, took silver in the 55+ Masters singles.

Tennis manager Greg Rack said: “Stephen played like a rabid dog. His opponents were luck two get away uninjured.”

The Masters turned in some excellent performances with Stephen Carling coming away with bronze in the 55+ singles. Nick Baum and Paul Sheeter finished third in the 35+ doubles.

Sheeter won a second bronze after teaming up with Danielle Wagerman in the mixed doubles, while Dawn Moses won bronze in the Ladies Masters singles.

Masters captain Kenny Collins, taking part in his eighth Maccabi Games, won doubles bronze including his first-ever medal in an international event.

Rack said: “Kenny has brought home a Vienna.”

Looking back on a job well done, Rack said: “We exceeded my expectations in terms of medals. I always knew Savannah would take at least one gold, so I’m not surprised by her.

“We also exceeded expectation in the Masters while the competition between the boys was particularly strong and our lack of medals there came as no surprise.
“Both juniors and Masters bonded really well and it’s been a fantastic experience.

“For most of us, it was the first-ever trip to Vienna and it was spectacular to do it with 2,000 Jewish athletes.”

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