Harrogate ace scoops two national titles

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A HARROGATE tennis veteran stormed to singles victory at a national tournament last weekend.

Even more incredible was the fact that David Whitelaw then returned to the court to help claim the men’s doubles crown as well.

The 60-year-old, pictured right, is a member of the Academy’s tennis club and a regular player for Yorkshire veterans.

He entered Nottingham’s West Bridgeford National Tournament unseeded, but cut a swathe through higher-ranked players to reach the final.

There he beat Derby’s John Taylor 6-4, 1-6 and 10-7 to clinch the men’s singles title.

Whitelaw now intends to take this form into his next tournament, the British Open at Birmingham.

“It was probably exciting for those watching but it was a bit tense on court,” said Whitelaw.

“It’s definitely been a confidence boost though, and is the pre-cursor to the British Open so hopefully my body parts will hold out for that!”

Whitelaw then linked up with Sheffield’s Wilf Jessop, another Yorkshire regular, for the doubles.

The pair won the final 7-5 and 6-3, despite never having played as a doubles team.

“We’ve both played for Yorkshire but never together as Wilf normally has a different partner,” Whitelaw revealed.

“But they weren’t able to play so we thought we may as well team up. And it’s proved to be quite successful so I think we’ll stick with it for the next tournament.”