Tennis

Inter Services Tennis Championships 2019: The Winners

The Men's, Women's and Masters trophies were on the line in the two-day tournament.

Watch: the best of the action from day one of the tournament.

The Army have won the men's title at the 2019 Inter Services Tennis Championships.

On the second day at the All England Club, the Army Men were crowned champions while, in the women's tournament, it was the RAF who took home the trophy.

The men's Masters tournament was won by the RAF while the women's Masters was a success for the Navy.

The tournament was set to start at the All England Club in Wimbledon on Monday, but the decision was made to move the action to Aldershot due to weather concerns.

LTA Referee Rob Bosshardt said: "It was quite a lot of fairly nasty, drizzly, wet stuff, unfortunately, so the grass courts aren't playable for the rest of the day.

"We took the decision to come here to the Army Tennis Centre at Aldershot where we've got four indoor courts and five outdoor hard courts which dry a lot quicker than grass".

Once the matches started, the Army took control with some impressive performances.

Captain Ben Rogers led the way for the Army by beating the Navy’s Scott Nicholls in straight sets before facing off with the RAF’s Andy Keeley.

The Air Force player could not stop Rogers’ momentum though as he also suffered a straight-sets loss.

The Army player spoke about the change in location: “Clearly, we were geared to play at Wimbledon today. We got there and the weather forecast was bad. The decision was made to move to Aldershot so here we are.

“It’s slightly fortunate for us that we are now on home turf.

Referring to some physical issues, he also added that 'age is catching up with him': “I struggled a lot with my hip in the second match. I think going two matches in quick succession can sometimes take its toll.”

The Army's Captain Ben Rogers overcame an injury to win his two matches.

In the second strings tournament, Harry Wandle of the Army and Ciaran Losh of the Navy provided an even match while in the third string, Dev Chowdbury of the Navy won both of his matches.

The women’s competition was a key part of the day. Fiona Welborn was a favourite for the Army and after seeing off her Navy opponent, she took on the RAF’s Andrea Jackson.

These two players were evenly matched, but it was Welborn who eventually came out on top winning by two sets to one.

She said: “The second one was a grind and a half. I think it is also knowing that you have to win it for the team.

“There is so much more pressure than if I am playing for myself.

“I knew I had to win because if I don’t, I have let the girls down.”