Harrogate Racquets first team regain league title

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Harrogate Racquets Club First Team are the Harrogate and District Division One Tennis champions, a title the club last won 13 years ago.

After narrowly missing out last year on a rubber count to Harlow, the team comprising Gilly, Jonathan and George Smail, Audrey and Danielle Henderson and Simon Illes convincingly won, five points ahead of their closest rivals Harlow.

At the other end of the table, the Racquets second team avoided relegation by the closest of margins with Bedale and Starbeck going down.

One member of the successful Racquets team, George Smail also recently became the Yorkshire 16 and under champion.

This was also a crown won by his father Jonathan some 30 years earlier.

George, who has not been playing tournaments or competitive tennis (other than for the Racquets team) for nearly two years, beat the number one, two and three seeds without dropping a set to win the tournament.