Maki (16) is magical, Clyde (79) is classy

Some of the finalists in the Longthorpe Tennis Club Championships. (from left) Jason Sowerby, Maki Zivotic, Phil Watson, Caroline Beaty, Gee Farnsworth and Thalia Martin.
Some of the finalists in the Longthorpe Tennis Club Championships. (from left) Jason Sowerby, Maki Zivotic, Phil Watson, Caroline Beaty, Gee Farnsworth and Thalia Martin.
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Age is no barrier to success at Longthorpe Tennis Club.

The city-based club staged their annual finals weekend and 16 year-old Maki Zivotic and 79 year-old Clyde Aylin were among the winners.

Zivotic won all three events he was eligible to enter - the mens singles, the mens open doubles and the mixed open doubles - while Aylin, who has world ranking in the under 80 age group, partnered Phil Watson to victory in the mens over 45 doubles final.

Watson was beaten by Jack Hunt School pupil Zivotic in the singles final, but recorded a second success in the mixed over 45 doubles with Caroline Beaty.

Beaty also won the ladies over 45 doubles for the third straight year with Ruth Swann.

Swann beat her doubles partner in the ladies singles final.

Results

Men: Singles: Zivotic beat Watson 7-5, 6-3; Open Doubles: Zivotic and Jan Ortonowski beat Saqib & Aqib Farooq 6-1, 6-2; Over 45 Doubles: Aylin & Watson beat Paul Stevenette & Graham Moyle, 6-3, 6-2.

Ladies: Singles: Swann beat Beaty 6-3, 6-1; Over 45 Doubles: Beaty & Swann beat Jo Martin & Jane Eayrs 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.

Mixed: Open Doubles: Zivotic & Thalia Martin beat Jason Sowerby & Gee Farnsworth 6-4, 6-4; Over 45 Doubles: Watson & Beaty beat Alan & Ruth Swann 6-0, 6-3. Restricted Doubles: Julian Dowse & Alison Hurford beat Aidan Mahon and Liz Norfolk 6-4, 6-2.