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02/08/2014
WIMBLEDON GRADED TOURNAMENT 2014
 

Sharpes Is Wimbledon's 'A' Grade Winner

  Wimbledon Graded Tournament 2014


The 2014 Wimbledon Graded event in July saw Chris Sharpes (black shorts) emerge victorious in the A Grade tournament after a closely contested final against Adam Aukland.

The annual event, which has been running for twenty years, is held at the Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness club. Since being opened in 1937, is also home to badminton courts and a gymnasium.

As a graded event, the tournament pits competitors against others in their ability bracket which makes for close matches. This particular edition saw 87 players compete. Sponsors Prince provided prizes for the main event winners and runners up.

The tournament consisted of grades A-E, with a plate competition for those knocked out in the first round of the main event.

The event runs to give adults a chance to play in a fun social squash tournament against similar standard players around the country.

The A grade final saw a determined Sharpes defeat Aukland 3-2 whilst the grade’s plate final saw James Fender triumph over Stefan Stanton. Stuart Parfet impressed in the B grade final, defeating Yoshi Kagawa in a 3-1 victory. Nick Weekes put an end to Paul Jegede-Brimson’s bid in the B grade plate final by winning matching that result.

The C grade tournament ended with Kartar Ryatt falling to Matt Hewitt whilst the D and E grades saw George Horton and Jay Gravatt come out on top respectively.

The action continued into the C plate final and Florin Pana’s hard-fought match against Paul Bickell was one of the highlights.. George Horton had a slightly easier time of it when he beat Mike Cooper 3-0 in the D plate final.

The culmination of the E plate final was met by Jay Gravatt’s victory over Anna Zabska.

Tournament organiser Phil Rushworth said: “This year's Wimbledon Racquets Graded Event once again attracted a great number of squash enthusiasts from all levels.  The event was played in great spirit, with some superb matches across all the Grades.  The weekend ended with a wonderfully entertaining final between club favourite, Charles Sharpes and Adam Aukland, which Sharpes won after 5 games in front of a thrilled crowd.”

A summer barbecue was put on for the weekend, ensuring that the weekend was enjoyed by players and spectators alike.