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Tennis talent runs in the family …

Date: Friday 4th March 2016

FATHER and daughter Gary and Hannah Payton, formerly of Kirkby Stephen,

narrowly missed out on a national tennis title at their first attempt.

They were competing for the national father and daughter tennis title in

Birmingham and finished third.

Gary, a former national senior champion who was a sports development officer

at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, and Hannah had progressed through

local and regional rounds to the national semi-finals which they narrowly lost

out to Graham and Hayley Tallin, from Buckinghamshire the eventual winners

of the title.

The match was tight from start to finish, and could easily have gone either way,

with both pairs swapping the lead throughout both sets. Gary and Hannah got

off to a great start, racing into a 2-0 first set lead only to be pegged back

before again going ahead 3-2 and 4-3.

At 4-4 though they suffered a break of serve and could not break back, losing

the opening set 4-6. The second set followed a similar pattern only this time

the Payton’s broke at 4-4 to take a 5-4 lead and served to level up at a set all.

However, they were broken and finally lost the second set 7-5.

This meant they went into the play-off match for third place where they faced

last years’ winners from Warwickshire. The match proved very similar to the

semi-final, with nothing to choose between the pairs, but this time the Paytons

got the crucial breaks at the right time to win 6-4, 6-4.

Prizes were presented to each of the top four pairs and Gary and Hannah

each received a memento for finishing third in the country along with prizes

from sponsors Prince and the Tennis Gallery, Wimbledon.

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Family News                                                                                                             

Tennis talent runs in the family …

Date: Friday 4th March 2016

FATHER and daughter Gary and Hannah Payton, formerly of Kirkby Stephen, narrowly

missed out on a national tennis title at their first attempt.

They were competing for the national father and daughter tennis title in Birmingham and

finished third.

Gary, a former national senior champion who was a sports development officer at Kirkby

Stephen Grammar School, and Hannah had progressed through local and regional

rounds to the national semi-finals which they narrowly lost out to Graham and Hayley

Tallin, from Buckinghamshire the eventual winners of the title.

The match was tight from start to finish, and could easily have gone either way, with both

pairs swapping the lead throughout both sets. Gary and Hannah got off to a great start,

racing into a 2-0 first set lead only to be pegged back before again going ahead 3-2 and

4-3.

At 4-4 though they suffered a break of serve and could not break back, losing the

opening set 4-6. The second set followed a similar pattern only this time the Payton’s

broke at 4-4 to take a 5-4 lead and served to level up at a set all. However, they were

broken and finally lost the second set 7-5.

This meant they went into the play-off match for third place where they faced last years’

winners from Warwickshire. The match proved very similar to the semi-final, with nothing

to choose between the pairs, but this time the Paytons got the crucial breaks at the right

time to win 6-4, 6-4.

Prizes were presented to each of the top four pairs and Gary and Hannah each received

a memento for finishing third in the country along with prizes from sponsors Prince and

the Tennis Gallery, Wimbledon.