Tennis:No room at Les Ormes!

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Two men and 11 ladies – several in tears – were shown the door.

Two of the unlucky girls had flown in from America and another, 17-year-old Anastasia Poltoratskaya, from Russia.

This morning CILTA officials were having problems getting her flights back home.

The difficulties arose after 51 men turned up for 48 places in the Jersey Tourism leg of the $50,000 LTA satellite tournament and 43 ladies for 32 slots in the $25,000 Caversham Ladies event.

An English girl, Elizabeth Thomas (21), had flown in from Manchester, lost her kit along the way and then broke down when she was told she couldn’t play.

Said tournament director and CILTA development officer Hugh Raymond: ‘It’s a great shame – but those are the ITF rules.

Players are accepted or rejected on the basis of their world rankings.

Many players turn up hoping to get in and to improve their rankings and they knew before they travelled that there was a good chance they wouldn’t make it.

Some of the girls who didn’t get in were in the top 800 in the world.

‘This is the first time that we’ve had full draws in both events but it proves the popularity of these tournaments in Jersey.

It just gets better and better.’ Meanwhile 39-year-old Andrew Evans, the Caesarean coach and the only Jersey entrant, made it through to the qualifying draw after he and 19-year-old American Paul Haresfield found themselves ranked equally and opted to play off for the last place on Saturday evening.

Evans came out on top 8-0 in a first-to-eight-game decider.

Then yesterday Evans saw off 19-year-old Englishman Tom Williams 7-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted nearly two hours before being pitted against another youthful American Chris Wettengel – seeded eighth in the qualifier – in the final match last night.

That turned out to be another one and a half hour marathon but this time Evans went out 6-3, 6-3.

Said Raymond: ‘Andrew really did himself proud – he played some superb tennis.’ And Evans – who was out on the golf course this morning- said: ‘I really enjoyed it.

It’s great that I can compete with these guys even at my age – although I’m aching all over today! ‘In the end Wettengel was just too quick for me.

He kept me moving all the time and wore me down.

The standard even in the qualifier is very high – definitely higher than at the last tournament in October.’ The ladies’ qualifier was due to start today.

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