National Premier Tennis Finals – day two

Day two of the National Premier Tennis Finals in Sunderland saw local representatives Virgin Active Wearside beat defending champions Gloucester 3-1 to book a place in the Semi-final against Bromley on Saturday.

Friday’s evening match again saw a big crowd at the Virgin Active club, which is the first Sunderland venue to hold the event for 12 years.

And if enough people attend the event this year it could return again to the city next year.

Tournament director Mike Dixon said: “It’s been tremendous, yesterday evening the host club Virgin Active were playing and we had nearly 300 hundred people here, there’s just a momentum building. And it’s great for Sunderland and for Wearside.

“Fingers crossed Sunderland will win this evening and they’ll be playing tomorrow. But I would say to anyone in Sunderland who would like to come down there’s loads of tickets, loads of refreshments here, a really great day out for the family. It’s great.

“Let’s keep the event in Sunderland by coming down over the weekend and paying on the door.”

Earlier in the day Tennis World Middlesbrough were given a reprieve when Four Oaks, who had qualified for the quarterfinals by beating Virgin Active Lancashire, were unable to field a team for Friday.

This meant the Teessiders were put through as the “Lucky Losers” and played Warwickshire.

However, they were unable to beat the number one seeds, who had British number four Dan Evans playing for them, and lost 4-0. At the same time Loughborough beat Manchester Northern 3-1.

The semi-final between Virgin Active Warwick and Loughborough will take place at noon on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Wearside’s semi-final opponents Bromley cruised through beating Sutton 4-0.

Wearside’s semi-final will start at 5:30pm and any wanting to attend can pay on the door.

This article can be seen on the Spark Sunderland website here.

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