Youth triumphed over experience at Moreton Morrell Tennis Court Club on Sunday when 18-year-old Vaughan Hamilton beat 68-year-old veteran Philip Shaw-Hamilton in the Owen-George Cup.
Shaw-Hamilton, the current World Over 65 doubles champion and the UK Over 60 doubles champion, was beaten 6 – 4, 6 -3 by the young university student, who was last year’s beaten finalist and was ranked no 2 in the world at under 18 level.
The Owen-George Cup is a Real Tennis tournament played in memory of Roland Owen-George, who, with his business partner His Honour James Blythe, were both members at Moreton Morrell. Together the friends founded Blythe Owen-George & Co solicitors in 1952, from which Blythe Liggins was formed in 1998.
Richard Thornton, joint senior partner of Blythe Liggins, which sponsors the cup, said: “Roland Owen-George, together with Sir Richard Hamilton, Anthony Hobson and others, worked tirelessly to keep the tennis club afloat during some very difficult times in the 1960s and this annual competition is a fitting recognition of his legacy. It’s a great honour for us to sponsor the event, marking the contribution to real tennis made by one of our firm’s founders.”