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The Mel Harrop Memorial Trophy
Wednesday 16th March 2016 @ 10:23 by Mark Phillip

Article by Kate Roberts

Mel Harrop played at Glossop Tennis Club (Pyegrove) from the 60s to the 80s.

He was the men`s Captain and one of the best players the Club has known.

He was quite a character and many in Glossop will remember him.

He died in 2000 and it was decided to run an open men’s singles tournament in his memory.

His family donated the Mel Harrop Memorial Trophy which has been contested in spring every year since 2001.

Normally players from Pyegrove are joined by those from New Mills and Ashton & Rosehill tennis clubs but the club is hoping to spread the net even wider for this year’s tournament.

There have been nine different winners over the 14 years but the last five have been won by a promising young player from New Mills, Alex Graver.

Pyegrove’s most illustrious winner was Mambo Njovu, who was the Zambian Davis Cup captain and Junior Zambian Team coach.

Chris Lolley will be running the tournament as usual which this year is on April 17th, starting at around 10am.

It is a round robin format so all entrants get several sets of tennis.

By mid-afternoon the semi-finals are taking place and then the final, so it`s a long day`s play for the winner & runner-up!

Those who are knocked out early can enjoy Chris` excellent buffet food.

So, if you fancy a friendly yet competitive day`s tennis and challenging Alex Graver’s stranglehold on the trophy, get some practice in and enter the tournament.

More info from or from Chris Lolley on 01457 764492 or [email protected]