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In memory of Mel
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 @ 14:03 by Mark Phillip

Every spring since 2001 Glossop Pyegrove Tennis Club has hosted an open men’s singles tournament in memory of one of the club’s stalwarts, Mel Harrop.

Mel (pictured top right) played at Glossop from the ‘60s to the ‘80s and was the best player at the club for many years leading the team in the now defunct Tameside league.

Not only was he a key player but he worked hard for the club, always being heavily involved in getting the old shale courts back into a playable condition after the damage inflicted on them during the winter – so different to now when the new courts allow all the year round play with minimal effort.

The big question for this year is: can anyone break the dominance of Alex Graver from New Mills? Although there have been nine different winners over the 15 years the tournament has been running, Alex has taken the title for the last six years in a row beating his team mate from New Mills, Alex Miramon, in the final.

Chris Lolley will again be running the tournament which this year will be held on Saturday, April 8, starting at 10am. The round robin format means that all entrants are guaranteed several sets of tennis and an excellent buffet lunch, all for an entry fee of £8.

It is an all-day event with the semi-finals and final in the afternoon. For more information please contact Chris on 01457 764492 or [email protected]


Picture (from left to right): Jeremy Clarke, David Clough, Mel Harrop

                                                Janet Wood, Beryl Cooper, Rae Wrigglesworth, Ruth Clough


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