Dalkeith tennis competition

Gareth Stewart in action at the Dalkeith Tennis Club championships 2015
Gareth Stewart in action at the Dalkeith Tennis Club championships 2015

David Dowell made it a double double as he lifted the Mens’ Singles and Doubles titles for a second successive season at the Dalkeith Tennis Club Championships finals on Saturday.

Dowell retained his singles title with a 6-3, 6-2 win over three-times winner Gareth Stewart in a repeat of last year’s final before teaming up with Michael Roarty to successfully defend the doubles crown, beating Stewart and Grahame Forbes 6-2, 6-3.

In the singles final, a single service break, in the sixth game, was enough to give Dowell the first set. Both players exchanged breaks to start the second set before Dowell reeled off four straight games to lead 5-1. A game later, Dowell was serving for the title and, although Stewart saved two match points with forehand winners, he served out to clinch his second singles title.

In the doubles, Dowell and Roarty raced to a 4-0 lead before breaking Forbes to take the set 6-2. In the second set, Stewart and Forbes let an early break slip away and Dowell and Roarty took the last three games to secure victory.

In the Ladies’ final Susan Cook regained the title she won in 2013 with a 6-0, 6-4 win over first-time finalist Naivasha MacMillan. Cook was then denied a double victory in the doubles, where she and Joanna Young were beaten 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) by defending champions Meg McDermott and Louise Kirkpatrick, who lifted their fourth doubles title.

In the last final of the day, Forbes and Sam Fearnley picked up their sixth mixed doubles title together, cruising to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Roarty and Young.