Tennis ace’s dream comes true as she earns GB call

Pam McGrath Chairman of Goosnargh Tennis Club with Mary Durran her doubles partner
Pam McGrath Chairman of Goosnargh Tennis Club with Mary Durran her doubles partner
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A senior sports ace served her way to a place in the Great British squad after clinching victory in the British over 80s women’s tennis doubles.

Pam McGrath described her stellar victory at the British Seniors Open Clay Court Championship in Bournemouth as “beginner’s luck”.

And now the 79-year-old has been called up to represent her country in a team of four in the Super-Seniors World Championships that will be staged in Turkey in October

Pam, from Goosnargh, near Preston, is due to turn 80 in November and qualified to compete in the over 80s round at the Grade One International Tennis Federation senior competition.

She played with doubles partner Mary Durran, 82, who will captain the GB team and admitted the national call up is a dream come true.

She said: “It all happened by chance, a mutual friend brought me and Mary together and the rest is history.

“It is just fantastic, I always wanted to play for Lancashire but I was never good enough and now I’m finally going to play for my country.

“Being the first time, perhaps it was beginner’s luck, and it shows that if you stay healthy you can achieve anything. I lost to Mary, who is a great player, in the semi-finals of the singles and there are no hard feelings.”

The tournament is a highlight of the European senior circuit and more than 200 people aged between 35 and 85 travelled from across Europe to enter the event.

Pam is chairman of Goosnargh Tennis Club and she hopes her success will encourage more people to take up the sport and use the facilities. She said: “We need more members of all ages to come and join us. If we don’t prosper then the village will lose the courts.”