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Real Tennis Ladies World Champion Claire Vigrass’ career continues to go from strength to strength after another historic win which has seen her take the British Ladies Open Singles Championship title for the fifth consecutive year.
Vigrass of Essex, who has long been described as the dominant force in the ladies game, is the Head Professional at Prested Hall’s Real Tennis Club in Feering, Essex where she learned to play aged just 11. In 2011 she became the youngest ever World Champion at the age of 19, and as there are so few women at her level, usually finds herself playing male opponents in professional tournaments.
The Neptune British Ladies Open Singles Tournament final which was held at Seacourt on 13th April saw Claire in a convincing 6-3, 6-2 win against her sister Sarah Vigrass to retain her title. Later in the day, Sarah and Claire Vigrass also teamed up in the final of the British Ladies Open Doubles Championship where they won against Alex and Jess Garside 6-0, 6-1. This run of major wins comes on the back of a successful season in the International Real Tennis Players Association National League, in which Claire recently beat tough opponent Darren Long 6-4, 6-0 to take Prested into a nail-biting final next month, where they are favourites to win the divisional title.
Claire will also be overseeing the upcoming “Home & Away Tournament” – a brand new tournament for Real Tennis, which will be held at Prested Hall in Essex on the 31st May 2014.
The tournament will see Real Tennis players from all over the country paired with local players from the region in a series of handicap doubles matches. Players will compete for the Prested Home and Away Cup, and for the inaugural tournament title.
For more information about how to compete in the tournament or for a free introductory lesson with Prested’s world class professionals, Claire Vigrass and Lewis Williams, please contact 01376 570220 or email
Prested Hall is the only hotel in the world to offer the fascinating, historic game of Real Tennis – the original racquet sport from which the modern game of lawn tennis is descended. Two indoor real tennis courts are based in Prested’s Health Club.

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