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Tennis: Woods & Long take crowns at Isle of Man Open

Tournament plays out around challenging weather conditions

Charlie Woods and Sarah Long have scooped the top prizes during this year's Isle of Man Open.

The event - returning for 2024 - saw 16 male players and eight female competitors compete across four days from 4-7 April at Douglas Lawn Tennis Club.

Despite tough weather conditions, the opening two days saw the first round and quarter finals clashes take place before the men's semi-finals as well as the men's and ladies singles finals were moved to the indoor facility at Albany due to Storm Kathleen.

In the men's singles, the semi-finals on the Saturday (6 April) saw Craig Blackwell earn a commanding victory over Nick Reeder (6-1,6-0) whilst UK-based Woods made short work of Isle of Man opponent Nerijus Gricevicius (6-0, 6-0) in the other last-four tie.

Woods would then go on to outclass Blackwell in the men's final 6-1, 6-4 to take the overall men's competition win.

Elsewhere, Long produced a commanding performance to overcome Libby Moore (6-0,6-1) in the semi-finals whilst Rosie Manuja progressed in the other semi-final after managing to beat Abigail Grace Cowell (6-1, 6-1).

With the remaining two now decided for the ladies singles final, it was Long who'd secure the title with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Manuja.

Tennis Isle of Man is thanking the tournament committee and players for their patience and understanding with the mid-event changes.

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