The first two events of this year’s Mini Red Tennis Tour have provided entertainment for all.

Now in its eighth year, the series of competitions for under-8 tennis players, leading to a grand final in March is continuing to flourish.

It provides an ideal local low cost base for first time competitors in the area and this year is proving to be no different with players from across West Cumbria, Carlisle and even Scotland.

The competitions are supported by Cumbria Community Foundation and the Ashfield Tennis Club fund so it is very important that players local to the area and involved.

The first two events, held at Netherhall and St Joseph’s Schools respectively, have seen plenty of children from the Workington coaching programme taking part and for the first time this year has seen an extra competition for under-9 beginners.

At Netherhall, the under-8 boys winner was Dumfries-based Logan McCluskey with Carlisle’s Rex Castillo as runner-up.

In the girls competition, Mia Johnston triumphed, from Erin Charnock in second.

The new under-9 competition saw Cockermouth’s Zoe Lofgren take the honours, from runner-up Oliver Stalker, of Workington, with Workington’s Maisie Holliday in third place.

At the St Joseph’s School event, the boy’s under-8 winner again came from Dumfries, with Dominik Czopek leading, from runner-up Rex Castillo of Carlisle.

The girls winner was Mia Johnston, of Workington, with Maryport’s Abbey McCracken as runner-up and Workington’s Mia Hunter in third place.

There was no under-9 event.