Tennis tournament property aces

More than 30 property professionals in Hampshire have battled it out in the 9th annual Solent Property Tennis Tournament.

The fiercely-contested event, held yesterday (Thursday) at the Hampshire Tennis & Health Club, by the Rose Bowl stadium near Southampton, was organised by regional real estate adviser Hughes Ellard.

Sponsorship was provided by developers City Estates, chartered accountants CW Fellowes, solicitors Paris Smith and office fit-out specialists DMW, with backing from Southampton Property Association.

Taking part were commercial property agents, developers, lawyers, financiers and accountants.

Russell Mogridge, a Hughes Ellard director who organised the event, said: “Once again the tournament proved a big draw to property professionals in and around Southampton and Portsmouth. It was also a chance to share market intelligence in an informal, fun environment.”

Winners of the men’s doubles were Tim Clark, the retail specialist with Hughes Ellard, and James Daniels, a property taxation analyst with property tax consultants E3.

Andy Goodridge, of property development and investment company City Estates, and Lucy Horne, a commercial property solicitor at legal firm Paris Smith, took the honours for mixed doubles.

The wooden racquet – the tournament’s equivalent of the wooden spoon – was presented to David McGougan of commercial property agency Lambert Smith Hampton for a comically haphazard smash.