OXFORDSHIRE tennis is mourning the death of Nicky Maskens.

As well as being the county’s chairperson, she was also Oxfordshire’s LTA councillor and an LTA board member.

The county committee paid tribute to Mrs Maskens, who had a long association with the sport in the county, in a statement on their website.

“We will miss Nicky’s fair and shrewd decision-making, her unwavering and encouraging support of colleagues, her sense of humour, pragmatism and kindness,” they said.

“She will be an almost impossible act to follow.”

Her funeral will take place at 4pm on Friday, May 24 at Oxford Crematorium.

North Oxford beat Wimborne Minster by the narrowest of margins to make it two wins out of two in the National League Team Championships.

After the four singles and two doubles matches, the scores were level in the South West Division clash.

Two singles shoot-outs were shared, with Joe Cartledge coming from 7-2 down to win 10-8.

The tie was finally settled in a doubles shoot-out, where Ben Calnan and Jack Rooney won 10-6.