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Charlie and James 2019 20s Category Finalists

Congratulations to Charlie D’Oyly (the bearded, bright shoe’d one on the left), the 2019 20s Category Tournament winner by defeating James Thomas, 8-4. This finally (don’t ask) completes the 2019 Category Tournaments.
Congratulations to all the other winners whose names will soon grace the Honours boards for far, far longer than their handicaps. The 2020 cycle starts again with the 70+ Tournament at the (very) end of November.
Thanks Peter for the photo!

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The Dedanists

The Dedanists sponsor a lot of Junior and student Real Tennis including the Inter-Universities Real Tennis Cup here in Cambridge. They also play Real Tennis and last Saturday they visited the Home of Real Tennis for a 8 match of ‘Set to 10’ fixture. At the half way stage the Dedanists were ahead 3-1 and everyone had played the first of their two matches. We were ahead of schedule and although the games were closely fought there was nothing for the highlight reel.

5 of 7 Dedanists

That was about to change. The last 4 matches comprised 75 games. Which as I’m sure you, dear reader, will have worked out means that 3 ended up 10-9. Two of these were 40-all to boot. Here are some words from the 10-9 that ‘only’ got to 40-30…

I shall remember for some time the shot our Cambridge opponents made when we were serving at 30-40 9-9 all with a two yard chase. The ball hit the penthouse and fell dead at 1 yard. Such is the game!

In the final Singles, Cambridge were leading 9-all and 40-15, and defending a 2 yard chase. Undeterred, the Dedanists won with one of their namesake shots… into the Dedans, before taking the match. Meanwhile on Blue, not content with a single 9-all, 40-all point, we decided to go for two with the second being Hazard the Line!


Lunch! (Photo Credit: Carl Snitcher)

While the schedule was not actually in ruins at this point, it was in a certain amount of disrepair. The fixture was perhaps fittingly was tied at 4-all and all that remained was to see if we had been left any lunch (we were) and if the strategic reserves of Rosé had been found (they had not).

A link to a Google Photos Album of the above pictures and more: Dedanists

Many thanks to our trio of markers and especially Peter for his tireless organisation.

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Hyde ‘n Holyport

Several intrepid CURTC members made the trips to The Hyde, the UK’s western-most Court in Dorset. The Court has had a colourful history before being restored to its rightful purpose as a result of one of the first Lottery funded sports facility projects.  It should be on everyone’s must visit list, IMO, and well worth the journey. In a great day of tennis, Andrew Petrie just fell short in a comeback from 1 set and 1-5 down, Nige Parslow, Dave Isherwood and myself all earned handicap improvements while The Hyde took one back in the Doubles. First a collage*…

Clockwise from top left: John Davies (Hyde), Dave isherwood (W), Andrew Petrie, Nige Parslow(W), Adrian Paterson (Hyde)

…and then please check out the full gallery by clicking on: The Hyde for the google photos album.

The following Saturday it was the rather closer Thames Valley for the match at Holyport. Their Club is thriving following a recent threat from developers and has a great Court including a scoreboard connected to the marker’s RT Marker scoring system.
A first for me were several ‘Dog on Court’ incidents. Here is the ‘culprit’ looking cute and safe, at the time, in the Dedans.

Dog not stopping play

Holyport ? – ?? CURTC

Scoring proved to be a bit problematic as the original schedule of 2 Sets per match was abandoned at 1 Set-all in the first match. Nonetheless is is probably safe to say that Anthony Bailey may (or may not) have been victorious, but myself and Andrew Snodgrass were definitely not while Tony Kennedy probably just lost. I’m counting our Doubles as an honorary draw as we slow burned from 5-1 down in the 2nd set while TK and Andrew did win their Doubles. Anyway, it was an excellent day of tennis and the lunch met the exacting standards of even our most picky travellers! Here’s the link to the google photos album: Holyport

Tony Kennedy

Chris Figg (Holyport), Andrew Snodgrass, Conor O’Shea (Holyport), Tony Kennedy

Many thanks to our Hosts for their Hospitality, Tennis, Marking and two excellent Lunches! We look forward to seeing them at the Home of Real Tennis in the equivalent weeks next year (if not before).

* Click on any image for a larger version!

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Blue Court

Remember the Hessian?

Tower of Power

Clean Team (minus Jim L)


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In case you missed the e-mails…

NW Brown Wealth Management Singles and Doubles League 2019
We are delighted to announce a new league which will run on Monday (<55 handicap) and Wednesday (>55 handicap) evenings from 6pm over July and August: the NW Brown Wealth Management Singles and Doubles League.

FORMAT: Teams will include 6 players, from which 4 will play in a given match. Players will participate in a singles match (1st to 8) and a doubles match (best of 3 sets) on each evening. Singles will be marked by the Pro, doubles will be self marked. Players will provide a light supper to share at the end of the evening.

COST: Summer Season Ticket (SST) holders: will only pay marking costs of £7.50/ player/ evening, Non SST holders: £22/ player/ evening

SIGN UP: Please sign up to this doodle

Summer Season Ticket (SST) 2019
The SST allows holders to book courts without court fees being charged during all times of the week – peak and off peak – over the period of 1st July 2019 to 31st August 2019 for an all-in fee of £75. The Club hopes that members taking advantage of this offer will observe the spirit of the offer and be careful about booking courts and then not using or cancelling them, even though there is no charge, so that as many players as possible can benefit.

The deal will apply from 1st July or the date full payment is received (cheque or BACS payment if your account is not already sufficiently in credit to cover the additional £75), whichever is the later.

If you are interested in taking up this popular offer please make the appropriate payment and sign up HERE

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Cambridge Weekend

Cambridge Weekend Winners

Congratulations to Iain & Paulina (or should that be Paulina & Iain) who took the honours in the Cambridge Weekend Mixed Doubles. Our roving reporter aka Vix writes… Paulina & Iain beat Judy and visitor Freddie in the main event. Vix & visitor Malik beat Joss & Simon to win the Plate. Vix & Simon’s photo shows they are both normal height and that everyone else is just short..

Paulina & Iain

Malik & Vix

Normal heighted Players

Kees splits the Winners!

Thanks Ben for the photos!


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Bordeaux: Still on Schedule

If you are interested in a trip to play in Bordeaux next Spring please let us know HERE

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Premier Final Wrap-Up

An eventful evening with some spectacular tennis ended with a resounding victory to the East. However it could all have been so very different if Mr Fixit, aka Jeremy Fairbrother had not been on hand to fix some last-minute lighting issues…

Mr Fixit saves the day

To the victor goes the spoils

Stream Team

East, PP, North

Three Champs: World, CURTC Ladies, Amateur

and finally, the victorious East of Rob Fahey, MBE and Edmund Kay, PhD

Photo Credits: Vix Harvey

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National League Premier Division Final, Friday May 10th

It’s not too late to get a ticket to witness this East vs North epic with Rob Fahey, MBE, Ed Kay, Ben Taylor-Matthews & Darren Long on Friday evening at 5pm. Reserve your place by clicking HERE
For those further afield a live Stream should appear at:

Direct link

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Bordeaux latest

Time to add Bordeaux to next year’s fixtures’ list?
Update: Yes indeed, CURTC is pencilled in to visit the new Court in Bordeaux over the weekend of 28/29 March 2020. Please e-mail if interested…

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ça monte

News from Jeu de Paume de Bordeaux: Things are shaping up!

Opening Soon!

The opening is still planned for September 2019, we will let you know more soon.
Paul van der Linden
Président Association Sportive du Jeu de Paume de Bordeaux
107 Avenue Marcel Dassault, 33700 Mérignac FR

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East Anglia Pennant: Final Round

In our final match of the East Anglia pennant we played Newmarket RTC at home. Representing Cambridge were Gary Weller, Jim Ludekens, Alan Sharp and Ben Geytenbeek. We went into this match aiming for a 6-0 victory to keep us in the running for the League title. Everyone played and fought exceptionally well and we nearly got there, and were 5-0 up, but the opponent in my singles match was just too strong, so the evening ended on a 5-1 victory for Cambridge. This meant that we took second place in the League over the season. The final results table was:

Prested 24

Many thanks to all of those involved in organising and playing in the pennant. Hopefully CURTC will manage to win next year.

Jim Ludekens

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50s Category National Tournament

Congratulations to CURTC’s Ben Geytenbeek who followed up his 50s triumph on Finals Day here at the Home of Real Tennis last Saturday with a win in the National Tournament at Prested this weekend.
Ben’s road to Victory
1st round def Mike Cotton (Prested) 2/6 6/3 6/5 (2 hour epic with come from behind in 2nd & 3rd sets)
Semi final def Peter Kirby (Oxford) 6/5 6/1
Final def Tom Lucey (Prested) 6/2 6/4

plus an honorary mention to Charlie D’Oyly who made it to the Final of the 20s Category National Tournament at Moreton Morrell

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Finals Day: Through the Lens

The links below will take you to google photos albums

Watch the ball

Ben Geytenbeek

Watch the ball

Michael Firth

Watch the ball

Tony Kennedy

Joe Zygmunt

Those lefty serves….

Thanks to Jacqui Siu for covering the 30s and Ladies!

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Finals Day Report

Months of real tennis tournaments culminated in the CURTC Finals Day Sponsored by Hannay-Robertson Financial Planning. Places on the honours boards in the Green Court Galleries were at stake. Play began on the Green Court with the 50s Category Final between Ben Geytenbeek and Michael Firth. The pair exchanged games early on, with Firth able to put the ball into places that Geytenbeek couldn’t quite reach. However, after a good service game at 4-all, Geytenbeek was able to step into another gear and find some extra momentum. Hitting the ball cleanly, he went through to win the match 8-4. Following them on the Green Court was the 70s Category Final between Elle Curzon-Green and Paul Fox, although both had crept down into the 60s since they qualified back in early December. Curzon-Green was unable to find her form from the recent Varsity match at Lord’s, while Fox was able to muscle everything back over the net at her. Fox raced off to a quick start, and while Curzon-Green started to fight back, Fox held on to finish the match 8-4.

50s Finalists

Paul & Elle

70+ Finalists

Over on the Blue Court, play started with the 40s Category Final between Jim Ludekens and Vix Harvey. Ludekens was a clear favourite going into the match, but Harvey threw everything she could at him. Her volley return of serve was excellent, but Ludekens covered the back of the court well, retrieving almost everything and going on to take the title 8-3. Both players would be back later in the day for yet more finals action. The next match was the 60s Category Final between Dave Isherwood and Tony Kennedy. The upper galleries were packed with supporters for both sides spanning multiple generations. Whether or not the youngest fans were paying too much attention to the tennis was another question! The match was dominated by the service, as spin and variation from both players was key. In a hard fought match, ultimately Kennedy came out on top 8-5.

TK & Dave

60s and Support

Next up was the prestigious Graduate Cup Final. Richard Bowers was back in the final, having won the tournament in 2016. He was playing against first-time finallist Joe Zygmunt, whose supporters filled up the Cambridge dedans. The handicap was a respectable Rec 15/Owe half 15, so both players had a chance to be competitive. However, Zygmunt struggled to find the right length of his left-handed railroad serve, letting Bowers into the game with a few easy points each game. He was volleying very well, making Bowers run around a lot of the court to retrieve the ball. Ultimately though, Bowers was strong enough to seal victory comfortably 8-2.

Jim & Vix


Richard & Joe

Graduate Cup: A Study in Shorts

The last of the category tournaments was the 30s Category Final between Andy Smith and Mark Perriton. This was a battle between one player who likes to hit the ball hard for winners, and one player who can spend all day retrieving the ball from the corners. The first few games were long and tight, with Smith extending the points far longer than Perriton would have liked. It was exhilarating tennis all the way through, but Smith held on for a comfortable victory.

Mark & Andy


Vix & Venetia

CURTC Ladies Championship

The final two matches of the day saw the players from the 40s Category Final in action again. The CURTC Ladies Championship Final was between 2017 winner Vix Harvey and defending champion Venetia D’Arcy. Both served well, but Harvey hit her targets well to take the first set 6-3. Harvey carried the adrenaline from winning the first set into the second, racing to a 4-0 lead. But D’Arcy fought back well, taking the set to 5-all as Harvey began to tire. But Harvey held onto her serve in the final game to take the championship 6-3 6-5. The final match of the day saw Jim Ludekens in action again in the Junior U18 Club Championship against Andrew Barker. Ludekens was able to hold on to his second championship of the day, comfortably winning 8-3.

Ben Geytenbeek, Author

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