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50’s & 40’s Category Tournament Finalists

Congratulations to Robin Faux and Jim Ludekens who will face each other in the 50’s category Final at 10:20am (tbc) on Finals Day, sponsored by Hannay Roberston Financial Planning, Saturday March 17th. They played a tight match on Saturday but this could be even closer in the Final!

50's 2018

How Robin and Jim made it to Finals day

Congratulations also to Will Boys-Stones and Nigel Parslow who will be contesting the 40’s category Final, also at 10:20am (but on the other Court…)
40's 2018

It’s Will vs Nigel in the Final

Please plan to come along on Finals Day to lend your support! It starts at 9:30am.
ps Click on the images and you will actually be able to read them….

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60’s Category Tournament Finalists are…

…Kate Kirk and Tony ‘walk-in’ Kennedy. They will join the other finalists on Finals Day sponsored by Hannay-Robertson Financial Planning, Saturday March 17th. Congratulations to them both and the other participants!
Next up, 50’s and 40’s next weekend, followed by 30’s and 20’s… Sign-up HERE

60's Category results

KK and TK make it to Finals Day

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CURTC February 2018 Newsletter…

… featuring a very youthful looking someone who looks kind of familiar, can be found by clicking HERE

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Trois Tripots 2014 Video

Now in magnificent colour! and with sound!

The historic victory of the CURTC team at Bayonne September 2014

from CURTC’s ace video-man, David Hope, who is leading a foray later this year to regain the coveted trophy!

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IRPTA National League Div 1, Thursday Feb 1st

Radley visit Cambridge for 1st Division National League on Thursday 1st February. Cambridge currently top the table with Radley in a close second, so this promises to be an exciting match with a lot at stake.

First up, at 6pm, Craig Greehalgh (assistant professional at the other place) takes on Alex Evans. Following this will be Robert Shenkman vs Ed Kay, two of the highest ranked amateur players in the country. Robert is in great form having recently won the world under 24 title and will look to end Ed’s 5 year unbeaten singles streak at the home of real tennis. After the two singles matches there will be a doubles.

Please come down and support the Cambridge team as they try and cement their place at the top of the table.

Some great tennis last night. Click on the links below for a recap!

Alex vs Craig START
Ed vs Rob START
Doubles START

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Pol Roger & Brodie Squads in Semi action

Cambridge welcome RTC to the Home of Real Tennis on Sunday in the semi-final of the Pol Roger Trophy. There are some familiar names on the RTC squad so they will not be at much of a disadvantage playing away from home. Please come along and support if you can. There is bound to be some exciting tennis…
Meanwhile Captain ‘Guy’ Kirk’s Brodie team are off to Radley in their Semi. Its is going to be a tough one but who knows.. The squad has already has shown it can win away from the Home of Real Tennis! If you are anywhere near Radley on Sunday, any support would be much appreciated!

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And finally… part 4

I promise you this is the last… Friday of the DofE Tennis Challenge was Seniors day and featured three matches with a brave HRH. In the second match with Anthony Dean partnering HRH against Vix Harvey and Morten Landrock, the banter level hit 11 although Anthony seemed to be living on borrowed time. Not so long ago, that amount of poaching from Royalty would have earned an extended stay in the Tower (or worse).

DofE Seniors

DofE Seniors, click on image for larger

Click for the Google Photos Gallery of the individual photos

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Congratulations to the Graduate Cup Finalists…

Graduate Cup 2018 KO Rounds…Donald Fung and Hugh Markus who made it through the Group and KO Rounds to play for the 2018 Graduate Cup on Finals Day Saturday, March 17th, sponsored by Hannay-Robertson Financial Planning.
Doanld and Hugh join the 70’s Category Tournament finalists (Helena Tunks and Matthew Johnson) and the 60’s, 50’s, 40’s, 30’s and 20’s finalists to be decided next month. It’s not to late to sign-up! Finals Day will also feature the CURTC Ladies Championship, so a great day of tennis on March 17th awaits…

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Behind the Scenes, part 3

By any account, the Juniors session at the DofE Tennis Challenge at CURTC was pretty special. There are loads of photos of these sessions already out there and there are more to come. But here are a few more taken from behind the galleries….

DofE Juniors

DofE Juniors, click on image for larger..

…plus a link to a Google Photos Gallery of the individual photos which let you see some of the detail!

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Behind the Scenes, part 2

Of course, the DofE tennis challenge at Cambridge couldn’t have taken place without a large crew of volunteers. With apologies to those I missed, here are a few pictures in a Google Photos Gallery of everyone hard at work (but having fun, I hope!) along with the collage…

DofE Crew, click on image for larger..

DofE Crew, click on image for larger..

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Behind the Scenes, part 1

Incredible couple of days at the home of Real Tennis as the HRH the Earl of Wessex ticked off the first two of courts on his DofE Real Tennis World Tour. One of the truly remarkable aspects was the transformation of the Blue Court orchestrated by Jocelyn Poulton for the DofE reception on Thursday evening. It all started just after 2pm. Guests started to arrive just before 6pm and weren’t over keen to leave at closing time. But by 8:30pm the Blue Court was back to what it was designed for! Here’s a collage of the transformation….

CURTC's Blue Court, 18/1/2018

Blue Court Transformation. Click on image for larger..

….and a link to a Google Photos Gallery of the Court between 2:30 and 8:30…

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DofE Reception Doubles Exhibition Match…

…will be streamed by CURTC’s Stream Team at 6:15pm (ish) tomorrow, Thursday January 18th. It will be available here:

The Doubles Exhibition Match will feature Ed Kay and Matt Shaw vs Ed Hyde & Alex Evans and be broadcast from Cambridge’s 151 and a bit year old Green Court. If you are not coming to the Club, please check out the stream!
Update: Apologies the streaming gremlins hogged the audio for the relay on the Blue Court and failed to leave anything for the stream….

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DofE Car Wash

On a very chilly Saturday morning, four of our intrepid juniors, led by Kees, washed nine of the Members’ cars. These ranged from fairly new looking and shiny to those which had clearly been ragging their motors round the field in preparation for the big day! Once Kees was up and running with his new toy, the power hose, none of the above proved too much for the juniors and a veritable feast of scrubbing, polishing and rinsing began. Many thanks all the juniors (Jim, Bella, Etienne and Andrew) for participating with such good humour, and to those members who gave so generously and patiently to our initiative (Andy, Christie, Doug, Peter, Stuart, Will’s Mum, Paul, Tom and Sue). Special mention to Jim who survived the entire day! The juniors raised a total of £170 for the D of E, which will be presented to HRH The Earl of Wessex on Thursday, alongside the juniors’ other fundraising efforts.

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The Dutch visit the Home of Real Tennis

On their annual trip to Cambridge, the Dutch showed that ‘no Court’ is ‘no Problem’ as they won the match 7-4.
Match result (missing Cambridge salvaging a bit of pride in the last Doubles) and John Trapp (missing from the above).

The Dutch 7 -4 CURTC

John Trapp, away cooking dinner

The Dutch, 6/1/2018

CURTC, 6/1/2018

Part 3!

Part 4!!

Click on the Thumbnails for much larger images!

and finally a link to a Google Photos gallery containing the photos in the collages above….

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CURTC January 2018 Newsletter…

…can be found HERE and sign-up sheets for this year’s Ladies Championship & Category Tournaments HERE

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5-all, 40-all in the Final of the Christmas Tournament

Finalists: Nina Ludekens & Harry Jones

Finalists: Nina Ludekens & Harry Jones

A Christmas cracker of a final culminated another sociable, yet competitive, tournament. This was an opportunity to play members of different standards in both doubles and singles.
In the knock-out stage of the tournament Nina Ludekens was able to overcome the tournament favourite, Guy Turvill, in the 1st semi final and Harry Jones beat his father Richard Jones in the 2nd semi. The closest of finals, which was between the two youngest players, was won by Harry 6-5.

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Brodie & Pol Roger Cup matches on Sunday

On Sunday, Prested are visiting the Home of Real Tennis in the Brodie Cup and Holyport in the Pol Roger Cup. It all starts at 10am, please drop by and lend your support if you can!
Update: the weather was a winner on Sunday, as Holyport (with one exception) had to cancel their trip and Prested was forced to forfeit two matches. Cambridge did win 2-1 in the matches played with yours truly partnering Will Boys-Stones and Andy Smith registering in the win column and Captain Kirk gamely giving something for Prested to cheer about. Next up, a Home tie for the Pol Roger squad and a trip to Wellington or Radley for the Brodie team. Both matches on Sunday, January 28th.

Updated Update. Wrote too soon on the Brodie result. The two missing rubbers will be played this weekend….
Update#2 Mark Perriton & John Firth clinched the 35D after an epic 5-all game to decide the 1st set. Umpteen deuces (I lost count) before the final denouement. Mark & John clearly decided enough was enough and cruised in the 2nd set after the gallant Prested pair had a chance to pull back to 3-all after losing the first 3 games

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The 2017 Earthworks Doubles League

The Division winners are below. Congratulations!

  • Div 1 Kings
  • Div 2 Endeavour
  • Div 3 Judge & Jury
  • Div 4 Th’underdogs

Thanks to Peter, all the Captains and Markers for making the League run smoothly and last, but by no means least, Earthworks for their sponsorship!

Next up the Tayabali & White Singles League will start from Monday 22nd January,and continue for 20 weeks until late June (with a two-week break over Easter and a break for the Cambridge Week). Schedule will be released shortly!

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Wednesday Outlast Monday to take Ball Sewing Honours

In the end it was down to the sheer single mindedness of the Wednesday crew who kept going even when key squad members were absent due to believing the ‘season was over’…. But many thanks to them and all the other ball makers who participated in the last six weeks of workshops. It was (surprisingly) a fun couple of hours each week and the various wounds are healing quite nicely, thank you.

ps Kees and Peter are already at work planning the 2018 season

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70+ Category Tournament

Helena Tunks and Matthew Johnson’s route to the 70+ category Final. Click on image to see details…

Friday and Saturday saw the inaugural CURTC 70+ category tournament taking place at the Home of Real Tennis. Open to anyone with a handicap over 70, a lot of very close games ensued. Congratulations to all the participants with particular mention to Krittika D’Silva who won the Friday night group in which 3 of the 4 matches ended 8-7! and our 4 semi-finalists in Gillian Moore, Ben Geytenbeek, Matthew Johnson and Helena Tunks. Helena and Matthew prevailed in their Semis and will meet on CURTC Finals Day (sponsored by Hannay-Robertson Financial Planning), Saturday March 17th, when the CURTC Ladies Championship and all the Category Tournament Finals will be decided.

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2017 Inter Universities Cup

Over 70 players descended on Cambridge (and Newmarket) for the 2017 Inter-Universities Tournament at the Home of Real Tennis. In the team competition, Cambridge 1 regained the Inter University Cup by defeating Durham 1 in a tense final. Cambridge were represented by the bearded and non-bearded pairing of Matt Shaw and Jimmy Campbell whereas a clean shaven Durham comprised of Guy Maxwell and Olly Taylor

Cambridge just lost out in the final of the handicap singles to Middlesex as our Varsity Ladies’ Captain Olivia Chesser was defeated by Connor Holmes.

Many thanks to sponsors Pol Roger, Dedanists and the T&RA along with Kees & Peter for their marking and organisation.

ps Check the CURTC twitter feeds for the entrants to the ‘Real Tennis in 15 secs’ video competition.

Olivia Chesser (Cambridge) & Connor Holmes (Middlesex)

2017Inter Uni Winners: Cambridge

2017 Inter Uni Finalists: Cambridge & Durham


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CURTC’s Stream Team are Back

After a frustrating afternoon of set-up yesterday, hopefully the gremlins have been well and truly put back in their box (or wherever gremlins hide when they are not making one’s life miserable). Tennis starts at 6pm, today, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, 23rd. Please use the Youtube live chat or Twitter to participate.

Our very own Ed Kay and Alex Evans will take on the North/South Capital pairing of Will Burns MURTC and Josh Smith RTC in the IRPTA National League, Division 1.

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Queen’s visit in the Brodie Cup

Peter enjoys a cup of (well earned) coffee

The Captain made it back in time and more importantly brought a magnificent lunch with him. He was not needed on court as the 45 Doubles pairing of yours truly and Will Boys-Stones, Andy Smith (40 Singles, complete with comeback) and Michael Firth (50 Singles, an even more impressive comeback) provided the necessary 3 victories. Julian Stafford and Rupert Grose & Mark Perriton left it all out there to complete a highly entertaining afternoon of tennis. Thanks to our visitors and Kees and Peter for marking.
Prested are visiting on December 10th. Should be a close one, especially for those of us who remember visiting PHTC in the Brodie two years ago….

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Westward Ho

Oxford’s perfectly proportioned Court

A squad of CURTC’s finest are back from their trip to the mid west and west of the UK’s Real Tennis Clubs. First up was Oxford on Saturday. We did not get off to a great start… Newly re-recruited Paul Brown took the first set but with exemplary politeness allowed Danny Dawson from his new base to take the next two sets. Johnny Bailey was next up and faced the dilemma of plying Jeremy Irwin Singer who was also preparing lunch. Johnny did the right thing and lost as quickly as was deemed polite for the greater good.

And good it was! Both on the table and off as it signalled a dramatic change in Cambridge fortunes. Tony Kennedy was in fine form and made relatively short work of Chris Peri. Next up was the Saturday ‘dream’ team pairing of Ben Geytenbeek and Charles Pendred. They were up against the infamous (Ron) Mutton chop and ambidextrous serving Stephen Cryan. With the aid of some not so subtle distraction of Stephen in the form of almost true updates from the Scotland rugby match, Cambridge stormed (well walked briskly) back from 3-5 to take the first set. However, their sense of fair play prevailed and they returned the favour by allowing their opponents to take the second set after having a 5-3 lead and a couple of match points. But that was enough politeness as Cambridge took the third set, evening up the match at 2-All. Unfortunately this brought the Knees and Hip combo of yours truly and David Pimblett to Court to try and take the day. We creaked and groaned our way to 5-All against John Stevens and the returning Chris Peri but alas that was it as we let things, our tie and the match slip 5-8 and 2-3. Still an entertaining day of tennis and many thanks to Craig Greenhalgh for marking and organising and Jeremy for that invigorating lunch.

The spacious confines of Bristol RTC

Following a (not so) brief sojourn at the Magdalene Arms, it was on to Bristol the next morning. On the early shift, the Sunday ‘dream’ team of Kennedy and Bailey proved to be too good for our hosts. Johnny remained on Court for his Singles but began to visibly flag as he trailed 3-7 before he put in his bid for comeback of the day to put Cambridge 2-0 up. But would it be enough to give us a winning weekend and to take the coveted ‘Lazarus’ trophy?

Another excellent lunch (thanks to Lyn & Nigel Harradine) did not galvanise our opponents the way it had galvanised our good selves the day before. Back on Court Kennedy put on an immaculate display of hitting the ball straight back down the middle of the court which might have been fine when playing Doubles but was not such a great tactic against a fine striking but somewhat mobility challenged opponent. Still TK prevailed in spite of the singular lack of sympathy for his plight from the Dedans. The Knees and Hip duo were given a second outing but again proved more than unequal to the task as we slipped to a two set to nil defeat sufficiently rapidly to get us back on schedule.

Charles Pendred then took the Court and his somewhat abstemious lunch choices were looking decidedly ill advised as he slipped (well crashed might be a better description) to lose the first 6 games against Patrick Quinn. Fortunately this was a 10 game set and Charles finally got on the scoreboard to take that crucial 7th game. However that seemed a bit of an aberration as the score slid to 2-8. But suddenly there was a ‘Road to Damascus’ like transformation as Charles slowly started racking up the games and the score crept to 8-All. However in that crucial 17th game, Charles was 40-15 down and facing two sub 3yd chases. Incredibly he won one and it was chase off on the other; he got the serve back and served out not just the game but also the set to take the ‘Lazarus’ trophy by acclaim and give Cambridge a winning weekend! Many thanks to our hosts and Kevin King for his patient but eloquent marking.


The squad contemplating the eastward trip Home

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Champions of Champions!

Wednesday night saw the official presentation of the Champions of Champions trophy shield to Taybali and White captain, Simon White.

Simon White received Champions of Champions trophy

Champions of Champions

Having won Division Three in the Cambridge Leagues, the Taybali and White team: Simon White (c), Guy Kirk, Stuart Miller, Tom Hartley and Duncan Hannay-Robertson took part in the Champions of Champions inter-division match played between the teams which had won each division.

In a close-run final that went down to the final match, and despite Julian Stafford from the Kings team taking Most Valuable Player in the league, Taybali and White took the champions league to be crowned Champions of Champions.

Each of the five members of the team received an individual memento trophy in recognition of this most prestigious and coveted title:

Champions of Champions of the Cambridge League.


Guy Kirk, Champion!

Simon White, Champion!

Stuart Miller, Champion!

Tom Hartley, Champion!

Duncan Hannay-Robertson, hurt Champion!

Julian Stafford, MVP Champions League

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Monday Strike back

Biscuits included!

Week 2 of the Ball Making League, sorry Workshops saw the Monday evening team upping the pace considerably. The Wednesday morning squad, in spite of the presence of a true ball sewing bandit, struggled to keep up and went into overtime to get close to Monday’s magic 30. Please sign up if you’d like to join the fun!

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British Open November 12-21 @Queen’s Club

There is a lot going on at the British Open next week…
In particular: Juniors Day. All under 18’s can apply to watch the Doubles Semis by contacting Freddy Adam
Click here for the full program of Events and Draws
ps Ed is in action at 6pm on Sunday, November 12th and Jamie (remember him?) at 7pm on Tuesday, November 14th.

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CU Ladies visit Hatfield House RTC

Yesterday HHTC hosted a club match between Cambridge Ladies (students) and Hatfield’s finest.

The Cambridge Ladies were accompanied by their head professional and mentor Kees Ludekens who spurred them on throughout the day, offering tactical support and motivation from the Dedans!

Cambridge brought an impressive 9 up and coming students along to what is now a very important fixture in their calendar for continued player development and match play experience.

However Hatfield Ladies (accompanied by Steve Sullivan) were not fazed by the array of up and coming talent from the opposition, rising to the challenge and matching the impressive footwork, shot making and enthusiasm of Cambridge and managing to just edge the overall fixture in Hatfield’s favour.

It was great to see so many up and coming ladies and students on court from both clubs playing some great tennis in good spirits and we look forward to seeing Cambridge back next year with at least 10 shots improvement off this year’s handicaps!

Also a big thank you to Steve and Sarah Sullivan for providing a fabulous lunch to fuel the day whilst having a racket in one hand and source-pan in the other!

James Law, HHRTC

ps A couple of places left for our inter club match @Hatfield in January (the 21st, to be precise…)

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Pol Roger Final Recap

It’s only 5 minutes….

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Ball Making Workshop(s)

It’s Monday vs Wednesday in CURTC’s new morning ball making league. With not much help from me, I believe Wednesday eked out a narrow lead following their 20-ball output this morning, see photo. On the plus side, I didn’t hit my thumb/fingers with the hammer during the cover tacking part and I managed several successive stitches during the cover sewing phase. However, in spite of Kees’ kind words my output (fortunately only one) was the sort of ball that you want to keep in your pocket for a 40-all serve. It was actually a lot of fun and of course it is helping the club out in a time of need. Please contact the Pros if you can help out on a Monday or Wednesday morning at 9am for a couple of hours.
A couple of shots of the Wednesday squad in action…

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