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University Cup: Finalists and Presentation

You didn’t think that the players in the University Cup would escape without a photo montage or two did you?

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70+ Category Tournament

We have the first pair of CURTC 2020 Category Tournament finalists! CURTC student co-President, Rosie Taylor and Isabella Harvey will play for the honour of a spot on an Honours Board on Finals Day, Saturday March 14th next year. Finals Day is again sponsored by Hannay Robertson Financial Planning so many thanks DHR.
Congratulations are due to Bella & Rosie as well as to all whom participated in some hard fought tennis on Friday night and earlier today.
Thanks to Kees for the photos

Cameron, Camice

Gabriele, Camice

Click on image to see the scores…

Gillian, Rosie, Bella

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University Student Cup: Finals & Results

Sunday play began early, the pros clearing the blue court for play, but with the expectation that the sweat would worsen over the course of the day. So play began early, starting with the Division 2 quarter-finals. There were a few upsets straight away: Thursfield, who had only just made the knockouts by the barest of margins, found luck to be on his side against Whitworth, streaking to a 6/3 victory. Siu found the better of Roker, while Petti cruised past Furst and Waldock, all matches 6/2. The Division 2 Final matched up Petti and Siu. Petti through everything at every ball, trapping Siu down at the hazard end for enough games to come away with an 8/4 victory.

Meanwhile in Division 1, Bonaventura and Ahuja both looked strong, easily dispatching Geytenbeek and Tillson respectively, both matches 6/2. The final was a rematch of the previous evening, but seemed that Ahuja recovered better on the day and was able to play Bonaventura out of the match. The 8/2 scoreline did not reflect the high quality of the tennis, though Ahuja kept winning in the critical moments.

In the doubles, Ahuja and Blaksley continued their winning run against Bonaventura and Geytenbeek, the latter two not seeming to find a way to win on the Blaksley-Geytenbeek service games. Meanwhile, Petti and Siu were still too strong for Loyd and Roker, comfortably winning 8/4.

The Championship finals pitted the winners of each division against each other, and it turned out that the singles finalists were also the doubles finalists. In the doubles, Petti and Siu fought well against Ahuja and Blaksley, but the power hitting of Ahuja and volleying of Blaksley were things that neither of them had played against before, the lower handicaps winning 6/4. In the singles, the handicap difference was too big for Ahuja, with Petti stealing a 6/2 victory.

Thank you to the Giraffe Club for their support and Pol Roger for providing the prizes. Further thanks to Christie Marrian and Paul Brown for setting up the streaming, and to Kees, Peter and everyone involved with marking the matches. Also to the Captains and co-Presidents for their support in making the tournament a success.

Ben Geytenbeek

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University Student Cup: Part 1

With the Inter-University tournament moving to March, the past weekend saw the first running of the University Student Cup; a handicap tournament between all of the current Cambridge students. There were new players and old, burgeoning talents and raw recruits, handicaps ranging from the 20s to the 80s in a singles and doubles draw. After a few matches earlier in the week for scheduling reasons, play started in earnest on Friday morning with a Group A singles match between Ashwin Ahuja (Gonville & Caius) and Ivo MacDonald (Magdalene), which after a few minutes resulted in a force being smacked into the dedan and disrupting the camera feed!

The morning matches, confined to the Blue Court, saw some high quality mid-handicap tennis, including a moment where Miles Kempton (Robinson) went to fetch a ball from under the grille, but lost the grip of his racket which went flying up onto the penthouse above the winning gallery. It took some monkeying work by Jim to fetch it back down again.
In the afternoon, play started on the Green Court and the club was soon a buzz. Notable performances came from William Waldock (Trinity Hall) who won three matches on the trot, and Thomas Whitworth (Robinson) who became the first group winner in the early evening. His closest competitor was our new import from the Hobart Real Tennis Club, Edward Furst (Trinity), who pushed Whitworth into a tight 8/5 match. The doubles matches also started in the afternoon, and it looked like the team to beat in Division 2 was the pairing of Ulla Petti (Trinity) and Jacqueline Siu (Churchill), winning through their group while only conceding 8 total games. Play continued into the evening with Cameron Roker (Robinson) backing up her Cambridge Doubles League Division 5 matches with another win in the singles.

Saturday morning saw the bulk of the Division 1 doubles matches. There were some excellent pairings and even more excellent tennis. MacDonald struggled to recover from his late night celebrating his birthday; he and his partner Sophia Lewis (Clare) struggled against the large handicap differences. There were three especially strong pairs, but only two would qualify for the finals. The crucial match saw Marc Bonaventura (Trinity) and Ben Geytenbeek (Darwin) narrowly edge Jack Drew (Selwyn) and Ed Tillson (Selwyn). The Australian pair had match points in three consecutive games, but the Selwyn pair held on to a final-point thriller, marginally edged by the Australians. They would qualify through alongside Ahuja and India Blaksley (Homerton).

In the meantime, the Green Court saw tennis at the opposite end of the handicaps. Despite losing to Roker, Rosie Taylor (St Edmunds) found the rest of her matches quite comfortable, and the two of them would both easily qualify through. The doubles saw a fight for the right to face Petti and Siu in the Division 2 final, the crucial match was a very tight 8/7 match between Josh Loyd (Sidney Sussex) and Roker against Furst and Taylor, the former going through.
However, the mood soured pretty quickly in the afternoon. The Blue Court began to sweat, and by the time MacDonald was playing Drew, it got so bad that the match had to be stopped and the court declared unsafe for play. This meant that the remainder of the afternoon’s matches had to be squeezed onto the Green Court. Fortunately, the tournament had been running ahead of time, so it looked as if it might just all squeeze in. MacDonald and Drew resumed their match at 2/4, but only MacDonald seemed to adjust to the change in court, racing through the remainder of the match without dropping another game.

As the night went on, the qualification races for the finals started to come into focus. In Division 2, the group winners and runners-up were clear, but the next-best finishers also would qualify. Although at the time they thought they were only playing for pride, the match between Emrys Thursfield (Fitzwilliam) and Loyd was a crucial one, with Thursfield coming out on top in a hard-fought 6/4 match. This meant that the race for the final qualification spot was between Thursfield and Bryony Pehram (Lucy Cavendish). The fate would be decided in a match between Perham and Roker, Perham needing to win 3 games to qualify through. The score was quickly 2-all, and several 40-all games left Thursfield’s heart racing. Fortunately for Thursfield, Roker found the very top of the tambour, only just below the out-of-court line and prevented Perham from winning the game she needed, sending Thursfield through.
The final division 1 matches stretched late into the night and saw some fantastic tennis. Bonaventura was playing brilliantly against Drew and then Ahuja, winning 8/2 and 8/4 respectively. All were able to smack the ball around all over the court for some high-intensity strokeplay. By the end of the night, all of the finalists had been determined, and everybody was keen to see how the courts would hold up.

Ben Geytenbeek

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NtVM5, More

Some pictures of the teams demonstrating exemplary etiquette…

The Net, NtVM5

…and who got to take home which trophy…


…and finally a link to a Google Photos Album with the individual photos and more, click HERE for NtVM5

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CURTC vs Radley, Brodie Cup: Part 2

Match 1: 30 Singles Neil Stutchbury beat Matthew Alden 6/5 6/2

The first match saw some fantastic tennis between Cambridge’s Stutchbury and Radley’s Alden, “on loan” from Oxford for this match. Stutchbury began with some clinical execution into the backhand corner to race to a 4-0 lead in the first set, but Alden started to dig them out and turn the rallies into his power game. Slowly, Alden fought back to 4-all and 5-all, with the frustration beginning to show for Stutchbury. Finally, he pulled through the first set 6-5 by some excellent play to both sides of the court. Stutchbury continued the momentum into the second set sweeping the first four games again to 4-0. Despite some hard forcing from Alden, to pull back a couple of games, Stutchbury held his nerve to win by defending some short chases.

Match 2: 50 Singles Gerald Smith lost to Martin McNair 5/6 1/6

G. Smith was playing against the odds, with an opponent who had dropped several handicap points since the cut-off in September. Nevertheless, he raced to an early lead, finding the right length of his shots and consistently hitting the tambour. At 3-0, McNair started to find his serve, but G. Smith held steady to 5-2. However, the match quickly fell into a familiar pattern. G. Smith struggled with the serve, reaching a lead in most games but dropping a chase and struggling from the Hazard end. McNair built momentum, taking the first set 5-6 and then racing through the second set to take the match 1-6.

Match 3: 35 Doubles Julian Stafford and Andy Smith lost to Rupert Henson and Tony Munsey 4/6 6/3 6/4

The match was truly an epic. Having just arrived at the court, Stafford and A. Smith were straight on for their warm-up. In their way was the fast paced play and heavy boasting of Henson and Munsey. Cambridge started poorly, with both Cambridge players making several unforced errors as Radley raced to a 1-4 lead. Eventually, though, Cambridge found a little bit of momentum and and brought back a couple of games. They even defended 3 set points before finally succumbing to a wayward force at the dedan. Cambridge carried the momentum into the second set as the Cambridge pair started to get the hang of the court. Stafford was swiping at anything that came near him and A. Smith was digging everything out from the corners on the main wall. The ball pinged all over the place but Cambridge got a lead in the set and held onto it. A quick return game by A. Smith followed by some long drawn out rallies gave Cambridge the second set 6-3. The intensity dropped a little at the start of the third, Radley going up 0-2, but then everything seemed to find the strings of the Cambridge rackets. No Radley force seemed to go in, and Cambridge had an answer for everything. The crowd was jubilant as Cambridge won four games back-to-back, and had a chance at going within one game of the match. It was not to be; Radley stuck to it and pinned Cambridge at the hazard end for a few games to benefit from the last swing in momentum. A final game shot at the winning gallery on Hazard One found the Hazard Second Gallery post and the game was over.

Match 4: 40 Singles Aaron Wienkers lost to Magnus Garson 1/6 5/6

Soon after this match started, it was clear that Wienkers was being outclassed. Garson, a year 11 student, was covering the court brilliantly and showing some excellent forces into the dedans. Wienkers tried, yet failed to get a backhand volley time after time, as Garson raced through the first set 1/6 and looked like he would wrap it up quickly. But Wienkers dug deep at the start of the second set. His volleys started to work properly, and was testing Garson out in the backhand corner. First one game, then another and Wienkers was on a roll. The galleries started buzzing again, could he pull off an upset? The score was 3-2, then 4-2 and at 5-2 it looked like Cambridge were back in it. Garson provided a couple of excellent service games to drag himself back in it, and Wienkers didn’t even get a set point until the score was 5-5, 40-all, at which point Garson laid a worse than a yard chase and it was all over.

Match 5: 45 Doubles Ben Geytenbeek and Christie Marrian lost to Ed Alder and Dom Stone 2/6 2/6

The fixture by now was well and truly decided in Radley’s favour, and it was left to the school’s rackets and lawn tennis champions to seal the deal over Geytenbeek and Marrian. The Cambridge duo tried hard to get some momentum, but anything even remotely down the centre of the court was volleyed from the galleries hard into the grille or the tambour and the point was lost. They struggled to find a chase as the athletic youngsters seemed to get everything back. They managed to string together a few games here and there, but whatever wimpering of a resistance they compiled was beyond futile.

Thanks go to Chris Ronaldson (above right) and Nino Merola for their marking, the latter having played in the British Open earlier in the day, and to Maggie Henderson-Tew for catering and hospitality.

Ben Geytenbeek

Google Photos Album with above pictures and much more: RadleyBrodie

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Bit late with this one! Not the Varsity Match 5, the annual Alumni match, saw the ‘Not the Light Blues’ retain the coveted Fleming Cup after 18 hours of hard fought tennis. Part 1 has the teams more or less in separate collages. Click on the images for a larger version. Part 2 coming soon…

(Most of) Not the Light Blues, NtVM5

Not the Dark Blues, NtVM5

Many thanks to Pol Roger for their support!

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CURTC visit Radley in the Brodie Cup…

…again with, unfortunately, similar results. While we wait for the Match report here are some images highlighted by the victorious Neil Stutchbury.

CURTC vs Radley, 17/11/19

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CURTC Christmas Tournament

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the CURTC Christmas Tournament, would it!

So this year’s opportunity to work off some of that Christmas festive excess is on Friday, December 27th. A day of Singles and Doubles awaits!

The draw is limited to 24 players for this very popular tournament so please only book if you know you are available you can play in the morning or afternoon but please note you must be available for the finals, which start at 6pm. Ideally, please be flexible by selecting all three options when you sign up on the doodle poll.

The cost is £16 pp.

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The Cambridge University RTC Student Cup

The University Student Cup is a showcase of student tennis at CURTC, and an introduction for many new student players to competitive play. Group matches will be held on Friday (November 22nd) and Saturday (23rd) across two divisions, played off handicaps. There is both a singles and doubles competition. Knock-out matches will be held on Sunday (24th), culminating in a championship match between the winners of each division. The knock-out matches on Sunday will be streamed on the CURTC YouTube channel.

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We(s)t Coast Weekend

Unprepared for the size of the Court and the continuous precipitation outside, 9 of CURTC’s finest were figuratively and physically soaked when visiting the other place on Saturday. Attempts to keep our heads above the rapidly rising waters were largely unsuccessful in a 5-2 drenching which could actually have been more even worse as both CURTC’s victories came via 7-all 40-all. Names are being withheld as they have suffered enough. Nonetheless there were no signs of dampened spirits as those staying in Oxford overnight found various locations to shelter from the continuing downpour.
‘Under the weather’ seemed an apt description of some of the party who moved on to Bristol for a marginally less unsuccessful day on Court. At least we made it to the last match with a chance but it was not to be as the Home team triumphed 3-2. A notable feature, perhaps due to the previous day’s inclement conditions was a, to remain nameless, player who contrived to loose 11 successive gains having been 3-0 up in the first set. A brief attempt to bring back the Lazarus trophy fell woefully short as this still nameless player watched, calmly it must be said, as the ball bounced into the Dedans when defending a 1/2 yard chase to put the icing on a 3-6, 2-6 silver medal performance.

Many thanks to our hosts, especially Jeremy I-S and Craig Greenhalgh at Oxford and Ben Coleman (Bristol) for their hospitality and tireless marking during a most enjoyable weekend away.

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Cambridge vs Newmarket in the East Anglia Pennant

EAP Newmarket 2019Many congratulations on yesterday’s win over Newmarket. It was a close contest and very well-fought victory over a strong Newmarket side.
First up on the night was Julian who played well to win 6-3. In a slightly unusual order, up next was Julian and Alan in the first doubles, who struggled against the high quality Newmarket duo of Hugo and Ken, eventually losing 3-8. Alan then played his singles in a nail biter, narrowly losing 5-6. At this point Cambridge were 1-2 down and needed to up their game; up stepped Sonja who battled to win her singles 6-4. Sonja and Richard played extremely well to win their doubles 8-4. This left the overall score at 3-2, with only Richard’s singles remaining. Richard settled any Cambridge nerves by winning his singles 6-1 in quick time.

This concluded the matches for the evening with Cambridge winning 4-2. The Newmarket team were all very friendly and the matches were played in a good spirit, which resulted in an enjoyable evening of tennis for both clubs.

Thank you all for sorting out the food and arriving on time.
Well done again!

Andrew Barker

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British Ladies Handicap Singles & Doubles Divs 1&2

Congratulations to CURTC’s Jacqui Siu who won the Div 2 Doubles!!

Centre: Megan Hawkey & Jacqui Siu, LRTA Handicap Doubles Div 2 winners @Prested 10/11/19

Linda made notes so might have a report (hint, hint)… Full Results

Photo credits: Vix Harvey

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Inter-Club Tournament

Inter-Club Tournament

Cambridge was in action in Warwickshire over the weekend at the National Inter-Club Tournament. Ben Geytenbeek played in the singles draw, with David Pimblett and Christie Marrian in the doubles. After arriving in Leamington, the first matches were against a team called T&RA 2, which turned out to be locals to Warwickshire. Ben raced to a fast start against the left-handed James Richardson, who brought it back level with some quick-fire aces. Ben then regained his composure and finished it off 6/4. David and Christie then outclassed Bill and Gerry Slora 6/2, using all parts of the court to keep the ball away from their opponents. Shortly after, Ben was on again against Martin Trees (Moreton Morrell 2), winning 6/2 with very consistent play. David and Chrisite finished off the afternoon session 6/3 over Sir Andrew Hamilton and Mark Leefe (MCC) 6/3.

It was then off to Moreton Morrell for the evening matches. A late running schedule meant a long evening waiting for matches. The singles was a large handicap difference match between Ben and Freddie Freeman (MCC) who played Varisty Seconds for Oxford back in February. It was clear that both players had improved a lot, but Ben ultimately couldn’t find enough winning shots and had a bit of unfortunate luck and lost 4/6. Christie and David then narrowly lost to Terence Drane and Bruce Paxton (Moreton Morrell 2). It was a match that swung wildly both ways going to a tight deciding game, but ultimately going down 5/6. Cambridge qualified through to the quarter finals in both singles and doubles, after much explaining (in vain) of the scoring system and a coin toss to decide the final qualifiers.

However, the following morning beckoned a slow start for the Cambridge teams. In the doubles, both players seemed to find the net often than not, and lost the first five games in a row to Radley’s Nick Gordon and Tim Roberts. Though they eventually scrounged a game, they were knocked out 1/6. Ben didn’t do much better, another slow start and by the time he was firing, Jeremy Hawkins (T&RA) managed a few incredibly bizarre strokes to win the match 2/6. Nonetheless, it was a fun tournament and many thanks to Leamington and Moreton Morrell for hosting and their excellent food!

Ben Geytenbeek

ps Cambridge’s QF vanquishers went on the win the Singles and Doubles Finals…

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