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Inter Universities Tournament, 27-29th November

Kees has given me the low-down on this weekend’s tournament. Most (if not all) of the Varsity squads will be playing including Ed, Jamie, Alex and Freddie and not forgetting Sophie. Sponsored by Pol Roger, there is an handicap Singles tournament and the Inter-Universities Cup featuring teams from Cambridge, Durham, Middlesex, Exeter, Bristol and Newcastle.

In the Cup, each match comprises two Singles and one Doubles (like the National League, Division 1) and climaxes with the Semis ~10:30am on Sunday followed by the Final at 1:30pm. There may well be a Cambridge vs Cambridge Final again this year although there are some other low handicap players (e.g. Ben Boddington, 13) participating. All support would be most welcome!

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vs Bristol in the Brodie Cup, Sunday November 22nd

Brodie 2015-11-22Yes, after 4 years, CURTC had a Home match in the Brodie Cup!
Very many thanks to Peter for marking and all who dropped by to lend their support (much appreciated!!) on what was an excellent day for CURTC.
Next up a trip to Prested or Jesmond on Sunday, December 13th.
More to come………..

Brodie 22Nov152….Here’s the More. The one picture version of the photo Gallery is to the right. Click on Photos below for the actual Gallery and a 15s video clip from the 35 Doubles… Photos

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West Coast (well, Oxford and Bristol) Tour: part 2

CURTC, 3 - Bristol, 2

CURTC 3 – Bristol 2

The second stop was BRTC on Sunday, November 15th. Again we were hosted most splendidly by Ben Coleman (marker in chief) and Sam and Eleanor Beale who provided another excellent and well lubricated lunch. Some fresh legs were drafted in for the second leg of the tour but Gerald’s were not enough to compensate for my largely self inflicted extra handicap. KK and JB pulled off a blinder which compensated for GK and GMacG’ s agonising defeat, 6-5 in the third set. Ed again was imperious and Charles clinched the match by generously allowing his partner to ‘out lunch’ him prior to their game (And believe me that was no mean sacrifice for CP). Click on Photos for the photo Gallery… Photos

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CURTC vs OUTC, November 14th, 2015

As the first stop on CURTC’s ‘West Coast’ tour, we visited OUTC on Saturday, November 14th. You can see the main protagonists by clicking on Photos Photos and Schedule

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Live (+ Recorded) Streaming from the British Open
Doubles 1/4’s-Friday, Singles 1/2’s-Saturday, Doubles 1/2’s-Sunday, Singles Finals-Monday, Doubles Finals-Tuesday. Draws, Results

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Linda Runner-up in British Ladies Handicap

Georgie Willis and CURTC's Linda Fairbrother

Georgie Willis and CURTC’s Linda Fairbrother

Linda Fairbrother, our current Ladies Champion, played with (almost) great success in the Ladies British Handicap Tournament November 13th to 16th at Leamington. She was runner-up in the Division 1 Singles tournament, playing seven matches over 2 days, and succumbing in the Final to Georgie Willis, aged 17, (just a few decades younger….).
The last time Linda had an identical success in the Brit Handicap was over 20 years ago, when she had only been playing for about 2 years. So it’s a case of twice a bridesmaid, but not yet a bride… Linda says that Kees’advice before the tournament was to be decisive, and think positive, whoever the opponent, which seems to have worked a treat until out-gunned in the Final.

linda lrta final2Note that Linda is on tiptoe for the photo – to much derision from the Dedans. The 2nd photo is of course of us reacting to the derision…..

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Rob Fahey Exhibition Match Friday 11th December 2015 6pm at Newmarket

RFCCfinalDear Pros at Cambridge, I would like to let you know about the exhibition match NRTC are hosting in December. I’ve managed to secure Rob Fahey and Chris Chapman to play head to head in an effort to raise some funds for the club, show some local members some top class tennis and generally try and increase the awareness or this sport in the local community.
Side gallery only left, £15 each – Call the club 01638 666 612.
Thanks in advance, Savannah Poolman

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British Open Update from Ed and Jules….

Cambridge were represented by two players at the 2015 British Open at the Queens Club. First up was Ed Kay against current amateur champion Conor Medlow. With the format being best of 5 sets on Conor’s home court, Ed was staring down the barrel from the start. However, Ed started well, ditching Read More

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Congratulations Ed Kay and Linda Fairbrother

Ed defeats Conor Medlow (UK’s top amateur) in a five set thriller in the British Open (Next up Chris Chapman at 10am on Wednesday). Linda is runner-up in British Ladies Handicap… More to Come

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CURTC vs Jesters, 7/11/15

Some photos (and a couple of video clips) from the Doubles in the CURTC vs Jesters Club match. But first, what is/are a Jester(s), you might ask? Well it turns out they Read More

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National League Div 2: Leamington vs Cambridge

Monday 9th November saw Cambridge (represented by Alex Evans and Peter Paterson) go up against Leamington (Zak Eadle and Nino Merola). First on court Alex (14.1) took on Zak (13.8) in what look set to be a very close encounter, and thus it proved to be. With both players at times struggling to keep consistent length on their shots but showing impressive retrieval skills, long punishing rallies were frequent during the 1h49min match. Zak edged the first set 6-5 with some decisive deuce game wins, finding the grill and winning gallery at the critical moments. The second set saw a fight back from Alex who took the set 6-3. Inevitably the final set wound up being decided on a single game at 5-5. Ultimately Zak’s aggressive approach paid off and Leamington took a 1-0 lead in the fixture.

Next into the breach came Cambridge professional Peter Paterson (16.6) who would be facing soon to be Washington assistant pro Nino Merola (21.3). Peter started the match very well, with consistent clean hitting and his characteristic forcing game. Nino could find few answers in the first set as Peter took it to love. Nino staged a mini fightback at the beginning of the second set and managed to square the set at 3 games each. However this proved to be a temporary change to the flow of the game as Peter regained his superb form to take the next 3 games, and the match, in a flash.

And so the bragging rights would be decided by the outcome of the doubles. The Cambridge pair made their combined handicap advantage count, offering few areas for the Leamington pair to attack. The 8 game set won by the Cambridge pair 8-3 and with it the fixture 2-1.

The members of Leamington club were very welcoming and were a respectful (if biased) audience throughout the fixture and made the event very enjoyable.

Anyone wishing to view video recordings of the Leamington match should go to:

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Watching and Learning…

Kees is a great believer in learning by watching so I was quite keen to learn how he felt the latest National League match (against Queens) had gone (and if anything had rubbed off on my game…) Kees actually beat me to it by calling and we had a quick chat in the midst of our Division 2 (Earthworks not National) League game. Read More

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CURTC Video Collection

To start off the new menu/category item for Videos, here are some blasts from the past. First a true classic from David Hope… See Videos

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Good Luck, Ed and Jules at the British Open

1st matches: Ed, Sunday (15th) 2pm; Ed & Jules, Monday (16th) 4pm.

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Cambridge vs Queen’s, Division 1 – National League

Jamie Giddins, Ed Kay (Cambridge), Charlie Braham, Andy Fowler (Queen's)

Jamie Giddins, Ed Kay (Cambridge), Charlie Braham, Andy Fowler (Queen’s)

Another successful outing for Ed Kay and Jamie Giddins in the National League. Queen’s were the opponents on Guy Fawkes night and in spite of some fantastic tennis from our gracious opponents, Andy Fowler and Charlie Braham, Cambridge did not concede a set on the way to a 3-0 victory. To spice things up a bit for the spectators, we had a ‘guess the number of winning galleries’ competition. Astonishingly enough, nobody got the correct number, 4. So the pot goes on to the next competition (or a clock will be purchased…)

A Gallery of photos follows and those that notice these things will see that Ed (and Jamie, but especially Ed) are less blurry this time. I assure you it is not a case of Ed slowing down… It’s simply that unlike my tennis, my photography is still improving! Click on Gallery

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Cambridge vs Queens, Division 1 National League: Pre-Review

Cambridge take the honours 3-0 as both Jamie and Ed win in 2 sets and take the Doubles 8-1. The winning number was 4….More to come…For the Preview

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Cambridge takes on Queen’s in National League, 6pm Thursday 5th November

nov5Cambridge’s National League campaign rolls on against Queen’s at home on Guy Fawkes night. There promises to be more fireworks on court at Grange Road than anywhere else in Cambridge.
Thanks to the backing of a brilliant crowd Cambridge were able to crush Oxford in their first match in the National League Division 1 two weeks ago. Up next for the on-form team of Jamie Giddins and Ed Kay Read More

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Not The Varsity Match

Capts2Alumni from Oxford and Cambridge Universities descended on CURTC on Saturday, September 26th for hopefully the first annual ‘Not The Varsity Match’ between our two great institutions. The teams were based on Alumni status as opposed to Club membership which boiled down to CURTC and OUTC doing a professorial swap of Prof Guy Kirk (Oxon) for Prof Chris Lintott (Cantab). Read More

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CU Ladies vs CURTC, Saturday 17 October

Linda Fairbrother (CURTC) and Venetia D'Arcy (CU Ladies)

Linda Fairbrother (CURTC) and Venetia D’Arcy (CU Ladies)

Last Saturday the Club saw this year’s first outing of the Cambridge University Ladies against the CURTC.
First up was Venetia D’Arcy against Linda Fairbrother. Venetia put up a fierce fight in this low handicap opener taking an early lead in each of the first two sets; however, after a series of well-fought and valiantly defended rallies, Linda’s return to form gave her the edge and she won the third set and the match. Read More

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Kees’ ‘Home and Away’ Fundraiser

Morten Landrock and Kees

Morten Landrock and Kees

Kees donated 11 hours teaching fees, which were contributed by a considerate group of C.U.R.T.C members, to two charities which tackle the devastating problem of homeless young people both in the UK and abroad.

Morten leans into a backhand under the watchful gaze of our Head Pro

Morten leans into a backhand under a watchful gaze…

Home: Action for Children helps keep young people off the streets of Britain. As winter approaches the need for shelter and safety is at its most urgent.

Away: Oxfam’s appeal to help children caught up in the Syrian crisis.

Kees has raised over £500 (with Gift Aid); he would like to express thanks to all those whose lesson fees and extra donations contributed to such worthwhile causes.

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Close but no Cigar

Charles D'Oyly and Peter representing CURTC at Queens

Charlie and Peter on Court (photo Peter Jarvis)

Peter Paterson and Charlie D’Oyly represented CURTC in the Charles Acheson-Gray Pro-Am tournament at Queen’s on October 17th, along with nine other pairs. They just missed going through to the semis having been beaten (8-5) by the eventual MCC winners, Chris Swallow and Nick Warner. Queen’s had recently painted some walls which caused them to play slightly differently, as such Peter’s usually bankable main wall Dedans winner flew high by a few centimetres and Charlie’s defence of the galleries was somewhat static whilst over-exuberant for the Grille! In short, a fun and sociable occasion but no need to locate CURTC’s cabinet key for trophies.
Charlie D’Oyly

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IRTPA Championship Streaming from Holyport

The IRTPA Championship is taking place this week in Holyport who have had their paint brushes out in preparation. They also have embedded couple of cameras in the Court. All of this you can see in the streams of the various matches culminating in the finals on Sunday, October 25th.

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Kings and Queens of the 2015 Jungle Bungle

Many thanks to Kees and Peter for coming up with this summer’s Bungle. Congratulations to all those who participated. I certainly enjoyed it!

King of the Amazon Read More

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European Open streaming from Lords

If you’re quick, there’s still time to enjoy Fahey v Matthews in the first semi-final of the European Open: Read More

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A Great Video from the National League Doubles Match

Ed & Jamie (Cambridge) Hazard End: Roman & Craig (Oxford) Service End

Next Home National League match, Thursday, November 5th @6pm (vs Queens….)
Thanks Keith!

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Cambridge vs Oxford, National League, 8/10/2015

Jamie, Ed, Craig & Roman

Jamie, Ed, Craig & Roman

Some photos of Ed Kay & Jamie Giddins (Cambridge) and Craig Greenhalgh & Roman Krznaric (Oxford) during Cambridge’s 3-0 vistory in their National League game last Thursday…. Click on Read More for the Gallery…. Read More

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New Site Live and Cambridge vs Oxford in National League

OldEnemyCambridge 1 start their National League campaign with a home tie against the old enemy (TONIGHT, Oct 8th). Read More

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Newmarket v Cambridge, 3rd October 2015

Ed Williams, Dave Isherwood (CURTC) Phil Payne & Kate Kirk (CURTC)

Ed Williams, Dave Isherwood (CURTC) Phil Payne & Kate Kirk (CURTC)

Cambridge got off to a flying start as Dave Isherwood & Kate Kirk swept past Ed Williams & Phil Payne losing just 1 game in each set Read More

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Happy Birthday to Kees!

CURTC Head Pro celebrates another year. We’ll hazard a guess there’ll be a glass or two this evening in the Ludekens household.

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