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CURTC is on Grange Road, next to the UL

Membership of CURTC is open to all, very much town as well as gown. We love welcoming new members, please come in and find out about this ancient and intriguing game. Our professionals are usually here 9 am – 5 pm on weekdays or 9 am -12 noon on Saturdays, they will be happy to explain and encourage.

We offer free one hour taster lessons in groups of up to 6 people. The next taster sessions are at 6pm on Wednesday, 4 & 25 March 2020. Just register your interest with the pros in person, by telephone (01223 357106) or by email (pros@curtc.net). Read More

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Varsity 2nds

Oxford took the honours at the Varsity Seconds match over the weekend.

After months of training and practice, the Cambridge seconds team made their way to the “other place” for their much anticipated fixture against the Oxford Unicorns. The first match saw Cambridge’s Ashwin Ahuja against Oxford’s Frazer MacDiarmid. Despite a ball dropping clean on the top of his scalp from the penthouse in the first game, MacDiarmid was able to cope well with Ahuja’s high-paced forcing game, keeping the rallies going long enough to coerce a mistake. Ahuja fought hard, but ultimately went down 1/6 0/6.

The women’s match didn’t get off to a good start either. Rosie Taylor took on Laura Neill. Initially, Taylor struggled with the Oxford court as Neill raced to the first set 0/6. In the second set, Taylor played a lot better, and looked to settle into the match. She had chances, but couldn’t convert them and ultimately lost the second set 3/6

In the first men’s doubles of the fixture, Ahuja and Ben Geytenbeek were stuck at the hazard end for much of the match against MacDiarmid and James Kempton. MacDiarmid was playing faultlessly, while Kempton kept his left-handed railroad serves very tight, making it difficult to return. By the time the Cambridge pair did make the service end, they couldn’t hold on for very long. Finally, they seemed to settle into the match, but only after they had conceded seven games. They pushed hard for the last few games, winning two, to end up with an 2/8 scoreline.

Cameron Roker then took on Nina Ludekens, in a hard fought match. Both sets had a couple of key games on which the result appeared to hinge, and N. Ludekens did well in both of them. Both players played some excellent tennis, but Oxford took the day 3/6 2/6.

The day ended with both of the Women’s doubles matches. In the firsts doubles, Taylor and Kate Kirk took on Neill and Mary Strevens, with the Oxford pair able to exploit the court and their lawn tennis pedigree to dominate the match. Next, Roker and Kureha Yamaguchi took on N. Ludekens and I. Lewis. It was an entertaining match, as K. Yamaguchi had picked up a real tennis racquet for the first time on Wednesday. Yet, she was able to volley exceptionally well. Roker put up a fight from the back of the court, but it wouldn’t be enough as Oxford sealed the Women’s Varsity victory.

Saturday morning did not start well for Cambridge, despite half the team having left for London for the Rugby Fives Varsity match, with the doubles match between Miles Kempton and Bobby Bruce for Cambridge and Xavier Gonzalez and Quentin Gueroult for Oxford resulting in an 0/8 defeat for the visiting side.

Cambridge’s first success of the weekend came at the hands of our newest recruit. K. Yamaguchi, playing in her first singles match ever, found success against I. Lewis. Every game they played, K. Yamaguchi got better and better after a crash course that morning on playing off the back wall from Kees. Although she still has a lot to learn, her natural lawn tennis talent and success in volleying proved to be enough. As such, her game was unpredictable, pulling of blinding shots and strange choices, but it was enough to win in straight sets.

Unfortunately, Geytenbeek couldn’t replicate the success in his doubles match against J. Kempton. Again, the older brother was very accurate in his tight railroad serves, while Geytenbeek struggled with the size of the court. When he did find the service end, Geytenbeek was able to get a couple of games from a good series of bobble serves, but it wasn’t nearly enough resulting in a 2/6 0/6 loss.

The trend of Oxford getting off to good starts in matches continued through the final two men’s matches. Bruce struggled against Gueroult, the Oxford Unicorn’s captain. Although he had some chances, Gueroult’s game on his home court was too strong. Similarly, M. Kempton lost his first set 0/6 to Gonzalez, but fought back in the second set, and was able to scrape through four games, the most of any of the men’s team players.

The final match of the weekend was perhaps the most thrilling of them all. Kirk and Strevens battled their way through a tight first set, eventually going to Oxford 4/6. In the second set, it looked as though Strevens’ youth would run away with the match, racing to a 2/5 lead. But Kirk had both experience and luck on her side. On one return of serve, she mishit the ball into the main wall, only to have it come off the tambour and lob up to a worse-than-a-yard chase. Then, Kirk found a productive serve with lots of subtle variations that troubled Strevens, clawing back game by game to clinch the second set. In the third set, Strevens was visibly frustrated, allowing Kirk to serve through the remaining games to take the match 4/6 6/5 6/1.

Thanks must be paid to Craig and Andrew for their tireless marking, and for the Oxford girl’s team for their wonderful catering. Congratulations to Oxford on their victory, and best of luck to our Firsts team in action this Friday and Saturday at Lord’s.

Ben Geytenbeek

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East Anglia Pennant: Cambridge visit Prested

On the 13th of February, Cambridge travelled to Prested for the penultimate fixture in the East Anglia Pennant. Having won every match of the season so far, Cambridge were sitting comfortably at the top of the table and were hoping to continue this form to bring the pennant to CURTC!

Utilising both courts at Prested, up first was Andrew Barker and Jacqueline Siu simultaneously playing their singles. Andrew started well, but somewhat stumbled over the line to win 4-6. Jacqueline was unfortunate to lose several 40-all game points, and ended up losing 6-1. Up next was Alan Sharpe, who played very well to race to a 1-5 lead, until his opponent started to really gain some momentum and brought the match to 5-5. Naturally, the match went to 40-all game point, with Alan narrowly missing out, losing 6-5. Meanwhile, on the other court Richard Jones was playing his singles in a similar style. Richard looked in control and battled to gain a 3-5 lead. However, the luck wasn’t with Richard and his opponent really started to play, resulting in Richard losing 6-5. At this point in the evening Cambridge were 3-1 down and their unbeaten status was threatened; they needed to win both their doubles to draw the fixture. Andrew and Alan started very convincingly, but struggled to continue this form, letting Prested back into the match. However, the pair dug in and won 5-8. On the other court, Richard and Jacqueline came out on the victorious side of a good game of tennis also winning 5-8. This meant that the night ended 3-3.

This result means that Cambridge remain comfortable at the top of the table, with their unbeaten status intact. Tennis aside, the Prested team were very hospitable and friendly, which resulted in both teams having a very enjoyable evening.

Andrew Barker

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MURTC Students Visit

MURTC – CURTC

The student team of Middlesex University paid a mid-week visit to Cambridge as part of their reconnaissance for the upcoming Inter-University Tournament. In response, they met a Cambridge team looking for some pre-Varsity competitive tennis. All of the Middlesex players had just picked up a racquet for the first time this year, and had rapidly improving handicaps, even during the matches. The only highlight of the day for the Cambridge students was an 8/3 win to student co-president Rosie Taylor over MURTC’s Jack Carter in a near-flawless performance.

Jacqueline Siu almost got the better Ana Rainea with both their singles and doubles matches (the latter with William Waldock) going to a 7-all, with MURTC managing to hold on for the win. William Waldock also pushed Ruben Roque to another 7-all match, but again could not seal victory. In the remaining matches, Middlesex proved too strong with their burgeoning talent notching up win after win. Nevertheless, everything was in good spirit (and so was the food) and the Cambridge players are keen for their rematches in a few weeks time.

Ben Geytenbeek

 

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Giraffe Club Cup 2020

Visuals from the Giraffe Club Cup in Montage or…
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With special thanks to our sponsor, Nicholson Gin!

Links are to Google Photos Galleries and Youtube videos

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Wood is Good!!

Victory at the 2020 Boomerang Cup in Melbourne

Boom Boom

Charlie, Julian, Katie & Derrick

This biennial team handicap doubles tournament takes place in Melbourne in January and 33 teams participated from around the world. The “Wood is Good” team consisting of CURTC members Julian Stafford and Derrick Wells along with Derrick’s son Charlie and Katie Leppard from Oxford was not feeling optimistic when we started the tournament as we had all 4 of our group matches owing handicap including several rubbers which were one serve ban tambour. Our stalwart team laboured through only dropping one set during the group stage. Our secret advantage was Charlie Wells having recently only played with a hangover under the auspices of Ben Taylor-Matthews at Leamington and Rob Fahey at Prested Hall. Charlie now staying with the team at our splendid Yarra Valley billet played in fine form and attracted bandit status – one of several improving players – but crucially very consistently.

Entering the knock out stage we met RMTC “The Rest” with a straightforward victory 4-0. At this point we had only lost one set. Then in the quarter-final, we met Oxford. They arrived with a supprt team that resembled cheerleaders from an NFL match that drowned our miserable encouragement. 2 sets all and level games after all four rubbers. Twenty-two games apiece. The last pair on court had to slug it out in a best of a five game set. Our pair on court was Charlie Wells and Katie Leppard. Three games to love and the match was ours. Off to the semi-final.

The semi-final fixture was against our old nemesis Julian Snow (ex British Amateur Champion over a period spanning 25 years) leading a very competent low-handicap Leamington team including Freddie Dixon, Chis Kroeger, Henry Bryan, and Rob Stuart. A formidable team but dispatched with some great floor shots from Julian, volleys from Katie and the odd force from Derrick at crucial point moments. The result, 3-1 to Wood is Good.

The final was against the US Secret Service which included the former Ladies world Champion Penny Lumley and a bunch of very capable Americans with one Australian. At two up we were challenged by Penny and Andrew Gould. Facing 6-2 down Derrick and Julian pulled up their laces and stormed back to an 8-7 win and sealed the title. Charlie and Katie finished off the last set to make it a 4-0 love win.

Julian Stafford

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CURTC vs MCC, Pol Roger Trophy

MCC take the tie 4-1 after some highly entertaining high class Doubles and Singles

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East Anglia Pennant Update

On Thursday the 16th of January, Cambridge travelled to Newmarket for a crucial fixture in the East Anglia Pennant. At the start of the evening Cambridge were top of the league on 12 points whilst Newmarket were second on 10.
The tennis started with Andrew Barker playing his singles but struggled to find his form and got crushed 6-0. At this point it looked as though the evening could be a long one for Cambridge. Andrew was then joined by Alan Sharpe in the doubles. Andrew and Alan played well together to achieve a comfortable 4-8 win. Andrew left Alan on court to play his singles. Which was the definition of a nail biter; 11 games, of which 8 went to 40-all game point. Alan displayed composure in many high pressure situations and ultimately took home a very hard fought victory, 5-6. Up next was Richard who played well to achieve a narrow win 5-6. Cambridge were looking good at this point; 1-3 in the lead, and with the seemingly unbeatable duo of Sonja and Richard stepping up to play their doubles. Read More

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MCC visit in the Pol Roger Trophy, Sat, Jan 25th

Some familiar faces from the MCC will be facing CURTC’s full complement of Ed’s on Saturday. Please come along to the club if you can and if not please support the CURTC Stream team who will be back in action. Check back for the link.

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CURTC visit Hatfield House

The first away fixture for 2020 took a team of ten players to our near neighbours Hatfield on a crisp Sunday morning.
The first match saw Ben Geytenbeek and Andy Smith (Cambridge) up against Mark Wilcox and Joe Thompson (Hatfield). Cambridge raced to a fast start, with Smith playing some excellent retrieving especially from the backhand corner and Geytenbeek just holding on to Thompson’s fast cut volleys. Cambridge took the first set 6/1, but lost a little concentration to let Hatfield into the second set. It soon became clear that the hazard end was the safe place to be with Thompson’s hard forces at or under the dedans. A little more to and fro and Cambridge took the second set 6/4. Read More

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The Dutch, 4/1/20

A New Decade’s visit from our friends across the North Sea.

CURTC vs The Dutch, 4/1/2020

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CURTC Xmas Tournament

Gabriele & Catherine

With all the top seeded players being unable hold their nerve under the stress imposed by the handicap algorithm, we saw Catherine Stewart defeat Nina Ludekens and Gabriele Bailey defeat Alasdair in their respective semi finals. Read More

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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 Read More

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