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East Anglia Pennant vs Prested

On 13th February Cambridge hosted the latest East Anglia Pennant fixture v Prested Hall.

This was a big fixture as Prested were sitting at the top of the league before this match.

Oliver Brenton played a great singles match and showed good focus and determination to win 6-4 against Graham Wilcox. Ben Geytenbeek then fought hard but lost 4-6 to Adam Dixon-Smith. Ben and Oliver had a blinder of a doubles match against Graham and Adam. It went all the way to 5 all, 40 all, and having the best rally of the whole match on that point, won 6-5 to take a crucial match for Cambridge.

In his singles, Julian Stafford had a close match with Richard Ramjane, and Julian edged ahead to clinch a win 6-4. Jim Ludekens faced a tough opponent with a stylish game in his singles where Brian Muir dominated and secured a singles win for Prested 6-2. Julian and Jim were successful in their doubles, Julian was solid throughout the match and although Jim had a few shaky periods, they finally conquered the opposition 6-5.

So, the overall score came out as a 4-2 victory for Cambridge. Cambridge are currently second in the league table with one final fixture to go; a home match against Newmarket on 13th March. We are looking for a big victory!

Jim Ludekens

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The Stream Team are Back…

…but for two days only

The Varsity 2nds take place this weekend at the Home of Real Tennis. Please come along to the Club and support if you can. If you can’t follow the stream by clicking on the links below:

Friday, from 2pm

Saturday, from 9am

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60s Category Tournament

Congratulations to Dave Isherwood and Tony Kennedy who will contest the 60 Category Final on Finals Day, sponsored by Hannay Robertson Financial Planning, on Saturday, March 16th.

How Tony & Dave made it to the final

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Giraffe Club Cup: Part 2

Click on the Pictures for larger versions and/or the Caption of the Collages for a Google Photo Gallery of the individual images and more…

But first

Best Bobble

Kevin Hefferman: Best Bobble

and finally…

Masterchef

MasterChef

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Giraffe Club Cup

On Court!

Giraffe Club Cup, February 2nd, 2019

Thanks to Niholson Gin for their….

Nicholson Gin

…generous sponsorship!

CURTC played host to the Giraffe Club Cup over the weekend to promote students Real Tennis in Cambridge, with 32 players across two divisions playing doubles. The match play was followed by an exhibition match between Ed Kay and Jamie Giddins, before everyone headed out to Jesus College for a black-tie dinner. Huge thanks go to Nicholson Original London Dry Gin for their sponsorship of the drinks reception and to Kees ,Vix, Peter, Simon and Mark for their organisation and marking, and to those who prepared food for the lunch and canapes.

DIVISION 1

The morning group of Division 1 began with Vix Harvey and Andy Smith taking on Andrew Petrie and Jack Drew. Harvey was up at the galleries with some great volleying, but Drew was attempting to smack winners almost every shot, with Smith struggling to defend the back of the court, eventually running away with the match 6-3. Next on court was the student pair of Ed Hyde and Jimmy Campbell against Mark Perriton and Ivo Macdonald. Macdonald and Perriton showed a glimpse of what was to come. Both of them had lightning reflexes, Macdonald showing his rackets’ pedigree by standing up at the first gallery and vigorously defending anything that came his way. Perriton’s reach helped cover the back of the court, and they rolled over every other team in the group without losing a game. It was then a race for second place, after Hyde and Campbell overcame a large handicap difference against Harvey and Smith, it was all to play for in their final match against Drew and Petrie. However, Campbell was struggling to recover from a late night out, leaving Drew and Petrie to qualify without dropping a game.

The afternoon group was a much more evenly matched affair, the first match saw Charles D’Oyly and Steven Doel narrowly eek out the Newmarket pair of Colin Clifton-Brown and John Burnett 6 games to 5. The Holyport pair of Jon Speirs and Colm O’Shea got off to a better start against Anthony Dean and Aaron Weinkers, despite an impressive series of main wall boasts from Dean. In a last gasp attempt to salvage the match, Dean lined up for the winning gallery, only to find the post of hazard second gallery. D’Oyly and Doel played exceptionally well against Weinkers and Dean, with several impressive cross-court cut shots by D’Oyly which died off the back wall, and a series of impressive net volleys by Doel. They would later win the group comfortably with a 6-1 win over Speirs and O’Shea. Weinkers and Dean were helped by the handicap against an onslaught from Clifton-Brown and Burnett, as Clifton-Brown challenged Weinkers with his excellent demi-piques, while Burnett threatened at the net, but Weinkers’ volleying would prove enough for the pair to notch their first win. It wouldn’t be enough though, as Clifton-Brown and Burnett got the better of Speirs and O’Shea in the match between the visitors, letting the Newmarket pair qualify as runners up on games won.

The semi-finals saw the continued dominance of Macdonald and Perriton who didn’t lose a game against Clifton-Brown and Burnett to go into the final with an impressive record of 24 games won, 0 lost. The drama was instead saved for the second semi-final which saw D’Oyly and Doel against Drew and Petrie. D’Oyly and Doel took an early lead, with D’Oyly forcing Drew to play some awkward shots from the galleries by slamming the ball short and into the main wall. But Drew’s winners were enough to fight back, levelling up the game. But in the end, D’Oyly and Doel were able to take the win 6-5. The final saw Macdonald and Perriton lose a game for the first time in the tournament, as D’Oyly and Doel were able to push the match to 4-4, but Macdonald and Perriton raced away with it once more to take the trophy 6-4.

Div 1 Winners, Mark Perriton & Ivo Macdonald

DIVISION 2

Division 2 saw pairs with handicaps around 50 or greater face off, and while the quality of the tennis arguably wasn’t as high as Division 1, the tension certainly was. In the morning group, all but two matches went to 5-all. One of those that didn’t was the first match of the morning between Christie Marrian and Guy Kirk and the Ladies Varsity pairing of Olivia Chesser and Alexandra Baranowski. The students warmed up much faster and were belting balls at the dedans, forcing several racket errors out of Marrian and G. Kirk to take the match 6-0. Ben Geytenbeek and Andrew Barker got their first win against Kate Kirk and Sophia Lewis coming from behind by playing consistent tennis against the handicap, before getting two short chases at 30-all in the final game to take the match. K. Kirk and Lewis then had to handle the onslaught of hard forces and consistent volleys from Chesser and Baranowski, but held their own and came back from 2-4 down to level at 4-all then 5-all. In the final game, Lewis finally broke through the volleying efforts to lay a 2 and 3 chase on match point, and took the game 6-5. Marrian and G. Kirk took Geytenbeek and Barker to 3-all, before an ill-fated volley by Geytenbeek found the net and Marrian and G. Kirk ran away with the match. Geytenbeek and Barker again found themselves behind against Chesser and Baranowski, with a growing crowd following the early finish in Division 1. Geytenbeek and Barker chased back and saved several match points to find the score at 5-all 40-all, the winner progressing through and the loser knocked out. In the deciding moment, Chesser mishit a volley to put Geytenbeek and Barker through. It was then winner-takes-all in the final match with the first of several partner vs. partner games with G. Kirk and Marrian against K. Kirk and Lewis. Lewis and K. Kirk held on well, with some excellent return-of-serve by Lewis and retreiving by K. Kirk, to take a narrow 4-5 lead. A switch to demi-piques by Marrian levelled the game and took a 40-30 lead in the final game. G. Kirk went for glory but found the net, only to finish the match on the final point, qualifying through with a lob into the grille.

The afternoon group began with Kevin Heffernan teaming up with Emma Samia-Aly, an alumna who hadn’t been on a real tennis court since her graduation. Over the course of her matches, she slowly started to find her form again, but it wasn’t quick enough in their first match against Linda and Jeremy Fairbrother, going down 6-3. The next match was between two Ladies Varsity pairs: Krittika D’Silva and Cameron Roker against Jacqueline Siu and Rosie Taylor. The match swung backwards and forwards depending on who had the serve, ending up at 5-all. Then Taylor smashed towards the dedans to take the win 6-5. D’Silva and Roker stayed on court against the Fairbrother pairing, and the students used their youth to their advantage taking the match 6-0. Siu and Taylor qualified through by beating Heffernan and Samia-Aly, before struggling against the spin and loop of the Fairbrother’s serves. In the final game, D’Silva and Roker needed a win against Heffernan and Samia-Aly to qualify, but Samia-Aly finally got into her groove on court again, to get their first win of the competition, sending the Fairbrothers into the semi-finals in the processes.

The two semi-finals in Division 2 had vastly different fortunes in terms of handicap. The first semi-final between Geytenbeek and Barker against the Fairbrothers saw two teams of roughly similar handicaps, but Geytenbeek and Barker served well to take the match 6-1. The second semi-final saw the largest possible handicap difference in the division. Marrian and G. Kirk gave one serve, banned tambour, owe 30 receive 30. In response, Siu and Taylor smashed everything they could towards the dedans, with enough either going in or forcing racket errors to take the match 6-3, G. Kirk losing the final point of the match by striking the base of the tambour.

The final again saw a massive handicap difference, Geytenbeek and Barker giving one serve, banned tambour to Siu and Taylor. Geytenbeek and Barker played consistent shots, focused on getting the ball safely over the net and forcing their opponents to make errors. It proved enough, and when Barker switched to a side-wall serve, they ran away with the game and the trophy 6-3.

Div 2 Winners, Andrew Barker, Ben Geytenbeek and man in a suit

EXHIBITION MATCH

Exhibition

After the Club had calmed down, everybody settled in to nibble through the canapes and Nicholson Gin. That evening was the exhibition match between Ed Kay and Jamie Giddins. After the presentation of trophies to the cup winners, the match got underway, first to 8 games. Kay raced away with the first two games against Giddins’ demi-piques and railroads, but Giddins was able to take the third game to deuce, taking the game after a shot at the grille went high. However, Giddins served poorly, Kay opting to leave a hazard chase between his legs. Giddins responded well, cut-volleying the return-of-serve a couple of times to leave a short chase, but Kay careered a volley into the backhand corner to take the game.

Kay started to play to the crowd, aiming at the winning gallery but settling for a smack at the grille. He switched to a high drop serve, but Giddins did enough in response, benefiting from a tough bounce from the penthouse. Giddins pushed Kay to deuce, and then rounded off the game with a pair of excellent railroads. In the next game, the rallies became longer and longer and the crowd got more excited after Ed hit both a winning gallery and, later, a force into the dedans to win the game so hard that all of the spectators flinched. Fortunately, the perspex held strong. Kay was in control of the game, targeting the corners and making Giddins scramble. An impressive cut-volley on a medium-length chase led to Kay going up 5 games to 2.

Kay was on fire, playing off the walls at every opportunity, punishing a poor serve to a half yard chase, hitting a winning gallery from a double-boasted return-of-serve and defending a main-wall dedans. He got a little greedy, however, netting a hazard second gallery for the first of several occasions. But Giddins could do nothing as Kay forced twice into the dedans finish the game and raced on to seven games. Kay kept going for glory in the winning gallery, but instead found hazard second gallery twice more. Giddins started to get back in the game with a long rally before he too found hazard second gallery. The game went to deuce, and Giddins finally took one back from a failed volley from the tambour by Kay.

Kay was relaxed, and kept aiming at the winning gallery, but it let Giddins back into the game. He tried a couple of times to volley behind his back, but it didn’t work, and some loose shots by Kay meant Giddins could fight back, winning the next four games. In that time, there were some epically long rallies and fantastic gets off the tambour. Finally, with the score at 6-7, Kay pulled off the shot of the match, with a behind-the-back volley off the tambour. Giddins put a couple into the net, and Kay went for glory, but missed the winning gallery high twice. He finally took the match by placing the ball into the base of the tambour.

Ed Hyde @the dinner in Jesus

Vix Harvey

The evening ended with a wonderful dinner in the Upper Hall at Jesus College, some post dinner drinks in their rather stylish College bar…and some stragglers spotted leaving ‘Spoons at 230….

Ben Geytenbeek, reporting from the dedans

Photo credit: Jon Speirs

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East Anglia Pennant: Cambridge @Prested

The latest East Anglia League match was between Cambridge and Prested. Richard Jones was on first for Cambridge and was close to defeat early on but came back with determination, bringing it to 5 all, but his opponent just edged it in the deciding game. Carl Backhurst then had a great back and forth match where he eventually lost 6-5.

Jim Ludekens then played and won, but guess what, the score was 6-5! Julian Stafford then faced a tough opponent who served a powerful railroad and put him under pressure, he fought hard but lost 6-4. In the doubles Richard and Carl battled hard but lost 6-5. Julian and Jim played well together and conquered their opponents 6-2 with some great serving. It was an evening with a lot of close matches and we look forward to the home fixture at CURTC to get our revenge.

  Played Doubles Singles Total
PRESTED 4 7 11 18
CURTC 4 4 9 13
NRTC 4 3 7 10
HHTC 4 2 5 7

Results/Schedule

1st Round Home Away Result
Oct 11th NRTC Prested  2 – 4
HHTC CURTC  2 – 4
2nd Round
Nov 15th Prested NRTC 6 – 0
CURTC HHTC 5 – 1
3rd Round
Dec 13th Prested HHTC 4 – 2
NRTC CURTC 4 – 2
4th Round
Jan 10th Prested CURTC 4 – 2
HHTC NRTC 2 – 4
5th Round
Feb 14th CURTC Prested
NRTC HHTC
6th Round
Mar 14th HHTC Prested
CURTC NRTC

Jim Ludekens

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Newmarket v CURTC Ladies, Sunday, 13th., January, TK reports

The handicaps were high but so was the entertainment value of the tennis on offer. That it came down to the last game of the day’s last match to leave a six all draw was somehow fitting. A day enjoyed by all.

Tony Kennedy

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The Dutch visit the Home of Real Tennis

CURTC vs The Dutch, 5/1/19

CURTC vs The Dutch, 5/1/19

5 of the 12 matches went the full distance and 2 more were only one game short of the maximum. So the handicap system seems in good shape but the schedule did suffer! At the end of it all, CURTC had managed to reverse the orange tide which had engulfed us over the past two years. But it did take a considerable number of games to do so, I reckon the entire match comprised of very nearly 90% of the maximum possible number of games!
Picking out even a few highlights is impossible but I’ll do it anyway. Our Doubles went to 40-all in the last possible game. At no point was either pair ahead by more than two games and the lead changed at least 4 times. We only won when we finally managed to induce a volleying error from our worthy opponents. I was pretty shattered mentally as much as anything after it was all over. And then I had to go and do it all again in my Singles match except I lost (in the last possible game, of course).


And if you want to see all the results…. here you go!
Click on any of the images for a larger version and if you want to see a Google Photos gallery of the individual shots (plus a few extras) please click HERE
Many thanks to Peter, Simon, Mark & Kees who marked the marathon and the CURTC Juniors for their patience….

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East Anglia Pennant at Half Way

Played Doubles Singles Total Points
PRESTED 3 6 8 14
CURTC 3 3 8 11
NRTC 3 1 5 6
HHTC 3 2 3 5
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2018 Christmas Tournament

This year’s Christmas tournament was as successful as ever, with a full draw of 24 Christmas hangovers on court fighting for the coveted box of chocs. The creative format of the draw, by John Trapp, requires successful players to be able to overcome opponents of vast differences in handicap in singles matches plus the ability to coordinate effectively in new doubles pairings.

Groups are formed of a low handicap, a medium handicap and a high handicap – only one player makes it though to the knockout rounds. In the knock-out stage John Reid struggled with Noah Wright’s serve and Tony Kennedy couldn’t cope with Alex Peake’s energy, setting up the semi between Alex and Noah in which Alex won 6-2.

In the bottom half of the draw Geoffrey Greatrex defeated Richard Bowers on match point for both players, and Alan Harris (who gallantly stood in for the group winner Jeremy F) also won 6/5 versus John Burnett. Alan’s smooth swing and calm movement allowed him to conserve his energy and win 6/3 against the tiring Geoffrey.

For a further year the final was viewed by family members trying to remain unbiased with their applause but quietly hoping to return home with the box of Lindt. After a close first game which Alan won, Alex took a strong 4-1 lead with excellent speed around the court. However, Alan calmly came back to make it 5-all.

The 15 year old Alex almost lost his opportunity as the handicap in the final game was now providing Alan with less of a disadvantage, but Alex showed his desire for the prize and attacked consistently for the dedans, which proved a winning strategy.

Congratulations Alex!

Kees

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East Anglia Pennant Update

CURTC’s winning streak came to an end on December 13th away at Newmarket. The team lost 4-2 (but there is a home leg to redeem ourselves).
The team was:
Julian Stafford
Jim Ludekens
Ollie Brenton
Alan Sharpe

In spite of some very promising starts, the team was rarely able to clinch victory. However, we retain 2nd place in the League with an important match against the current leaders on January 10th.

Jim Ludekens

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Getting the Royal Treatment

CURTC braved the latest named storm (Deirdre?) last Saturday to visit the latest of the Real Tennis Courts at Hampton Court. Sadly the 16th century court is no more so we had to make do with the 17th century version. The place is steeped in history and as a recent guide to tennis (1553) states,

this game has been created for a good purpose, namely, to keep our bodies healthy, to make our young men stronger and more robust, chasing idleness, virtue’s mortal enemy, far from them and thus making them of a stronger and more excellent nature

I guess, not much has changed in the intervening centuries beyond the benefits now being available to both men and women and no longer restricted to the young.

The court is huge but quite bouncy so getting a hazard chase proved surprisingly (depressingly??) easy, as I was to discover. CURTC’s day had started brightly on both the trains and the M25. The brightness continued as Jo & Dave overcame a major handicap disadvantage and two spirited opponents and we moved smoothly through the first set and to a 5-3 lead in the second.
What could possibly go wrong, you dear reader, and those in the Dedans could reasonably ask? Lunch it appears. The Dedans emptied and so did our fortunes. This sadly presaged a rather dramatic change in CURTC’s day as the G-Men took a bit too long to come to grips with the Court. However, to be honest I did not see much more than the last point of their match as I was discovering quite how splendid the lunching arrangements were both in the Club and the neighbouring Palace. TK & Andy also struggled although it did give me an opportunity to take a photo showing quite how large the court seems.

Alas I missed DHR’s noble effort to make the scoreline more reasonable as I had to venture out into Deirdre to find a train. This proved remarkably easy until we made a un-scheduled stop at Stevenage. A tree had buried a train and Royston, the driver breezily told us followed by ‘I’m going to open the doors in case anyone would like to get some fresh air’. ‘Oh dear tree’ (Deirdre, geddit? No, Ed), I thought but I can take a hint so I sprinted* for a cab…
2018 Royal Tennis Court v Cambridge Results-1

*Yeah, ok, slight exaggeration but reads better than ‘lumbered’

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Pol Roger Cup

Cambridge move on to the semi-finals following a 3-2 win at Moreton Morrell. Thanks to Keith Beechener for the pix!

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70+ Category Tournament

Last weekend saw the first of this season’s Category tournaments for those with handicaps of, you guessed it, greater than 70. On Friday evening the 80+ handicappers had their own mini tourney with two qualifying for the Saturday groups. So congratulations to Christopher Desira who has the 80+ bragging rights for the rest of the season. Congrats also to Jacqueline Siu who also made it through to Saturday but special congratulations to everyone who signed up and played!

On Saturday, the groups went more or less to form as Elle Curzon-Green and Krittka D’Silva won their groups with 3 wins each but with a couple of close 6-5 matches on the way. They met Paul Fox and Joss Poulton in the two semi-finals in another good mix of ‘Town & Gown’. Elle presumably not wearing a gown was clearly unstoppable and Paul edged the other semi to earn a rematch in the Tournament final which will be played on Finals Day, sponsored by Hannay-Robertson Financial Planning, Saturday, March 16th next year. Click on the image below and you will be able to see all the results.

Elle & Paul’s route to Finals day

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Inter-University Tournament, 2018

IU 2018

Middlesex University @IUT 2018

For four days in late November, Cambridge and Newmarket Real Tennis clubs hosted over 60 fresh-faced students from nine universities across the UK for the annual Inter-University tournament. In addition to tournament debuts from St Andrew’s University and St Mary’s University, this year saw the return of Oxford to the tournament, along with strong delegations from Exeter, Bristol, Newcastle, Durham, Middlesex and the hosts Cambridge.

Newcastle, Durham and Middlesex arrived in Cambridge for the start of play on Thursday evening, kicking things off with the first three groups in the handicap singles tournament. Despite the long travel, Hubie Sangster (Newcastle) was the first group winner through to the knockout stages and was joined there by the Middlesex pair of Juan Camacho and Luke Newman.

The tournament began in earnest on Friday morning as the remainder of the teams filed into Cambridge. The day started with the first round of the Inter-University Cup. Each University fields a number of teams of two or three players, and each fixture comprises of two singles and a doubles match. This year, the teams were seeded, so the stronger teams would only be joining later in the competition. Even still, three teams collected 8-0 clean sheets across all three of their matches, the most excitement coming in the match between Cambridge 4 and Middlesex 3. Tied 1-all after the singles, the result came down to the doubles. A late surge by the Middlesex duo of Prabhiyot Kang and Harry Ashton was too much for Elle Curzon Green and Sophia Lewis; Middlesex taking the fixture 8-5.

The remainder of Friday was consumed with most of the rest of the group stages of the handicap tournament. The first appearance for St Mary’s University at the tournament began well, with club founder Trevor Jones winning his group losing only a single game. Elsewhere, rackets players Ivo Macdonald (Cambridge) and Felix Delaforce (Exeter) showed how similar the two sports are, cruising to victories in their respective groups. Bristol also had a good afternoon, all four of their entrants (Jamie Day, Louis Richards, Valentine Scott-Geddes and Alexis De Chaisemartin) making it through. Sophia Lewis (Cambridge) narrowly won her group on a countback of games won. The group stages were also played over at Newmarket, with Charlotte Facto (Newmarket) winning her group, with Krittika D’Silva the Best of the Rest after a narrow 4-5 loss to group winner Scott-Geddes. That evening, the top two groups with the lowest handicaps played in Cambridge. This served as a preview of the Cup matches to come, but saw some excellent tennis. Charles Defries (Oxford) arrived late owing to the withdrawal of Rory Giddins (Oxford), but then breezed past Jimmy Campbell (Cambridge) and Oliver Martyn-Hemphill (Durham). Finally, George Skinner (Durham) came tantalisingly close, but was beaten by Felix White (Newcastle) in a tense 5-4 showdown.

Saturday would see most of the knockout phases of the Inter-University Cup. These produced a series of very close and very long matches that would put the schedule hours behind. The biggest run was made by the Bristol team of Louis Richards and Jamie Day. After a narrow 8-6 game between Richards and Felix Delaforce (Exeter) which included 14 deuces, their match against the Cambridge 2 team of Jack Drew and Ben Geytenbeek was tied 1-1 after the singles. Cambridge took too long to settle down in the doubles, and some excellent railroad serves from Day took Bristol to victory. Newcastle 2 received nothing but consolation for their doubles win over Cambridge 3’s Ivo Macdonald and Aaron Wienkers, after Wienkers has held on 8-7 against William Robertson.

Elsewhere, the tournament debut for St Andrew’s University did not go well, losing to the Newcastle pair of Charles Walker and Charles Seddon. However, the top seeds of Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and Newcastle were a class above the rest of the field, all breezing through the quarter-finals, except a tight 8-7 victory for James Bargent (Newcastle) over Jamie Day (Bristol). Over at Newmarket, Elle Curzon Green (Cambridge) became the final group winner in the Handicap Singles tournament, rushing back to Cambridge for the knock-out stages.

Running over-time, the last few matches of the day was the round of 16 of the handicap singles. Notable matches included Elle Curzon Green (Cambridge) starting with a 43 point handicap advantage and banned chases worse than 3 against Charles Defries (Oxford), and pulled through to a 6-4 victory. Perhaps the most dramatic moment of the tournament came between Trevor Jones (St Mary’s) and Louis Richards (Bristol). At 5-all, 40-all, match point, Richards let go of his racket during his serve, and Jones capitalised by making a chase of a yard. But then a below-average serve saw Richards pummel the ball straight and hard into the dedans to win the match.

The excitement carried on to the Pol Roger Champagne Reception and Tournament Dinner held at the University Athletics Pavilion, down the road from the tennis courts. The Pavilion had been transformed into a lovely dinner venue and we were fortunate to have the company of a handful of tennis greats – Paul Weaver and Duncan Colquhoun, current over 60s Doubles champions, along with Chris Bray, former British Number 1 – to add even more inspiration to the event. Paul and Tori Weaver joined us as representatives of the Dedanist’s Foundation, which gives considerable support to many of the Clubs which enter the Inter-Universities Tournament. It was a great evening with a well-earned glass of Pol Roger Champagne followed by some excellent red and white wine to accompany the delicious meal. Many thanks were given to Pol during the speeches, for their fine contribution to the event.

2018 Inter-University Cup Winners, Rory Giddins & Charlie Defries, Oxford


Sunday was the final day of the tournament. In the handicap singles, Felix Delaforce (Exeter) and Juan Camacho (Middlesex) breezed through their quarter and semi-finals. The final match was a test of Delaforce’s rackets skills of boasting and retrieving against Camacho’s solid forehand and reliable volley. Ultimately, Delaforce took a good victory, 8-3. In the Inter-University Cup, both Oxford and Cambridge beat Newcastle and Durham to turn the final into an abbreviated Varsity Match; a sneak preview to the match at Lord’s in March. Ed Hyde (Cambridge) retrieved well against Rory Giddins (Oxford), taking victory in his match. But Charles Defries (Oxford) returned serve well against Jimmy Campbell (Cambridge), and despite a close match, Defries was able to put it to a deciding doubles. Oxford held against everything that the Cambridge pair threw at them, ultimately taking the match and the 2018 Inter-University Cup.

Jimmy Campbell & Ed Hyde, Cambridge


It was a hugely successful tournament, and accolades must be given to the Cambridge professionals Kees Ludekens and Peter Paterson, along with Vix Harvey for their hard work organising the tournament and marking all of the matches on the final day. Thanks also to the Dedanist’s Foundation and the T&RA for their support of the event. It was a fantastic tournament, and great showcase of the talent in the future of the game.

Ben Geytenbeek, reporting from the Cambridge Dedans.

Down the line, Jimmy. Down the line…

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