Our head pro Ricardo Smith, on a roll after beating the world No 4 for a second recent time in September, was next in Paris for the French Open and World Championship Doubles. Unfortunately, after a good start in each, he slipped and sustained an injury forcing his retirement, and he has sadly also had to withdraw from the upcoming “European” at Lords. We very much hope he will be fit for the major world-wide tournament, the British Open, in November.
Meanwhile the UK held its “Category” tournaments, pitching groups of similar quality players together. Our assistant pro Lewis Williams won the B Category, while Prested junior James Bargent won the Category G on his home court. Very well done to both.
We are hosting the National over 40 doubles October 19th & 20th, and the next bit of entertainment is the Shrager Cup (a fun, mixed doubles event with unique crazy rules) on November 2nd.