REAL TENNIS NEWS
June in the Real Tennis office saw the conclusion of our Annual Club tournaments on ‘Finals Evening.’ A big congratulations to all those who played throughout the season, but an even bigger congratulations to our winners Steve Taylor (Level Singles), Steve Taylor & Toby Bawden (Level Doubles) and to Hannah Lucey, Richard Ramjane and Steve Steadman, who all won their respective Wilkinson Trophy grades and are now in a 3-way tie to decide the overall Wilkinson Trophy winner 2017.
We had plenty of tennis going on outside the club this month, and more titles for Prested! Congratulations Ian Hawkey & Bryan Eaton for winning the Rose Bowl at Newmarket and also to Clive Turner & Chris Vigrass for winning the Plate Doubles at Newmarket. Our Pro Team of Mr & Mrs Fahey also won the Premiere National League in a nail-biting final. A very successful month for the club!
At time of writing we have two teams entered into the East Anglian Cup; we are looking forward to what will no doubt be another fantastic performance from Team Prested! We have plenty more happening throughout July. Don’t miss out on the UK Pro Doubles (21st – 24th July), which will see World Class tennis back on Prested’s court! Tickets are available now so please see the Pros for more information or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01376 570220.
Experience the game first-hand with our World Championship level coaches! We are offering a free hour taster session, available to members and locals. Contact the Pros for more information or to book.
A big congratulations to our pro Claire Fahey who retained her World Singles and Doubles title, with her sister Sarah. They travelled for 10 days to Tuxedo Park, USA to compete in this event. It’s fantastic to see the Vigrass sisters still dominating the ladies game and representing Prested!
Prested pair Mark Nicholls and Steve Taylor lost the national Over 40s Doubles final (here at Prested) to Peter Wright and David Watson (of Hampton Court), but the Mikes Norgrove & Carter took revenge on the padel court. (It was, however, the visitors’ first ever game of padel, or so they claimed!)
As the Club looks forward to June, we have our inaugural ‘New Members’ tournament (Wednesday 14th June) and the Summer Doubles League will be starting imminently. Plenty of tennis still going on, so there is no excuse not to get on court!
On 22nd/ 24th July we will be hosting the UK Pro Doubles Championships, and due to the way pairings have worked out, we will have an even better line-up of players than the World Championships. The final will be best of five sets (instead of nine) starting 6pm Monday 24th and will be exceptionally fast, furious and super-skilful. Sunday’s semis should be equally entertaining. Tickets from the pros: email@example.com or 01376 570220. On Monday afternoon there will be a Gala Cream and Champagne tea party at the Hall to welcome visitors and celebrate this exciting event.
Huge thanks to our sponsors: Tiptree Jams, Inntel, Barber Jackson, Prime Appointments, Events Factors, Susan Newman Book-keeping Services, Water Direct, Haymans Gin, Anglia Produce, Birkett Long, Stringers World of Manningtree, Green Square Publishing, Saffron Laundry, Grape Passions, Derrick Wells Ltd, Silver Sparks Discos, and the many club members who generously gave both money and time to help ensure the event was a huge success. (Thanks too, of course, and congratulations to Rob & Ricardo for making the tennis so memorable.)