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Percy Finch & Australian Amateur Doubles

The RMTC retained the Percy Finch Racket by beating the Hobart Real Tennis Club 9-0 over the Labour Day week-end. This is the first time that we have won 9-0 away from home.

The results were:

Singles:

#1 Julian Snow bt Hilton Booth 6/1,6/2.

#2 Mike Happell bt Pat Dunne 6/0.6/0

#3 Mark Sayer bt John Howard 6/0,6/3

#4 Chris Sievers bt Nick Rooke 6/0,6/1

#5 Bret Richardson bt Graeme Holloway 6/2,6/2

#6 Jonnie Davies bt Greg Kerin 6/1,6/0

Doubles

#1 Snow & Sievers bt Booth & Dunne 6/1,6/3

#2 Happell & Richardson bt Howard & Holloway 6/2,6/0

#3 Sayer & Davies bt Rooke & Kerin 6/0,6/3

In the Australian Amateur Doubles final Happell & Richardson bt Snow & Sievers 6/4,6/4,6/1.

The week-end was entirely overshadowed by the extremely sad news that reached us on the Sunday morning of the death of George Limb, who had of course played in the inaugural Percy Finch in 1965 and many subsequent renewals.

George Limb 16 November 1935 – 7 March 2009

George passed away on Saturday 7th March. It is hard to put into words what an influence George has had over this Club and the game, and on a personal level what a great friend and mentor he has been to so many. He will be sadly missed and the Club offers its heartfelt condolences to Janet and his family.

World Championship 2010

I am thrilled to announce that the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club will be hosting the World Championship in 2010. The precise date of the event will be announced shortly – probably the first week of May.

It is planned to hold an opening cocktail party, a Championship dinner and a final dinner on the Saturday evening. An AFL function on the Friday night is also planned. This will be an exciting week and interest from overseas is already strong, so it will be a true celebration of world tennis. There will also be an International Pro Am and  “World Championship” handicap doubles.

Application forms will be sent in due course, please book in early to avoid disappointment!

Andrew Gould
President