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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years
23 April 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au (mailto:pros@rmtc.com.au) )
Editor: Helen Pritchard
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KEY DATES:

APRIL

* 25 Anzac Day Trophy F Hewson

MAY
* 2-3 Presidents Cup (in Hobart) R Kininmonth
* 6 AGM and Trophy Presentations at 6pm
* 15-17 Exhibition Street Cup W Cockram
* 22 Empire Day Breakfast Tournament J Sear
* 24 Junior Clinic (u16) Pros
* 30 Quarterly Medal #2 Kininmonth/Simpson
* 31 Women’s Handicap Doubles M O’Rorke
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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Owen Guest

Recently it has been relatively quiet time for tennis on the local front but there has been plenty of action elsewhere. Last week Hobart hosted the Bathurst Cup (a Davis Cup style event involving amateur players from Australia, France, the UK and USA) and at the end of the week our Australian team were the winners for only the 5^th time. The Bathurst Cup was first held in 1922 and for most of its history Australia’s pedigree has not been strong. Our first, and what remained for a long time only win, came in 1982. However, this win now gives us four wins from the last five going back to 2006.

The 2015 team, captained by Mike Happell and anchored by Kieran Booth performed admirably throughout, and in the final in particular, were pushed to the limit by the UK team with victory not being secured until the 5^th and final match of the Tie. The results were as follows:

Bathurst Cup Final – AUS def Great Britain 3/2
Day 1 Singles
Kieran Booth def. Conor Medlow 6/1 6/1 6/3
Bret Richardson lost to Jamie Douglas 5/6 6/2 4/6 6/0 3/6
Day 2 Doubles
Booth/Richardson def. Douglas/Medlow 5/6 6/2 6/1 3/6 6/0
Day 3 Reverse Singles
Bret Richardson lost to Conor Medlow 2/6 6/5 6/4 6/4
Kieran Booth def. Jamie Douglas 6/1 6/1 6/2

Bathurst Cup 3^rd vs. 4^th – France def USA 5/0
Day 1 Singles
Mattieu Sarlangue def. Patrick Winthrop 6/3 6/3
Julien Bey def. Jon Crowell 3/6 6/2 6/4
Day 2 Doubles
Brunoro/Sarlangue def. Ben Cook/Winthrop 6/4 6/3
Day 3 Reverse Singles
Benjamin Jacquin-Turrettini def. Jonathon Crowell 6/5 3/6 6/5
Michel Brunoro def.Ben Cook 6/2 6/1

Bathurst Cup 1^st Semi-final – AUS def France 5/0
Day 1 Singles
Bret Richardson lost to Mattieu Sarlangue 6/5 6/3 3/6 6/4
Kieran Booth def. Julien Bey 6/2 6/0 6/0
Day 2 Doubles
Booth/Richardson def. Brunoro/Sarlangue 6/3 6/2 6/2
Day 3 Reverse Singles
Bret Richardson def. Julien Bey 6/0 6/2 4/6 6/1
Pete Boyles def. Michel Brunoro 1/6 6/4 6/3

Bathurst Cup 2^nd Semi-final – UK def USA 4/1
Day 1 Singles
Conor Medlow def. Jon Crowell 6/4 6/4 6/1
Jamie Douglas def. Patrick Winthrop 6/3 6/3 6/0
Day 2 Doubles
Douglas/Medlow def. Cook/Winthrop 6/1 0/6 6/3 6/5
Day 3 Reverse Singles
Conor Medlow def. Patrick Winthrop 6/3 6/3
Louise Gordon lost to Jon Crowell 5/6 2/6 2/6

Mike Happell and Kieran Booth were interviewed on the local ABC radio and the broadcast can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/936-abc-hobart/the-real-tennis-action (http://hobarttennis.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=386f519d0c24151d8ad804255&id=603403a60d&e=dfbfb0a51c)

Elsewhere in the tennis world Claire Fahey retained her Ladies World Championship at Leamington when she defeated her sister Sarah Vigrass in the final 6/6 6/1. Alas, in the doubles, our very own Mary Wilson and Brigitte Claney were unable to defend their World Doubles Handicap title. Word has it that Brigitte suffered acute food poisoning which is a shame given the form the duo displayed two years ago, as surely they would otherwise be dual World Doubles Handicap title holders.

For those who are feeling the pinch from the recent tennis drought, put your name down for the upcoming Exhibition Street Cup, it is always a good weekend of tennis.
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