On a freezing bank holiday weekend in May, the Cambs U9, U10 and U12 Boys and Girls played in the annual Lionel Cox trophy at Queenswood School.
On the Saturday, the U10’s started very well with the Boys team of Herbie, Leo and Jianzhou beating Oxfordshire convincingly 3-0 and the girls beating Suffolk 2-1, with wins from Sophie and Bibiana. The U12’s had a tough start with the boys losing a competitive match with Hertfordshire, Jonny and Sam both pushing their opponents all the way and the girls losing to a very strong Oxfordshire team. In the second round, the U10’s then both lost very close matches, the boys to Hertfordshire despite a good win for Herbie and Leo coming very close in a 3rd set and the girls lost to Essex, with Bibiana just losing 12-10 in a match tiebreak and playing extremely well!
The U9 girls played their entire tournament on the Saturday and the team of Oliva, Olivia and May played superbly beating Northants, Bucks and Oxfordshire and only losing narrowly to Essex 2-1 with both losses coming in close 3 set matches. They went into the playoff for 3rd / 4th against Suffolk and won convincingly 3-0 so a great result!
Sunday started superbly for the U12’s, with wins for Jonny and Ryan to help the boys beat Suffolk followed by a 3-0 win against Norfolk. The U12 girls then beat Berkshire 2-1 with good wins from Florence and Millie. Rezi, Daisy and Millie then beat Bedfordshire. The U10 boys had a tough match with Suffolk, Herbie won at number 1 again and Leo again came very close in a great 3 set match but Cambs unfortunately lost 2-1. The U10 girls played superbly to beat Northants then Sophie came back from a set down to help secure a win against Buckinghamshire after another win from Bibiana.
The U9 boys played their entire event on the Sunday, with the team of Harry, Arnas and Mason winning their group, beating Essex and Suffolk along the way and playing some excellent tennis. The final was incredibly close, with Harry losing 8-6 in the 3rd set and Mason winning which meant the boys came an excellent 2nd.
In the playoffs then, the U12 boys started and beat Berkshire 3-0 to come an excellent 3rd overall. The U10 boys lost their 5th / 6th playoff to Essex to come 6th. The U10 girls played a superb playoff, with Bibiana, Sophie and Thomasina all winning to beat Berkshire 3-0 and come 3rd overall. The U12 girls finished very strongly with Daisy and Florence winning their matches to give Cambs a deserved 5th place overall.
All the final positions are then totalled up between the 10 counties and Cambridgeshire came joint 2nd with Essex, with Hertfordshire the winners! The last time we won the 2nd place trophy was 30 years ago, so a great achievement by all the teams!
England win the Four Nations Tennis Championships in Dublin, Ireland over the May Bank holiday weekend
We are very pleased to congratulate our Cambridgeshire county tennis player, David Mills, Captain of our 35s and 45s Men’s county teams, who was selected to represent England to play no.1 singles player for the Men’s 50s England team. The Four Nations Tennis Championships consisted of 6 teams per Nation of 3 Men’s and 3 Ladies age groups of 35s, 45s & 50s from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. David also had the honour of being asked to captain the overall England Team which was successful in winning the competition. On a personal level, David beat the Welsh and Scottish no.1 singles players (before picking up an injury against the Irish no.1) giving very valuable winning points towards the overall total wins for England.
The girls’ team of Isabelle, Weiqi, Sophie, Marennah and Gabby travelled daily to Grantham for 14 and under County Cup over the bank holiday weekend 4th to 6th May.
They played in a box with Lincolnshire and Buckinghamshire with the other Counties in the group being Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and South of Scotland.
On the Saturday they only played doubles against Lincolnshire. With conditions very windy and quite cold the first pair of Isabelle and Weiqi narrowly lost to Ruby and Christie 6/4, 3/6, 6-10 after playing themselves into a good position at a set and 3/0 up. The second pairing of Marennah and Sophie lost 3/6, 3/6 to Alice and Isabel.
On the Sunday they then finished off the match against Lincolnshire. Marennah lost 0/6, 2/6 to Ruby; Sophie lost 6/1, 2/6, 7-10 to Isabel – really tough match and then Alice beat Weiqi 6/2, 6/1. Isabelle played a great match to beat Christie 7/6, 6/4 but overall Cambridgeshire lost disappointingly 1/5 to Lincolnshire.
After this set back the girls played much better in the second match against Buckinghamshire. Gabby got the team off to a great start beating Ashni 6/3, 6/3. Sophie then came back from match points down in the deciding tie break to beat Annabel 6/3, 6/7, 12-10. Weiqi lost to Aneka 1/6, 2/6 and then Isabelle won her second singles beating Millie 2/6, 6/2, 10-6. Cambs were 3/1 up going into the doubles. Marennah and Gabby combined very well to beat Annabel and Yi-Toong 6/1, 7/5. In the top doubles Isabelle and Weiqi had a very close match with Millie and Aneka just losing 5/7, 7/5 and 5-10 in the tiebreak. Overall Cambs had a 4-2 win. This meant each County had one win but on rubbers Cambs finished third.
On the Monday Cambs then had to play South of Scotland for 5th and 6th position.
Gabby won easily at number four beating Natasha 6/1, 6/0. This was followed by Sophie beating Alisa 7/5, 6/1. Weiqi then got her first won of the weekend beating Felicity 6/4, 6/2 and Isabelle won her third singles beating Annique 6/2, 6/1 to round of a good morning.
In the doubles Marennah and Gabby won 6/2, 6/1 and Isabelle and Weiqi 6/1, 6/0 for the team to finish with a 6-0 win.
Pride of place goes to Isabelle with 3 singles wins and Gabby winning four out of four matches but everyone contributed to some good tennis and had the team started better they may have been playing for first and second. All but one of the team can play next year so onwards and upwards!
Following on from the presentation of the County British Tennis Awards at our AGM in March, I am very pleased to announce that two of the County winners have gone on to win the Central and East Region Awards in their category. Simon Grainger from Chatteris Tennis Club, picture above, is the Central and East Region Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Lawrence Hopkins from Haslingfield Lawn Tennis Club, picture below, has won the Central & East Region Volunteer of the Year Award. Congratulations to you both. They now go on as nominations to the National awards.
The Geraldine Booth Award which is presented to the boy and girl who have contributed most to the County at the County 2019 AGM. It was awarded to Harry Wendelken, who unfortunately was unable to attend the AGM, and Megan Carmichael. Harry is ranged no 1 in the U18 and in the Seniors for the County. He is ranked no 59 in the ITF with a career high of 34 in January. Megan is currently ranked no 1 in the U16 and U18 in the County.
The County British Tennis Awards were presented by Alan Hodges, during the 2019 AGM on Wednesday 20th March. The British Tennis Awards are mainly targeted towards volunteers and we received about 50 nominations this year, but most came from a few clubs. We would like more clubs to make nominations and we do make a nominations award to the Club - this is chosen from a draw of all nomination forms. The Executive Committee would like to pass on their thanks to all the volunteers in the Cambs clubs for all their hard work and commitment.
The Nominations Award of £250 was made to the Cambridge Academy (Rob Ellis).
Cambs Club of the Year 2018 - Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club (James Mills)
Cambs Volunteer of the Year 2018 - Lawrence Hopkins, Haslingfield Lawn Tennis Club
Cambs Coach of the Year 2018 - Toby Jackson, Cambourne Tennis Club, who was unfortunately unable to attend, the awards was presented to Anna Springham.
Cambs Young Volunteer of the Year 2018 - Megan Carmichael, Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club
Cambs Education Venue of the Year 2018 - Castle School
Cambs Official of the Year 2018 - Sue Rich, Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club
Cambs Community Venue of the Year 2018 - Wisbech Lawn Tennis Club
Cambs Disability Award 2018 - Steve Shaw, Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club
Cambs Competition of the Year 2018 - Cambridge Summer Open
Cambs Outstanding Achievement Award 2018 - Simon Grainger, Chatteris St Peter's Tennis Club, who was unable to attend - the award was handed to Karen Barwell on his behalf
U8 Boys team - Kevin, Arthur, Joseph, George, Etienne and Martin
U8 Girls team - Navya, Aditi, May, Olivia, Lilyane and Jessica
The was a very enjoyable tournament and after a hard battle the Cambridgeshire girls came third and the boys came fourth, with Cambridgeshire coming third overall. Congratulations to all the players.
Cambridgeshire team – Jianzhou, Harry, Arnas and Bibiana
At the conclusion of Stage 1, we had Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire as the top 2 Counties in the Kyle Edmund group, and Hertfordshire and Essex as the top 2 counties in the Johanna Konta group. This meant that Hereford & Worcestershire played Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire played Buckinghamshire in the Play-off knockout draw. Notts and Yorks won those matches so played out for 5/6th place, which Yorkshire won. In the Semi Finals of the main event, Hertfordshire beat Northants and Cambs beat Essex both by a 3/1 score line. We then had Essex beat Northants in the 3/4th place play off, while a thrilling final took place between title holders Cambs and Herts. After the 4 matches, it was a dead heat, on 2/2 and 5/5 in sets won. This meant we had to play a doubles championship tie-break to decide. Herts got off to a good start and never looked back, coming out 10/4 winners.
The strength of the event was shown with four counties consisting of only Orange 1* players. we played 82 matches, with every child getting 5 singles matches as a minimum, and over 50% of those went to 3 sets! Four players were undefeated all day – they were: Essex No1 Varun, Cambs No2 Arnas, Bucks No3 Maisie and Cambs No4 Bibiana.
The team of Megan, Kira, Chaaya, Neha, Lydia, Aisha, Natasha and Sama travelled to Shrewsbury for 18 County Cup in Group 3b on Thursday 28th February.
They were in a group with Staffordshire, Norfolk and Somerset.
On the Friday they played Staffordshire and first up was Aisha at number 6 and she beat Daniela 6/4, 6/2 to get the team off to a good start. This was followed by Lydia beating Alice very convincingly 6/1, 6/1 to help Cambs to a 2/0 lead. Chaaya at three had a tough game against Eloise and lost 2/6, 2/6 and Neha on her County Cup debut was out played by Adeola and lost 2/6, 0/6. So after two rounds Cambs were tied with Staffs but then up stepped Kira in her first match for a year after knee surgery and she played amazingly to beat Kia 6/1, 6/2. Megan at number one then played Mae and again played a really solid and highly competitive match and won 7/5, 6/4 to give Cambs the advantage after the singles and a 4/2 lead.
The third pair doubles of Lydia and Natasha then beat Isabelle and Amy 6/0, 6/2 to ensure Cambs the 5 rubbers needed to win this match. Although Megan and Sama at pair two doubles competed well they lost to Adeola and Eloise 4/6, 4/6 and the top pairing of Kira and Aisha lost to Kia and Mae 1/6, 6/7. The day ended with a 5/4 win to Cambs and set them up for a good weekend. The highlight was seeing Kira back on the match court and playing so well.
On the Saturday Cambs took on Norfolk who were strengthened with their number one player Vianne. Kira was rested for the singles so Natasha came in at number 6 and got the team off to a really good start with a 6/2, 6/1 win over Amelia. This was followed with a 6/1, 6/0 win for Aisha over Sian Next up at number 4 was Lydia who comfortably beat Alix 6/1, 6/1 giving Cambs a 3/0 lead. The top 3 singles however took on a different look and were all very competitive matches. Neha at number 3 had a really tough battle with Hannah before being edged out 6/3, 4/6, 3/6. Chaaya at two then had a very good match with Emily and came back well in the second set but just lost out in the third 3/6, 7/5, 3/6. The overall match was then evenly poised as Megan took on Vianne. Megan won the first set comfortably 6/2, lost the second 3/6 and was well up in the third before Vianne staged a comeback and then narrowly lost 5/7 to put the overall score at 3 matches each.
Cambs third pairing of Natasha and Lydia got the team off to a good start in the doubles beating Hannah and Hannah
6/3, 6/4. The first pair of Kira and Aisha were really fired up and easily beat Emily and Vianne 6/2, 6/0 to ensure Cambs were 5/3 up. Sama and Megan then faced Emily and Amelia and came back from 2/5 down to win the first set 7/6 and then from 2/5 down to win the second set 5/7 to finish the day with a 6/3 overall win.
This set up a final day with Cambs and Somerset both on two wins each although Somerset had won their respective matches 9/0 and 8/1!!! On paper Somerset were the stronger team but Cambs gave it their best shot and all the singles players put their heart and lungs out on the court for the County. Three courts were used so numbers 6,5 and 4 all started at the same time. First to finish was Natasha and she got the team off to a great start with a 6/4, 6/3 win over Amelia. Lydia had a tough battle against Annabelle and lost 2/6, 2/6 while Aisha was having a marathon match against Francesca. Aisha lost the first set 3/6 and was 3/5 down in the second and later match points down but eventually managed to win the set 7/5. Chaaya then started against Caitlin and despite some good play was beaten 2/6, 3/6. Aisha then went 4/1 up in the third before her opponent came back to 4/4 but then pulled the match round and won the third set 6/4. This left the match score at 2 matches a piece. Next up was Kira Reuter and Megan – they both played very well but Megan lost 2/6, 3/6 to Grace but Kira pulled her match round – she won the first set 6/2, dropped the second 3/6 and then got an early break in the third and held onto this and then broke again to win 6/2 in the third – great effort.
After the singles we were 3 matches all.
Cambs needed to win the third doubles match as our pair one were realistically going to have a tough match. Lydia and Natasha got off to a flying start and went 3/0 up and even had a deuce point to go 4/0 against Amelia and Annabelle. Once their opponent’s got a game then they started to get into the match. Had Cambs taken the three deuce points after this in the set then they would have won the set but unfortunately lost it 5/7 and then the Somerset pair gained more confidence and took the third set 6/2. As expected the Somerset first pair of Grace and Nirva then beat Megan and Chaaya 6/2, 6/3 – at this point Aisha and Kira at pair two were in a tie break in their first set and after losing it 6/7 they conceded as Somerset were already promoted.
Overall the girls really played their hearts out on the Sunday and were so unlucky not to get promoted – it was a great team effort and captain Sue Rich was really proud of the team.