* U.S. Open 2014 Report!

2014 U.S. OPEN                                     By Barney Tanfield  From January 23rd– 31st the Racquet and Tennis Club hosted the 2014 U.S. Open Championship of Court Tennis. The Arctic Vortex pulverizing New York City greeted several of the players freshly having arrived from the Australian Open where temperatures were merely 100 degrees warmer. Sixteen players entered the singles draw and eight teams entered the doubles.  Unfortunately with the World Eliminators just weeks away, the draw was missing a few big names (such as Fahey, Virgona and Sayers). This however meant there would be some particularly interesting but uncommon match ups, particularly as the rounds progressed. The early rounds featured some notable performances.  Racquet and Tennis Head Professional Mike Gooding put in a great effort against Tasmanian powerhouse Kieran Booth (in the Round of 16). Mike’s masterful giraffe and ability to control the flow and pace of the match posed issues for the Aussie early on. Kieran eventually settled in comfortably, himself serving the giraffe lethally and showing Impressive physical strength in his retrieving. The three-hour contest raised more than an eyebrow from a partisan New York gallery but ended in a four set win for the Australian. In another Round of 16 match of note, Boston Tennis and Racquet Professional Tony Hollins continued his strong play against Tim Chisholm, taking the first set off the #2 seed with a nice attacking return of serve and opportunistic attitude. Chisholm responded quickly and efficiently with a strong surge taking the final three sets relatively convincingly. The Quarter Finals featured two strong match ups. The first was… Read the Full Story >

* Nat’l League – Tuxedo vs. NY

On October 24th The New York Tennis and Racquet Club hosted the combined team of Tuxedo and Philadelphia in the National League. Rob Whitehouse (Head Professional at The Racquet Club of Philadelphia) and Barney Tanfield (Assistant Professional at The Racquet and Tennis Club) took to the court for the first singles match. A combination of court unfamiliarity on Whitehouse’s part and timely good fortune from Tanfield saw Barney run out to a 5/0 lead in the first set. Whitehouse rallied and brought the score back to 5/3 before dropping the first set 6/3. In the second set Tanfield continued to see success on his serve and return of serve and closed out the match with a 6/1 victory. The second match saw the perennial power of Tim Chisholm (Tuxedo Club’s Head Professional) versus the dangerous versatility of James Stout (Racquet and Tennis Assistant Professional). Tim made clear early on that he would be pursuing the blistering forcing and target striking that has long personified his return of serve. James’s ability to efficiently counter pace and then add effective angles and pace of his own made for some excellent points. The two traded sets, with James taking the first and Tim taking the second. In the third, a motivated and resilient Stout was able to overcome Chisholm’s relentless aggression. Stout took the final set 6/2 and continued his strong play.          The doubles continued with some feverish pace and exchanges all around the court. Strong serving and returning from the New York Pros helped maintain the balance in the tight games. Stout and Tanfield eventually took the match 8/3. Thanks go to Mike Gooding for excellent marking, the R&T… Read the Full Story >

* National League NY @ Phila – Updated!!

On Wednesday February 23rd the Racquet Club played host to Tuxedo in the National League. Some fifty spectators were on hand to witness some top quality tennis. In the first match, Rob Whitehouse played Tony Hollins in what proved to be the match of the evening. Hollins came out very sharp taking the first set 6/4 and streaked in the second set to a 3/1 lead. Hollins mixed up a nice cocktail of retrieving, cutting the ball for length and smashing the odd force very effectively in the first hour or so of play. Whitehouse facing a large deficit gradually regained momentum, turning what had been a steady dose of net cords into a steady dose of meticulous length. Rob overcame a couple of match points in the second set (6/5) and remained the aggressor well into the third set eventually winning the match 6/3. The second match brought former world number two Tim Chisholm against current world number two Steve Virgona. Virgona, fresh off a trip from down under in which he managed to win not two but three events (Australian Open Singles and Doubles and the World Championship Doubles) maintained his aggressive play with dangerous pace and precision. Chisholm (Tuxedo’s newly appointed head pro) did not find an answer for the smash and grab style Virgona was displaying until well into the second set. Virgona went on to win the match (6/0, 6/2), continuing his good play and eagerly looking forward to the US OPEN just a month way.           The last match saw the competitors (Whitehouse and Virgona versus Chisholm and Hollins) square off in a fantastic doubles match. The rallies were… Read the Full Story >