Crowell wins Silver Racquet

Crowell wins Silver Racquet

FINALS SILVER RACQUET – Jon Crowell def. Peter Cipriano 6-4, 6-4 NY OPEN HANDICAP A  – W. Conners def. N. Warner 8/3 NY OPEN HANDICAP B – T. Shields def. P. Brickley 8/7 NY OPEN HANDICAP C – W. Winmill def. N. Pierrepont 8/3  

Intercity Match: Washington vs. Philadelphia @ GCU

Intercity Match: Washington vs. Philadelphia @ GCU

by James Asher On Saturday September 29th , Philadelphia and Washington travelled to Georgian Court to play their Annual Intercity match. Both clubs had a fantastic turnout for the event with eighteen players showing from the clubs together. With matches starting at 11am a few Philadelphia players showed up at 10am to do a mini clinic with me to get used to the court. From 11am until 6pm the court was in full force with all matches pretty competitive. Philadelphia started the day strongly winning the first two matches 8-7 and 8-3 respectively. Washington came fighting back with Emile Toscano and Dan Sternberg storming into a 7-0 lead against James Greenley and Dick Tanfield. With the match looking over Greenley and the experienced Tanfield slowly start crawling back into the game. As Sternberg and Toscano started to lose concentration the score got to 7-7 40-40 match point. Sternberg and Toscano managed to keep their nerve to get over the line and give Washington the win 8-7. The Philadelphia teams of Straus/Broussard and Monaghan/Tanfield got Philaldelphia back on track with wins of 8-3 and 8-5 respectively. The exhibition match was between Asher/Greenley and Philpott/Sternberg. This was a very exciting with Asher/Greenley taking an early lead only for Philpott/Sternberg to come back to take it to 7-7 40-40 in another great battle. This time Asher/Greenley fought through and got the win for Philadelphia. Philadelphia went on to win the next 3 matches to close out a fantastic day of Court Tennis with the score in matches Philadelphia 8 Washington 1. As a side note it was great to see many Alumni from Georgian Court come to check… Read the Full Story >

2018 Jimmy Knott

2018 Jimmy Knott

by Tony Hollins The Jimmy Knott Memorial Singles is the season opening event for the mid-to-upper level players. This is a great opportunity to shake off the rust and get three guaranteed competitive matches. The T&R got a well rounded draw of 14 players which produced some tight match ups even in the early rounds. A couple of the first round highlights included a 10-9 showdown which saw Thomas Pickin take down Philip Stockton, Ben Hudson defeated Shep Skiff 10-7, Andrew Roberts had a big win over Shawn Herlihy 10-7, and Jeff Horine held off a young up and coming Ben Dickinson 10-7. The pick of the quarter finals saw Jeff Horine narrowly pip Bill Barker 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Jeff took that good form into the Semis where he faced an on form Jeremy Wintersteen; Jeremy took this one in another ding dong of a match, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. On the top half of the draw, Alex Spence was taking no prisoners as he advanced through to the finals without dropping a set. Although the quality of the final was high, he also made quick work of Jeremy, winning the match 6-0, 6-2. Due to the depth of the draw, the quality of the back draw was also very high. Shawn Herlihy took down Philip Stockton in the final of that event, 10-7. Thanks to all of the players who traveled up to participate, the strong showing from the T&R players, and to everyone who came out to specatate.

2018 National League Final

2018 National League Final

2017/18 National League Final   Team New England/Philadelphia took on Tuxedo in the final of the National League hosted at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. First up was John Lumley vs Josh Dodgson which started at a quick pace. Both players retrieved well with Dodgson looking good. Two games found a little burst of momentum for Lumley where he went to a 4-2 lead. Dodgson, playing a solid game from the serving end, got it back to 4-3 before Lumley stepped it up and closed out the set 6-3! Momentum still in Lumley’s favor he pressed on taking an early 3-0 lead. Dodgson, going with high serves and railroads, got back to 1-3 before Lumley went on a roll with accurate target hitting and some superb retrieving. Team New England/Philadelphia took the first match 6-3, 6-1 give them a 1-0 rubber for the night. Nick Howell vs Tim Chisholm was the second match of the evening. Both players looked good at the start with Chisholm flying around the court to take a 3-2 lead. Chisholm, having been off for quite some time, unleashed his power and accuracy to build a 5-2 lead and eventually closed out the first set 6-3! Chisholm maintained the pressure with accurate forcing, but Howell was able to control the ball around the court and looked like he could take Chisolm to a third set. Tied at 2 games all, Chisolm dug deep and won four consecutive games, which saw him close out the match 6-3, 6-2 to tie the 2 teams at one rubber each. With the National League title all coming down to the doubles, both teams were pumped… Read the Full Story >

Tanfield Wins 4th Invitational

Tanfield Wins 4th Invitational

2018 Fall Invitational by John Lumley We had a great field for this year’s Fall Invitational held at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. With the first round matches underway the best match of the day was Tony Hollins vs Tom Brownlie. Brownlie, with home court advantage and playing very solid tennis, took an early lead but Hollins was able to rely on his experience to stay in the match and reach five-games-all in the first set.  Hollins, serving well, closed out the set 6-5 and went on to take the match 6-5 6-1. In the quarterfinals Josh Dodgson vs Will Hopton ended up being a battle. Dodgson took the first set 6-2 but Hopton fought back and found himself at five-games-all in the second set after some superb retrieval. Hopton, solid as a rock, took the second set 6-5 forcing Dodgson to a third and final set. Dodgson got his head back into the game and won the final set 6-3 taking him into the semifinals. Tony Hollins vs Rob Whitehouse was up next with both players looking for a spot in the semifinal. Hollins started strong and took the first set 6-2 with some tight serving and accurate target hitting. Whitehouse was “fired up” and drew on support from the home crowd to steam ahead to a 5-3 lead in the second. Persistence and well-constructed rallies from Hollins allowed him to claw his way back into the match and close out the match 6-2 6-5.  Barney Tanfield took down Adrian Kemp 6-3 6-2 in a very entertaining match with both players hitting never seen before shots! Leon Smart was able to handle the pressure… Read the Full Story >

2018 Pell Cup – Final Results, Draws, Program & Photos

2018 Pell Cup – Final Results, Draws, Program & Photos

It would be hard to imagine that the 2018 Pell Cup would be larger than last year’s event – but it exceeded it by two teams and seven more matches which added at least seven extra hours of court time! We were very pleased to welcome Nick Wood back, coming all the way from Hampton Court Palace, UK along with his partner, Josh Smith, playing in the Open Division. We were also joined by Zac Smart, Trainee Professional at Prested Hall, for the first time who played with our very own Summer Trainee, Pete Dickinson, competing in the B division. This Pell Cup was a great success with terrifically close and exciting matches being watched by a packed Pro-Shop and Dedans of over 60 strong. The prize fund for the Professionals is entirely made up of donations from members and players to whom I can’t thank enough for once again being so generous.  This encourages players from all over the country (and world!) to come and play, thus making it a more competitive and exciting event. This support is crucial in providing the top-class doubles matches which were played and enjoyed by all.  You might even find you play better after watching these matches, so keep on supporting us – your cheers go a long way on an extremely hot court. The social programs, including a dinner with magic show, were enthusiastically received. All in all, the 2018 Pell Cup tournament was a fitting successor in the long line of the NTC’s signature event. 2018 Pell Cup Final Results Open Divison – Gooding/Lumley def Howell/Smart 6-2,6-2 A Division – Crowell/Cipriano def. Winthrop/Cook 5-6,6-3,6-4 B Division… Read the Full Story >