INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION, 2012 ~ WHAT A SUMMER OF SPORT
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County Closed ~ 2012 Kent Junior Summer County Closed Championships 2012 Finals Day Results Event
8 & Under Boys Singles
8 & Under Girls Singles
9 & Under Boys Singles
9 & Under Girls Singles
7/4 2/7 7/0
10 & Under Boys Singles
10 & Under Girls Singles
12 & Under Boys Singles
12 & Under Girls Singles
14 & Under Boys Singles
14 & Under Girls Singles
6/3 1/6 6/1
Milo BARGERON & James DAVIS Catherine HOGH & Josephine HOGH Alex JUNIPER & Florence ABBOTT
Jonah SMITH & Matthew SUMMERS Natasha MUNDAY & Claire SPRINGETT Jonah SMITH & Josephine HOGH
16 & Under Boys Singles
16 & Under Girls Singles
18 & Under Boys Singles
6/3 4/6 6/2
18 & Under Girls Singles
Benjamin ABBOTT & Shunta TAKINO Rachel LE COMBER & Olivia PARSON Matthew THEOBALD CERNS & Olivia PARSON
Steven BLYTHE & Joe HICKLIN Nell MILLER & Natasha MUNDAY Elliot WARD & Rachel WRAY
Men’s Open Singles
Women’s Open Singles
Joseph EDWARDS & Alistair FILMER Holly RICHARDS & Rebecca FINCH Joseph EDWARDS & Catherine DARBY
Paul COOK & Patryk KOSCIELSKI Nicole DAISLEY & Francesca FAULKES Adam CHAPMAN & Rachel LE COMBER
14 & Under Boys Doubles 14 & Under Girls Doubles 14 & Under Mixed Doubles
18 & Under Boys Doubles 18 & Under Girls Doubles 18 & Under Mixed Doubles
Men’s Open Doubles Women’s Open Doubles Mixed Open Doubles
6/4 6/2 6/0 7/5 6/3 6/3
6/3 7/5 6/4 5/7 [10-2] 6/3 3/6 [10-5]
7/6(4) 7/5 6/4 6/3 6/1 6/2
10 & Under Boys Singles
10 & Under Girls Singles
12 & Under Boys Singles
12 & Under Girls Singles
14 & Under Boys Singles
14 & Under Girls Singles
16 & Under Boys Singles
16 & Under Girls Singles
18 & Under Boys Singles
18 & Under Girls Singles
Rachel LE COMBER
Men’s Open Singles
Women’s Open Singles
The 83rd Kent County Closed Championships took place once again at Bromley Tennis Centre at the end of August. Players from across Kent took part with an aim of becoming County Champion for 2012. We are once again proud to acknowledge that the ‘Kent Championships’ were the largest of their kind in Great Britain for the second year running! Despite a little bad weather on some days the Tournament Team did exceptionally well in ensuring all matches were completed on time and that nobody was waiting around an exceptional amount of time. The Tournament Management Team, this year, headed up by Susan Finch (Tournament Director), Holly Richards (Tournament Logistics Coordinator) and Chris Mann (Lead Tournament Referee) set to the task of making The 83rd Championships even better than a very successful 82nd. The Open events which were introduced last year saw many returning competitors as well as many others, some of which just entered doubles. We hope the Open events will grow from strength to strength and next year reach a higher level of entries including some more of the players who once played in the Junior County Closed and have their names on some of the historic trophies. The Kent Championship silverware is now displayed in its own
trophy cabinet in reception of Our most sincere thanks must Bromley Tennis Centre, housing go to everyone involved in much of Kent’s history. The organising & helping at the Kent Tournament Team were based in County Closed Championships Bromley Tennis Centre’s new 2012 in particular Susan Finch, studio facility. The new facility gave Chris Mann, Holly Richards, the team much more room and Court Supervisors, Control made the event look even more Desk Officials, Umpires and professional. Doubles entries once volunteers as without them again remained open until the this event would not be second day, including extending the possible. The Championships sign in for the Open events until the Tournament Team would also evening to allow players to find a like to thank the sponsors of the event and Kent County partner on site. This year saw 390 players enter the Lawn Tennis Association for Championships resulting in 562 their contribution. The overall entries contesting in events from 8 standard of play on display extremely high and unders all the way up to adults was across all 14 courts running well into throughout the week and our thank-you’s are the evening. As in previous years, final each player received a T-shirt, reserved for the players who Championship Programme and competed hard and played, Information Pack courtesy of Kent in the main, fairly, their LTA and their sponsors (Cripps parents and supporters for Harries Hall, Slazenger and Trevor their continued and unstinting May Contractors). 828 matches support and the coaches who were played over the course of the pass on their passion and seven day event amounting to 1,487 skills to their charges. We wish you all a great year sets and 7,623 games!!! Austin Smith (Kent County LTA and look forward to welcoming President) and Tudor Rowe (Kent players’ entries for next year’s County LTA Tennis Development event: Manager) were on hand to present the trophies and prizes to the The 84th Championships 2013 Championships’ winners on Finals Day as well as offering their thanks to the Tournament Team.
Editor’s Note What a fantastic Summer of sport it has been for the whole of Great Britain, kicked oﬀ by a historic victory for Bradley Wiggins in The Tour de France, with great performances across both the Olympics and the Paralympics and culminating in Britain’s ﬁrst male Grand Slam winner in 76 years. Well if 2012 doesn’t inspire the next generation, I am at a loss to know what will. I hope you enjoy this edition of KLT and don’t forget to send in any news articles and pictures into the Kent Tennis Oﬃce if you would like to be in the next issue in Spring 2013. The deadline is 31st March 2013. Happy reading.
Martin Eldridge, KLT Editor.
Kent County Closed Championships 2012 Tournament Team.
Men’s Vets Far and Wide “ Thousands at his bidding speed, And post o’er Land and Ocean without rest”
schedule) didn’t quite cancel out 23s against Dorset and Norfolk, in a wrote John Milton, & even if Kent’s group that contained a number of 45-75 men are less numerous than the best GB 45 players. Captain the servants of the Lord in Milton’s Simon Gent handled his resources day they have shown their well, Colin Coombes won the most willingness to travel and compete rubbers, Peter Elsden, Malcolm in Kent’s name this year. Smith, Dino Skeete, Phil Lynch Pride of place must go to the two and Mark Cunningham gave good teams who have reached their support. inter-county finals at Dudley in A 55s team at or nearing the end early November, Gary Sims’ 65s of its age-group did well to finish and Dominic Wood’s 50s. The 65s 3rd, Rob Andrew having Bob have benefited from having a Whitehead, Niall Sweeney, Robin squad of five strong players : Gary Garrett to go forward as a strong himself, Keith Clark, Stuart Smith, 60s combination for next year, into Ray Murray and David Drayson. an age-group where captain Keith has shown his worthiness of Jonathan Potter has conducted a the no.1 singles spot, losing only to masterful holding operation, his ex-GB vet Andrew James in what 60s having been placed 4th the was the team’s one reverse, 2-3 last three years in a row. This time away to Cornwall. Happily, there it was Potter, Chris Mackenzie, were three 5-0s and a 4-1 in the Peter Pharo & Brian Robinson who other fixtures, with three strong made a late August trip to Cumbria singles players in Clark, Smith and and returned with the narrowest of Murray, and all five players wins. showing their flexibility in the Lastly the oldest men, and here 1st doubles pairings. They should be division status was also narrowly well set up for the Final. retained, the 70s eking out two In the second year of this age- close wins, largely thanks to GB group, the 50s were our only team 75s captain Bob Milner, and the to win every match, starting with a 75s the same, with thanks due to 3-2 victory over last year’s finalists Paul Drane, who is stepping aside Cheshire that was achieved by for Graham Russell to take over taking all three doubles: Dominic next year. Though both teams Wood and David Bulgin, John struggled at 2nd pair, the team Watton & Mick Bull. Two 5-0s ethos remained strong: neither followed, and a 3-2 against Warks team would have survived but for in which every player had a win, those who were willing to travel, Wood/Bulgin one doubles, Watton sometimes at short notice. John and Bob Whitehead their singles. Milton has the right words again: The Final will be a tough one, but “They also serve who only stand and wait” the 50s have the potential to win it. Our youngsters, the 45s, were A final thank you to all who help to deservedly our most photographed keep this competition and our team, and may consider place in it vibrant: to the county’s themselves unlucky to have been financial help, especially vital for squeezed out of promotion from trips to Scotland (and where would Division 2. Wins of 3-2 against British Tennis be without Scotland Avon, Glos and Devon (they ?); to the county policies that have certainly had the prettiest advanced competitive play in East
Kent, whose players feature considerably, especially in the older teams; and to Denis Costelloe, whose long service to Kent’s Vets Leagues has given cohesion and encouragement to older players. We’ll start next year, with 6 of our 7 teams in Division 1 again. Stephen Woodley
Kent Vets 60s Stay Put As Pyrrhus would say, “a famous victory is ideal but to avoid defeat is as important”.
Kent’s Men’s 60s Vets have, for the third year running, snatched survival from the jaws of relegation. A 3-2 win over Cumbria earned the win needed despite 4 of 5 matches going to championship tie-breaks. Chris MacKenzie was the hero of the hour wining his singles and his doubles (with Peter Pharo) on tie-breaks. Jonathan Potter and Brian Robinson won one of their doubles. There are rumours that the cavalry is coming from the Men’s 55 group for next year – so hopefully the story will soon be very different.
left to right: Jonathan Potter (Canterbury), Chris Mackenzie (Park Langley), Brian Robinson (Canterbury) Peter Pharo (Bromley)
ITF Super Seniors 2012 The ITF (International Tennis Federation) World Team and Individual Championships are divided between ten age categories, 35 to 55 in the Seniors group and ten in the Super Seniors group, 60 to 80 for both Men and Women. The Seniors events are generally held over two weeks in the early part of the year and the Super Seniors in the Autumn in venues all over the world. Great Britain traditionally enters teams in all the available events and has achieved medal-winning success on an increasingly regular basis. There was a strong representation from Kent Tennis players in the Great Britain teams competing at the ITF Super Seniors Events in Umag, Croatia in September 2012. The Team Championships were held from 10-15 September with the Individual Championships following on from the 16-23 September. Cynthia Smith captained the Over 80s Great Britain Ladies in the Doris Hart Cup. The Cup is named after the American tennis player, who won the Wimbledon Ladies Singles in 1951. Austin Smith, the Kent County LTA President was there to support the Great Britain teams and individual
Senior Inter County Competitions 2012 Austin Smith, Kent LTA President The Inter-County Championships for veterans was introduced by the LTA, operating through a veterans’ sub-committee, in 1981 with an event for Men 45. A Women’s 40 category followed in 1984 and the Men’s 55 in 1988. Administration of the Championships was passed to
Cont: - rubbers each at the end of the match and equal on 5 sets competitors, which include his wife, apiece, three of the rubbers Cynthia. Along with his support he having gone the distance. had an extremely important role of Fortunately Kent won on a count baggage collector, which he has back of games by 42 to 31. informed me he received less that The team for 2012 is captained by non-playing Cynthia Smith minimum wage for! Bob Milner captained the Over 75s and the team members for 2012 Great Britain Men in the Bitsy Grant are Cynthia, Ruth Illingworth, Cup. The Cup is named after the Marcia Ackers, Helen Jary and Janet Broster. They will face American tennis player, Bryan Morel either Surrey/Middlesex or “Bitsy” Grant Jr, who won the US Open Northumberland who are yet to Men’s Singles in 1930, 1934 and 1935. complete their matches. Niall Sweeney captained the Over 60s In the Over 65s Ladies Great Britain Men in the Von Cramm. Competition Kent was The Cup is named after the German captained by Judy Woodley Tennis player, Baron Gottfried Von and they made it through to the Cramm, who won the French Open finals winning through a tough Men’s Singles twice. division. Also in the Over 50s Also, Paul Drane played for the Over Men’s Competition, Kent 80s Great Britain Men in the Gardnar captained by Dominic Wood, Mulloy Cup. The Cup is named after are also through to the finals. the American player who reached the The Ladies Over 50s team US Open Finals in 1952 and played captained by Hazel Lindfield the Senior circuit into his 90s. have won four of the four group Some players continued their stay in matches played, with one still to Croatia and played in the Individual play on Sunday 9th September, Championships – check out the next away to Lincolnshire. If they win edition of the KLT to find out how this match they will also be they got on! (If you can’t wait that playing in the finals in November long please check out the Kent – fingers crossed! Best of luck to website www.kenttennis.net in all of our players in the finals. October for a report) Current title holders:
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Itâ€™s Fun and Games at the Olympic Torch Relay in Thanet. The people of Thanet lined the streets in St. Peters as British Tennis Player Elena Baltacha carried the Olympic Torch. Nearest Club in the area, Broadstairs and St. Peters Tennis Club, took advantage of the arrival of the torch in Thanet and got involved in the action by staging their own tennis relay through the streets before the Olympic Bus arrived. The crowds were entertained as Lead Coach Julian Matthews led the way through the packed streets. He put the Tennis Team through their paces as they kept the ball in play throughout the route as they joined the parade. Members of Broadstairs and St. Peters Tennis Club were fortunate enough to go back to Thanet College, Broadstairs where they met up with Elena Baltacha for a photo. East Kent County Representative Vanessa Webb was also in St. Peters where she handed out leaflets advertising the Deal Indoor
Tennis Centre. She was in the right place at the right time as she also managed to get up close to Elena Baltacha as the Olympic Bus pulled in behind her car and Elena got out ready to take over the torch. Vanessa, not one to let a golden opportunity pass her by, managed to get a photo with Elena and the torch before she set off.
Vanessa Webb with Elena Baltacha.
Tennis display along route
Broadstairs Tennis Club Lead Coach Julian Matthews is to the left of Elena & other club members at Thanet College
Bromley Tennis Centre Opens New Fitness Suite The big news for this edition of the KLT is that we have some new facilities …. a fitness gym, a studio and a player study room. It’s been thanks to funding from the LTA, Kent LTA and Newstead Wood School that we have such a great new extension. Thanks also to our brilliant Kier builders who took just 15 weeks and that included a two week interruption for snow. The Grand opening of the new facilities was on Sunday 27 May with Peter Bretherton, President of the LTA and guests from Kent LTA, Newstead Wood School, MyTime Active and Kier who enjoyed some fun tennis before ribbon cutting and speeches. Now all our players have the opportunity to join sessions to improve their agility and fitness. We currently offer two different programmes. BOUNCE our Under 10s programme is designed to help players with their agility, balance and coordination. For over 10s we offer a comprehensive S&C (strength and conditioning) programme. All sessions are with
specialist coaches and are scheduled around tennis squad training. Other new programme news is that from September the whole junior coaching programme will be called ‘The Bromley Tennis Academy’. We no longer want any separation between the Bromley Tennis centre programme and the Academy. BTA now includes tots to teens, beginners to performance. Within this players are in squads according to ability and are subsidised according to commitment. A few bits of player news …it’s been a very exciting year - 5 mini players selected for regional talent camps, winning teams in various Kent team events. Most notably, the 16&U AEGON Team Tennis Girls were National runners up, a tremendous performance captained by Tracey Thomas, who has managed the team brilliantly. There have been some outstanding individual performances, in particular Nell Miller who won 2 Grade 2 events,
and was runner up at Nationals . Along the way she defeated many players in her age group that have represented GB and ended the season at GB no 1. In the Kent Championships Nell won the 12&U and 14&U girls and joined a long list of BTA winners – 9 in all, including double age group winners Sophia Thomas (18&U and 16&U) and Shunta Takino (18&U, 16&U). Other players have also been impressive with Paul Cook progressing to 11 Nationally and Ellie Murphy to 15. In the Senior Academy Matthew Short continues to rise in the Men’s ATP rankings to 773 and Sean Thornley to 180 in the doubles. Tournaments at the centre continue to grow in popularity. If you are not already a regular then we recommend the Grade 3’s in October and February half terms and Grade 4 in December. All events have all junior age groups including mini events. Always nice to have an event near home.
Harri Norford Kent Tennis Development Officer married her long term boyfriend Craig Izzard in the historic crypt of Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday 25th August. A thousand years of history set the scene as Harri swapped her LTA tracksuit and trainers for a beautiful gown. Harri glided down the aisle lit by candles and chandeliers with her mother's choir accompanying the congregation. A very large table of friends and work colleagues enjoyed an evening reception at Winter's Barns in Canterbury with a magnificent hog roast complete with crackling! Harri's brother sang a song especially for Harri and Craig's first dance of the evening and there was hardly a dry eye in the room. What a wonderful day and evening, congratulations to Harri and Craig and we wish them a healthy and happy future together. Simon Dahdi, Siobhan Butler, Harri Izzard, Janice White & Tudor Rowe
The LTA has accredited the centre as one of only four Coach Education Centres in the UK. This means we now run Level 3 and Level 4 coach courses as well as Level 1 and Level 2. We also plan to have a comprehensive calendar of Coach Development courses and continue our links with Mike Barrell of Evolve 9 who delivers terrific development courses. A few course dates coming up ... • • •
Level 1 22/23 September Level 2 6/7 October Level 3 3/4/5 October
Courses are on the LTA website and coaches can book in on the secured
area or phone the centre on 01689 880407. Also go to www.evolve9.com for Mike’s courses. Finally a note to all players who belong to other nearby clubs….. Bromley Tennis Centre courts are available to anyone. If you are not a member you can book on the day or pop along and get a walk-on. We are getting busier so always better to phone first. There are some regularly available times such as early evening on weekends and late afternoons on school holidays except in October and February. Might be handy if you are from an outdoor club and it’s raining… and we had a lot of that this summer.
Opening the New Fitness Suite
Kent Men Remain in Group One AEGON Summer County Cup 2012 Day 1 vs Cheshire Newly promoted Cheshire were eager to cement their status as a division 1 team and with a combination of experience and youth would prove to be a test that we must pass to have any chance of threatening the trophy this year. We lined up with Cavaday/Thornley, May/Sargeant and the old school partnership of Burgoyne/Searle. Round 1 saw new boy Francis Sargeant start brightly with Jim May, but finally taking a loss in straight sets. Meanwhile Cavaday and Thornley smashed their way through to level at one rubber each. So to Captain Burgoyne and back from injury Robert Searle, could they be as good as they once were? The jury was out on that one, but they were too tough to beat in round one as they gave Kent the lead in three sets, 2-1 Kent. Round 2 had an easy win for Sargent and May, but no other wins for Kent with Cavaday and Thornley going down in straight sets and Burgs and Searle losing a tight three setter
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leaving the tie even at three a piece. 2012 saw a new rule at County Cup allowing every team to use a substitute and so Robbie Searle was rested for round three to be replaced by the mighty Alastair Filmer. It was very, very tight, but as the sun set on day one it was a 6-3 win for the Garden of England’s men and a solid start to the campaign.
a hero’s win from Searle and May, leaving no doubt that Mr Searle was back near his best and a match for any full time player. Round 2 saw Kent draw even with May and Searle doing it again with an incredible performance and with an injury to Cavaday, Captain Burgoyne joined Short at second pair to form a strong partnership and take the win. Thornley and Burton lost a tight match leaving us needing two from three in the last Day 2 vs Hertfordshire Defending champions Herts had round. The crowds grew as word been unbeaten for a while now and got round Devonshire Park that the had blocked any chances of Kent Champions were in trouble, and regaining the title in recent years, trouble it was for Herts with the but, Kent had a strong team on the forehand of Matt Short putting holes park and the mood was different in through any opponent that stood in the camp with Captain Burgs his way and Burton and Thornley resting himself after day 1 and pumped up to the max the moment patrolling the sidelines. Kent’s team of victory closed in. Burgs and Short for the day was Lewis Burton/Sean first to win 4-3, Searle and May lose Thornley, Nick Cavaday/Matthew in three sets – a cliff-hanger at 4 apiece, down to Short and Jim May/Rob Searle. rubbers Kent got off to a great start and with Burton/Thornley in front of the hope in the air it was looking good biggest crowd of the week, early on, but momentum switched BOOOOOOM Kent wins 5-4. A and somehow Kent found brilliant day that left Kent in pole themselves 2-1 down at lunch after position.
Day 3 vs Norfolk After a great win the day before concentration was required to compete against a tough crew from Norfolk. With Searle resting a sore leg Kent lined up with May/Thornley at 1, Burton/Short at 2 and Burgoyne/Filmer at 3. Round one consisted of two easy wins, one for Kent from Burgoyne and Filmer and one for the Norfolk first pair who looked very strong. The battle of the round was Thorley and May, 4 all in the third set and 0-30 on the Norfolk serve, the moment of truth and on this occasion the truth was not sweet for Kent as Norfolk took the lead 2-1. Round two was identical to round one with two easy matches going either way leaving Burgoyne and Filmer in the frey. Filmer serves for the match at 5-4 in the third, the second moment of truth? Painful for Kent as it slips away 7-6 in the third putting Kent on the brink of defeat. Round three saw Kent win two out of three, but it was not enough and Kent went down 5-4, a very sore loss after the heights of Tuesday’s win. Day 4 vs Surrey Local rivals were Surrey un-beaten and with Hertfordshire slaying every other team this was not only a must win for Kent to stay in contention, but a must win easily match! A new partnership of Burgoyne/Thornley came in at third pair, Short and May at
two and Burton and Searle as the flagship pair for the day. Round 1 went Kent’s way with Burgoyne and Thornley gelling straight away toughing out a three set win and Burton and Searle doing the same in what looked like the Searle show with Robbie ‘the pearl’ Searle right back to his best making what looked like every return, volley and groundstroke that he went for, a great spectacle. Short was also on The Kent Squad fire, but it was not enough on this occasion and Kent were 2-1 up at Andy Burgoyne (captain) lunch. Round two went Surrey’s way with only Burgoyne and Thornley Robert Searle (vice captain) Jim May getting the win. Jim May looking as if he was fading was subbed for Nick Nick Cavaday Cavaday as Kent were looking for a Lewis Burton minimum of two to get the win while Matthew Short needing three to even have an outside Alastair Filmer chance of the title. Searle and Burton Sean Thornley fired it up with a win, while Burgoyne Francis Sargeant and Thornley took their first loss of the day leaving the tie at 4-4. Although Paul Cook with only really pride on the line for both sides as the overall result would not change the championship, the crowds at Eastbourne saw the thriller of the week as Cavaday and Short fought for the white horse of Kent. Kent did see match point come and go in an eventual 7-6 in the third loss that gave Surrey the 5-4 win on the day. A great match, but the title dream was definitely over for Kent.
Day 5 vs Derbyshire In Theory Kent could be relegated if they did not win 2 rubbers against Derby and with injuries all over the camp we started with a weary looking Burgoyne/Searle, Filmer/Short and May/Thornley. Round 1 saw Kent get the two rubbers needed with the only loss going to Burgoyne and Searle. The highlight of the day for Kent was the debut of Paul Cook in place of the injured Burgoyne. Paul, inspired by partner Searle, won his debut match to become Kent’s only undefeated player of the week and declared his wish to make the squad next year and help Kent to the title once more. With Kent 4-2 up Derby conceded the remaining rubbers as the results no longer affected any of the teams final positions. Overall it was an up and down week for the team with us ending up third, but a battle cry was heard all over Eastbourne and all the teams know that Kent are back to their best and will be looking for that title again in 2013. This year saw three new players make their summer debut in Short, Sargeant and Cook and the return of the mighty Robert Searle from what could have been a tennis ending injury in 2010 and right now the future looks bright for the men’s team. A usual we had the most support, so a huge thanks to those who travelled down to watch us in battle. Come on ‘The Garden’! Captain Burgoyne
Ladies Hold Their Own in Group Two AEGON Summer County Cup 2012 Kent vs Leicestershire We started Monday morning on the hard courts of West Worthing as the grass was not ready for play due to the amount of rain the week before! We lined up Holly Richards/Amanda Cunningham, Rebecca Finch/Sarah Cantlay and Nicole Daisley/Devan McCluskey. With the weather looking extremely hot all week we knew today would be important, looking to get off the gruelling hard courts as quickly as possible....and that’s what we did! Great performance from all the girls and a good start to the week put us 8-1 ahead by 4pm. Kent vs Warwickshire Warwickshire were going to be one of the toughest teams of the week, and they proved this early on. Day 2 the team of Holly/Amanda, Kate Green/Devan, Rebecca/Sarah were up for a battle, and we were on grass today. Kate had joined us on Monday evening and was eager to get stuck in. After 3 hours, Kate and
Devan lost in a tight 3 setter, Holly and Amanda were still going into the 4th hour...and managed to scrape through 7-6 in the third – a marathon match!! Warwickshire’s no.1 pair proved too strong for Rebecca and Sarah who lost in straight sets followed by Sarah managing to spill a packet of peanuts over Rebecca, who is highly allergic to nuts....which saw Rebecca take a trip to the hospital and Nicole take her place. Kent were 2-1 down at lunch time and there was all to play for in the next round. Sarah and Nicole had their chances but lost 64, 7-6. Holly and Amanda went on for another 2 and a half hours to see off their no.1 pair 6-4 in the third! Kate and Devan lost unfortunately, so Kent were 4-2 down after round 2. 3 out of 3 matches was what was needed from us, not an easy task but the Kent girls were fighting hard. Warwickshire took a win against Sarah and Nicole and with that the day was lost, Kate and Devan showed some heart but lost on a match tiebreak. Some very close matches but unfortunately they didn’t
go our way and we lost 6-3 overall. Kent vs Essex Day 3 and the girls woke up ready for battle today, knowing Essex were out to get us back after beating them so closely in the Winter season! A change around in the team saw Amanda/Holly, Kate/Sarah and Rebecca/Devan step onto the grass courts in blistering heat, ready to play. Round 1 did not disappoint; Holly and Amanda fought hard to win 6-3 in the third against Essex’s potentially strongest pair playing at no.2. Rebecca and Devan rose to the occasion beating Essex no.3 pair in straight sets. With Sarah and Kate still battling away, at 2-0 up we were looking good. In the end they lost in 3 sets, but we made a great start. Round 2, all to play for and with Essex looking strong we knew we needed to win at least 1 out of 3 matches in this round. It all started going wrong for Holly and Amanda who did not play well and after another long match lost 6-3 in the
third. Sarah and Kate beat Essex 3rd pair in no time at all, 6-0, 6-0 – excellent! Rebecca and Devan went down easily, which saw us 3 all with one round to go. Captain Holly was disappointed with her loss and felt we had left too much to do to beat Essex....but she was wrong!! Amanda was not feeling well so Jacqueline Darby stepped up for her first match of the week, taking a win for Kent! 4-3 up. Rebecca and Devan were determined to beat Essex no.1 pair, but went down fighting 6-4 in the third. It was all down to Sarah and Kate against Essex very strong no.2 pair. No one had more confidence that Kent would win that match than Kate and Sarah....whilst the rest of us watched through our hands, they won in straight sets! 5-4 to Kent! A rivalry I’m sure will continue against Essex, but Kent came out on top this time....again!
time. Rebecca and Devan played much better but lost; while Sarah and Kate took a 3 sets victory, which left Amanda and Holly in another long 3 set match with Cheshire 1 pair. Into a third set tiebreak and with a few loose points from us, we lost the tiebreak, 4-2 down after round 2. We knew a win looked unlikely but we fought to win as many matches as possible. Unfortunately it wasn’t a great day of tennis from Kent, we gave The Kent Squad 100% but lost 6-3. Kent vs Yorkshire
All still to play for on the last day, as it was not clear who was going up or down. We knew the importance of winning as many matches as possible. A new line up today, Holly/Sarah, Amanda/Kate and Rebecca/Devan. Kent were in a hurry to win and in no time at all we found ourselves 5-1 up. Kent vs Cheshire We stopped there as the day had been decided. After a long wait to find Cheshire had looked strong all week, out our fate, we managed to stay in with some great doubles players. Tired Division 2, narrowly missing out on from the day before we knew this promotion by a only few rubbers!! would be tough. With the team the same as the day before Holly and A great effort from the Kent girls, and Amanda won comfortably, but missing out on promotion by a small Rebecca and Devan struggled and margin has made us eager for took a loss. Kate and Sarah, showing promotion next year! Bring it on!! the same fight as the day before losing to Cheshire’s no.1 pair in a tight 3 set match. Kent were 2-1 down at lunch Ladies Captain, Holly Richards
Holly Richards (captain) Amanda Cunningham Kate Green Sarah Cantlay Rebecca Finch Nicole Daisley Jacqueline Darby Ellie Murphy Devan McCluskey
The Ladies Team were newly promoted team to Group 2 in 2012
It Was 20 Years Ago Today 1992 - That’s twenty years ago. It was for some of us a year of happy schooldays or perhaps a time when we chewed our fingernails awaiting GCSE results. For others, 1992 is a reminder of many a young man of twenty chasing tennis balls across the courts of Kent. And for others, it brings back never to be forgotten memories, of when we had the legs, the longing and the liveliness to compete. So hopefully, in some way or another, this tiptoe back to 1992 will ring chimes in the memories of our lives 2 decades ago. First we go to the Kent Tennis AGM where, at the top table, sat Austin Smith, President, Stuart Smith and John Darby, Joint Secretaries, and Chris Ring, the Treasurer. The elected members were George Austin, Charles Bailey, Richard Barwick, Angela Darby, Geoff Griffiths, Peter Hill, Brian John, Arthur May, Brian Moleshead, John Povey, Rene Stent, Mrs Trevor Stent, Peter Stotesbury, Niall Sweeney, Bob Whitehead and Ian Wright. The meeting heard that there were 137 affiliated Clubs, 121 Schools and 841 Associated Members. Schools Secretary Miss Lesley Brash reported that KCSLTA had 100 Secondary Schools and 21 Primary Schools affiliated. Good news indeed, but not so good news from the Clubhouse at the County Ground at Dartford. After being vandalised and set on fire, we were told that Tunbridge Wells had kindly supplied a Portakabin and that the local Tennis Club, J.E Hall, was also helping out for County Junior Matches. The future proposal was to secure a fiftyyear lease and build a new Pavilion where the old bowling green stood. We now know, of course, that these plans did not materialise and it was thanks to the Stuart Smith led group, and to Stuart in particular, that Kent secured the headquarters that we have today. Take a bow Stuart. On to County Week, where our men, captained by Paul Bourdon, finished runners up to Yorkshire in Group One. The squad was Andy Burgoyne, Gareth Jones, Steve Joyce, Mark Sheldon, Richard Whichello, Rob Antoun, Colin Beecher and, of course, Paul. The Ladies, with Marcia Ackers as non-
playing Captain, were in Division Two and were relegated after narrowly losing to Herts and Middlesex by 5 rubbers to 4. Flying the flag were Harriet Cotton, Gaynor Hawkins, Sally Holmes, Lindsey Hine, Catherine Bromfield, Jane Paterson, Jenny McConville and Michelle Wheeler. In the other age events our Ladies 50 and Over reached the last sixteen, before losing on sets to Leicestershire and their side was Sue Croft, Cynthia Smith, Sue Teubler and the Captain Marcia Ackers. The rest of our teams fell by the wayside I’m afraid. Next we visit the 1992 Kent Championships. In those days the annual Kent Closed Doubles competition was held during the Beckenham Tournament, which gave competitors free entry to the Tournament and the opportunity to mix with the big professional names and, indeed, often play in front of a large group of interested spectators. Paul Bourdon and Rob Antoun won the Men’s Doubles and Jenny McConville and Michelle Wheeler were the Ladies winners. When you take into account that 42 pairs entered the Men’s and 20 pairs entered the Ladies, it does show you how popular and prestigious this tournament was, where no doubt the Kent Captains were on the lookout for new emerging talent for County week. With regard to the ordinary summer events Danny Ward and Liz Cowan claimed the Singles and the experienced and well-established Men’s Veterans pairing of Vic Chance and Colin Dancey continued to dominate the Over 45 scene. The Kent Junior Championships attracted the customary large entry and the 18 and Under winners were Andrew Guntrip and Juliet Iliffe. The 12 and Under doubles champions were two little boys Billy McManus and Jim May. One very good prospect was Dario Galasso, who was selected for the Great Britain 14 and Under team, which competed in the European Summer Cup. There was much jubilation also when the Kent Boys won Group One of the Midland Bank County Cup for the first time in the County’s history. The joint Editors of Kent Lawn Tennis, Eric Auger and Irene Stent,
reported this success as a magnificent achievement, so 20 years on, let’s do so once again. Well done to the team of Daniel Breag, Andy Burgoyne, Martin Curzey, Nick Morgan, Alex Osterreith, GarethJones, Andrew Guntrip, Jonathon Hind, and Paul Ryan. Not forgetting, of course, the team Captain, one Clint Harris. And there were more whoops of joy and lollipops all round when the Kent Short Tennis team won the Regional Title. The squad was Jack McManus, Rob Searle, Adam Howell, David Holmes, Oliver Wallis, Daniel Riva, Hannah Waddell, Victoria Lansdale, Narrita Shah, Kate Glover, Amanda Goodworth, and Vicky Thomas. And so we take a look at Wimbledon and start with the qualifying tournament at Roehampton. Colin Beecher of Kent beat a certain Tim Henman 6-3 6-1 before losing to a Canadian called Greg Rusedski 4-6 4- 6, who lost in the next round. We had eleven British girls in Wimbledon’s first round and ten fell at the first fence, with the lone survivor Shirley Ann Siddall tumbling out in the second round. The gallant ten were Valda Lake, Clare Wood, Sara Gomer, Sarah Bentley, Colette Hall, Amanda Grunfield, Sarah Loosemore, Virginia Humphrey–Davis, Jo Durie and Monique Javer. The men did have a hero in Jeremy Bates, who had a wonderful tournament before losing in a thrilling five set match to Guy Forget of France in round four. As regards the rest, Mark Petchey and Chris Wilkinson made it to round two, leaving the customary band of plucky first round losers, Chris Bailey, Andrew Castle, Andrew Richardson and Andrew Foster. It was a glorious Wimbledon for Andre Agassi, the 12th seed who despatched John McEnroe in straight sets in the Semi Final and then went on to beat the No 8 seed Goran Ivanisevic in the Final in five sets. The Ladies Final was far more one sided than we expected and the No 2 seed Steffi Graf blasted the No 1 seed Monica 6-2 6-1 with a powerful display. Incidentally, admission to Wimbledon was £7 and Centre Court tickets for the first Monday and Tuesday cost £17. So what do you do when Wimbledon is
over? Well, twenty years ago, 240 revellers from Kent went back to the hallowed ground or, rather, the Debentures Lounge in September of that year for the Kent Tennis Presentation evening. Special guest Lord Weatherill, the former speaker of the House of Commons, presented the Kent Inter Club winners trophies. It was a wonderful evening for all those who can remember it and a profit of £350 was raised from Tombola. Perhaps we could do it again sometime, shall we say 2015 when Kent Tennis will celebrate 125 years? Now just in case tennis is not your sport, you might recall that in 1992 Liverpool beat Sunderland 2—0 in the Cup Final with goals from Thomas and Rush. Nick Faldo won the British Open Golf and Linford Christie won the 100 metres at the Barcelona Olympics. Other non-sporting headlines went as follows: Bill Clinton elected US President, John Major and Conservatives win the General Election and Betty Boothroyd becomes the first Woman Speaker. Silence of the Lambs sweeps the Oscars and Whitney Houston conquers the Pop Charts with “I will always love you“ as did Wet Wet Wet with “Goodnight Girl“. Alders in Bromley were offering a Zanussi Washing Machine for £369.99, a Pierre Cardin Men’s Suit for £149 and Farah trousers (have you still got them?) for £19.99. First Class postage was 24 pence, a pint of milk cost 28p, a Mars Bar 30p and strawberries and cream at Wimbledon £1.65. The New Fantail Restaurant at Locks Bottom offered a three-course lunch from Monday to Friday for £12-95. Could you afford it then? Well the Members of Parliament certainly could as they gave themselves a forty per cent rise on their expense accounts. 1992 was a sad year Pleasant Club, when one players Barcelona-born passed away. Every Club
for my Mount of our Veterans Enrique Palao has a character
and Enrique was certainly one. He lived in London, where he played for a club in the Middlesex league, he worked in East London, where he played for a Club in the Essex league and then he travelled to Blackheath, where he played for us in North Kent. I leave you with my final memory of 1992, or rather a Veterans match between Bexley and Wellcome Dartford in that year. Bexley lined out with Ron Brain, John Farrell, Paddy Dennehy and Derrick Haynes and Wellcome had Alan Mcgrath, Keith Elcome, Eddie Grimmer and Charlie Brown. I cannot tell you who won, but I had the opportunity of playing against these guys for the Mount Pleasant Club during that season. Sadly, Ron Brain died on the tennis court two years ago, but Messrs Farrell and Dennehy are still treading the Bexley courts. As for the rest, dear Derrick Haynes, coach to more Bexley Junior Kent Champions that anyone can remember, has retired and I can only assume that the rest have found goodness and gratitude on the Golf Course. And lest I forget, one late result and it’s a Veterans Tournament run at the Mount Pleasant Club in March of that year where two Bromley boys Vic Chance and Norman Witham beat Hartley’s John Beslee and cigar smoking Bernard Toomey in the final. And that’s about it, for in the words of the 1938 John McCormack song “The Old House”
“it’s time I was moving it’s time I passed on “
Back Row Tony Dorricott Phil Lynch Denis Costelloe Geoﬀ Griﬃths Malcolm Fox Harry Lynch Back Row Harry Jeﬀord Paula Robinson Fleur Buckley Keeley Tyrrell Shirley Marshall
North Kent Finals
The North Kent Cup Competitions Finals were held on the customary last Sunday of July at the Bexley Tennis Club. Normally one can expect sunny conditions, although down the years we have encountered the odd showery or dull Finals Day. This year, however, the Referee, Jeff Richards of the Sydenham Club, and North Kent Chairman, Phil Lynch, were faced with intermittent massive downpours, which turned the main three Acrylic Courts into small lakes within seconds. It was a time to call on any willing volunteers to get the brushes out and hope that the warm sunshine that followed would get the players back on court as quickly as possible. This on and off game between the weather and organisers continued throughout the afternoon and indeed at one stage there were doubts if some of the Finals would have to be postponed to another day. Eventually man and brushes triumphed over the elements and the programme of nine matches was concluded. The Ladies Singles went to Crescent, represented by Katy Taylor whose all round play was much too steady for Bexley’s Alison Strub. Katy won 6-1 6-3 and the last time Crescent won this title was back in 1990 when Jo Copp was the victor. The Men’s Singles proved a very one-sided affair when the holder Jason Barnett, this year representing Hartley, simply cruised home 6-0 6-1 over Martin Dene's Dave McGonigle. Jason, who reached the Final with the loss of only one game, Jason Barnett is, as at today, ranked World No.1 in the Over 35s in the ITF World Ranking and was the beaten finalist in this year’s British 35 Indoor and Grass Court Championships. The Men’s Doubles Finals was equally a bit one sided with the holders Kaan
Basaran and Joe Edwards from the Bromley Wendover Club disposing of Martin Dene’s Chris Wyles and Alex Juniper in straight sets 6-2 6-1. Martin Dene were unable to call on the Salh brothers, who were on holiday for the Final, so they drafted in promising Kent 14 and Under junior, Alex to partner Chris Wyles. They put in a good performance, but had to give way to the guile and experience of a doubles partnership that has participated in several Finals down the years. The Ladies Doubles produced a similar story featuring Blackheath’s old hands Nayla Solh and Kate Hands (sorry about the pun) on Finals day. Going for three in a row, Blackheath’s finest were pushed all the way in the opening set against Lisa King and Jo Robinson of the Sundridge Park Club, who were no doubt wishing they were back home on their grass courts. A seesaw first set went to Nayla and Kate 7-5 and from there onwards they were always on top, clinching the match 6-1. Four in a row beckons next year for the winners. The Mixed Doubles gave us the only three setter of the afternoon when Gravesham’s Alice Crane and Dylan Campbell took on Crescent’s Helen Sweet and Ernie Wellhausen. Crescent hadn’t won a mixed title since 1989 when Jo Copp and Russell Bruty. Russell Bruty, the first man I saw with a big Prince racket, was quite a big man with an equally big serve as I remember and Ernie, yes they call him Ernie “and he hits the fastest service in the West” came along. Ernie needed those fast and big serves as it happened, before winning 6-4 3-6 6-4, He also had a steady reliable partner in Helen Sweet. On to the Ladies Vets and place your bets please. From Bexley, and going for three in a row, we had Sheila Badger
and Janice Barnshaw and opposing the champions were Helen Custy and Mandy O’Callaghan from the David Lloyd Dartford Club. Result says it all, 6-0 6-1 to Bexley and nothing more to add – well apart from recording that Sheila and Janice have now won 14 North Kent Titles between them. We did have two Junior Finals, with the Girls title going to Emily Thompson who defeated Meopham's Marcelle Lowe 75 6-4 in an entertaining match. Emily’s mum Jane won the Ladies Doubles back in 2003. The Boys Final was won by Gravesham’s Ewen Reader, who defeated Martin Dene’s John De Costa by 6-2 6-0. And so to the Men’s Veterans Finals. Martin Dene sent out five times champions Errol Evans and Ian Milligan to face HSBC’s Phil Lynch (North Kent Chairman) and Jeff Richards (Tournament Referee). For Phil and Jeff, their pre-match preparation was an arduous three hours trying to get matches played, contending with players who wanted their favourite surfaces or those who were a little reluctant to start in case of slippery courts. All these are logical complaints of course, but when you are the organisers and the waiting crowds are requesting action, it can take a cool head to please players, spectators and umpires. As things went we witnessed a highly competitive final, the spoils going to Phil and Jeff on a 6-4 7-6 scoreline, after a three setter seemed certain at one stage. A repeat of this match in 2013 looks highly probable Austin Smith very kindly attended to present the trophies and our thanks to Bexley for hosting the event.
Davis Excels on the Road to Wimbledon Congratulations to James Davis from The Appeti Tennis Centre, Canterbury on his fantastic achievement at The HSBC National Road to Wimbledon Competition, reaching the finals in both the singles and the doubles. James, the grandson of former Kent LTA Treasurer John Povey, has been a player and pupil with Appeti Tennis and with coach, Richard Myall, since the age of five. Richard was present during the week to offer advice, support and pre-match practice to James. In the singles final James faced Luke Hammond from Warwickshire. James stayed positive and confident throughout the match and after losing the first set 2-6 began to fight back in the second. This was much closer with both boys not wanting to lose at this stage. At 6 all the set went to a tiebreak where James and Luke continued to match each other point for point. In the end Luke was able to break serve and took the match 6-2, 7-6, winning the tiebreak by the closest
of margins, 9-7. It wasn't long until James was back on court facing Luke again in the doubles final. James and his doubles partner Piers Foley faced Luke and partner Barnaby Smith. James and Piers flew out of the blocks and pushed ahead to take the first set. They never looked back and continued to work as a team to win the title of Boys Doubles Champions, 6-1, 6-2. James was presented with his trophies by Tim Henman, the ambassador for the Road to Wimbledon, who had attended the Finals Day. The competition was held at The Bank of England Sports Ground, To reach the national finals where the qualifying draws for players had to first compete in Wimbledon take place. The Road to one of over 800 local club or Wimbledon Competition is usually school events to qualify via the held at Wimbledon but this year County Finals. Kentâ€™s James was moved venue due to the Davis and Lucas Percy both Olympics. The exciting thing for reached the National Finals and James, being only 13, is that he were invited by The All England still has another chance at Club Lawn Tennis Club, and reaching the finals next year and HSBC, to benefit from a fun-filled playing at Wimbledon. week of tennis.
James Davis, (above & left) with Coach, Richard Myall and Tim Henman
Award Winning Siobhan Butler, Interviewed for KLT Siobhan is a member of the Kent LTA team based at The Bromley Tennis Centre. This year she was awarded AEGON Team Tennis Organiser of the year 2012, jointly with the organiser in Surrey, together beating all the other County Organisers in the UK. So, we thought it would be a good idea to find out more about Siobhan: How long have you worked for Kent Tennis? 3 years What did you do before this? After A-Levels, I studied Psychology with Sport and Exercise at Canterbury Christ Church University, graduating with a 2:1 BSc Honours Degree. How long have you been playing tennis? 21 years, having started playing at The Bailey Tennis Centre in Dartford, which is now David Lloyd Dartford. After that I joined the David Lloyd Club in Sidcup, before joining Crescent LTC and playing for their Ladies teams. During my school years, I represented Dartford Girls Grammar School in Kent Schools Tennis Competitions
and then went on to play in the level of match completion rates Womenâ€™s 1st team at Canterbury (83%) and recording of match results (95%) which made all the Christ Church University. hard work worthwhile. I would like What are your greatest tennis to thank all the team captains who arranged matches, entered results achievements? I won the Crescent LTC Ladies and communicated with me Singles title in 2004 and captained throughout the duration of the the Womenâ€™s 1st Team at league. Canterbury Christ Church University in the BUCS University League for What are your ambitions for the 2 years. In 2009 I qualified as a LTA future within tennis? Level 1 Coaching Assistant and as TTo continue to support people an Association of British Tennis playing tennis, to increase the number of 10 & under girls playing Officials (ABTO) Referee. tennis and help the Kent LTA team become recognised as the best What other sports do you play? I used to play hockey at Burnt Ash county within the LTA. Hockey Club in Bexley in addition to playing netball at school. I also What is the best part of your job? enjoy swimming and cycling when Organising tennis competitions and running the leagues, in particular I have the time. the AEGON Team Tennis and Kent What has been your greatest Junior Team Tennis Autumn league. I also enjoy refereeing 8 & achievement at Kent Tennis? Receiving the AEGON Team under events and helping to Tennis award was a great moment organise/referee the Kent School for me. I had worked hard to get Games Tennis Competition every 263 teams competing in the 2012 other year. AEGON team tennis leagues in Kent, which was an increase in What is the worst part of your job? both the number of junior and Not having the time to play tennis adult teams. Also there was a high as often as I would like!
Deal ITC Get the Carnival Spirit When the Carnival rolled into town the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre did not waste any time getting involved. The Centre chose to be on foot rather than aboard a large vehicle. They had a transit van decorated with a mini tennis net and rackets and balls attached. Banners advertising the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre were also fitted and lively music to help the 30 strong volunteers keep up the pace. Lead Coach Chris Hollands, Tennis Coordinator Vanessa Webb and Vista Leisure’s Kyle Fisher walked behind the vehicle with 23 Junior’s ranging from 5-16 year olds. They managed to get 6 parents along to join in the fun as they distributed their leaflets advertising the many coaching programmes available at the tennis centre and the summer camps. The Children and Adults were all kitted out with Deal Indoor T. Shirts and armed with rackets had great fun hitting stress balls into the crowds that packed the pavements along the route.
The first half of the route was along the seafront and each time the carnival came to a halt the team were quick to put up a mini net on the cliff top for a tennis display before they started walking again. The route went from Deal seafront, along Walmer seafront ending up in the north of Deal. The parade lasted two hours but the glorious evening sunshine helped make the Deal Carnival a successful and fun night out. The Centre gave thanks to all that
Tennis Display on the seafront cliﬀ tops as parade comes to a stop Parents also get involved and join the parades
Deal Indoor Tennis Centre Junior’s alongside decorated Van before the procession.
Summer 2012 - Wow! As I write this Andy Murray has just collected a Gold Medal from the Olympics Tennis Men’s Singles Final defeating the great Roger Federer in straight sets and he and Laura Robson then went on to pick up a Silver Medal in the Mixed Doubles. Team GB are 3rd on the medals table and there is a fantastic feel good buzz around in general – everyone seems happy, positive and inspired – so the slogan of ‘Inspire a Generation’ may well come to fruition – let’s hope so! So what, you may well ask, have we been doing in the Kent Team to add our 2p to the amazing sporting landscape this year? Well, our main focus has been around increasing participation in our sport and we have looked to achieve this through the 4 P’s – Places, People, Programmes and Promotion. Places – there has been investment in the facility developments at Bromley Tennis Centre (The Kent High Performance Centre & an accredited Coach Education Centre) with the addition of a gym, player study room and a multi-purpose studio and The Parklangley Club’s hugely successful ‘Tennis for Free’ scheme has received an investment to expand their community offer with the addition of 2 full size courts and 4 stand alone, purpose built mini red courts at their Croydon Recreation Ground site. People – we have hosted a forum focused on using technology to support our Places to Play to use IT and marketing in an effective way. With BTC becoming an accredited Coach Education Centre it has enabled both our existing and potential coaches to access high quality, wide ranging courses locally. And through our review meetings around our County Cup policy, schools competitions, summer and winter tournaments and through our SurveyMonkey questionnaires we hope to listen, understand and implement where we can to improve the experience for Kent players and their supporters! Programmes – Mini Tennis was relaunched this year to give youngsters
How We’re Doing - September 2012 Number of 6+ RCJ’s(Regularly Competing Juniors)
Number of 20+ RCJ’s (Regularly Competing Juniors) 916
Number of Clubs Clubmarked 0
Number of Beacon Sites 13
Number of Registered Places to Play 0
Number of Places to Play Tennis Members 0
Number of British Tennis Members 0 a great introduction to tennis and offers an easy to understand set of awards to allow and monitor progress. To encourage adults who perhaps haven’t played a great deal of tennis but like to get a sweat on – Cardio Tennis has been launched. In Kent we piloted a successful silent disco cardio experience at Canterbury University to see if there was a way of running cardio tennis without disturbing players on other courts – we reckon there is! Promotions – Through allplay tennis (an online tennis community), the P2P area on the main LTA website and through the forum we ran and the programmes which are supported we hope that our P2P have a range of tools to enable them
to attract, retain and grow the number of players in our sport. All in all we have had a successful year against our targets (see table above) and hopefully communicated effectively to all of our tennis people to update them on what’s coming up and available now through Kent Tennis Direct (KTD), informing them of spaces on courses and places in tournaments through Twitter and Facebook and kept you all informed of all things related to Kent Tennis through our website and email communications. Have a great rest of 2012 and we look forward to and wish you a successful 2013!
The Kent Team
Upgrade for Croydon Rec It was 14 years ago when tennis was last played on the three grass courts at Croydon Recreation Ground in Beckenham and since then the ground has been left to waste. Adjacent to these three grass courts were 6 poorly maintained tarmac courts. In the period from 2002 to now The Parklangley Club has completely refurbished the six courts by rebuilding two completely and resurfacing 4 others. These courts are now of club standard. The six courts were so heavily used and the demand was so great through the Parklangley ‘Tennis for free’ scheme that it was clear we needed more courts at the site. A feasibility study was carried out to convert the three old grass courts into hard courts. These grass courts were on three levels so retaining walls would also be necessary. An application for funding was made to Mayor of London’s facility
Croydon Rec’s New Courts
fund and also to the LTA facilities department. Both these applications were successful. The tender was won by Trevor May and work began at the beginning of February 2012. Snow covered the ground the week before but after that there was perfect weather. The work was completed by the end of March but the weather turned so the painting could not be carried out until 21st May and the first day of use was 26th May 2012. We decided to turn one of the new courts into mini tennis red courts so now we have an additional 2 full size courts and 4 mini tennis red courts. The vista from one end to another is fabulous and seeing tennis played on 8 tennis courts (also orange lined) and 4 mini tennis red courts in a row is a wonderful and rewarding sight.
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Deal ITC Centre Achieves Mark of Quality Deal Indoor Tennis Centre has achieved the Lawn Tennis Association’s prestigious mark of quality in its first year of operation. Club Mark is only awarded to facilities and clubs that have reached specific criteria relating to tennis coaching and management and Deal has become the ninth club in East Kent to be recognized as reaching the standards set by the tennis governing body. The LTA County Development Officer Harriett Norford presented the Centre with the Club Mark plaque and certificate and said: “The Deal Indoor Tennis Centre Team has worked hard to achieve this accreditation. They are demonstrating that they are delivering a comprehensive programme for all ages and abilities, as well as being forward thinking. This is a Centre that will no doubt be a huge asset to British Tennis for many years to come”.
mini tennis programme that caters for children as young as 3 years old. Lead coach Chris Hollands is very excited by the talent that is developing in Deal and said: “We already have children competing in regional competitions and we have a group of under 4’s who are showing an amazing ability to rally. The future of Tennis in Deal is bright!” Kalvin Clapson, Head of Business and Community Development said: “We are all very proud to receive this recognition at such an early stage. The Tennis Team and other staff at Tides Leisure and Indoor Tennis Centre continue to work hard at delivering a great service and we are keen to ensure children and adults benefit from this excellent facility”.
The Tennis Centre has over a hundred children playing in the junior Vanessa Webb (centre) receives the
plaque from Harri Izzard (right) with Chris Hollands (left)
Kent Schools Games Finals Yr8 & Yr10
Kent and Ashford progressed A great two days of tennis was through to the finals with had by all teams with a great Tonbridge/West Kent coming out standard of tennis being played the Gold medal winners leaving throughout. Ashford with a well deserved silver medal! The bronze medal play off was won by Canterbury. Friday saw the Year 8 events with teams again put into 2 boxes. The 25 teams from across Kent same format applied for the day completed in the Yr 8&10 Kent with the winner and runner up Schools Games Finals on 20th from each box feeding through to and 21st June (Thursday and the semi finals Stage. Friday) 2012 at the University of In the boys event the first semi final was contested by Maidstone Kent – Canterbury. Thursday saw the Year 10 events and Shepway with the second by Dover and with teams put into 2 boxes. The contested winner and runner up from each Canterbury. Both Maidstone and box fed through to the Semi Finals Canterbury progressed through to the finals with Maidstone coming Stage. In the boys event the first semi out the Gold medal winners final was contested by Tunbridge leaving Canterbury with a well Wells and Sheppey & Sitting- deserved silver medal! The bronze bourne with the second contested medal play off was won by by Thanet and Ashford. Both Shepway. Tunbridge Wells and Ashford In the girls event the first semi final progressed through to the finals was contested by Tonbridge/West with Ashford coming out the Gold Kent and Canterbury with the medal winners leaving Tunbridge second contested by the 2 Ashford Wells with a well deserved silver teams. Both Tonbridge/West Kent medal! The bronze medal play off and Ashford progressed through to the finals with Tonbridge/West was won by Thanet. In the girls event the first semi final Kent coming out the Gold medal was contested by Tonbridge/West winners leaving Ashford with a Kent and Canterbury with the well deserved silver medal! The second contested by Thanet and bronze medal play off was won by Ashford. Both Tonbridge/West Canterbury.
Kent Primary Schools Competition
the Kent Primary Schools Orange Competition. Throughout the morning there was many close matches and some fantastic tennis being played. The players all thoroughly enjoyed themselves, basking in the glorious sunshine as well as playing tennis. The 2012 Kent Primary Schools The final was between Oaklodge Competition kicked off with the and Russell House with Oaklodge boys Orange and Green which winning 4 ½ to 1 ½. In the afternoon a further 9 teams were a big success. On Wednesday 23rd May, 16 arrived from a variety of schools to teams of 4 boys from a number of compete in the Mini Tennis Green different schools across the county tournament. arrived at Bromley High School for We saw even more high quality
tennis, with players winning by a single point in some matches. All players were a credit to their schools both off and on the court Oaklodge met Amherst in the final. A big thank you goes to Mary Evans who ran the event on behalf of Kent Tennis and to all the teachers for supporting the event; we couldn’t have run the event without your help. Look out for the 2013 entry forms!
Under 8 Schools Competition
fought match. Gravesham won draw 3 gaining 9th place, with Canterbury in 10th, Dartford in 11th and Tonbridge finishing in 12th place. Ashford ‘A’ beat East Kent Costal ‘B’ in a high scoring match to claim fifth place, East Kent Costal ‘B’, Tunbridge Wells and Thanet 14 teams from across Kent finished in 6th, 7th and 8th place Kent Tennis have once again competed in the 8U Kent School respectively. had a busy year with schools Games Finals on 21st June at In draw 1, Ashford ‘B’ beat East activity ranging from the Kent Costal ‘A’ to claim the bronze courses we provide for Canterbury High School. Teams of 2 were split into 4 round medal position of 3rd place. The teachers to teach tennis to robin boxes, named after the Grand final was contested between their students, pupils to Slams. In Round 1 Dover were Malling/Sevenoaks and Dover, with support tennis activity and the winners of the Australian Open box, Malling/Sevenoaks edging past comprehensive competition East Kent Costal ‘A’ were winners of Dover winning 32 points to 29. calendar available. the Wimbledon box, A lot of fun was had by all and there Many thanks to all of those Malling/Sevenoaks won the US was a fantastic atmosphere involved to make these Open box and Ashford ‘B’ won the throughout the day. activities so successful: the Thank you to all the Schools Games volunteers who run so many French Open box. Lots of tennis was played, each Organisers, teachers/parents and of the events; the SGO’s team playing in two pairs against the players for all your help, it was an (School Games Organisers) other teams in their box; each match enjoyable day and I look forward to for their energy and the 2014 finals! lasted 7 minutes. enthusiasm; the teachers for After a busy morning, everyone had taking up the opportunities Siobhan Butler available; the venues who host a well deserved lunch break, Referee the events; the Places to Play relaxing on the field and practising their skills on the tennis court. and their coaches for After lunch, Round 2 was played developing strong links with with the teams playing in 4 mini their local schools; parents for compass draws to decide the final tirelessly supporting their standings. In draw 4, as we only had children and of course the 1812 2 teams, 1 match was played to students for representing their decide 13th & 14th place. Medway 195 schools in such a positive won over Shepway in a closely and committed manner – well done and thank you!
The Winning Teams from Oaklodge Orange: Oscar Powell, James Gibbins, Liam Vincent and Harry Schoﬁeld
Green: Harvey Conway, Ben Georgel, Jo Bertolotti and Joe Walsh
Deal’s Daniel on the Road to Success
pulled out and ended up winning their group to earn a place in the Finals played at the Bromley Tennis Centre in March earlier this year. He finished the year off by picking up most of the prizes at the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre Christmas Competition. Talented youngster Daniel Earlier this year, he played a key Hodgson is fast becoming one of part in the Kent Schools the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre’s competition team event and with his team secured a place in the top junior’s. Daniel first started playing tennis County Finals in June after they at the age of five. He then had to won the Deal and Dover District take time out when he broke his competition. They went on to win silver medals in the Finals just arm the following year. He joined the Deal Indoor Tennis being beaten by Malling and Centre when it opened its doors Sevenoaks by just three points on last year where he enrolled onto count back after levelling at 2-2. the mini red tennis programme under the watchful eye of lead Since the school holidays began Daniel did not waste any time in coach Chris Hollands. He was very keen and competitive starting his summer of tennis. He and soon progressed to mini entered his first tournament on the 21st July when he played in the orange. He started playing in the LTA Summer Mini Masters 9+U at County Tour Events and can be West Worthing Tennis and Squash found competing in events in and Club. around the County almost on a He managed just one win out of six matches. weekly basis. Last year was the start of his On the 25th July he took part in winning streak as he made his the Hythe Open 9+U where he debut in the LTA Autumn Team came 6th out of 16. Event, along with his partner He was seen in Canterbury on the Freddie Larsen they entered at the 30th July where he managed one last minute when another team win out of four matches in the He won all of his five matches in his Round Robin group where he progressed to the Quarter Finals. A 75,7-2 victory saw him safely through to the SemiFinals which turned out to be the match of the Tournament. Daniel in increasing tension managed to hold his nerve as he came through a titanic tussle 108,11-9 for a deserved place in the Final. The Final was one step too far and he lost 2-7,0-7 but was elated with his runner’s up trophy. Daniel is currently on two courses a week at the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre where he is working hard with coaches Chris Hollands and Toby Churchill. He also has Buddy Hitting sessions with Toby Churchill on a regular basis and has been targeted by the Centre to join their new ‘Development Squad’ which they will be starting in the new September term. Vanessa Webb
Canterbury Open Boys 9+U. In August saw improvement and with more match experience under his belt came more success. On the 2nd August he reached the Semi Finals of the Surrey Junior Tour-Orange Event in Redhill. In a field of 15 competitors and played in windy conditions he narrowly lost in a closely fought three set match. On the 10th August he went one better as he won the Faversham Mini Orange Match Play winning all four of his matches in a Round Robin Format. On the 20th August he entered the Bromley Tennis Centre Summer Tournament where he found himself up against 16 strong competitors. In his group he managed to win 1 match out of 6 but was delighted to win the ‘Fair Play’ Award for the tournament. His last two events brought more success as he won the Hythe Mini Orange Match Play Event on the 22nd August when he won all six of his matches in a Round Robin Event. On August 25th he finished his journey where he had started back in West Worthing. He took part in the West Worthing Super Saturday Mini-Orange Festival.
Daniel Hodgson with Chris Hollands (above)
Runner’s-Up Trophy at West Worthing Super Saturday Mini Orange Festival
Deal’s Talented Toby
The Deal Indoor Tennis Centre’s Toby Churchill has recently passed his LTA level 3 Coaching Qualification making him an LTA Level 3 Licensed Coach. Since joining the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre as an apprentice last September Toby has been kept busy by his mentor and lead coach of the Centre Chris Hollands. With Hollands mentoring and Toby gaining coaching experience as an assistant helping out in the Junior coaching sessions within one month he had passed his Level 1 coaching qualification to become a qualified LTA Level 1 Coaching Assistant. His keenness and love of coaching saw Toby undertake his Level 2 course in January. Toby sailed through the course and passed his exam to become an LTA Registered Level 2 coach. He did not waste any time in enrolling immediately on the level 3 course. Toby passed his Level 3 qualification in July. This was an remarkable feat. It
would normally take 1-2 years minimum to pass Level 1 and 2 and begin a Level 3 course but Toby has passed all 3 within 10 months and at the tender age of 19. Toby is looking to start his LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Course starting next year. Toby has been a keen tennis player since a very young age, competing in County and regional tournaments since the age of 12 in both UK 12 and under and 16 and under age groups. He broke into the top 10 in the county rankings. Over the last few years, he has won numerous Winter County Tour events and looks forward to competing in British Tour events in the future.
Toby in the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre
The Tennis Team at the Deal Indoor Tennis Centre would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Toby Churchill and wish him luck as he continues to move forward in the future as a player and a top level coach. He is an asset to the team. Vanessa Webb
Matt Short’s ﬁrst ITF F5 Futures Title Matthew Short has won his first doubles title in July at the ITF F5 Futures Event in Serbia. Playing with Marko Djokovic, brother to Novak, the third seeded pair defeated top seeds Bojan Zdravkovic (SRB) & Stefan Micov (MKD) 7-6(4), 7-5 in the final.
West Heath Juniors Enjoy the Tennis at Wimbledon On the 4th July 2012 six West Heath juniors, Tanner and Keean de Villiers, Phoebe Ecuyer-Dale, Theodora Enslin, Amelia Monteith and Jamie Smith, got up very early and, with Di and Melinda in tow, boarded the train to Wimbledon. Below is an interview Theodora about her day;
Did you see anybody famous? Yes, I saw Serena Williams playing on the practice courts and her dad being interviewed. What did you do after the tour? We went to the play area and measured the speed of our serves. I sat on a very wobbly umpire’s chair.
Did you see any matches? We saw the number one ladies doubles pair in the world and sat on Murray Mount and saw some of Murray’s match against Ferrer. The screen was enormous. Did you get a souvenir? Yes, we went to the stringing room and I was given a piece of Andy Murray’s old string!
What was the best bit of the day? The guided tour of Wimbledon by a very nice lady. Where did they take you? They took us to Centre Court, which was huge, and to Number One court. We went to the place where the friends and family sit and watch, and we walked down the tunnels. We saw the man who’s job it is to go through every blade of grass checking that they’re the correct type. The lady told us that pigeons poo on the courts and the seeds in their poo are the wrong kind of grass for playing on.
Kent Men Support a Good Cause at Bromley CC
Members of the club paid for the opportunity to play in a Pro Am event followed by an exhibition match between East and North Kent, all in aid of the Burgess Autistic Trust. With one of the strongest teams Kent could put out, including three players who have played at the Wimbledon Championships themselves, it was a feast of tennis that not even the weather could dampen. The green grass of Bromley saw
a nail-biting afternoon of exhibition tennis that ended in an honourable draw, with the real winner being the charity which benefited from all the donations raised by the members of Bromley Cricket Club. "I hope this is the first of many of these types of events" said Andy Burgoyne, the Kent men’s captain, who went on to thank both the Kent Lawn Tennis Association and the All England Lawn Tennis Club for providing them with some fantastic, “once in a lifetime” prizes for their charity raffle and to Bromley Cricket Club for hosting the event on their high quality grass courts.
Parklangley in Print
Over the Summer months Yakult have produced their Little Book of Fitness and the Summer edition of Digest, and weâ€™re in both... Not only that but we are in esteemed company with Yakult supporting the British Hockey and British Rowing teams at the 2012 London Olympics and Swimming worldwide. The Little Book of Fitness is a great read especially their section on Tennis. With a literary contribution from our very own Graham Hayden who explains how to start in Tennis and the best way to get the most out of the sport, including competing. To accompany the article is a photo of 15 of our 9&U competitors from our event in April, 2012/2 Yakult Digest is their regular newsletter and we are given a great mention along with some photos of a few of the winners, again from the April 2012/2 event. We are on page 3. You can get the Little Book of Fitness through Yakultâ€™s website at www.yakult.co.uk
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Obituaries Charles Howe It is with sadness that we report the recent death of Charles Howe father of Nicky Howe â€“Slater formerly of the Bexley Club. Charles and Brenda Howe were very prominent members of the Kent Juniors Parents Group during the eighties and regularly transported Kent Junior players all over the South East Region. Charles and Brenda were always seen at Eastbourne during the Annual County Week where they supported our County teams. Our Sympathy goes out to Brenda, Nicky and family.
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