Congratulations to PHTC’s Charlie Braham on winning the British Under 21 singles on Sunday. He beat Henry Batstone in the final 6/5 6/0
Congratulations to Ex World Champion Robert Fahey who has just been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for his services to Real Tennis.
For 22 years Rob Fahey dominated the world stage, in all tennis playing countries across the globe. He has proved to be a model World Champion and advocate for the sport. He is without question the most successful player in the history of Tennis, having defended his World Title more times than anybody else (11 times), including Pierre Etchebaster (6 times) and Fred Covey (5 times and grandfather of Neil who is a member). Rob also held the Doubles World Championship Crown partnering Steve Virgona from 2003 – 2015 successfully defending it 6 times.
Off the court Rob has also been a great ambassador for our sport and has made many appearances down here at PHTC whether it be for a charity doubles match with members or National League matches (as recently as last month) and we thank him for that.
Congratulations to our PHTC team which, having won the Field Trophy last season PHTC were promoted to the Pol Roger competition (which is the top division for the National Interclub knock-out event) and playing at Seacourt beat them 3-2 in the quarter-final on Sunday 14th December.
Both clubs have strong records in this competition, and have had shared many close matches over the years. Another close result appeared likely again as Seacourt lined their team up to target the three wins necessary by selecting several of their strongest players in their doubles.
The first rubber was won by Seacourt whose pairing of Tom Weaver and Spencer Davies beat Charles Fuente and Nick Harris in two close sets of high quality doubles. The second rubber was also won by Seacourt with Luke Danby beating Charlie Braham. Charlie and Luke are two of the game’s leading amateur players and both had recently enjoyed strong results in the British Open. They have had several tightly fought matches in the past, including in the final of our own club singles event, and as you would expect the play was of a very high standard, with a mix of floor play and forcing. Luke is a formidable opponent on his home court, where his railroad serve and his cut on the ball are so effective, and it is so impressive that he continues to play at such a high level.
PHTC then pulled the match back to two rubbers all, with Adam Dolman holding off the competitive efforts of Andrew Jameson, and Mark Drysdale then beating the valiant Alex Garside.
The match was to be decided by the final rubber of the day between Andrew Page and Steve Calder-Smith and Hugh Latham and Paul Weaver. With Hugh having played off handicap of 0.8 and Paul being the current national over 60’s doubles champion the Seacourt pairing were slight favourites, however the score remained close throughout. It was a pleasure to watch Hugh’s stroke-play and timing, and see Paul’s energy on the court. Andrew and Steve played a fabulous match, they took the lead for first time in the third set at 40/30 five games all and held on to win the match. It was a memorable game and the win for Andrew and Steve was a great achievement.
It was an enjoyable day at Seacourt, where we are always made to feel very welcome, and we thank their captain Spencer Davies for his help with the arrangements. We now play Cambridge in the semi-final on Sunday 29th January.
Harvey Rawlings (captain)
The Two Generation family doubles tournament is now in its 27th Year and we had a full compliment with 16 pairs battling it out on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th December to decide who would take the honours this year. Players ranged in handicap from 6-75 and with ages from 11 to something over 80!
The group stages were incredibly close this year with numerous matches going the distance (6/5) and all players putting on some very good tennis. The biggest difference in handicap (39) was when the Braham’s played the Maxton’s and the handicap was rec 30, owe 15, 1 serve, banned tambour and chases 3 and 4 (plus a couple of other things) and somehow the Braham’s came through that match 6/1.
As we got to the latter stages of the tournament we ended up with two Bevan-Thomas’s and two Wood’s in the Semi-Finals and it looked like it could be a one family final but as it turned out we had one of each! T & J Bevan-Thomas sneaked through against M & T Wood on a 5 all forty all! They then played a great final to beat M & S Wood by 8 games to 5 and finally win the Bevan-Thomas trophy which up until now had eluded B-T’s. A huge thank you to David and Caroline Fortune who were at the club throughout and once again cooked some outstanding lunches which were enjoyed by all. We look forward to another great tournament next year!