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racket sports, a speciality. Otherwise, anything quirky! Former real tennis champ and tennis tournament player. London based.

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TENNIS

TENNIS

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LIFESTYLE

LIFESTYLE

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TRAVEL

TRAVEL

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Real Tennis – Wimbledon Debentures Website

Real Tennis, what exactly is it?

 

About time!

At this point, the commentator said “and that’s her girlfriend and coach”. I have never heard that from a commentator before.

Good on them all for normalising it…

And it was replayed on match of the day – Navratilova raised her eyebrows, grinned and gave an approving nod in Becker’s direction. Clare Balding said nothing – she should have done but maybe she was worried about her job – wouldn’t surprise me.

 

 

Murray out! All eyes on Edmund..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, Andy Murray has withdrawn from Wimbledon. It’s sad for him and it’s also sad for those of us who were rubbing our hands in anticipation of what would have been a fascinating match against the Frenchman Benoit Paire in the first round. Paire would have been a tricky opponent, having had two match points in a hugely tense final set tie break against Roger Federer in Halle.
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“Bad Boy” Dan Evans is back

Wimbledon Qualifying A Court-Side Special Review

Queen’s Club 2018

Nick Krygios

Novak Djokovic

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Queen’s Club Fever Tree Championships 2018

Andy Murray’s Return to Form..

This article appears on the Wimbledon Debentures website

https://www.wimbledondebentureholders.com/

 

Murray vs Krygios at The Queen’s Club Fever Tree Championships, Tuesday 19 June.

 

Murray vs Krygios a special court-side review

 

https://www.wimbledondebentureholders.com/

England Fans Troll Australia for Ball-Tampering Saga

This article appeared in Givemesport.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the scandal that shocked the cricket world and two months on, it is still a hot topic of debate.

The ball-tampering saga from Australia’s tour of South Africa resulted in captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner receiving 12-month bans, Cameron Bancroft a nine-month ban and coach Darren Lehmann’s eventual resignation.

So of course, when the Aussies rolled into town for their first clash against England since the debacle on Wednesday there was no chance it wouldn’t be brought back up again.

England fans had a lot of fun at the One-Day International at the Oval in the first of a five-match series against the Australian team today, handing out strips of sandpaper, mimicking what the Aussie culprits had in their pockets to make the ball behave erratically during that ill-fated Test just a few months ago.

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Agassi Tips Two American Prospects to Replace Federer and Nadal

This article appeared in Givemesport.com

Rafael Nadal has just won his 11th Roland Garros title at the age of 32.

Roger Federer, at the age of 36, is favourite to win this year’s Wimbledon.

These two players have won all the Grand Slam titles between them since Melbourne last year and appear to be unbeatable.

So, who might be future contenders for those Slam titles?

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French Tennis Open – Roland Garros 2018

This article appeared in LanguedocLiving.com

by Katrina Allen

 

There were two big questions at the start of the tournament this year. Could Novak Djokovic regain his form and test Rafael Nadal, the “King of Clay”? And could Serena Williams possibly come back after having had her first child in September and having played only a handful of matches since then?

But the tournament turned out to be far more exciting than that, with some nail-biting matches.

 

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DIVA Magazine – Tennis Update – June 2018

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Real Tennis – Can Camden hang onto his title?

The Queen’s Club, London

24 April 2018

Rob Fahey vs Camden Riviere

DAY ONE

 

A taster – from the previous world championships

Camden Riviere was here to defend his title! Fahey was very much the underdog, mostly due to the considerable age difference. You can train as much as you like but giving away nearly 20 years is a pretty tall order. Read More

Real Tennis – is Rob Fahey down and out?

The Queen’s Club, London

26 April 2018

Real Tennis World Championship

DAY TWO

 

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“Newbies” might want to take a look at this! The Rules

What an extraordinary day’s play!  Rob looked finished at the end of day one where he managed to win the first set and then appeared to run out of steam.

Today, he came out looking fresh and squeezed the first set in a tight 6-5. He then managed to take the second with a real nail-biting 6-4 which made them level at three sets all. Read More

Rob Fahey – A World Champion at 50!

The Queen’s Club, London

April 2018

Real Tennis World Championship

DAY THREE

Happy Birthday Rob Fahey!

 

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Fahey now needed to win two sets against an injured Camden to reach the magic number seven and the title.

He started well, leading 5-2 in the first with Camden hobbling a little.  It felt as though Rob would breeze through the next two sets and the day would be short. But Camden caught up and sneaked it 6-5 followed by a 6-0 whitewash. Five sets all and it looked now as though Camden would be the one to breeze through. Surely Rob wasn’t fit enough or mentally strong enough to come through. Read More

The Guardian April 2018

A Chance Encounter

‘Robert?’

‘Yes, do I know you?’

He looked puzzled, embarrassed.

‘Err, hang on..’

But why would he after so long? We were both drunk, it was a one-off, and it was dark in that cramped car.

‘It’s Kate.’

He still didn’t register.

‘Don’t worry, it’s been a long time. I take it these boys are yours? They look just like you, that pudding bowl haircut you used to have.’

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Seeing is Believing

A Site (sic) for Sore Eyes…

 

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We get beyond our 50’s and start to collect injuries: bad backs, tennis elbow, dodgy knees, and then the eyes start to go. That bit has only hit me in the last few years and it’s depressing. Read More

Watch some incredible real tennis rallies…

 

and a mere club game in Bordeaux! Jacques Pouyot finishes with a winning gallery…

BILLIE-JEAN – My Idol

This article appeared in Tennis Threads, the only printed British tennis magazine.

 

 

 

Billie-Jean King’s name is everywhere at the moment after the film release of ‘Battle of the Sexes’.

Billie-Jean was my idol. As a junior, I modelled my whole game on hers. In fact, I still think of her when I serve. Hers was a loose and languid action.

She attacked, she screamed when she missed a volley, slamming her racket on the net cord followed by a roar of frustration. The British public were shocked at the aggression but she didn’t seem to care.

I had a couple of coaching sessions with her when I was about 13.

She told my parents “she has a nice game”. I nearly fainted.

Our paths crossed a number of times after that. Every time she saw me she’d say ‘how are ya doing? how’s ya game?’ in her American drawl. I began to think I had a double. Surely she didn’t really recognise me. But it was great kudos – my schoolmates would say ‘does she know you?’ ‘Oh yes, we go back a long way, Billie Jean and I’.

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Lower-Ranked Players Need More Support

This post appeared in Stuff.co.nz and The Dominion Post

Novak Djokovic’s call for more money is right one if it goes to lower-ranked players

KATRINA ALLEN

Last updated 09:27, January 20 2018

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OPINION: So, Novak Djokovic called a meeting of players to discuss, well we’re not really sure what exactly … there have been rumours of boycotts, breakaway unions and demands for more prize money.

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