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2018 Finals Day

The Finals Day Report

The 2018 Ealing Club Member’s tournament kicked off on a much sunnier and warmer day with an earlier start of 11 am and addition of LTA Umpires and the Ealing Ball Crew.  

In the Open Ladies Singles in a repeat of last year’s 3-hour final between Mili Shah and Sophie Nelson. Mili showed her dominance on the grass to add to her titles and win in a much quicker affair this year.

The Handicap Men’s singles, Ladies Vets Singles and Men’s Vets Singles were also lucky enough to share the 11 am start. Jason Palmer defeated Daniel Villalobos to claim the first match of the day. Despite a delayed start, Anthony Calvert successfully umpired the Men’s vet’s singles and oversaw another Richard Leslie victory against Peter Buck in his attempt to catch up with the number of titles Peter has won in this event.

In the closest match of the morning, third team players and doubles partners Helen Hooke and Juliet Matthews competed in the Ladies Vets Singles. Toe to toe in the first set, Helen edged the set to win 7-6 then dominated the second set to claim the victory in time for the club’s traditional lunch prepared by Carole and Lynn.

For the third year in a row we were guaranteed a new Men’s Singles Champion with first team player Ben Moyon playing up and coming junior Mattias Southcombe. In an exciting match, Ben prevailed in three sets after two hours of enthralling tennis. Ben had a much quicker affair in the Men’s doubles teaming up with Jack Brooker to claim a solid win over Alan Brown and Sam Tirodkar.

Sophie and Mili teamed up in the Open Ladies and dominated to win the title against Anneka and Claire. Sophie then had her final match for the day in the Open Mixed, teaming up with David Charlton they fought well to beat Hiroko and Oliver Craven.

Helen was the most successful player of the day winning 3 out of 3 finals by adding the Ladies Vets Doubles and Restricted Mixed doubles partnering Juliet and Rakesh respectively.

The Ealing Ball Crew were recruited and trained by Steph Brown and Sangeeta Arora and assisted the Open Singles matches. We hope to recruit more ball crew members for 2019.

Thank you to Janice, Henrietta, Sangeeta who organised this year’s tournament and all the volunteer Umpires who made the event much more special for the players.

2018 May Bank Holiday Report

Another year and another Spring Bank Holiday Tournament.

With the forecast predicting storms and heavy showers, a small group of enthusiastic tennis players gathered to form two groups for round robin matches.

The day was brilliant, in more ways than one – the sun shone all day and excellent, competitive matches were held, resulting mainly in 4-3 scores, once everyone had got their heads around the sliding handicap scoring system!!

May Bank Holiday 2018 winners.

The top two couples in each group with the highest scores went forward to play the semi-finals, again using the sliding handicap. Jenny and Paolo beat Janice and Anthony 4-3, with Mai and Terry beating Linda and Matteo also 4-3.

The final consisted of one full set, with no handicaps involved (to the players’ relief). Another tough battle ensued with excellent tennis and the occasional miss-hits. The result – Jenny and Paolo stormed through and won 6.3. Congratulations to them both and commiserations to Mai and Terry.

Many thanks go to Linda and Richard for providing lunch to replenish the energy used by everyone on court, much appreciated by all.

A fun day with plenty of laughter and cursing (surely not!) enjoyed by all those taking part.

2017 Finals Day Report, Results and Photos

The Finals Day Report

Whilst the finals day was marred by the heavy rain which forced us to move the matches into the Dome from the beginning of the day – it did not dampen spirits or the quality of matches played.

Starting off with the finals of the Open Event, Alex Brown won his maiden Men’s Open Singles Title with a 7-6 6-2 win over 2016 finalist Vincent Gaugry. Vincent made up for his loss in the singles by teaming up with Jack Slaughter to defeat Jack Brooker and Gakuto Fuse 6-1 6-2 in an exciting match.

An enthralling Ladies Final saw Mili Shah retain her title for another year in a hard-fought and tight match versus New Team Player Sophie Nelson. 7-5 5-7 6-2 in a 3-hour match. Mili and Sophie then teamed up to take the ladies doubles 7-5 6-2 versus Anneka Els (Ladies 1st team captain) and Lindsay Forbes.

Sophie (this year’s busiest player, making it to 3 finals) teamed up with David Charlton in the Open Mixed versus Anneka and Jack Brooker. In another long, and tight 3 setter, Sophie and David won 6-7 7-5 7-6(5), in a 10.30 pm late-night finish.

In the Vets Men’s Singles, Richard Leslie won 6-2 6-2 against Peter Buck. Giles Corbey managed to play 2 mixed doubles matches, starting off by partnering Amy Tsao in the handicap Mixed Doubles, they won 6-4 6-2 versus Matthew and Alison Gurkin. Giles then teamed up with Jennifer Robinson to win the Restricted Mixed Doubles against Jerome Dumont and Helene Navarre 6-1 6-2 in another late-night finish.

During a slight break in the rain saw the Handicap Men’s Singles and Handicap Ladies Doubles attempt to play on the clay. These attempts were abandoned after a couple of hours in two very close matches with Petar and Vinh stopping at 12-12 in the first set. Vinh eventually went on to win 14-12 9-7 after both players agreed to rearrange.

Korin Harvey and Hiroko Muto were level with Megan Brady and Rosemary Maxfield at 7-9 6-4 1-1 when the rain won out. Korin and Hiroko finished off this match with a 7-5 win in the final set.

Next year will be the 125th year the tournament has been held.

2017 May Bank Holiday Tournament Report

Another fiercely contested Bank Holiday Tournament took place under the grey skies of W5 on Bank Holiday Monday. The 20 players were sorted into two groups by the organiser Janice Coulthard and then using a sliding handicap, were sent out to do battle.  Seven games were played with sudden death deuces.

In the group stage some very hotly fought games pursued with Jenny Parish and Patrick Taylor coming through to win group 2. In group 1 Amy Tsao and Giles Corby came through as victors. Two semi finals then took place with Amy / Giles winning 5-2, whilst on the other court Alison Trickey and Ricky Boardman came through victorious 4-3.

The drizzle held off for an excellent final, of one full set with no handicap, with all four players playing their hearts out, but at the end Amy and Giles held the cup up high with a 7-5 victory.

Thank you to all the players who took part and a big thank you to Janice for organising and running the event. See you on August Bank Holiday.

Thanks also go to Linda and Richard for supplying lunch to keep us all going.

2016 ELTC August Bank Holiday Mixed Doubles Tournament

ELTC August Bank Holiday Mixed Doubles Tournament

It was a scorching day on bank holiday Monday, and luckily we were treated to some scorching tennis! The tournament was played using the sliding handicap system; two groups of four pairs took part in a battle to reach the quarter finals. Strong performances from Ricky and Jenny meant that they topped Group 1 alongside Ron and Anne who dominated Group 2.

A mixture of clay and grass throughout the group stages and quarter finals meant that everyone was kept on their toes! There were some fiercely contested quarters with Alison and Matthew unable to prevent Rita and Scott from progressing and Cheryl and Rob managed to neutralise the John Smith forehand as they beat Liz and John in their quarter final match.

The semi finals were both very closely contested matches. In a very close game it was Rita and Scott who made it to the final by edging past Anne and Ron in what was a very tense match. In the other semi final it seemed to be all over as Cheryl and Rob trailed 0-3, but after a brave fightback it was Ricky and Jenny who claimed the win to reach the final 4-3.

The final was a full set with no handicap and saw Jenny and Ricky take on Rita and Scott. Early exchanges were tense as the match went with serve for the first 4 games. Rita and Scott managed to get a break up on Ricky's serve, only to be broken back immediately. Jenny's rock-like defence and Ricky's resilience ensured that they came out on top 7-5 in what was a great final.

Finally, a huge thanks must go to Linda and Richard for providing an excellent lunch, to Janice for organising the tournament, and to everyone who took part in the event.

Group 1
Jenny Parish + Ricky Boardman
Cheryl Harris + Rob Haynes
Rita Payne + Scott White
Anna Clark + Max Zanghi
Group 2
Sarah Lamb-Hughes + Terry Leahy
Alison Gurkin + Matthew Gurkin
Liz Price + John Smith
Anne Spoerer + Ron de Jong

Rob Haynes 30/8/16

2016 May Bank Holiday Mixed Doubles Tournament

An overcast and windy bank holiday did not deter a full and enthusiastic line-up for the prestigious May bank holiday doubles tournament. With the grass courts open, the day was well placed to be a warm up event for Wimbledon!

May Bank Holiday Mixed Doubles Tournament Full line-up:

Group 1

Lynn Oliver + Sam Oliver
Cecily Matthews + John Krol
Liz Ward + Ron de Jong
Amy Tsao + Giles Corby
Jenna Treat + Tarquin Strickland
Rosemary Maxfield + Mark Bekiat

Group 2

Susanne Hallquist + Rob Haynes
Linda Shaw + Ray Hart
Rita Payne + Stephen Cole
Jenny Parish + Giles Harris
Sue Goodman + Russell Harding

Group 1 was a combat zone with several close matches taking place. Lynn + Sam won the group with 23 games and Amy + Giles battled through to take second place with 19 games.

Group 2 saw some equally gruelling matches, worthy of any Pro Tour event! Linda + Ray fought hard for their win against Sue + Russell in a match that could have gone either way. Susanne + Rob won the group with 19 games, while Jenny + Giles came a very close second with 17 games.

The semi-finals was an enticing line-up with Susanne + Rob taking on Amy + Giles, whilst Jenny + Giles faced reigning champs Lynn + Sam. Windy conditions meant that the semi-finalists had to bring their A-game if they were to be victorious. Susanne + Rob didn't get off to the best of starts with Rob dropping serve and Amy + Giles seemingly in cruise control mode. Finding themselves 3-1 down Susanne + Rob made a gritty comeback to 3-3. Amy was serving for the match and a taste of the final ensured a great service game to see Amy + Giles through to the final.

The second semi-final saw the reigning champs take on Jenny + Giles. A fantastic start from Jenny + Giles saw them take a 3-2 lead. It looked like the pressure may have finally got to Lynn + Sam, but their experience guided them to a 4-3 victory and a chance to defend their title.

A raucous crowd had gathered for the final and they were demanding a spectacle! Playing a full set, Amy + Giles got off to a flying start by taking an early 3-0 lead. Just as Amy + Giles were getting a sniff of the trophy, Lynn + Sam showed that they would be no push over. At 3-3 and a few drinks down, the crowd really stepped up a gear! There was some cheering, a lot of heckling and even a Mexican Wave. We had a final on our hands! Despite the early lead from Amy + Giles, Lynn + Sam showed their worth of previous experience and closed out the set 6-4 to take home the trophy.

It was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all who took part and congratulations go to the winners; Lynn + Sam.

A big thank you must got to Linda for providing lunch and to Janice for organising a great day's tennis.

2015 August Bank Holiday Tournament

August Bank Holiday Tournament Finalists

The inclement weather did not deter 5 enthusiastic pairs who nestled in the dome for the bank holiday afternoon.  The sliding handicap format meant that everyone had a good chance of getting on the scoreboard in each of the 7-game rounds. 

In the semi-finals Janice Coulthard and David Autz put up a good flight, but Amy Tsao and Alex Pilotti managed to win.  Cheryl Harris and Andy Croft were pipped by John Smith and Rita Payne.  

The final was toughly contested with excellent tactics from Rita and a determined display from John, but the power and consistency of the opposition was too strong.   Amy and Alex lifted the trophy with a 6-3 scoreline and a good day was had by all. 

Many thanks go to Nandos for providing vouchers for the winners.

Cheryl Harris 04-09-2015

2015 Annual Tournament Finals

The Club was lucky to get a sunny day for its annual tournament finals which this year included the Veterans events. The good weather was matched by the high standard of tennis. Unfortunately the program was marred by two injuries. Nanami Yamaguchi a ladies doubles finalist had to retire with a damaged back after 3 Games. In addition David Morley tore his hamstring just before the end of his handicap doubles match and was unable to take part in the restricted mixed doubles.

The most hardworking player of the day was Alan Brown who occupied the grass courts from 2.00pm till Dusk and then finished his last match around 10pm! During this time, he only just lost the Men’s Open singles in the third set by 6 games to 8 to Sam Tirodkar. Alan then went on to play with Sam in the Men’s Open Doubles where they beat Vincent Gaugry and Jack Slaughter 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 in what some consider to be the best match of the day! It was full of incredible smashes, attacking volleys and defensive lobs. Alan then completed his days work by winning the Mixed Open Doubles with Anneka Els where they beat Alice Bardaux and Jack Brooker. They had started outside on the grass but were forced to finish the match in the Dome due to poor light. Final score was 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

Sam Tirodkar also had a busy and successful day winning the Men’s Open Singles 3-6, 6-3, 8-6 in very closely fought match. Having won his first Men’s Open Title in 2002 he has now won the title 7 times and been a runner-up on 6 occasions. He followed this Victory up with a win In the Men’s open doubles where he partnered with his opponent Alan Brown.

Mili Shah was the outstanding Ladies player. She won the singles 6-2, 6-1 by beating Alice Bardaux, who has just joined the Club this year. Mili also won the Ladies doubles with her partner Claire Espinasse (herself a club Singles champion) where they defeated Nanami and Teschi Namaguchi by way of retirement as Nanami had picked up and injury early on in the match. Mili has now won 3 Ladies Open Titles since 2006 and won Ladies Open Doubles and Mixed open many times with different partners over several years. Clearly she will be in demand next year for title hopefuls.

For the first time ELTC hosted a Ladies and Men’s Singles Veteran tournament. The Men’s Veteran Singles was won by the ever impressive Richard Leslie by beating Peter Buck 6-1, 6-2. Having already set a club record for winning the Men’s Open Singles in 5 consecutive years between 1977 and 1981 he has started his veteran Campaign off with the same intentions. His record in the Men’s Open Singles remains to this day. It was fascinating to watch him in action again as he controlled the match even if he looked a bit older and a bit stiffer after all these years.

The Ladies Veteran final was won by Toshiko Suzuki where she beat Cecily Mathias 6-1, 6-2. Toshiko is one of our many Japanese members and she only joined this year so that’s a good start for her at ELTC.

Our Handicap tournament which allows people of varying standards to compete against each other was also toughly contested. The Men’s Handicap singles was won by the impressive Rory Knibbs who at just 15 was able to beat last year’s winner Charles Chukwuedo 6-3, 8-6. Youth triumphed over experience on this occasion.

Louisa Hentges played in two of the handicap events. She lost her singles to 6-2,6-2 to Jessie Hiney but went on to win her Ladies Handicap Doubles with her partner Eilis Kerr in a close match which ended 7-5, 6-3.

Men’s handicap doubles was won by Marc Barnard and Iain Britton where they beat David Morley and Ben Whitney 6-3, 6-1.

The most convincing victory of the day was in the Mixed Handicap doubles where Helene Navarre and her partner Jerome Dumont beat Rebecca and David Stiff 6-0, 6-1.

Following the Tennis the club laid on some food and entertainment for its members and guests with a BBQ, Ice cream Tent and a well stocked bar for the Champions to celebrate their victories and runners up to console themselves… There is always next year!

Liz Hexter 20-07-2015

2015 May Bank Holiday - Mixed Tournament Finalists

May Bank Holiday Tournament Finalists

The late May Bank Holiday Monday saw seven pairs of keen tennis players taking to the grass courts to compete in this annual tournament which has run since 1929, consisting of round robin matches of seven games with a sliding handicap.

For some pairs it was the first foray onto the grass this season – and for one of our Japanese pairs, their first ever time playing on the grass. The sun came out and the competition began. The sliding handicap produced close games and tense matches as players had to adapt from playing open attacking tennis in one game then needing to produce conservative safety play in the next.

Veterans of the tournament played alongside new members, with both junior and senior members taking part.

The tournament reached an exciting climax. With one pair already having secured their place in the final, their opponents would come from the very last of the round robin matches. John Krol & Svetlana Teleshun got off to a flying 3-0 lead but the sliding handicap came into play with a vengeance, John Smith & Jenny Parish taking full advantage of this to fight their way back to 3-3, finally taking the all-important seventh game to line up in the final against Lynn & Sam Oliver.

After 5 hours of tennis the fight for the trophies came down to a one set shoot out, played this time with a fixed handicap. It was the Oliver’s who were to emerge victorious (6-3) this year taking away the beautiful Whitsuntide cups.

Our thanks to all who took part and supported and once again to Janice Coulthard for expertly organising and guiding everyone through another Bank Holiday Tournament.

Lynn Oliver, May 2015

2014 August Bank Holiday Report

What a fantastic day. In contrast to the bright, sunny weekend, Bank Holiday Monday was cold, wet and very dismal. However that did not stop the enthusiasm of 12 dedicated tennis players from entering the tournament and playing some great matches. The standard of play was one of the highest for a number of years. Following Gham’s cardio session, the dome was ‘taken over’ for the tournament in which six pairs played each other in round robin matches using a sliding handicap, resulting in very close matches, with the two winning pairs battling out the final. The final consisted of one full set without a handicap with Anthony Jones and Gitte O’Toole proving to be too strong for John Smith and Cheryl Harris, winning 6-3.

The atmosphere was full of shrieks (from the ladies) and groans/curses (from the men) interspersed with plenty of laughter.

Many thanks go to Linda Shaw for producing a very tasty and desperately needed lunch at 3.30, just before the final.

Congratulations to Gitte for her stamina. Having spent an hour at cardio, she still had the energy to enter the tournament and play tennis all afternoon. During the lunch break Gitte also opened the bar so members could quench their thirst with something a little stronger than water!

Thanks should also go to all those who entered and made it such an enjoyable day.

2014 LTA Ratings Tournament

A smooth, rain free 9 days of tennis this year with a similar number of competitors to last year (80), albeit with only 7 ladies

AND ON THE 10TH DAY…………………….

Finals Day at ELTC was an oasis of calm amidst the chaos all around us. First of all there was the problem of Ride London closing at least half the roads again, which I seemed to be one of the few to have taken any notice of. This meant that I arrived ridiculously early, whilst one player (TK) missed his semi-final by arriving nearly an hour late. I had very anxious moments trying to get hold of our groundsman, Will, as he had to get the umpires’ chairs out of the locked back sheds for us, and he arrived only just in time for the first match. His problem was the burst water main in Ealing. This also closed the shopping centre, which meant that the food that Rosemary Maxfield orders and collects from M&S for the LTA officials and myself couldn’t be collected. In the end they delivered the food to her at a Costa Coffee shop somewhere else in Ealing Broadway about an hour later than usual. At about 10:00 I rang Michael, our photographer and my partner, to boast about arriving so early, only to discover that we had a flood in the flat and no running water – so no Michael. By this time we had no running water at the clubhouse, or anywhere else in Ealing. Janice Coulthard made the mistake of contacting me about this and I persuaded her to come along and be my photographer.

So back to the tennis – indoors, of course, as there was torrential rain all around us. Only one semi to play in the top division as T. K. Segbedzie was too late for his semi. Our own Sam Tirodkar against Corey Clark. Corey put up a good fight, losing 6-4, 4-6, 6-10, but winning £50 and a Nando’s voucher each for him and his father, who had been duty chauffeur all week.

The next match was also indoors –the ladies’ final between a new player to us, Helen Anderson, and Patsy Mindham, a regular at Ealing. 3 sets here with a win for Helen, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. A voucher for Quantus restaurant and Nando’s Ealing Common for Helen and a La Mancha voucher for Patsy. Both Quantus and La Mancha are very nice Chiswick restaurants and are new sponsors for us.

We did manage to play the men’s 8.2-7.2 outside on the new artificial clay courts, and this resulted in a win for one of our Italian contingent, Marco de Santis by 6-1, 6-0, over Vincent Starr who had been playing all week from the 10.2/9.1 division up to the top group. So £100 and a Cote of Ealing voucher for £50 for Marco and £50 and a £50 Wigmore Sports voucher for Vince.

An attempt was made to play the last final – 7.1-2.1 – outside as well, but the heavens opened again and Sizya Kivanda and Sam carried on indoors – an impressive performance from Sizya of 6-0, 6-0. Sizya got £200 for his efforts and a Cote of Ealing voucher for £100. Sam went back to his babysitting with £100 and also a £100 voucher from Cote.

The 10 & 9 final didn’t happen as Sam Myhrman was injured, so Anoop Sharma had his third walk-over of the week and got a Nando’s voucher for himself and his brother Anil who had been supporting him all week.

And the water started running from the taps again all over London, and I got a nice game of tennis – indoors needless to say - and a lovely glass of wine.

This year many thanks to Barbara and John Hall for helping to produce a splendid brochure, to Rosemary Maxfield for dealing with the food (and Michael Derome for paying for it). To Janice Coulthard for being the official (!) photographer, Crispins Wine Bar for paying for the trophies, Adam Arnold of Heritage Financial Management for paying for the balls. Also thanks again to Iain Britton and Peter Buck as my assistant referees.


See the Finals Day 2014 Photos here

2014 Annual Tournament Finals

Despite a gloomy forecast, the club was lucky to get a sunny day for its tournament finals, so that the matches could be played on grass courts. The good weather was matched by the high standard of tennis.

The most outstanding player of the day was Nanami Yamaguchi who, at the age of 16, retained her ladies singles title by beating first team player Lindsey Forbes 6-3, 6-2. This was a repeat of last year’s final with much hard hitting from side to side to a perfect length. Nanami then combined with her mother Teshi, to beat the experienced pair Lindsey Forbes and Stephanie Gucot 6-3, 6-4. There was a different type of play in this match which was mainly won by clever interceptions at the net. Nanami ended her victorious day by winning the mixed doubles with Charlie Turney against the French pair Claire Espinasse and Ben Moyon. In the second set they had to pull back from a deficit of 4-5 to win the decisive tie-break and to take the match 6-4, 7-6.

A new men’s singles champion was crowned when Jack Brookes beat the more experienced Sam Tirodkar 6-4, 6-3 by way of an early break of service in each set. Sam had won the title six times from 2002 and this was his sixth time in the role of runner-up.

The longest open match was the men’s doubles when the French pair Ben Moyon and Vincent Gaugry beat Ethan McPherson and Akash Arora 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. It was a very exciting match with hard baseline shots and numerous net interceptions. The last set was very close. Ethan and Akash led by 3-1 but Ben and Vincent pulled back to 4-3 and the edged ahead from 6-5 to win.

The most outstanding young player amongst the men competitors was George Loffhagen, aged 13, who lost in the quarter finals of the men’s open singles to the eventual winner Jack Brooker. He then lost in the semi-final of the men’s open doubles to the eventual runners-up. Obviously, he will pose a great threat next year to this years players.

In the handicap matches the most hard working player was Katherine Tollinton. It took her 3 hours in the broiling heat of the afternoon to beat Louisa Hentges 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. After a short rest Katherine played with Nigel Gurkin in the mixed handicap doubles against Lynn and Andrew Oliver, But they lost 6-4, 6-2. Finally Katherine played with Peter Buck in the restricted mixed doubles

Against Liz Price and David Morely. The Match started outside about 8.00pm, but when it got dark outside the players moved into the Dome. Eventually the match ended after 10.00pm with a win for Katherine and Peter by 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.


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