Tennis - News


ADULT CLASSES: Beginners Sundays 1.30pm, Intermediate Sundays 2.30pm. With Marco.

Up-coming events:

  • Membership renewals are now long, long overdue!
  • Team training has now finished but, if you want to be considered for matches, you can contact Gail Corcoran or Gary Keens.
  • Open Evening – Friday 28 June, 6-8pm. Tell your friends!
  • Club Championships – Over one weekend this year 29/30 June.  Sign-up are up in the pavilion.  Juniors are welcome to enter.
  • Doubles Drills and Skills – Sunday 14 July at 10.30am. All welcome. £3.
  • The Bury & West Suffolk Tournament – from 29 July to 2 August, at Culford School.
  • Final LTA Tournament of the summer – 9Us on Sunday 14 July.


Club sessions

Monday mornings go from strength to strength with 25 regularly turning up.  Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions are now busy with no need for floodlights.  Wednesday mornings usually 8-12 people.  On Saturdays from 1pm we generally need 2/3 courts, occasionally all 4 (although court 3 is available for adults to book).


American Tournament

Risbygate held its first American Tournament of the season on Saturday 25th May.  In steamy conditions, 12 players battled it out over 32 games to build up a personal score.  After 3 rounds, there were 3 ladies tied on 14 games and all three were playing together in the final set.  Remarkably, Fiona Hilder, who had already played a long match the night before, took 6 of the 8 games on offer to secure victory over Alex Huggins and Maggie Pritchard.  On the men’s side of the draw, Ben Beeston and John Baker were chasing Tim Dempsey for the title.  John took 7 games in the final match to Tim’s 5 and Ben’s 4.  This was enough for John to catch Tim resulting in a tie for the men’s title.  The usual high standard of cakes meant that players carried an extra few pounds into the final round!


Open Day

We held our first Open Day on Saturday, 11th May.  Much to our surprise, we had more than 40 people come down (plus additional family members) once the rain and hail had stopped.  In the end, the sun shone and great fun was had by all.  30 signed up for either a 10% discount or one free month’s membership.  A fantastic result!  Massive thank you to all the hard-working volunteers and a big welcome to all our new members.

It was so successful that we have decided to try an evening Open Event on Friday 28 June from 6-8pm.  Fingers crossed that this is just as good!


LTA Tournaments

Risbygate is holding several LTA tournaments this year.  So far we have had a men’s open singles (Brenton Mattheus took third place) and an 8U/9U tournament.  Here are some of the 8U competitors.  Amelia came second and Oliver took third.  The next one will be on 14 July for the 9&Unders again.  Entry is via the LTA website.


Matches are well underway

The Team Tennis competitions started in April and are now close to completion.  The U8s have WON the Suffolk Team Tennis Division 1 with wins over Culford, Exning, Framingham & Ipswich Sports Club.  Congratulations!  9U are currently second, 10U are top, 12U boys are second, 12U girls are top and our 18U are running third.  Our men’s team playing in Division 1 have come top again this year.  Fantastic performances all round.

Risbygate Team Tennis: 9Us, 8Us and 12U girls all had matches 11/12th May weekend. 

Our pair of 12U girls beat Culford 3-0 (and look at the size of their opponents!!!).

Risbygate Team Tennis Teams: 9Us, 10Us and 16Us.  Well done on your first matches!

The adult teams in the Cambridgeshire League are about halfway through their campaign and the Norfolk and Suffolk competition is just starting.


2018 season roundup

2018 has been a very successful year for Risbygate with Club members enjoying a range of social and competitive tennis as well as a variety of coaching sessions.
All the Club sessions were well attended with Mondays again being the most popular. Evening sessions were also well attended with a good standard of general play, but numbers inevitably dropped off once the clocks went back. The Wednesday morning sessions have filled a gap and are now an established part of the weekly calendar.  All the Club sessions have continued as the weather deteriorated with some hardy members intent on playing throughout the year.  One notable feature of all these Club sessions is the wide age range - juniors playing alongside seniors in some sessions and a few octogenarians proving that tennis really is a sport for the whole of your life!

New beginners and intermediate adult coaching sessions have been successfully introduced on a Sunday afternoon, along with a cardio session.  Gary Keen’s monthly doubles drills and skills sessions have been very motivating for the many that attended.

Three American tournaments were held with coffee and delicious cake on offer.

Risbygate Men’s team won the Gray’s Cup, a knockout competition for Cambs League clubs, for the second year running beating Great Shelford in the final.

The Club fielded a number of teams in local leagues.

In the Cambridgeshire League
Men’s 1 won Division 3 with a 100% record and will be promoted
Men’s 2 came 7th in Division 5 and will be relegated
Ladies 1 came 5th in Division 2
Ladies 2 came 8th in Division 2 and will be relegated
Mixed 1 won Division 3 with a 100% record and will be promoted

In the Norfolk and Suffolk League
Men’s A won Division 1 repeating their success of last year
Men’s B were 4th in Division 2
Men’s C were 4th in Division 3
Ladies A were 2nd in Division 2
Mixed A were 4th in Division 1 (the only division in this league)

Super Seniors League
Risbygate won the Super Seniors League for the 5th consecutive year. They have not lost a match in that 5 year winning streak.

Winter League results
Men’s 1 won Division 7 with a100% record and will be promoted
Ladies 1 finished bottom of Division 1 and will be relegated
Mixed 1 were 4th in Division 4
Mixed 2 were 5th in Division 6

The Club would like to thank all the captains who organised teams thus enabling many members to enjoy a season of competitive tennis.

Many juniors and seniors enjoyed an excellent year’s coaching from the Club coaches. Beginners, improvers and county standard juniors have all made great strides during the year playing through all types of weather! Thank you to the many parents who provide transport and general support throughout the season.

A number of Club members gained individual success during the season:
Asa Sumner-Keens  - Suffolk U18 champion
Erin Berry – Suffolk U10 champion
Herbie Morris –  Cambs U10 champion and 2018 U10 National Champion. Herbie also represented GB U11s v France winning more matches than any other GB player.
There are currently 28 junior county players training at Risbygate.

Finally, on behalf of all the Club members a big ‘thank you’ to the Committee and in particular our Section Chairman and Secretary – they both put in many hours of unseen work to make the Tennis Section run so smoothly, we’re all very grateful.


American Tournament – The Andrew Willis Cup

Risbygate’s final American Tournament of the year saw members competing for the Andrew Willis Cup. Each player accumulated a personal score over 32 games on a glorious Saturday afternoon. Helen Stacy took an early lead and, after winning 7 out of 8 games in the third round, her lead was unassailable. The battle for second was tighter, with Wendie Summers narrowly beating Ollie Pryke by one just game.


Finals Day

We ended their season with a very successful Finals Day on Sunday where some high quality tennis was watched by an appreciative crowd and some equally high quality food.

The Men’s Singles was won by 16-year-old Asa Sumner-Keens beating Sam Ratcliffe in straight sets.

The Ladies Singles between Jo Harpur and Gail Corcoran was a repeat of the 2016 Final which had been a three hour epic.  Another marathon ended in a 4th singles win for Jo Harpur.

The Men’s Doubles saw top seeds Sumner-Keens and father Gary Keens beat the unseeded pairing of Joe Easdown and George Kizis in straight sets.

The Ladies Doubles had Corcoran back on court partnered by Sarah Martin against Jane Hamblin and Helen Stacy. Gail and Sarah were clear favourites and won easily.

In the Mixed Doubles final Jo Harpur played with Asa Sumner-Keens against Sarah Martin and Gary Keens. In a hard fought match which kept the spectators entertained, Harpur and Sumner-Keens took the title.

In the Mixed Doubles final Jo Harpur played with Asa Sumner-Keens against Sarah Martin and Gary Keens. The ground strokes and volleying of all four players was of a high order and most games were decided by the odd error. Martin and Keens took the first set by some strong all round play with Keens seemingly impossible to pass at the net at times.



Mixed Cambs team win Division 3

Our Mixed 1st team won Division 3 in the Cambridgeshire League following a win against Cambridge. With Jo Harpur and Sam Ratcliffe both playing well, it was down to Nick Porter and Judith Pugh, playing in her first match at this level, to try and clinch the win. They managed to get a set off the opposition 1st pair thus securing the overall win and the promotion. Well done to all who represented the Club in this Mixed team over the season.

Bury & West Suffolk Tournament

15 juniors from Risbygate took part in this competition. Congratulations to Asa Sumner-Keens on winning the U18 category (at only 16 years old). He then went on to take the open men’s title (beating Marco Mitev-Will), and then won the men’s doubles with Marco. What a result!

Men’s 1 win Division 3

Our men’s first team have won Cambridge Division 3 dropping only 2 sets out of 56 played across 7 matches. They can look forward to a more challenging season in Division 2 next year. Congratulations to the squad of Asa Sumner-Keens, Tom Taylor, Sam Ratcliffe, Brenton Mattheus, Adam Levy and captain Gary Keens.

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