Tennis - News


NEW ADULT CLASSES: A second series of 8 classes will start on 6 January. Beginners Sundays 1.30pm, Intermediate Sundays 2.30pm, Cardio Tennis Sundays 3.30pm.  All with Marco.

Up-coming events:

  • February Doubles Drills and Skills is planned for Sunday, 3rd February, 11am-1pm.
  • Team training sessions – 31 March, 7, 14 and 28 April from 10am to 1pm.
  • Great British Tennis Weekend and Open Day – Saturday, 11 May in the afternoon.


Club Sessions

Monday mornings go from strength to strength with 25 regularly turning up.  Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions cost £2.20 for floodlights in the winter – can be cold but the opportunity for some excellent tennis. Contact Helen to be added to the email list for the winter (to ensure at least 4 people are coming).  Thursdays are currently the busier of the two.  Wednesday mornings usually 8-12 people.  Saturdays from 1pm are variable.  Generally 2/3 courts being used, occasionally all 4 (although court 3 is available for booking).


Mixed Plate Final

In a lively match with some exceptional rallies, Helen Stacy and Martin Hayden beat Bronwyn Keating and Tim Dempsey in the final of the Mixed Plate competition. Steve Pettitt was on hand to present the medals


Risbygate retain the Grays Cup

Congratulations to Asa Sumner-Keens, Tom Taylor, Sam Ratcliffe and Brenton Mattheus for winning the Grays Cup for Risbygate. They beat Great Shelford 7-1 in the final.


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 featured Sam Ratcliffe, a three time winner of the event, against 16 year old Asa Sumner-Keens who was coming off the back of a stellar summer where he had won a number of tournaments.

In the early stages of the first set the power and fluency of Sumner-Keens’ groundstrokes drew repeated errors from Ratcliffe’s racquet. But gradually Ratcliffe clawed his way back into the set and started to win points with some telling forehands. Cleverly Sumner-Keens changed tactics coming to the net more where his consistent overhead game paid dividends and also pummelling Radcliffe’s backhand. The games were tight but Sumner-Keens had the accuracy and power to win the important points and wrap the set up.

In the second set Ratcliffe staged a comeback and serving at 2-3 it looked as though he might push on and take the set. However three costly errors by him gave the 16 year old a 4-2 lead and from then on the result was never in doubt. Sumner-Keens stormed home to a two sets to love win and lift the Risbygate Singles trophy for the first time.

The Ladies Singles between Jo Harpur and Gail Corcoran was a repeat of the 2016 Final which had been a three hour epic. The first set showed that the 2018 Final was going to go the same way. With both players serving well and hitting their ground strokes flat and hard, the games the games ticked by until the tie break at 6 all. In the still conditions both players were using the drop shot successfully but neither could gain the advantage. However with the nerves starting to jangle, Harpur steadied herself and just took the set 8-6 in the tie break.

This seemed to motivate Corcoran and she hit back strongly to get a 4-2 lead. As the wind was getting up both players found it difficult to maintain their accuracy. Harpur had a good spell and got back to 5 all but then lost her service to hand Corcoran a chance to serve for the set. She quickly raced to a 40-0 lead but then lost the next two points. However a raking forehand gave Corcoran the second set 7-5.

The third set ebbed and flowed with both players tiring and the wind becoming increasingly difficult. At 5 all it seemed a shame not to declare a draw but Harpur just managed to win the last two games giving her a 4th Risbygate Singles title.

The Men’s Doubles saw top seeds Sumner-Keens and father Gary Keens take on the unseeded pairing of Joe Easdown and George Kizis. Easdown and Kizis had nothing to lose and were clearly out to hit as many winners as possible. They both served particularly well with aces raining down on the number 1 seeds. However once into a rally the experience of the Keens team showed and with some delightful net play they cruised through to a two sets to love victory.

The Ladies Doubles had Corcoran back on court partnered by Sarah Martin against Jane Hamblin and Helen Stacy. With all four ladies’ ground strokes going well the first set hinged on the extra power of the Corcoran, Martin serve as well as their smart net play. In the second set, Hamblin and Stacy matched them but then the decisive 7th game gave Corcoran and Martin the lead which they held on to win 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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