Thursday 29th was our first National League match of the season coming up against last years winners the Queens Club team of Bryn Sayers and Andrew Lyons. The familiar face of David Glover was on hand at Queens to film the matches so hopefully there will be some footage of the night's play.
The experienced opponents got things started with the 2nd string match on 1st. Nick taking on Andrew Lyons. Nick played and moved well and kept Andrew at arms reach and took the match 6/5 6/5 to get RTC off to a winning start.
Next up was the 1st string match of myself taking on Bryn Sayers fresh from his British Open triumph. This was another good opportunity to play one of the best players in the world.
Bryn started strongly and although I was hitting the ball well he was able to get off to a 3/0 start serving his very familiar high serves. I was finally able to spend some time at the service end and took my 1st game. 1/3. I was now serving well to Bryn, and returning well when at the hazard end. I was able to level at 3/3 playing some very controlled and positive tennis. We each took another game to 4/4. Bryn was able to get to a 5/4 lead before we had a long 10th game. at 30 all we swapped with 2 chases, a longish one of which I lost. 40-30 Bryn chase better than 2. He serves a cut side wall serve and I smash it into the top corner of the Dedans to pull it back to Deuce. We went back and forth for another few points before Bryn was able to take the set. 6/4.
Disappointed to lose the set but feeling like I was giving him a real run for his money I kept at my game plan but now a few errors were coming from my racket and when you give a top player cheap points they will take it and run. And that's what happened 4/1 Bryn in the 2nd. I was able to play a couple of good games from then on but Bryn was too strong taking the match 6/4 6/2.
Onto the 3rd and deciding rubber. A doubles consisting of one set to 8 games. Nick and I had on this court a rather disappointing result in the Open and this was tough opposition to rectify those demons. We played well and at 4/5 Queens it was anyone's. The ever strong Bryn was probably the difference and Queens took the doubles 8/4 giving them a victory of 2 rubbers to 1.
Our next match is a home match on Saturday 12th January vs Hatfield house team of Ben Matthews and Jon Dawes. Tickets are available in the Pro Office.