My partner for the 2013 WD Championships was Rich Smith, Head Pro at Newport Rhode Island.
As in my singles we missed out on being the last seed (4 seeded for the WD) and was dealt a tough hand... Drawn to play against the number two seeds Camden Rivière and Tim Chisholm. This was the first time Rich and I had partnered each other in a doubles event. The same can't be said for Cam and Tim as they've won at least a handful of Open doubles championships.
It didn't stop us getting out there and having a bit of fun against very good opponents. We started strongly racing to a 2/0 lead before they got the better of us and ran away with the set, temporarily stalling them getting our 3rd game to stop the rot at 3/5 before losing the 1st set 3/6. We felt we'd played some pretty good doubles but Cam was having a field day hitting winners at will.
We again were having trouble winning points at the start of the second set. Cam and Tim again, hugely of the racket of Cam, raced to a 1/4 lead before we finally tried our hardest to keep Cam out of the play. We were now trying to hit to Tim at almost every opportunity (no disrespect as Tim is a great player and had beaten Bryn in the quarter finals and was due to face Cam the following day in the semi final) and we had results almost immediately as we clawed back to 4/4 before losing two close games to fall behind 0-2 in sets.
We now had some momentum and we took it and ran racing to a 5/2 lead in the 3rd set having more luck winning points at the hazard end with both of us forcing well. Cam and Tim definitely didn't want to be forced into a 4th set by two guys ranked quite a few places below them and that's exactly what we did. Taking the 3rd set 6/5 after being forced to win a deuce game at 5/5 which was very exciting.
Although we couldn't find the same rhythm and we couldn't stop Cam and Tim taking the 4th set 0/6 to put up a very good fight going down 3/6 4/6 6/5 0/6.
On a personal note I was dealt a tough draw in the French Open singles drawing number 3 seed Steve Virgona and drawn against the number 2 seeds in the World doubles. Matches in the past have been easy(ish) wins for opponents of that quality. I/we taking a set in each match against such tough opponents.
I now move my attention onto the European Open at MCC on Sunday 6th October at 1pm where I face Bryn Sayers in the 1st round which is a repeat of last years tournament. I will be looking to add to my performances here in Paris. Following the European we head straight up to Manchester for the IRTPA Championships where I have been seeded 6th and face fellow aussie Andrew Fowler on Thursday 10th October at 2pm. Draws for the upcoming tournaments can be found at www.irtpa.com