On Saturday 16th March David Watson and I partnered up in a pro-am doubles tournament held at the Queen's Club in London for the Charles Acheson-Gray Cup.
Each paring has to represent an active Real Tennis club. and the 6 other parings were;
Tom Freeman/ Angus Williams - Holyport
Tom Seymour-Mead/ Andrew Fowler - Queen's
James Acheson-Gray/ Adam Phillips - MCC
Simon Stevens/ Andrew Lyons - Queen's
James Coyne/ Claire Vigrass - Queen's
Mike Carter/ Ricardo Smith - Prested Hall
David and I played each of the above in one set first to 7. We opened up the day with a victory over the pairing of Acheson-Gray/ Phillips, before going down in two close matches against Coyne/ Vigrass and Seymour-Mead/ Fowler, and a rather disappointing loss to Carter/ Smith before rounding out the day with wins over Freeman/ Williams and Stevens/ Lyons to sneak into 4th place and a semi final. David and I had the strongest handicap so we had given some quite difficult handicap starts to some of these pairs especially our semi final opponent and eventual winners in James Coyne, rackets world number 6 - and one hell of a good eye... and Claire Vigrass, Ladies Real Tennis World Champion.
This tournament is played in memory of Charles who tragically took his own life due to depression a few years ago at such a young age (28), he was a solicitor in a major City of London commercial firm after attending university at Cambridge. Of which I didn't know leading into the day.
It was a great day's tennis attended by not only James (brother) who played but the parents of James and Charles were present for the 2nd half of the day and the presentation.
Many thanks to David for asking me to play, personally I had a great yet tiring day of tennis and in genuinely good company,