Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Catching Up

I'm far over due for a blog post with quite a lot happening since my last post last summer.

Open Doubles Champion; 
I was lucky enough to pick up my 1st major piece of silverware last November at the 2015 British Open winning the doubles with Steve Virgona. 
I was even able to back it up at the 2016 Australian Open winning the title with Rob Fahey.

2016 World Championship;
Unfortunately I wasn't involved in the 2016 edition after narrowly missing out on the eliminators but I was fortunate enough to again be a part of Team Fahey as he tried to defend his title for the 12th time. Camden Riviere proved far too good over the 3 day best-of-13-set match and became the new World Champion. A very deserving World Champion after dominating the game over the past few years. Rob had an unbelievable run of 22 years as the World Champion but all good things must come to an end.

Summer training;
With the level of fitness Camden has taken his game to, I have been working with my trainer Gareth Shelbourne who has been working me harder than I've ever worked before to try and bridge the gap to the top guys as I work towards making the 2018 World Championship Eliminators.

New Sponsor;
I am pleased to announce that a few days ago I joined Gold Leaf Athletics team which operates out of the USA to use their racquets going forward. It's very exciting opportunity to be involved with a new brand as Golf Leaf Athletics is new to the Real Tennis world and has only been up and running for around 12 months. Camden Riveire the new World Champion is also proudly supported by Gold Leaf. 

Upcoming Schedule;
The first tournament of the season is only a few weeks away with the French Open in Paris and after a long summer of training it can't come quick enough...
The IRTPA Championship is looking likely to move to the new year to free up this latter part of the year for the American based players while the European Open is hopeful of going ahead in its usual October slot although nothing is confirmed and of course the British Open is to go ahead in mid November at The Queen's Club. 
UK National League is back in a bit of mix between Premier Division and Division 1. Myself and Nick Hatchett will be representing The Royal Tennis Court with 4 matches at RTC between September and April. Dates to follow

Thanks for tuning in,
Chris