The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
May 2013 Newsletter
INSIDE THIS ISSUE AND UPCOMING EVENTS
AGM Wednesday 29th May
PLAYING NOW: LINK PUMPS AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Good luck to the Australian Masters Teams in the U.S.
Announcement: The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club will be hosting the World Championship in 2014 (expected dates are May 6, 8 and 10)
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Much has been happening at the RMTC of late but nothing brings me more pleasure than being able to confirm that our bid to host the World Championship in 2014 has been successful. Rob Fahey, who in a few weeks will pass 1000 weeks as World Champion, is set to defend his title for the 11th time since winning the title in 1994, when he defeated fellow Australian Wayne Davies. Whether we shall witness a changing of the guard or a continuation of Rob’s era of dominance remains to be seen, but either way it will be an event not to be missed. More details will be announced in the coming months but for now let’s just say, keep early May free in 2014.
While we are on the topic of World Championships our eight strong party of competitors have just returned from playing in the Ladies World Championship in Paris. Alas none returned as the World Champion but they did dominate the social scene. They also did very well in the accompanying handicap events. Well done to Mary Wilson and Brigitte Claney who won the Ladies World Handicap Doubles beating Anabelle Guest and Kathryn Arndt in the final and to Diane Rennard who won the Ladies World Handicap Singles Plate event. Anyone who might wish to replicate Diane’s tour-de-force will need to undertake a strict diet of pain au chocolat for breakfast, fluid intake from your favourite lunchtime champagne bar and dinner at a restaurant of Lizzie Brown’s choice (Ed. – you must understand that Diane is a qualified nutritionist). Congratulations also to Claire Vigrass on retaining her Ladies World Champion title and to her sister Sarah who teamed with Claire to win the doubles.
Back to the local scene, right now the RMTC is hosting the 2013 Men’s Australian Open. With both Camden Riviere and Steve Virgona competing (the world’s no.s 2 and 3) we are about to get a good look at Rob’s likely challengers. The event opened on Monday, for those of you who missed the cocktail party and opening game, with a match between our Nick Howell and former favourite Chris Chapman. Chris, the 5th seed, has returned a far more complete player since we last saw him which makes Nick’s effort of pushing him to five sets all the more meritorious. Amongst the array of good players young and not so young are two first timers to Australia – William Lewis of Prested Hall and John Lumley of Radley, we should remember the names of these up and coming pros as this won’t be the last we see of them. The finals of the AUS Open take place this coming Monday and Tuesday, they are ticketed events to please ring the proshop if you haven’t booked your seat or sign your name on the large seating maps displayed to the right as you come into the club (Ed. – thank you Amy Hayball and Leslie O’Byrne of Tandem Design for arranging these).
After the AUS Open is complete Nick Howell will travel to the United States to play in the U.S. Pro Singles as part of his development program. We wish Nick the best of luck in his efforts to reproduce the successes of the Aussie pros who have gone before him.
The juniors, who would now like to be known as the Spatchcocks, have been active on many fronts. Recently they ran the club’s first 60 and Under tournament (Ed. - think 100 and Overs) as well as the new Tri-Annual Under 35 tournament. On top of this on Friday 1st March we hosted a junior evening attended by over fifty young members and friends. Well done in particular to Richard Pagone, Amy Hayball and David Derham and may the Spatchcocks go from strength to strength.
For those of you who have been wondering why there hasn’t been a report on the Percy Finch held last March in Hobart, it is because it has taken me this long to come to terms with losing the trophy. We sent down a team laden with potential, regardless, by the time I got there on the Sunday evening after two day’s play with one left to play, I was required to concede both the Percy Finch and the Percy Finch 2. It was a humiliation made only slightly more bearable by the absence of Graeme Bradfield, the Hobart President, from proceedings. The RMTC’s great white hope Michael Williams lost to Al. Ramsay (Ed. – many of us have tried to do this but few have succeeded), his brother Daniel lost to Pete Boyles, and their father Paul lost two matches, one to Justin Legg and the other to Graeme Flower. There were culprits with surnames other than Williams but naming them all would evoke too many painful memories. To Hobart we must say well *cough and holding my chest* done.
Following the loss of the Percy Finch for the first time since 2003 suspicion and cries of recrimination have been widespread. The lengthy investigation into the Percy Finch has revealed considerable circumstantial evidence supporting an inter-club conspiracy involving possible tanking. Whispers started when the RMTC team was chosen by former Hobart President Alistair Curley and appeared to be filled with a number of Ballarat players. Suspicion grew when following their losses playing for Melbourne (as mentioned above), two weeks later the Ballarat team soundly defeated Hobart. After taking advice from the AFL on how to proceed with such an investigation a draft of the final report was last seen in a wastepaper basket alongside two other reports titled The Melbourne FC Tanking Investigation and The Essendon FC Performance Enhancing Supplement Investigation. (Ed. – we’re joking AFL, we’re joking!)
For those who might have missed recent announcements the date of the 2013 AGM has changed and it will now take place at 6PM Wednesday 29th May. Following the AGM and trophy presentation the bar will be open for a length of time to be determined by the incoming President – I wish them well on their first big decision.
KITCHEN AND PROSHOP
The Kitchen is now open! Barbara is back producing her regular meals as well as her Special of the Week. (Ed. – right now I’m looking at her Ox Tail and the accompanying smile on Geof Feathers’s face
The kitchen is now stocked again with porterhouse steak, salad, bread, biscuits, butter, cheese and of course all the condiments. So please make yourself a sandwich, or cook yourself and a friend a steak – and please, do not forget to sign a chit.
JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAM
The Junior Clinic
continues on 26th
May, so please sign up your kids on the notice board and allow them to take part.
RMTC TENNIS RESULTS AND SQUASH NEWS
The RMTC team currently sits second at the end of round 11, with 3 rounds to go. James Giddins played for us once for a win, Nick Howell played once for a loss and we are yet to see Frank on the court (Ed. – obviously we are saving him up for the finals). Wilson Lorimer at #1 is 50%, Mike Carroll at #2 is 78%, Rusty Mancheska at #3 is 60% and Paul Scally at #4 is 80% on win/loss ratio. Unfortunately Rusty heads back to Ireland at the penultimate stage so will miss the Grand Final, but with Frank waiting in the wings we should be a Monty to win our first pennant in twenty years!
100 Years & Over Handicap Doubles
M. Carroll/G. Reid def. J. Link/M. Miller 6/3
Quarterly Medal #1 Winners
James Gould, David Derham, James Norton and Mark Miller
TRI –Annual (U35) Tournament #1
60 & Under Handicap Doubles
J. Davey/F. Hewson def. I. Carr/D. Derham 6/3
The Percy Finch
HRTC def. RMTC 6/3
The Percy Finch #2
HRTC def. RMTC 7/2
Richmond Cup (60+ H’cap)
C. Heughan def. J. Link 6/3
Old Scholars Handicap Doubles
A. Schnaider/R. Middleton def. W. Fowles/G. Lewis 6/5
ANZAC Day Trophy
J. Link def. P. Blomquist 4/3
J. Guest/P. Blomquist
B Grade Pennant Winners
Greg Moran, Paul Retschko and John Moran
D Grade Pennant Winners
Brigitte Claney, Dina Pozzo and Gina D’Ettorre
Link Pumps Australian Open
Men’s Singles & Doubles 2013
6-14 May 2013
The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club is once again proud to host the 2013 Australian Open Men’s & Women’s Singles and Doubles. We are equally proud to once again have Link Pumps as our naming rights sponsor. The world’s top players are chasing the all important world rankings points needed to compete in next year’s men’s World Championship. Please remember to book your courtside seats.
AUSTRALIAN MENS AMATEUR (Played in Hobart)
K. Booth def. M. Happell
K. Booth/H. Booth def. M. Happell/B. Richardson 6/5 2/6 6/2 2/6 6/3
B Doubles Final
G. Blundstone/P. Rosedale def. W. Cockram/J. Hamer 3/6 6/5 6/2
2013 Ladies World Championship Singles Final
Claire Vigrass def. Sarah Vigrass 6/4 6/1
2013 Ladies World Championship Doubles Final
Claire and Sarah Vigrass def. Penny and Tara Lumley 6/0 6/1