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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Oratory Real Tennis Sotheby’s International Realty Club Singles Championship 2012-13

The Oratory Real Tennis Club hosted their annual Club Handicap Singles Championship sponsored for the first time by Sotheby’s International Realty. The competition consisted of 10 group stages over two days played on both The Oratory School court and The Hardwick court. There were a lot of very close matches due to the handicap system.

Sunday morning was the start of the knock out stages. There was some top tennis played, with some players having to give away massive handicaps. David Lambert had the toughest handicaps, playing 3 matches giving away large differences. He made it to the Semi Finals before being defeated by Melvyn Keen 3/6. In the second Semi Final, Candida Nicholls played Michael Seymour off a large handicap. Michael played very precise tennis and used great control to secure his place in the Final, he won 6/3. The Final was always going to be tough for Michael as he was again giving away points with a tough handicap; However, he had already proved he could win on such handicaps but everyone was ready for a closely fought Final. Michael started very strongly but Melvyn was playing very well and managed to secure the necessary points when needed. Melvyn won 6/4.

Congratulations to Melvyn who is now Sotheby’s International Realty Club Handicap Singles Champion and thank you to Sotheby’s International Realty for their generous sponsorship of the Championship.

Photo (from Left to Right): Tim Shears (Head of Region, Sotheby’s), Melvyn Keen (Singles Champion) and Michael Seymour (Runner Up)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Parent and Offspring

Nicksons steal the show

The Oratory Real Tennis club sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty held their annual Parent & Offspring tournament on Saturday. There was a brilliant turn out of ages ranging from 16 up to 75 yr olds. The round robin stages were played during the day and the top pair in each group qualified for the semi finals. In the first semi final Ian and Ed Glyn were defeated By Lucy and Audrey Davies 5/1. The second semi final saw Simon & Ben Nickson beat Michelle & Charlie Bucknell 5/4 in a thrilling down to the last point match. In the final there were some brilliant moments, but Simon and Ben had the upper hand over Lucy and Audrey and defeated them 5/1. Simon and Ben last won this tournament back in 2006. Congratulations!