Happy Birthday to Joan. She does not have internet, so if any of you know her and can give her a quick birthday ring, that would be lovely.
It stayed dry for almost all of Monday, but unfortunately it didn’t help the boys at Bishop Duppas, who lost their Triples. Well done for getting to the last 16 though. It’s been a fair old time since any of the men have gone so far in competitions, so to have the Senior Fours in the County Final and Kevin to battle out his Unbadged semi-final as well, has been a great success. We’re proud of you all!
I mistakenly put the weekend’s fixtures the wrong way around. The Saturday South Middlesex League match is away at Stanwell. The 490 bus from Richmond goes 95% of the way but I am sure there will be drivers going from the club.
The Sunday South Middlesex League match v Hounslow Cons is at home, 2.30 pm start. I think we need more names for both games.
Did anyone watch the tennis? Did anyone not watch the tennis?! The Canadian, Felix Auger-Aliassime, who beat the 4th men’s seed seemed to be in phenomenal form. I would be surprised if there was any ‘fur’ left on the tennis balls by the time they changed them every 7 or 9 ends!
‘Our’ girl Emma has had an amazing run. She seemed to be right in with a 50:50 chance until that very long game which Ajla Tomljanovic won and Emma started flagging. As someone who had virtually not played any matches, maybe it was the fitness stamina that caught her out? It happened to Murray early on in his career. The cause for her withdrawing has been a bit vague, but she is a gutsy girl and should go on to do really well on the circuit. Good luck to her opponent who had to dig deep just to keep in the first set. Ashleigh Barty is on form, so Ajla is going to have her work cut out this afternoon. Murray’s victor is not on court again until tomorrow afternoon. With the rain, it’s going to be tough for those scheduled on the outside courts with no roof. Organiser’s nightmare – rain in the second week!
Live football, tennis and bowls tonight – I know our National Mixed Fours won’t be appearing on a screen near you, but it will certainly be live in East Twickenham, and probably damp!