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Collapse AllBarnes & Sheen Singles - Round 40 | Thursday 23 January 2020 to Wednesday 18 March 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 19 February 2020)

Well over two thirds of the matches were played in this wintry round which is great going and may the memories of those matches stay in the mind and keep the passion for tennis alive while we all concentrate on getting through the current crisis. Tennis will be back and we are thinking of you!

Group Summary:

Now had Martin played a few more matches this might well have been his group (he beat the eventual winner), but this was really a case of who dares to play, wins! Ian, returning to the league, played more and won more matches than anyone else. Indeed he completed all his matches and on that ground alone (never mind the good tennis) deserved his group win!

Final Rankings:

  1. Ian Hancock 8.1 [W3, L1] 6 WINNER
  2. Martin Evans [W1] 2 RUNNER UP
  3. Sara Evans 7.1 [W1, L1] 2
  4. Chris Moore [L1]
  5. Francis Lacan 8.2 [L2]

Match Results:

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMartin Evans bt Ian Hancock (Mar 14) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Many long rallies and sorry your string broke Ian . All the best and thanks for the game Martin "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentSara Evans bt Francis Lacan (Mar 12) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely sunny morning but very difficult conditions in the wind. Still, we managed some good rallies and it was an enjoyable game. A tennis first for me too when Francis’ shoe fell off in the middle of a point! "  -- Sara
Reveal CommentIan Hancock bt Sara Evans (Mar 9) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A very hard fought and enjoyable match with some very long rallies, especially in the first set."  -- Ian
Ian Hancock bt Chris Moore (Mar 7) 6-3, 6-1
Reveal CommentIan Hancock bt Francis Lacan (Mar 1) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Played at a windy Barn Elms with a low sun, conditions were difficult. Match much closer than the score would suggest, I won quite a few points off the edge of my racquet. Some good rallies and backhand cross court winners from Francis."  -- Ian

Group Summary:

Even though the silver and bronze medalists picked up bonus points and he didn't, Peter's strong showing over his four matches was enough to win him the group unbeaten. It would have been fun to see him square up against runner-up Tony, but that will have to wait for another round. Well played Peter!

Final Rankings:

  1. Peter Grant [W4] 8 WINNER
  2. Tony Nesbit 8.2 [W2, L1] 7 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Bernard O'Keeffe [W2, L2] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Nick Kusturovic [W3, L2] 6
  5. Jordan Roberts [W1, L2] 3
  6. Philippa Seal 10.1 [L5] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Bernard O'Keeffe bt Nick Kusturovic (Mar 13) 6-3, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Nick Kusturovic bt Jordan Roberts (Mar 11) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
Reveal CommentPeter Grant bt Nick Kusturovic (Mar 7) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Nick. "  -- Peter
Reveal CommentPeter Grant bt Jordan Roberts (Mar 2) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game Jordan."  -- Peter
Reveal CommentTony Nesbit bt Bernard O'Keeffe (Feb 14) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good close contest and most enjoyable in between storms. Thanks for the match Bernard. Here's to the next battle."  -- Tony
Peter Grant bt Philippa Seal (Feb 12) 6-0, 6-0
Peter Grant bt Bernard O'Keeffe (Feb 7) 6-0, 6-2
Nick Kusturovic bt Tony Nesbit (Feb 5) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
Nick Kusturovic bt Philippa Seal (Feb 4) 6-0, 6-1
Jordan Roberts bt Philippa Seal (Feb 2) 6-2, 6-0
Bernard O'Keeffe bt Philippa Seal (Jan 30) 6-0, 6-0
Tony Nesbit bt Philippa Seal (Jan 28) 6-1, 6-1