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Collapse AllCheltenham Parks Singles - Round 31 | Thursday 16 January 2020 to Wednesday 11 March 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 12 February 2020)

Not the busiest round there has ever been in Cheltenham but given the weather, getting 50% of all possible matches played was not too bad. A shame to see a couple of players not get underway at all - do let us know if we can help another time.

Group Summary:

A slightly quiet group and no bonus points here but three good wins for Matt out of three lobs him to the top of the group, despite some horrendous weather. Good matches elsewhere - we like the sound of Alice's winners and serving consistency - and good to see runner up Josh come successfully through some close matches, and losing only to the champ.

Final Rankings:

  1. Matt Herbert [W3] 6 WINNER
  2. Josh Goldberg [W2, L1] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. Alice Lovatt [W1, L3] 3
  4. Sam Grace 10.1 [W1, L2] 2
  5. Pierre ITIER [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentSam Grace bt Alice Lovatt (Mar 8) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A hard fought match with a swirling wind on court 1. Both sets were closely contested reaching 4-4 and 5-5 respectively. Alice hit some fantastic winners and served consistently throughout. Looking forward to the next meeting!"  -- Sam
Reveal CommentMatt Herbert bt Sam Grace (Feb 29) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Horrendous weather conditions. Sun, showers and very very windy! Despite the conditions it was a good match with Sam."  -- Matt
Josh Goldberg bt Sam Grace (Feb 8) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
Reveal CommentMatt Herbert bt Alice Lovatt (Feb 1) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "After the warm up the wind really picked up along with a shower followed by blinding sunlight making very tough conditions play in. "  -- Matt
Josh Goldberg bt Alice Lovatt (Jan 26) 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), [10-4]
Reveal CommentMatt Herbert bt Josh Goldberg (Jan 25) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Good fun match with Josh, with some great rallies. "  -- Matt

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentAlice Lovatt bt Pierre ITIER (Jan 19) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A great match with Pierre! We both hadn't played a huge amount as of late, and had to work with the blinding sunshine on a frosty Sunday afternoon. It was tightly-contested in the first set, and many games were back and forth at deuce. "  -- Alice

Group Summary:

The weather may have got the better of this group which was slightly on the quiet side with no bonus points gained. Tom, intriguingly, had one good match, then stopped! Who knows what might have happened had he carried on. Newcomer Stephen, alas, didn't get going at all (hope you are ok). But Steffan played and won 3 matches, which lobbed him to the top of the group, just one point ahead of runner up Conor who lost only to the champ in a close match. Congrats to both!

Final Rankings:

  1. Steffan Hughes 10.1 [W3] 6 WINNER
  2. Conor Ryan [W2, L1] 5 RUNNER UP
  3. Paul Elders 9.2 [W1, L3] 4
  4. Robert Bishop 9.2 [W1, L3] 3
  5. Tom Gadsby 10.1 [W1] 2
  6. Carl Newton [L1]
  7. Stephen Holland

Match Results:

Reveal CommentSteffan Hughes bt Conor Ryan (Mar 2) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great game in the sun (yes sun). Good rallies and workout. Thanks for the game."  -- Steffan
Reveal CommentTom Gadsby bt Robert Bishop (Mar 1) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game in some tricky conditions, thanks Rob"  -- Tom
Reveal CommentPaul Elders bt Carl Newton (Mar 1) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Carl’s first singles game in the league since an injury and it took time for him to get his eye in. The friendly third set after the match going to a tie break as Carl got back into his normal game. Thankfully the weather held off long enough to get the match in."  -- Paul
Conor Ryan bt Paul Elders (Feb 26) 6-4, 6-1
Reveal CommentSteffan Hughes bt Paul Elders (Feb 23) 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match, although Paul struggling with his back... May have been different if fighting fit!"  -- Steffan

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentRobert Bishop bt Paul Elders (Feb 23) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great match with Paul as usual! The gusty conditions certainly kept us on our toes!"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentConor Ryan bt Robert Bishop (Feb 2) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks for the game rob. Look forward to playing again sometime!"  -- Conor
Reveal CommentSteffan Hughes bt Robert Bishop (Feb 1) 7-5, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good match. Nice to clear the cobwebs after Xmas. "  -- Steffan

Group Summary:

A cheerful group, equipped with the 'psychological umbrellas' required for the tennis-weather-wrecking that can happen at this time of year! Despite that, David played and won four matches to sail to the top of the group, so he can look forward to promotion next time. Newcomer Michael was runner up. Well played both!

Final Rankings:

  1. David Green [W4] 8 WINNER
  2. Michael Barron [W2, L1] 4 RUNNER UP
  3. Toby Moate [W1, L2] 2
  4. Cindy Davies [W1, L3] 2
  5. Wing Lam Chan [L2]
  6. David Planell

Match Results:

Reveal CommentDavid Green bt Toby Moate (Mar 6) 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Picked perfect sunny spring day, well played Toby thoroughly enjoyable battle, look forward to re-match."  -- David
Reveal CommentDavid Green bt Cindy Davies (Mar 5) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Look forward to playing in better weather in early March."  -- David
Reveal CommentMichael Barron bt Toby Moate (Mar 3) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really good match, lots of occasions where we went back and forward between deuce and advantage! Weather was very kind to us and so the opportunity to have a relaxed, non-rushed game was capitalised upon. Really good fun throughout."  -- Michael
Reveal CommentDavid Green bt Wing Lam Chan (Mar 1) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Pleasure meeting you Grace, always available if you want a practice. "  -- David
Reveal CommentDavid Green bt Michael Barron (Feb 26) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "look forward to playing again Mike, best for summer matches"  -- David

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentToby Moate bt Cindy Davies (Feb 25) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "It was a battle - the weather (blustery rain) v Cindy and me... and the weather lost...just. We almost handed in the towel halfway through, but roused our psychological umbrellas to fight back and the cowardly rain retreated. Hurray! The scores don't really do justice to a match filled with breaks of serve and mammoth rallies. I nominate Cindy with the best 'Federer-style' backwards trick shot whose upwards trajectory was only halted when it hit a satellite before hurtling back into court. I look forward to playing you again Cindy when you have more luck with the 'just-out-but would-have-been' winner shots. :)"  -- Toby
Reveal CommentMichael Barron bt Cindy Davies (Feb 18) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A competitive and good-natured match which was played in cold, windy conditions. One minute the ball would not reach the net and the next minute it was blown through the back of the court - the joys of winter tennis! A small delay was necessary to allow a rain shower to pass through. Once the sun came back out and the courts had dried, the match continued. A number of games went to deuce with the rub of the green favouring myself on most occasions, which made the match much closer than the scores suggest. A very enjoyable match with good spirit throughout from both players ."  -- Michael
Reveal CommentCindy Davies bt Wing Lam Chan (Feb 8) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great weather for a game and lovely to meet and play in the sun. Enjoyed the cup of tea afterwards too. Thanks "  -- Cindy