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Collapse AllKennington & Brockwell Parks Singles - Round 52 | Thursday 21 November 2019 to Wednesday 29 January 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 25 December 2019)

Exactly 100 matches were played this round or 79% of the total possible. That is what we call impressive especially as this round spanned Christmas and New Year when the weather is not necessarily the greatest for tennis! Well done all and many thanks!

Group Summary:

Very well done to Paolo for successfully defending his title in this very competitive group and also to Tom who has improved his standing from 6th last time to 2nd this time. Good to see lefties Brian and Julian being welcomed to the group and making a great impression!

Final Rankings:

  1. Paolo Giua [W6, L1] 12 WINNER
  2. Tom Harvey 6.1 [W4, L2] 12 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Julian Langley 6.2 [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. David Jovic 5.2 [W2, L4] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Brian O'neill 6.2 [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Thomas Phillips 6.1 [W2, L2] 5
  7. Timothy Jones 6.1 [W1, L4] 3
  8. Vincent Rouget [W1, L1] 2

Match Results:

Paolo Giua bt Vincent Rouget (Jan 26) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
Thomas Phillips bt Julian Langley (Jan 25) 7-5, 6-2
Julian Langley bt Paolo Giua (Jan 18) Walkover
Reveal CommentDavid Jovic bt Timothy Jones (Jan 18) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "A rare win against Tim for me in slippery yet beautiful conditions. I was up 4-0 in the 2nd set when Tim stormed back in typical fashion and pushed me to a tiebreak. Was happy to avoid a 3rd set!"  -- David
Paolo Giua bt Timothy Jones (Jan 17) 6-4, 6-4
Reveal CommentTom Harvey bt Timothy Jones (Jan 11) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Following a tight first set, I went 5-1 up in the second, but knew that the match wasn’t over, especially against Tim. Sure enough he stormed back bringing the score to 5-5 and was unfortunate not to complete the comeback as I managed to grind out the win. "  -- Tom
Reveal CommentTimothy Jones bt Brian O'neill (Jan 10) 6-4, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great to have Brian joining us in KB League Group 1. Although I had the upper hand in this encounter I definitely sense it could have been very different. There were occasions, particularly in the first set, when Brian's big lefty serve and thunderous forehand ripped past me, and so I'm relieved that they didn't quite end up firing on all cylinders. Throw in a handful of net cords that went in my favour, and the balance of the match just about tipped my way. Look forward to the next encounter."  -- Timothy
Reveal CommentTom Harvey bt Thomas Phillips (Jan 8) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Tom started on fire and stormed the first set - I couldn’t get close. I managed to get back in to the match in the second set. Then in a bizarre twist in the third, we had the longest game I have ever played - neither of us seemed to want to win it! In the end I managed to stumble through and the game proved decisive for the match."  -- Tom
Reveal CommentJulian Langley bt Timothy Jones (Jan 5) 6-0, 5-7, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Tim pretty much gave me the first set in under 15 mins, but started playing consistently in the second. His improved level was hard for me to adjust to after having such an easy first set and he deservedly won a tight second set. The last set had a few close early games which I took and I then secured a double break to win the match. "  -- Julian
Paolo Giua bt Thomas Phillips (Jan 5) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
Reveal CommentBrian O'neill bt David Jovic (Jan 4) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), [10-8]

Player Comments:

  • "This was a proper battle royale as can be seen from the scoreline. Had to really dig deep to eek out the win! Look forward to the next one!"  -- Brian
Paolo Giua bt Tom Harvey (Jan 4) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Reveal CommentTom Harvey bt David Jovic (Dec 21) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Despite weather roulette, fun hitting as always."  -- Tom

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJulian Langley bt Tom Harvey (Dec 16) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "There were some fantastically constructed points finished off with blistering winners from Julian today. Unfortunately, we ran out of time after an extremely close second set! Looking forward to hopefully finishing the match off before the end of the round. "  -- Tom
  • "Real 50/50 match that had to restarted a couple of weeks later at 4-4 in the third with Tom serving. I broke to love and had a shot at a makeable f hand to make it 40-0 and have three match points. However missed it and Tom broke straight back to 30. I broke again to serve for the match a second time but Tom fought back to 30-30 from 30-0. However this time I managed to take the first match point with a clean down the line winner to finally get my first match win in the league. Even more happy to do this after getting destroyed by Brian in the wind a couple of days before. tks to Tom for cycling down to my club in Catford, bring on the grass courts for the summer," -- Julian
Reveal CommentBrian O'neill bt Julian Langley (Dec 14) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Windy conditions again...the joys of winter tennis! Fair to say I probably adjusted better to the conditions...swirly wind didn't allow Julian to play his normal game. Next match will be closer I'm sure!"  -- Brian
Reveal CommentVincent Rouget bt Brian O'neill (Dec 8) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Crazy conditions for this one...wind was insane! Almost managed to sneak it with more unforced errors from Vincent than normal...sadly wasn't to be!"  -- Brian
Thomas Phillips bt David Jovic (Dec 8) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Paolo Giua bt David Jovic (Dec 8) 6-4, 6-1
Reveal CommentPaolo Giua bt Brian O'neill (Dec 5) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Did well to avoid a bagling :-) Paulo doesn't give away any free points!"  -- Brian
Reveal CommentTom Harvey bt Brian O'neill (Nov 30) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "Brian almost made an impressive comeback in the second set as his forehand clicked. I was fortunate to sneak the win in the end after a tight tie break. "  -- Tom
Reveal CommentDavid Jovic bt Julian Langley (Nov 30) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Julian’s pesky lefty game and lively forehand posed me loads of problems, and i felt every point was a battle. Welcome to the League Julian"  -- David

Group Summary:

A warm welcome to Benjamin who made his mark on this group and finished in 3rd place at his first attempt. But the honours this time to go Luke who was promoted with Ed from group three last time. When they played then, Ed won. This time, Luke turned the tables in 'a great match that really went the distance...looking forward to the next match up in this rivalry.' Marcos was just one point behind Luke in second place and Ed. as usual, makes Comment of the Group. All but one matches were played so fantastic commitment!

Final Rankings:

  1. Luke Abnett [W4, L1] 11 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Marcos Fernandez 6.2 [W4, L1] 10 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Benjamin Rose [W2, L3] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Edward Hamill [W1, L4] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Jack Mollart-Solity [W3, L1] 7
  6. Roberto Ottolini 10.1 [L4] 2 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentMarcos Fernandez bt Benjamin Rose (Jan 16) 6-1, 2-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet and play Ben for the first time. It took a whole set for Ben to find his feet last night. I breezed through the first set and thoughts of being home out of the cold by 9pm were shattered when Ben stormed back to take the 2nd set, easily his serving and ground strokes all improved. Final set was super close and very entertaining, the win! Lights almost went out on match point, I was very happy to get the win!"  -- Marcos
Reveal CommentLuke Abnett bt Roberto Ottolini (Jan 14) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Great match today Roberto! Many close games and we finally got our match played after rescheduling due to rain. It's been a pleasure playing these last couple of seasons and all the best for your move!"  -- Luke

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMarcos Fernandez bt Jack Mollart-Solity (Jan 4) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Nice to meet & play Jack for the first time. I went a set and 2 nil down in the 2nd second before waking up the fact that i needed to inject much more energy & aggression in order to get past Jack's solid game. Luckliy for me I was able to go up a gear or two and close out a tight final set. We had so many great rallies, was a very fun match!"  -- Marcos
Reveal CommentJack Mollart-Solity bt Luke Abnett (Jan 2) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Really close match, with Luke having match points in the tie-break. Luke hadn’t been able to eat for 24 hours previously so extra credit for braving through and still playing. "  -- Jack
Luke Abnett bt Benjamin Rose (Dec 21) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentJack Mollart-Solity bt Benjamin Rose (Dec 15) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very close game which could have easily had a different result. Thanks for the game Ben "  -- Jack
Benjamin Rose bt Roberto Ottolini (Dec 14) 7-5, 6-4
Reveal CommentLuke Abnett bt Marcos Fernandez (Dec 14) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very trying conditions in swirling wind but some very long rallies with great shots all round. Looking forward to our next match up Marcos!"  -- Luke
Reveal CommentBenjamin Rose bt Edward Hamill (Dec 8) 7-6 (7-0), 6-7 (7-9), 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great match Edward!! Nice close match with 2 tie-breakers."  -- Benjamin
Reveal CommentEdward Hamill bt Roberto Ottolini (Dec 7) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Christmas shopping was put on the back burner this Saturday evening in South London as fans and revellers flocked to Burgess Park to grab a view of this mouth-watering contest. The canny carnivore, realising that pigs in blankets will be in short supply this Christmas, instead made a beeline for the tennis to get their fix on delicious seasonal treats. Excitement reached such a crescendo that after a couple of games the lights went pop, perhaps, on reflection, the fans trying to 'IG' every moment caused an electrical outage! No matter, the players and fans shifted over to the next court where Roberto brought out his box of tricks to entertain the masses with more shots than a Havana rum bar on a Friday night. Top work all - well played."  -- Edward
Reveal CommentMarcos Fernandez bt Edward Hamill (Dec 2) 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (10-8)

Player Comments:

  • "An Epic battle with Ed as the score suggests! Despite the windy evening, we both played fairly consistent tennis with many long rallies throughout. Ed volleyed beautifully when he got to the net and won almost every point there. I relied on heavier ground strokes on from the baseline to win points. I was a set and 3 nil up in the second, credit to Ed for fighting back and taking that set int h breaker. The final set ebbed & flowed and I luckily held on to win the breaker this time. Thanks for a great game Ed!"  -- Marcos
Marcos Fernandez bt Roberto Ottolini (Dec 2) 6-1, 6-3
Reveal CommentJack Mollart-Solity bt Edward Hamill (Nov 27) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very tight game in wet and damp conditions that could have gone either way! "  -- Jack
Reveal CommentLuke Abnett bt Edward Hamill (Nov 21) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "What a great match that really went the distance. I'm not going to pretend I'm anywhere near as good as Ed when it comes to writing commentaries like this, but it was a really good match. Looking forward to the next match up in this rivalry!"  -- Luke

Group Summary:

A completely full house of matches played! Well done group 3. Thanks too for so many great commentaries and tales of shredded nerves, exhausted limbs and windy weather. Thomas and Sam tied on points but Thomas beat Sam to take gold. Sean was also very much in the mix, finishing just one point behind the top two. Well played.

Final Rankings:

  1. Thomas Tredinnick [W5, L1] 11 WINNER
  2. Sam Flynn [W5, L1] 11 RUNNER UP
  3. Sean Lonergan 8.2 [W5, L1] 10
  4. Alex Wright 10.2 [W2, L4] 8 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Vincent McGann 8.2 [W2, L4] 5
  6. Mihai Cristu [W2, L4] 5
  7. Andrew Mackenzie [L6] 2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentThomas Tredinnick bt Mihai Cristu (Jan 29) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match with some great rallies and lots of running. The score doesn't reflect how close it was. "  -- Thomas
Reveal CommentSam Flynn bt Mihai Cristu (Jan 28) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "The slippery night court strikes again! Was a bit hard to get our footwork right with the slightly damp surface, but it didn’t stop us from having some quality rallies. No doubt we’ll meet again some day."  -- Sam
Mihai Cristu bt Andrew Mackenzie (Jan 23) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
Sam Flynn bt Andrew Mackenzie (Jan 19) 6-0, 6-4

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentVincent McGann bt Mihai Cristu (Jan 18) 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Always very close when I play Mihai. After the restart, Mihai took control and was 4-5 up after the first 2 games. I managed to come back into it, and was very pleased to win the set. The final set was played at a faster pace and I took a 5-1 lead before Mihai started to fight back. At 5-3 my nerves were going and I thought I'd blown it, but a final forehand into the net from Mihai gave me the match." -- Vincent
Mihai Cristu bt Alex Wright (Jan 15) 6-4, 6-4
Reveal CommentSean Lonergan bt Mihai Cristu (Jan 12) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Very tricky conditions with the wind. Mihai can play a lot better. It just wasn't his day today."  -- Sean
Reveal CommentSam Flynn bt Alex Wright (Jan 9) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "To be continued, 3-4, deuce..."  -- Alex
Thomas Tredinnick bt Andrew Mackenzie (Jan 9) 6-2, 6-3
Reveal CommentThomas Tredinnick bt Sam Flynn (Jan 7) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A tough night under the floodlights with a damp court and swirling wind. Neither of us really found any rhythm especially as it was hard to push off. We need a rematch in the dry with sunlight!"  -- Thomas
Reveal CommentSean Lonergan bt Andrew Mackenzie (Jan 4) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good fun. Closer than the score suggests."  -- Sean
Reveal CommentThomas Tredinnick bt Alex Wright (Jan 3) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "We had a super game early on Friday morning, with a lot of good rallies corner to corner. The weather played a bit of a roll with wind and rain rolling in occasionally which made things a bit challenging! Alex was exceptional at the net and won pretty much all the points there. Fortunately I was able to prevail in a tight first set which helped give momentum for the second. "  -- Thomas
Thomas Tredinnick bt Vincent McGann (Jan 2) 6-4, 6-0
Reveal CommentSam Flynn bt Sean Lonergan (Dec 31) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match against Sean, we had the courts to ourselves. I definitely had a few balls fall the right way for me which helped the score. "  -- Sam
Reveal CommentSean Lonergan bt Vincent McGann (Dec 28) 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Another battle that I will pay for tomorrow. Great match though. Really enjoyed it."  -- Sean
Reveal CommentSean Lonergan bt Thomas Tredinnick (Dec 18) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Played over 2 days. If it had completed on the first day then Thomas would have won it. Really enjoyed the match regardless of the result. "  -- Sean
Reveal CommentAlex Wright bt Vincent McGann (Dec 14) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Good competitive game in some windy conditions"  -- Alex
Reveal CommentAlex Wright bt Andrew Mackenzie (Dec 11) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Really good match with some competitive points"  -- Alex
Reveal CommentSam Flynn bt Vincent McGann (Dec 7) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A bit chilly, a bit windy, enjoyable nonetheless! "  -- Sam
Reveal CommentVincent McGann bt Andrew Mackenzie (Nov 30) 6-1, 4-6, [10-8]

Player Comments:

  • "A good match. Very close in the second set and tie break with some good rallies. I was lucky to win in the end."  -- Vincent
Reveal CommentSean Lonergan bt Alex Wright (Nov 27) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great match. Could have went either way in the end."  -- Sean

Group Summary:

After being runner up in his group last time, Andrew was not taking any chances this time. With five wins and bonus points in the bag, he claims the top spot very convincingly. Well played! Marco's marathon running stood him in good stead and we like the sound of Joseph and Mark's drop shot and back hand slice exchanges. Why trade ground strokes when you can do something else! Meanwhile, a three-way tie for second place, with the rule book awarding silver to Mark as he beat Marco and Michael had fewer wins overall.

Final Rankings:

  1. Andrew Dick [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Mark Fleming 9.1 [W2, L4] 6 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Marco Bolgeri 9.1 [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Michael Chin 8.2 [W1, L2, UF1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Joseph Henry 8.2 [W2, L1, UF1] 4
  6. Charles Holroyd 10.2 [L3] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Ali Bodily [W1] 2

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAli Bodily bt Mark Fleming (Jan 29) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great to play Ali... hope to make him run around even more next time - when, as he might have played more regularly, he'll probably beat me easier!"  -- Mark
Andrew Dick bt Marco Bolgeri (Jan 20) 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentMichael Chin v Joseph Henry (Jan 19) 6-3, 5-5 TBC

Player Comments:

  • "Joe serving at 5-5."  -- Michael
Andrew Dick bt Mark Fleming (Jan 15) 6-3, 6-3
Reveal CommentJoseph Henry bt Mark Fleming (Jan 12) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Never played a match before with so many drop shots and back hand slice exchanges. Mark made a fight of it in the second set,, with some unreal retrieving, which drew the attention of passers by at Ruskin Park"  -- Joseph
Andrew Dick bt Joseph Henry (Dec 18) 6-0, 6-2

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentMarco Bolgeri bt Charles Holroyd (Dec 15) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Tough match in challenging wheather with strong wind and sun in the players’ eyes. Not particularly representative of either player’s skills..guess that’s winter outdoor tennis!"  -- Marco
Reveal CommentMichael Chin bt Mark Fleming (Dec 14) 6-3, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Fun match, thanks Mark!"  -- Michael
Reveal CommentMark Fleming bt Charles Holroyd (Dec 9) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Close match with loads of deuces and fighting back from 40-0, 40-15 etc. At 2-1 in the 2nd set there were 12 deuces (or so...) If Charles, with his height and strong serve improved 10%, he'd push me off the back of the court! I hope we play again."  -- Mark
Reveal CommentMarco Bolgeri bt Michael Chin (Dec 7) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Tough match, just about managed to squeeze it in the 2 hours. Lots of very close games and good rallies. First and second set much closer than the score suggests. Great fun."  -- Marco
Andrew Dick bt Michael Chin (Dec 5) 6-0, 6-2
Reveal CommentJoseph Henry bt Marco Bolgeri (Dec 1) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A tough match against marathon running Marco"  -- Joseph
Andrew Dick bt Charles Holroyd (Nov 30) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentMark Fleming bt Marco Bolgeri (Nov 25) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "As ever in the league, a close match with lots (& lots) of deuces; great to meet Marco & I hope we play again. Very slippery in the rainy world in which we played, but luckily only a few minutes of actual downpour."  -- Mark

Group Summary:

This was a group where a few more matches or matches played before the bonus points kicked in could have made all the difference! Brian had two strong wins but stopped there and Robert went one better with 3 wins before he stopped! But John played 3 matches before the half way mark so is lobbed into the top spot with his bonus points. Elinor was unlucky not to finish higher after some good matches, especially against the champ. Well played all!

Final Rankings:

  1. John Macdonald 9.2 [W3, L2] 8 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Robert Archer [W3] 6 RUNNER UP
  3. Brian Logan [W2] 4
  4. Alexander Maybank 10.2 [W1, L2] 2
  5. Elinor Wakefield 8.2 [L3] 1
  6. Magdalena Bujar [L2]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentRobert Archer bt Elinor Wakefield (Jan 28) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Really good match for a chilly evening, first set could have gone either way but I just nabbed it! Second set I got my act together a bit more. Very enjoyable game."  -- Robert
Robert Archer bt Alexander Maybank (Jan 19) 6-2, 6-2
John Macdonald bt Alexander Maybank (Jan 4) 6-2, 6-4
Robert Archer bt John Macdonald (Dec 29) 6-1, 6-0
Reveal CommentJohn Macdonald bt Elinor Wakefield (Dec 21) 6-2, 0-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Elinor and I have played several times and it is always a great match. A couple of somewhat lopsided sets were followed by a very close and tense decider which could have easily gone the other way. I just managed to hold my nerve and serve out the win."  -- John
Brian Logan bt John Macdonald (Dec 16) 6-3, 6-4
Alexander Maybank bt Elinor Wakefield (Dec 15) 6-4, 6-2
Brian Logan bt Magdalena Bujar (Dec 15) 6-2, 6-3

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentJohn Macdonald bt Magdalena Bujar (Dec 9) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "This match could have so easily gone the other way. Played over 2 chilly evenings, we had lots of long tense rallies and deuce points, with one of my service games having at least a dozen. Some really good shot-making and defensive play form both of us," -- John