Last Sunday saw Bromley Lawn
Tennis Club contest their second match of the 2011 AEGON Team Tennis
Championships against Gosling Tennis Centre, from Welwyn Garden City.
Making his debut for the
home side was former world number 84, Jean-Rene Lisnard. Still ranked 21 in
France “JR”, as he is known on the circuit, still competes at ATP level and
played the Monte Carlo Rolex ATP Masters only a few days earlier.
“When approached by my good
friend Oliver Freelove to join the squad this year I was delighted to accept.
The Bromley team and club have a great reputation and atmosphere” said the 31
Team Manager Oliver Freelove
believes that Lisnard’s pedigree will be a tremendous asset to the squad and
will be invaluable to the teams attempt to win their third consecutive national
In the singles rubbers
Lisnard quickly dispatched Gosling’s Jamie Evans 6-1, 6-2, Matt Illingworth
beat Pierre Clad 6-1, 6-2 and Tom Higgins beat S Sterland
6-4, 6-2. The only hiccup was Gosling’s Matt Frost beating Nick Cavaday 6-4,
6-1 who made a valiant effort despite carrying an injury. Bromley went into the
two doubles matches 3-1 up and only required one win in order to secure overall
The combined talents of
Lisnard and Higgins were no match for the Gosling pairing of Evans and Frost
who went down 6-2, 6-2. With the injured Nick Cavaday having to sit out the
doubles, Team Manager Oliver Freelove was required to dust off his racket to
join Matt Illingworth in beating Clad and Sterland 7-5, 6-3.
“Having only dropped one
rubber in our first two matches is a tremendous start to our title defence this
season and our two year unbeaten run of 22 matches in the competition is a
great reflection of the talent within the team” said Freelove. “To win in such
an emphatic style was unexpected considering we were without some of our top
guns this week, including Bromley’s Head Coach and Britain’s former number 3
Andrew Richardson. He was off pounding the streets of London
running the marathon, but as he raised over £5,500 for SPARKS we’ll let him off this time”.
Bromley’s title campaign
continues on Sunday 8th May when they will be travelling to Ipswich to hopefully add to their impressive string of