Bromley LTC AEGON Team Back To Winning Ways

 

Having
suffered their first defeat in over two years the previous week at Ipswich, Bromley Lawn Tennis Club had to field a stronger
team on Sunday to keep on track with the defence of their AEGON Team Tennis National
Championship title. The squad didn’t disappoint, with some former highly ranked
British players and a current world top 100 junior making the trip to Golders
Green for the match against Chandos LTC.

At number
one for Bromley this week was Nick Cavaday who achieved a British ranking of 35
during his playing career. Despite making a valiant effort playing with a rib
injury, Cavaday ultimately lost his singles rubber  6-1, 7-6 to the former Ghanian number one and
world top 500 player Gunther Darkey.

Tom
Higgins, Britain’s
former top twenty player and regular team member, competed at two in Bromley’s
line up. Although his younger opponent was ranked more highly, Tom’s wealth of
experience showed through and he produced yet another consistent performance
for Bromley, systematically despatching Artiom Kolpakov 6-3, 6-1.

Andrew
Richardson, Bromley LTC’s Head Coach and former British number 3, showed his
young opponent ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Sizya Kivanda why he achieved a career high World
Ranking of 133, beating him 6-3, 6-2.

Bromley’s Rob
Carter, currently ranked 92 in the world at junior level, quickly beat Chandos’
Mehdi Aissani 6-3, 6-4 to win his singles.

Bromley went
in to the doubles matches 3-1 up and victory was in sight.

Higgins and
Carter paired up for their doubles rubber against Darkey and Kolpakov. Despite
being behind a break of serve during most of the first set, the pair eventually
came through to win 7-5, 6-4.

Oliver
Freelove, Bromley LTC’s Team Manager and former British number 8, stepped in to
replace the injured Nick Cavaday to partner Andrew Richardson in the doubles.
Chandos also needed to substitute a player and brought in Tsatsu Segbedzie to
partner Sizya Kivanda. The Chandos pair just didn’t know how to handle some of
the stroke play and impressive serving from the 6’ 4”” and 6’ 7”” Bromley pair
and were summarily dismissed 6-2, 6-1.

Bromley won
the tie overall 5-1.

Freelove
was delighted with the win after the match. “All the guys played well today and
we are glad that our loss last week was just a blip. With only three ties
remaining in order to qualify again for the National Finals in July we are not
taking anything for granted. We have a very tough match next Sunday against David Lloyd
Raynes Park,
one of our closest rivals in the competition. At the moment our line up for
that tie looks very good and includes Jamie Delgado who still competes full
time on the circuit and today won the BNP Paribas ATP Challenger Doubles Title
in Bourdeaux”.

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