At their match against David Lloyd
on Sunday, Bromley LTC suffered a major set back in the defence of their AEGON
National Team Tennis Title, losing 6-0.
Bromley were looking to
build on their winning performance the previous week to secure their place at
the National Finals in Bournemouth in July. Unfortunately they were once again
struggling to field a strong and fully fit squad for the tie.
Heading Bromley’s line up
this week was Jamie Delgado, Britain’s
former top 5 player who achieved a career high world singles ranking of 121.
Still currently ranked 75 in the world at doubles, Bromley had great
expectations for Jamie’s singles match against his old national training squad
sparring partner Lee Childs, but unfortunately the 34 year old was still
suffering with a bout of flu and could only manage a below par performance,
losing to Childs 6-2, 6-3.
Nick Cavaday at number two was
hoping he had had recovered enough from injury and would be able to resume
playing for the team on Sunday. Having made the journey to Raynes Park Nick’s
rib injury was far too painful to even attempt to go on court and he had to
concede his match 6-0, 6-0 against Tom Burn.
Tom Higgins and Rob Carter
were playing at three and four for Bromley but the super fast indoor carpet
courts proved a factor in their games on the day. Higgins eventually lost to
Neil Bamford 6-3, 6-4 and Carter went down 6-4, 6-0 to Tim Patient.
Going into the two doubles
rubbers 4-0 down meant that the match was technically over. Delgado and Higgins
paired up to play Bamford and Childs but lost their doubles rubber 6-2, 6-3.
Mike Tuson, Bromley’s former
club singles champion, stepped into the fray once again to replace the injured
Cavaday and paired up with Rob Carter against Tim Patient and James Lloyd (the
nephew of David and John Lloyd). Whilst the Bromley pair put up a good fight in
the first set, they were ultimately dismissed 6-3, 6-0.
Speaking after the match Rob
Searle, Bromley’s Team Captain, was bitterly disappointed. “This is a
devastating blow to our 2011 title campaign. Having lost two ties this season
now, our last two matches have both become ‘must win’ matches. With 5 of the 8
teams in our group all on the same number of points, our own fate may also be
decided by how the other teams do over the next few weeks. We will need
convincing wins against our last two opponents to boost our rubbers and sets
percentages as at this stage we could still top our group and gain automatic
qualification for the finals, come second or third and have to contest a
play-off, or not even qualify for the finals if we finish in fourth place or
lower, which will be the first time in seven years that we haven’t been at the
finals. It will be a nail biting few weeks.”
Bromley’s penultimate match
is at 12pm on Sunday 5th June against Globe LTC at home. Spectators