second tie of the 2012 AEGON Team Tennis Championships at the weekend, former
National Title Winners Bromley Lawn Tennis Club were aiming to add to their
victory against Ipswich two weeks earlier by winning at home against Paddington
were without team captain Nick Cavaday and squad member Keelan Oakley, as both had
reached the finals of The National Tennis Doubles Championships in Sunderland.
No.1 for Bromley was Dominic Ross-Hurst. Currently ranked at 40 in the country
Dom was up against Naim Lalji from Paddington, a former British Top 20 player.
From the start Ross-Hurst was struggling with a thumb injury which forced him
to retire from the match at 0-6, 0-2 down.
Rob Searle, Britain’s
former top 20 player, was acting captain for the day and playing at No 2 for
Bromley against Michael Ouvarov who is currently ranked 39 in the country.
After a closely fought first set which was decided by a tiebreak, Searle eventually
lost the match 6-7, 4-6.
Beckles, playing at number 3 for Bromley, also lost in two straight sets to
Paddington’s John Doran, a former ATP and Irish Davis Cup Player, 2-6, 4-6.
only win in the singles rubbers came from Britain’s former number 3, Andrew
Richardson, who dispatched his opponent in George Mcgill 6-3, 6-2.
the doubles rubbers Bromley were 3-1 down and needed to win both doubles
matches to take the tie into a tie-break shoot out.
Richardson teamed up to take on Doran and McGill and the experience of the
Bromley pair proved too great, winning in two straight sets 6-1, 6-3.
decided that he was fit enough for the doubles rubber, Ross-Hurst and Beckles
took on Lalji and Ouvarov. A tie break shoot out was looking likely as the
Bromley pair took a break of serve half way through the first set and looked
promising to ease out a victory. Unfortunately, with a break and 4-3 up in the
first set, Beckles badly went over and sprained his ankle running for a wide
ball. After an injury time out Beckles tried to battle on but the injury proved
too great and forced the Bromley pair to retire at 4-6, 0-3 down.
claimed the match with a 4-2 win but acting captain Searle was still positive.
“This was always going to be a tough tie for us today, especially with our top
guys being unavailable this week. Injury was a factor today in the outcome but
Paddington were deserved winners and we will have to try to make up any ground
lost over our remaining five fixtures to reach the grand finals in Bournemouth in July”.
next match will be away to Globe Lawn Tennis Club on 29th April.