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Bromley AEGON Team off to a good start

The 2012
AEGON Team Tennis competition commenced last Sunday with Bromley Lawn Tennis
Club hosting a home tie against Ipswich Sports Club.

With over
5,000 teams taking part across the country, the AEGON team competition is the
tennis equivalent of the football Premier League. National Champions in 2010,
2009, 2005 and Runners Up in 2011, the Bromley side were looking to avenge
their defeat against
Ipswich last year.

Cavaday, Bromley’s newly appointed team captain, was taking nothing for granted
going into his first match in charge. “Any team competing in the National
Division of this competition are going to be very tough opponents and we have
to remember that Ipswich finished top in the South East Divisional Group last
year, beating us and
Lloyd Raynes
Park – last year’s
National Champions – along the way”.

“We have
several new squad members competing for Bromley this year, two of whom are
making their debut today. It will be interesting to see how they play against
such tough opposition”.

Playing at
No.1 in Bromley’s line-up was new squad member Dominic Ross-Hurst. Currently
ranked at 40 in the country, Dom was up against Nick Crawley from
Ipswich but dropped the first set 7-5, eventually battling through to win the match 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.

Long term
squad member Rob Searle was Bromley’s No.2 on the day, his first match for the
side in twenty months following a horrific leg and ankle injury that almost
ruined his tennis career. In another tight three set match, Searle eventually
overcame Daniel Wynne from
Ipswich 6-1,
6-7(5), 6-0.

newbie at No.3 in the Bromley line-up was Marc Beckles. Currently ranked 61 in
the country, Beckles went down in two straight sets to Myles Orton 6-4, 6-4.

Richardson, Britain’s former No.3 and ex-Wimbledon and Davis Cup player,
bolstered Bromley’s chances in the tie by dispatching his opponent of Matt
Kirby 6-1, 6-4.

After the
singles matches Bromley went into the two doubles rubbers 3-1 ahead and needed
to win just one of the matches to secure overall victory.

and Beckles paired up to take on Crawley and Wynne from
Ipswich whilst Richardson and Searle were up against Orton and Kirby.

experience of Richardson/Searle proved too much for the
Suffolk youngsters with Bromley winning the
rubber 6-1, 6-2. Overall victory was secured and the loss by Ross-Hurst/Beckles
in their doubles match 6-2, 7-5 was disappointing but made no difference to the
overall outcome.

Bromley won
the tie 4-2.

after the match captain Cavaday was heartened by his side’s performance. “The
team played well today and it is always great to start the season on a winning
note. We are up against six other very tough sides over the next few months and
our aim is to qualify for the National Finals in
Bournemouth in July”.

visiting the club on the day was Matt Byford, the LTA AEGON Team Tennis Tournament
Director. Please visit the following link to the LTA Website to see Matt’s
video report of the match.


next match will be at home against
SC on Sunday 15th April.

Bromley LTC set for 2012 AEGON Team Tennis Campaign

This coming
Sunday (1st April) sees Bromley Lawn Tennis Club start their 2012 AEGON
Team Tennis Campaign with a home tie against Ipswich SC.
The tennis equivalent of the FA Premier League, Bromley were runners-up in 2011
and won the national title in 2010, 2009 and 2005.

With a
squad of current, former and aspiring professionals that include Kent No.1 and
Britain’s No.17 Sean Thornley, Jamie Delgado and Andrew Richardson (both former
top 5 British players), Bromley have an unrivalled record in the competition
and are looking to regain their national crown.

new team captain and long term squad member Nick Cavaday (a former British top
20 player), showed confidence for his team’s prospects. “We will be contesting
seven very tough ties in our group matches over the next couple of months,
including a tie against
Lloyd Raynes
Park who are the current
national champions. We aren’t taking anything for granted but with twelve
talented players in our squad this year we are aiming to be at the Grand Finals
Bournemouth in July”.

Having lost
to Ipswich Sports Club last year, the Bromley team are seeking to avenge their
2011 defeat and start this year’s campaign on a winning note.

starts at 12pm on Sunday at Bromley LTC,
Sandford Road and spectators are most

Bromley LTC are Runners Up in AEGON Team Tennis Championships

From an initial field of
over 1,400 teams across the country within the County, Regional and National
Divisions of the AEGON Team Tennis Championships, the top 8 teams gathered at Bournemouth to compete for the coveted title of 2011
AEGON Team Tennis Champions.

Bromley LTC were the
defending champions and seeded 2 for the finals. Travelling down to The West
Hants Club in Bournemouth for the three day
competition, Bromley knew that the competition was going to be very strong.

Day 1 – Friday 15th July

Bromley’s campaign was
almost at an end the previous day as the team’s number 2, Jean-Rene Lisnard,
pulled out of the weekend with a hip injury he sustained playing Davis Cup for Monaco the week
before. This effectively left the team with only three players for the first
round on Friday as Sean Thornley (Britain’s No. 17) was still playing
in the doubles of the $10K Futures at Frinton.

Fortunately for Bromley, but
unlucky for Sean, the Wimbledon pairing of Thornley and David Rice lost in the
semi finals at Frinton, meaning that he could now be at Bournemouth
in time for the first match. Drawn against Holcombe Brook from Lancashire, the Bromley squad were confident of victory.

Bromley stalwart Tom Higgins
had a tough time against Holcombe Brook’s Rob Morgan. Having had six match
points in the third set, Higgins eventually lost in the third set tie-break
7-5, 4-6, 6-7 (10).

Andrew Richardson, Bromley’s
head coach and Britain’s
former No.3, beat Andrew Davies 6-4, 6-2.

Sean Thornley, playing at
number one in Bromley’s line up, overcame Simon Roberts who is ranked 23 in the
country 6-3, 6-2.

In his first match for weeks
following a serious ankle injury, Bromley’s Matt Illingworth quickly dispatched
Chris Parkes 6-2, 6-2 and made it three singles wins for Bromley.

With the weather having
turned from beautiful sunshine to consistent drizzle, the American clay courts
became unplayable and Bromley would need to win one of their doubles matches
indoors to progress to the semi-final.

The first doubles rubber
didn’t go to plan with Higgins and Richardson losing their match against Parkes
and Davies on a third set match tie-breaker 6-3, 4-6, 0-1(5).

With the match rubber score
now at 3-2, the Bromley pairing of Thornley and Illingworth needed a win to
avoid a tie-break shoot out to decide the tie. Having won the first set on a
tie-break, the Holcombe Brook pairing of Morgan and Roberts levelled the rubber
at one set all. Bromley needed to win the third set match tie-break which was
very competitive, but Bromley edged the victory 7-6(7), 4-6, 1-0(9).

Bromley’s progression to the
semi-finals on Saturday was secure.

Day 2 – Saturday 16th July

With the weather still
against them, all the day’s semi finals had to be played indoors. This meant
that play would start at 9.30am and it could be a very long day.

Having beaten the number 4
seeds Wrexham LTC the day before, Bromley would play Barry Athletic from Wales.

First on court was Andrew
Richardson who had a tough time against Barry’s Farris Gosea. Having lost the
first set on a tie-break, the experienced former Davis Cup Player came through
to win 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-3.

Next up was Tom Higgins who
won his singles against James Hignett 6-4, 6-1.

Matt Illingworth at No.2
made light work of beating Barry’s Daniel Sidaway 6-0, 6-2.

Sean Thornley had more of a
battle against Matthew James but came through to win 6-4, 6-3.

Being 4-0 up after the
singles, the doubles were effectively dead rubbers and Bromley were through to
the Grand Final for the fourth year in a row.

Grand Final – Sunday 17th July

Back outside on the clay at
9.30am, Bromley were to meet the No.1 seeded team of David Lloyd
Raynes Park
in the final to decide who would be crowned 2011 AEGON Team Tennis National
Champions. Andrew Richardson and Tom Higgins were first on court for Bromley.

Richardson was up against James Marsalek from Raynes Park
and, despite losing the first set, eventually overcame his much younger
opponent 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Tom Higgins was drawn
against Jamie Feaver who, ranked 817 in the world, proved too strong and went
down 6-2, 6-3 to the Raynes Park player. The tie was equal at one all after the
first two singles matches.

Bromley’s Sean Thornley and
Matt Illingworth were both up next and had very tough opponents indeed.

Illingworth played 20 year
old Marcus Willis who is ranked 677 in the world. Having just returned from
injury, Illingworth struggled to find form and lost to the Raynes Park
player 6-2, 6-1.

In the final singles match
of the day Thornley was up against his friend and Wimbledon
doubles partner David Rice. Ranked number 8 in the country and 429 in the
world, Rice was too strong for Thornley on the day and eased out the match for Raynes Park
6-4, 6-1.

Bromley were 3-1 down after
the singles and needed to win both the doubles to take the match into a
tie-break shoot out. With the rain setting in the doubles were taken indoors.

Andrew Richardson paired up
with Tom Higgins for Bromley against Neil Bamford and Lee Childs, whilst
Illingworth and Thornley contested the other doubles against Rice and Willis.

Both matches were very tight
with Illingworth and Thornley taking their first set to a tie break.
Unfortunately Richardson and Higgins, having incurred a couple of service
breaks, were edged out of their match 6-4, 6-4.

Raynes Park had secured the final victory they needed and were
now the new National Champions.

Bromley’s Team Captain Rob
Searle wasn’t too disheartened after the match. “This has been a tough season
for the team and to reach the Grand Final again for the fourth year in
succession has been a great achievement by the players. Whilst it is
disappointing not to have won a hat trick of successive titles, we were up
against a very tough side in David
Lloyd Raynes
Park today who deserved
to be seeded 1 in the finals. We are delighted for them having won their first
title in this competition after many attempts, but we only intend this to be on
loan for a year”.

Team Principal Charles
Baylis was also optimistic. “The players have done remarkably well to finish as
runners-up in the championships this year. Having won the title three times and
been runners-up twice now, our success in the competition remains unrivalled.
This has been a great team effort which includes our supporters from the club
and also our local sponsors in and around the Bromley area”.

Bromley LTC Through To AEGON Finals

Last Saturday saw Bromley
Lawn Tennis Club contest their group stage play-off in the AEGON Team Tennis
National Championships against Halton Tennis Centre in Aylesbury,

Playing in idyllic
conditions and surroundings within the historic Royal Air Force grounds with
planes and gliders frequently passing overhead, a victory in this tie would
ensure the defending National Champions progress to the Bournemouth Finals.

Spearheading Bromley’s
campaign was the former world number 84, Jean-Rene Lisnard. Having reached the
last round in the Wimbledon qualifying event just
a couple of weeks earlier “JR”, as he is known on the tour, quickly despatched
Halton’s Peter Thorne 6-0, 6-1.

Team stalwart Tom Higgins
was playing at number two for Bromley this week and the former British Top
Twenty player didn’t disappoint, beating Stuart Pugh 6-2, 6-3.

Andrew Richardson, Bromley’s
Head Coach and Britain’s
former No. 3, made light work of Halton’s Owen Richards, beating his younger
opponent 6-3, 6-1.

Oliver Freelove, Bromley’s
Team Manager and Britain’s
former No.8, won the fourth singles by beating Halton’s Tom Miller 6-2, 6-1.

By winning all four singles
the doubles matches became dead rubbers and Bromley were through to the finals.

Speaking after the match
Freelove was delighted with the victory. “It has been a difficult season for us
this year. Having lost two matches in the group stages we weren’t certain of
qualification for the finals and we took nothing for granted today. Winning all
four singles in emphatic style was tremendous and I couldn’t have asked for any
more from the team today. We can now focus on defending our title in Bournemouth next week. This won’t be an easy task though as
we will be up against some of the best players in the country”.

The National AEGON Team
Tennis Championships Finals take place at The West Hants Club in Bournemouth between Friday 15th to Sunday 17th

Bromley through to AEGON Play-Off

Last Sunday saw Bromley Lawn
Tennis Club contest their final group stage fixture of the 2011 AEGON National
Team Tennis Championships against Sutton T & SC.

With Sutton currently 3rd
in the group and Bromley sitting in 4th place, the defending
National Champions knew that this was a “must win” match for both sides. Only
the top three teams in the group can progress through to the next stage of the
competition, and whichever team lost on Sunday would be out.

With the rain at the weekend
and Sutton having no indoor courts at their venue, the match had to be played
down the road at David
Lloyd Raynes
Park. This didn’t bode
well as it was on these super fast indoor carpet courts three weeks earlier
that Bromley lost 6-0 to the host venue.

Playing at number one this
week was Kent’s
No.1 and GB No.17, Sean Thornley. He was up against a formidable opponent in
Josh Goodall, ranked seven places higher than Thornley in the country at No.10.

Carrying a niggling injury,
at 2-2 in the first set Thornley couldn’t continue comfortably and decided to
sacrifice his singles rubber and save himself for his doubles match. Bromley
were 1-0 down already……….

Bromley’s number two was
Jean-Rene Lisnard, the current French No. 21 who still plays on the
international stage and achieved a career high ATP Ranking of 84, reaching the
third round of the Australian Open in 2005. Competing against Sutton’s Nick
Lester, “JR”, as he is known on the tour, was taken to a tie break in the first
set but came through to win 7-6, 6-2.

Andrew Richardson, Bromley’s
Head Coach and Britain’s
former No.3 was up against Andrew Bettles. The first set went to a tie break
which Richardson
lost. Drawing on his wealth of experience, Richardson re-grouped and overwhelmed his
younger opponent in the next two sets to win 6-7, 6-2, 6-4.

Completing the line-up against
Sutton’s Oliver Hudson was Britain’s
former number 8 and Bromley’s Team Manager, Oliver Freelove. Again the match
didn’t go to plan with the first set being decided on a tie break which went in
favour of the Sutton player. This was a crucial match in the tie and nerves
were being shown by spectators from both sides as the second set also went to a
tie-breaker, which Freelove won to level the match at one set all. The third
set was incredibly close with just one break of serve, but Freelove closed out
the match 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to take Bromley into a 3-1 lead going into the doubles.

Thornley and Lisnard paired
up for Bromley to take on Lester and Bettles. Losing the first set again on a
tie-break, the Bromley pair levelled the match by winning the second set 6-3.
It couldn’t have been closer going in to a Champions Tie Break to decide the
match, but the Bromley paired pulled through to win 6-7, 6-3, (10-7).

Contesting Bromley’s other
doubles rubber were Freelove and Richardson against Sutton’s Josh Goodall and
John Richards. After losing the first set the Bromley pair dug deep to secure
the second set and, after winning the Champions Tie-break, emerged victorious
4-6, 6-4 (10-8).

Bromley win overall 5-1.

Freelove was thrilled after
the match. “This was such an important tie for both teams. With so many
tie-breaks and first set losses the final score of 5-1 doesn’t truly reflect
just how close a call it was for Bromley today. Sutton has been one of our
biggest rivals for a number of seasons and, whilst we realise that we have put
them out of the competition for this year, we are absolutely delighted to have
qualified for the play-offs on July 2nd and then hopefully on to the
National Finals in Bournemouth”.

With Bromley, Raynes Park
and Ipswich all on the same number of points in their group, Bromley will have
to wait until Sunday when Ipswich contest their last match of the season to
discover if the play-off will be a home or away fixture. They could have to
travel to compete against one of the teams from the North, the Midlands or the South West of the country.

Bromley LTC Title Defence Still Alive

The 2011
AEGON National Team Tennis Championships entered its final group stages at the
weekend with Bromley Lawn Tennis Club contesting a “must win” tie against Globe
LTC from North London on Sunday. Having
incurred two losses already this season, the defending National Champions were
well aware that anything less than a convincing victory in this penultimate
match would end their campaign.

With some
squad members unavailable, injured or playing qualifying events at Queen’s
Club, Bromley’s team on the day wasn’t as strong as they had hoped for.

indoors due to the rain, Bromley’s line-up for the four singles matches was headed
up by the Kent No.1 and Britain’s
No.17 Sean Thornley. Competing against Globe’s Konstantinos Kalaitzis, Thornley
quickly despatched his opponent 6-4, 6-2.

Having been
crowned Men’s Over 35 National Clay Court Champion the day before in
Bournemouth, Bromley’s head coach and Britain’s former No.3 Andrew
Richardson was very match tight going into his singles against Gaddo Guidotti,
winning 6-2, 6-3.

Freelove, Britain’s
former No.8 and Bromley’s Team Manager contested a close three set match
against Bartosz Terczynski. Losing the first set 6-3, Freelove had to dig deep
and draw on all his experience at top flight tennis, ultimately coming through
to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Replacing regular
team member Tom Higgins at No.4 (who is imminently to become a father for the
first time), was Bromley club member and resident osteopath Tom Cornish. Despite
a great effort, Globe’s Deepindu Singh proved too strong and Cornish went down
6-1, 6-1.

Going in to
the two doubles rubbers 3-1 up, Bromley required just one more win to secure
overall victory.

and Cornish teamed up as Bromley’s first pair to take on Kalaitzis and Guidotti
but were defeated 6-3, 6-1.

With the
tie now becoming very close indeed, Bromley were relying on the experience of
Richardson and Freelove to secure victory. The match didn’t start well as the home
pair lost the first set 6-4 to Terczynski and Globe’s team captain Damian
Nzekwu. With the whole tie looking to potentially go into a tie-break shoot
out, the Bromley pair pulled out all the stops and won the second set 6-4 to
level the match at one set all. A Champions tie-break would decide the rubber
(the first to ten points – clear by two) which the Bromley pair won 10-7,
securing victory for the team 4 rubbers to 2.

after the match Oliver Freelove was impressed by his team’s gritty performance.
“A win was by no means certain as all our opponents in the group are of a very
high standard. The result could have gone either way at one stage and to dig
out the victory is a credit to all our players. Winning today means that we now
have a good chance of reaching a play-off for the finals. We still need to field
a very strong team for our last match to beat Sutton next week though, who have
been one of our closest rivals in the competition for many years”.

“The top
team in our group will qualify automatically for the finals in July. Those in 2nd
and 3rd place have to contest a play-off match against a team from
one of the three other National Divisions from around the country. With several
teams in our group all on the same number of points, qualification is still too
close to call and it will go to the wire”.

Bromley Lawn Tennis Club suffer crippling defeat

At their match against David Lloyd
Raynes Park
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
are welcome.

Bromley LTC AEGON Team Back To Winning Ways


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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

Bromley LTC suffer first defeat in two years

Last Sunday saw Bromley Lawn
Tennis Club travel to Ipswich Sports Club for the 3rd round of the
AEGON Team Tennis Championships. With a record 24 match unbeaten run in the
competition and their strength within the Bromley squad, a win for the current
National Champions against the newly promoted Ipswich SC should
have been almost a formality.

Unfortunately many of
Bromley’s top players were injured or competing elsewhere in the UK and around
the world and could not get back for this match. This left Bromley having to
field a much, much weaker side.

Playing at number one in the
line up was Bromley’s Head Coach and Britain’s former number 3 Andrew
Richardson. Despite being the under dog on paper these days, Richardson
showed just why he reached 133 in the world and despatched Ipswich’s
Jeremy Cowley 7-5, 6-1 in the singles.

Oliver Freelove, a former GB
Top Ten player, was at number two for Bromley and despite serving for the first
set eventually lost 7-6, 6-1 to Matt Kirby.

Rob Carter, who is ranked in
the top 100 junior players in the world, actually served to win his singles
match but ultimately lost in 3 sets to Myles Orton 6-1, 6-7, 7-5.

Playing at number four for
Bromley was Mike Tuson, a former club singles champion. Although he had been
called in to help the team out, Mike put up a valiant effort against the much
higher ranked opponent from Ipswich but lost to
Matt Hough 6-1, 6-2.

Bromley went into the two
doubles rubbers 3-1 down in matches with no way to recover the tie. Carter and
Richardson then paired up and lost to Cowley & Hough 7-6, 6-3 and Tuson
& Freelove went down 6-4, 7-6 to Orton and Kirby. Bromley lose overall 5
rubbers to 1.

Speaking afterwards Oliver
Freelove, Bromley’s Team Manager said “Whilst we are disappointed to break our
winning streak, this is an incredibly busy time in the tennis calendar and it
was just unfortunate that our big guns couldn’t make this match. A loss today
doesn’t mean that we are out of the competition by any means. With four group
matches still to play we are optimistic that we will qualify for the finals in Bournemouth and go on to achieve a hat trick of successive
AEGON National Championship Titles”.

In the South East division
of this national competition, currently six out of the eight teams featured in
the league are tied on the number of points achieved so far, with only the set
and games percentages separating them. Bromley are currently third in the
league and will compete against four of their rivals over the next five weeks.
Still everything to play for.

Bromley LTC AEGON Team Honoured

Following Bromley Lawn
Tennis Club’s tremendous achievements in the AEGON Team Tennis Championship,
the reigning National Champions were awarded “Team of the Year” at the 2010 Kent
Tennis Awards Dinner last week.

Receiving the award from
Austin Smith, President of the Kent LTA, Team Captain Rob Searle was delighted.
“The AEGON Team Tennis Championships is the equivalent of the football premier
league and we are thrilled to receive this honour. All the squad are very
committed to the team and our pedigree in the competition speaks for itself. Having
been crowned National Champions in three out of the last six years, Bromley LTC
is aiming for a hat trick of successive titles this year”.

Two of Bromley’s squad
members also received individual awards from Kent Tennis on the night. Sean
Thornley, currently ranked 17 in the country, picked up the “Player of the
Year” award and Lewis Burton, who reached the junior doubles final at Wimbledon last year, received “Junior Player of the Year”.

Bromley LTC travel to Ipswich on Sunday 8th May in the hope of
extending their two year, 24 match unbeaten run in the competition.



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Bromley Lawn Tennis Club is the nearest tennis and squash club to Bromley High Street, just a couple of hundred yards from Bromley South Railway Station.

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