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Bromley Finish 3rd At AEGON National Team Tennis Finals

Following a very tough season in the
group stage and play-off matches, last weekend (4th to 6th
September) saw the Bromley AEGON Team compete in the National Finals at The West
Hants Club, Bournemouth against seven other
top teams from around the country.

With Bromley’s top players
travelling to the event in Robbie Ridout (ATP 996), Myles Orton (LTA 1.1),
Harry Skinner (ATP 1893), Keelan Oakley (ATP 1351) and Tom Wright (LTA 2.1),
the Bromley boys were looking forward to a successful weekend. Having been seeded
th at the finals Bromley were drawn to play former finalists
Manchester Northern on the Friday.

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Competing first at 3 and 4 for Bromley were Keelan Oakley (pictured above)
who was up against Northern’s Seb Jackson, and Harry Skinner who played Nick Eeckelaers.

battled through to level his match at one set all, Oakley eventually lost to
Jackson 4-6, 6-4, 5-7.

match score looked easier than it actually was as he came through to win against Eeckelaers 6-1, 6-0.

At one
rubber each Myles Orton stepped on to court to take on Manchester Northern’s
Jonny Kinsella, a former 850 ranked ATP player. After what was a very tight
encounter Orton came through to win 6-4, 7-5.

Robbie Ridout,
currently ranked 996 in the world, was playing Dave Porter from Manchester
Northern. A former world ranked player himself Porter overcame Ridout 2-6, 3-6
to level the fixture at two rubbers all.

Everything now
rested on the doubles.

Robbie Ridout and Myles Orton paired
up to take on Dave Porter and Seb Jackson whilst Keelan Oakley t
eamed up with 16 year old Tom
Wright who had just been crowned 16 & Under National Doubles Champion a
couple of weeks before.

Both doubles were very tight with
Ridout and Orton winning their match 6-3, 7-6(4) and Oakley and Wright also came
through to win 6-4, 6-4.

With a 4-2 lead Bromley had won the
tie and were through to the semi-final on Saturday to play 
A1 Pharmaceuticals, the defending champions and number one seed.

A1 Pharmaceuticals had an incredibly
strong squad in Marcus Willis (ATP 364), Toby Martin (ATP 702), Neil Pauffley
(ATP 954), Peter Bothwell (ATP 1179) with Matt Illingworth (LTA 1.2) sitting on
the bench. These boys were seeded at one for a reason.

Keelan Oakley took on Peter Bothwell
at number 4 but lost a very tight match 4-6, 4-6.

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Harry Skinner (pictured above) went
5-2 up in the first set but Pauffley battled back and came through to
eventually win 7-5, 6-2.

Myles Orton went up against Toby
Martin but the higher ranked A1 player was too good on the day 
and won in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

The team’s fate rested with
Bromley’s No.1 Robbie Ridout who needed to beat the talented Marcus Willis to
force the tie into the doubles rubbers.
 Having gotten off to a good start
winning a tight first set 7-6 (9), Ridout eventually lost to Willis 7-6(9),
6-2, 6-0.

Bromley had lost the tie 4-0 and A1
Pharmaceuticals progressed through to the Grand Final against
David Lloyd
Raynes Park taking place on Sunday. A1 Pharmaceuticals emerged as Champions to retain their
AEGON National Title, beating DL Raynes Park 4-2 in the final.

With thousands of teams taking part
at county, regional and national level, for Bromley LTC to come through as the
third best team in the country is an amazing achievement and truly reflects the
team spirit amongst the squad. None of this would be possible each year though without
the invaluable support of our team sponsors and the club and the many members
who come down to watch and support the boys.

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The Bromley AEGON Finals Squad (from left to right) Robbie Ridout, Harry Skinner, Keelan Oakley, Myles Orton and Tom Wright

Bromley AEGON Head to Bournemouth Finals

This coming
weekend sees the Bromley LTC AEGON Team compete at the Team Tennis Finals at
The West Hants Club, Bournemouth.

thousands of teams across the country have taken part in the competition this
year at county, regional and national levels. The
Bournemouth finals are the culmination of what has been a very tough competitive season.

Having been
crowned National Champions on three previous occasions in 2005, 2009 and 2010,
runners up twice and made semis most other years over the past decade, Bromley
LTC will join the seven other best teams from across
Great Britain.

With most
of our top players in action on Friday including three ATP world ranked
players, the Bromley side should be seeded at least 4
th in the
competition and will be drawn against one of the four un-seeded teams.

Play starts
on Friday morning and Martin Rands will post the order of play, news and results on the
Bromley LTSC website at:


The Bromley
squad will consist of:

Ridout – LTA Rating = 1.1 / ATP = 996

Orton – LTA Rating = 1.1

Skinner – LTA Rating = 1.1 / ATP = 1893

Oakley – LTA Rating = 1.2 / ATP = 1351

Sam Hutt – LTA Rating = 2.1 

Wright – LTA Rating = 2.1

 Full player
profiles available at:


We wish the
team every success at the AEGON FInals and all spectators are very welcome at:

The West Hants Club
Roslin Road South

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Well Done Bromley AEGON & Tony Smith

After what has been possibly
the most competitive league stage ever to be seen in the competition, the
Bromley LTC AEGON team have once again made it through to the AEGON Team Tennis
National Finals taking place at The West Hants Club, Bournemouth between 4th
to 6th September.

For their final match of the
South East group stage the Bromley boys were up against The Connaught Club from
Essex on Sunday 21st June. With the
sun shining down we were joined on the day by team title sponsors Mark and
Sarah Evans from Westgate Cleaning Services and a number of our sub sponsors
including Shekor Tarat from Tamasha Indian Restaurant who kindly supplied the
delicious lunch on the day.

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Team Title Sponsors Mark and Sarah Evans from Westgate Cleaning Services with the Bromley LTC Team

(L to R – Robbie Ridout, Barry Fulcher, Tom Wright, Mark Evans, Sarah Evans, Keelan Oakley, Sam Hutt)

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The Bromley AEGON Team with sub sponsor Shekor Tarat from Tamasha Indian Restaurant

Enjoying the delicious Indian buffet

Club member Tony Smith from L.R.S (www.localracketstringer.co.uk) was also on site stringing rackets in aid of Cancer Research in memory of three friends we lost at Bromley LTSC last year. A phenomenal effort from Tony as he strung 19 rackets on the day and made £415 for the charity.

The match couldn’t have gone any better with Bromley winning the tie 6-0 which secured us 3rd place in the National South East group and a play-off match to get us to Bournemouth.

Click here for the final South East group standings………….

Bromley were drawn a home play-off tie against Sutton Coldfield from the West Midlands which had to be played on Saturday 18th July, the day of our own Club Open Finals. Starting at Midday, the Bromley boys were leading 4-0 after the singles rubbers and with victory guaranteed this meant Bromley had qualified for the finals and the doubles matches weren’t required.

National Finals

Details for the National Finals are shown below and all spectators are welcome.

Venue = The West Hants Club, Roslin Road South, Bournemouth, BH3 7EF

Dates = Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September

Bromley LTC are likely to be seeded 4th at the event this year and, provided everything goes ok with our Friday match, we should hopefully be contesting a semi-final on Saturday. The standard of play is always incredibly tough in Bournemouth though and anything can happen.

If anyone would like any advice on hotels etc should you wish to stay for the weekend or to be kept informed with the match schedule, please contact Martin Rands on 07884 232 400 / martinrands@hotmail.co.uk.

Bromley LTC beat The Roehampton Club

Bromley AEGON Men beat The Roehampton Club

Last Sunday (10th
May) saw the Bromley AEGON Men’s Team playing at home against The Roehampton

Roehampton were newly
promoted to the National Division of the AEGON Team Tennis Competition at the
end of the 2014 season and boasted a good squad which included two former GB
Davis Cup players in Jamie Baker and Ross Hutchins.

Ross Hutchins warming up

With the sun shining and a
good crowd of Bromley supporters watching the action, Bromley’s number 1 on the
day was Robbie Ridout who was pitched against Ross Hutchins. Currently ranked
1166 in the world Ridout edged Hutchins out of the first set on a breaker and
came through to win 7-6, 6-1.

Myles Orton, playing at
number 2 for Bromley, went up against Bojan Jelovac and came through to win
6-2, 7-6.

Sam Hutt overcame Blake
Hutchins in straight sets at number 4 to win 6-4, 6-2.

Long time team stalwart Rob
Searle had a very tight battle against Britain’s former number 3 Jamie
Baker, narrowly losing out on a breaker after the match went to 6-6 in the
third set. Still feeling the after effects of running the London Marathon a
couple of weeks ago, Searle went down 5-7, 6-2, 6-7.

Bromley were 3-1 up after
singles and everything was still to play for in the doubles rubbers.

Ridout and Hutt teamed up to
take on the Davis Cup duo of Ross Hutchins and Jamie Baker, but the experience
of the Roehampton players proved too much winning 6-1, 6-1.

Pairing up with Sean
Thornley, currently ranked 174 in the ATP Doubles Rankings, Orton and Thornley overwhelmed Blake Hutchins and Chris Archer in the first set and eventually won 6-1,


A good win for Bromley LTC
to make it 3 wins from 3 matches this season and are currently top in the South
East Divisional league (link below).


Bromley travel to Orpington
on Sunday to take on defending national champions A1 Pharmaceuticals.

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After what was a very tough but good season, Bromley LTC finished 5th at the AEGON Team Tennis finals which was a great result for the team considering over 1,000 teams
take part in the competition nationally. 

We will certainly be looking to do
better next year as we strive to regain our national crown and we hope we can
count on the support of all members for 2015.

AEGON National Finals – Bromley Finish 3rd

Having topped
the National Division South East Group in the 2013 AEGON Team Tennis Championships,
the Bromley LTC team travelled to Bournemouth to compete in the National Finals
at The West Hants Club over the weekend of 12th to 14th July.

Being joined
by the other seven best teams in the country, Bromley were seeded 4th and were drawn to play Wrexham in the first round at 9.30am on the Friday. The
format for the day was the third and fourth string singles to kick off followed
by the first and second players in the line-up. Doubles matches would be played
later in the day if required.

Playing at
3 for Bromley was
Myles Orton who
was up against Wrexham’s Kyle Fellows and overcame his opponent 6-4, 6-4.

Myles Orton in Action

Sam Hutt at
number 4 was drawn against Nicholas Jones and despite losing the first set came
through to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Sam Hutt in action

Up next was
Bromley’s number 1 for the weekend Rob Searle who was competing against Wrexham’s
Simon Morris and came through to win 7-6(4), 6-2.

the Bromley line-up was Harry Skinner playing at number 2. Having been
undefeated all season at singles for Bromley, Skinner was keen to maintain his
record and didn’t disappoint in beating Alex Parry 6-1, 6-2.

With an
unassailable 4-0 lead there was no requirement to play the doubles rubbers and Bromley
were through to the semi-finals on Saturday.

against long term rivals Sutton Tennis & Squash Club in the semi, Sutton had
their big guns available for the finals and had been seeded 1 for the weekend
as a result. Starting off the semi-finals singles matches on Saturday were
Harry Skinner and Sam Hutt playing at 3 and 4 in the Bromley line-up.

Having to
play in thirty degree brutal heat, Hutt was up against Sutton’s Evan Hoyt but
lost in straight sets 5-7, 3-6.

Skinner was
still looking to maintain his 100% singles record for Bromley and didn’t disappoint
against Sutton’s James Ireland. In what was a gruelling three and a half hour match
with both players suffering severe cramp under the Bournemouth sun, the match
became a war of attrition with Skinner’s stubbornness gaining a vital win for
the Bromley side as he came through 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1. This meant that the
fixture would at least have to go to the doubles rubbers.

Harry Skinner in action

Up next for
Bromley was Bromley Captain Nick Cavaday playing at number 2. Cavaday was drawn
against Jack Carpenter who is currently ranked 669 in the world but proved too
strong with Cavaday going down 3-6, 2-6.

Bromley’s campaign was team stalwart Rob Searle who was up against world number
519 Alex Slabinsky. In what was a close encounter, the Sutton player edged out
the match to win 6-4, 6-3.

Rob Searle in action

were 3-1 down after the singles rubbers and needed to win both doubles matches
to force the tie into a tie-break shoot-out.

Cavaday and
Orton teamed up to take on Sutton’s Adam Thornton-Brown and Evan Hoyt, whilst Rob
Searle and Tom Higgins took on Alex Slabinsky and Jack Carpenter. Although
Cavaday and Orton were a set up and looking likely to take their doubles,
Searle and Higgins were edged out of their match 5-7, 3-6 and Sutton had won
through to the final.

Searle and Higgins playing dubs

after the competition Captain Cavaday was disappointed that the Bromley side
hadn’t made the grand final on Sunday but reflected on a good season. “Whilst it
is a shame that we couldn’t get another win against Sutton, they were top seeds
for a reason and eventually won the title against Mackintosh in a tight match
that went right to the wire in a tie-break shoot-out. The Bromley team spirit
was excellent this year and losing against Sutton was the first tie we had lost
all season. Having finished top in the South East Division and losing
semi-finalists to finish 3
rd in the competition overall is a great
achievement and truly reflects the team’s commitment to the club. We have
another trophy for the cabinet and our challenge now is to try to go all the
way again next year”.

For the full results and team line-ups please visit the LTA website link below:


Bromley win against Sutton T & SC to become AEGON Divisional Champions

In our
final match of the 2013 AEGON Team Tennis group stage, Sunday 2nd
June saw Bromley Lawn Tennis Club playing away to Sutton T &SC’s first team.
Both sides remained undefeated all season and, whilst Sutton had a match in hand,
this fixture would ultimately decide which of the two would be crowned South
East National Divisional Champions and gain automatic qualification to the
Bournemouth Finals.

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With the
sun shining and Sutton having excellent home support from their members, spearheading
our campaign for Bromley was squad stalwart Rob Searle who was up against
Sutton’s James Ireland. Searle got off to a great start having won the first
set 6-2 but, despite being two points away from winning the rubber in the
second set, James Ireland dug deep and ultimately came through to win 2-6,
7-6(7), 6-4.

Cavaday, Bromley’s Team Captain, played at No.2 against Adam Thornton-Brown.
Despite losing the first set 6-3, Cavaday came through to win 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Having been
undefeated all season in his AEGON singles rubbers, Bromley’s third player was
Harry Skinner who was up against Sutton’s Nick Weal. In what was yet another
tight and competitive three setter, Skinner managed to edge out the win over
Weal 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

Bromley’s line-up at No.4 was fifteen year old Tommy Cartledge who was playing
his first AEGON Team Tennis Open fixture. Despite going down to Sutton’s Jamie
Malik 6-1, 6-3, Tommy played well and will certainly be a good addition to the
Bromley side in the future.

At 2-2
after singles everything was still to play for.

Skinner and Tommy Cartledge teamed up to take on the Sutton doubles pairing of
Josh Jones and John Richards, eventually losing to the Sutton boys 6-2, 7-5.

Cavaday and Rob Searle were pitched against James Ireland and Adam
Thornton-Brown. Bromley won the first set 6-1 but the Sutton pair came back
strong to take the second 6-4. A Match Tie-break (first to ten points – clear
by two) would either crown Sutton as overall winners or take the fixture into a
tie-break shoot out. The breaker couldn’t have been any tighter but the Bromley
boys dug in to win the rubber 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (8) and force the fixture into a
shoot out.

Rob Searle
and Harry Skinner were the elected singles players for Bromley and would play
against Sutton’s James Ireland and Jamie Malik.

Despite Skinner
being 9-3 up in his Match Tie-Break against Jamie Malik, the Sutton player dragged
the score back to 9-9 before Skinner eventually edged out to win 11-9.

rested on the outcome of the breaker between Searle and
Ireland which
was intensely competitive and could have gone either way. With a final score of
13-11, Rob Searle came through to win the breaker and the overall fixture for
Bromley 7-6.

Captain Cavaday
was delighted after the match. “This was always going to be one of the toughest
ties of the group. Not only were we up against a titan of a team in Sutton but
this was also one of the busiest days in the tournament calendar with both
sides having players that were unavailable. We came here with no expectations
so to edge out a victory and ultimately finish top in the South East National
Group is amazing and truly reflects the Bromley team spirit. We had a few
travelling supporters with us today and this really helped the boys to lift our
game and get the win.

The intense
competition today is ultimately what AEGON Team Tennis is all about and Sutton is
certainly a team to be reckoned with at finals. We wish them every success in
their play-off match and hope to see them in

Click below to see the South East National Group standings:


The bromley team from left to right = Tommy Cartledge, Rob Searle, Harry Skinner and Nick Cavaday (Captain).


Bromley Beat Defending AEGON Champions


In what was a crunch fixture for
both sides, Bromley LTC edged out 
David Lloyd
Raynes Park
on a thrilling Champions Tie-Break
Shoot-Out last Sunday (19th May).

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The Bromley LTC team
from left to right: Sean Thornley, Tom
Harry Skinner and Nick Cavaday (Team Captain)

everything still to play for in the AEGON Team Tennis South East National Group,
Bromley’s home fixture against David
Lloyd Raynes
Park was important for
both sides.

Bromley’s campaign at the weekend was Sean Thornley who was up against Kent
Number One Lewis Burton who is currently ranked 667 in the world. Thornley put
up a good fight but was broken in both sets to go down 4-6, 4-6 to the
Raynes Park player.

Rob Searle
was at No.2 for Bromley and was up against former Aussie No.1 junior player
Lachlan Ferguson. Rob’s recovery from his horrific ankle injury two years ago
looked complete as he steam rollered through his opponent to win 6-1, 6-2.

third string in the Bromley line-up was Harry Skinner who has played every
fixture this season and is yet to be defeated. Up against
Raynes Park’s
Matt Leahy, Skinner lost the first set on a tie-break. After a forced change of
racket for the start of the second set, the tenacity of the Bromley player
shone through as he came through to win 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2.

team member Tom Higgins was playing at No.4 against former Kent No.1 Colin
Beecher but went down 4-6, 4-6 to tie the overall fixture at 2-2.

and Skinner paired up for the first doubles rubber to take on
Burton and Beecher but
lost in straight sets 3-6, 1-6.

At 3-2 down
overall it was up to Searle and Higgins to save the tie. Playing against
Ferguson and Leahy the
experience of the Bromley duo proved too much for the David Lloyd pairing as
they came through to win and square the tie 7-6, 6-0.

At 3-3 in
rubbers the tie would be decided on a tie-break shoot-out (first to ten – clear
by two points). Two singles match tie-breaks would be played and if still all
square a doubles tie-break.

Sean Thornley
stepped up a gear to take revenge on Lewis Burton by winning his singles
tie-break 10-6. Victory was actually in Bromley’s sights and it was now up to
Harry Skinner to beat Colin Beecher in his singles which he did 10-7.

Bromley won
the overall tie 7-6.

Captain Nick Cavaday was delighted. “Fixtures against
David Lloyd
Raynes Park are always extremely tough and to beat the defending National Champions is a
great achievement for the team. The guys played really well and their
commitment to the team shone through today”.

With five wins
from five fixtures Bromley LTC are currently topping the South East National
Group standings. Click below to see the current league positions.


Our season
will be decided on
Sunday 2nd June when we play away to Sutton
Tennis & Squash Club’s
first team. If Bromley win that fixture we will be crowned the overall
Group winners for the season and gain automatic qualification for the National
Finals in Bournemouth in July. This will be a
difficult task though as Sutton have an extremely strong squad of players to
call upon this year.

Bromley AEGON Team make it four from four

Playing their fourth group match of
the 2013 AEGON Team Tennis season, the Bromley side were away to
Paddington Sports Club last weekend.

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topped the South East National Division in 2012, the Bromley boys were
expecting a tough battle against Paddington
SC on Sunday 12th May.
Luckily for Bromley Paddington were missing their top two squad players in Matt
Short and Andrew Fitzpatrick who is currently ranked 500 in the world.

Having recently
returned from a Doubles Futures tour in
America and making his first
appearance this season for Bromley was Sean Thornley. Playing at No.1 for the
Bromley side, the former British Top 20 player was up against Paddington’s Team
Captain Naim Lalji in his singles rubber and came through to win 6-2, 6-3.

team member Rob Searle was playing at No.2 in the Bromley line-up and was
contesting his match against former Bromley LTC team mate David Culshaw. Having
had a battle in the first set Searle eased out his match 6-3, 6-0.

New boy
Harry Skinner played at No.3 and maintained his 100% Bromley record by beating Paddington’s 
Josh Page 6-2,

the Bromley line-up was returning squad member Barry Fulcher who eased passed
his younger opponent in Nick Sego 6-2, 6-1.

With an unassailable
4-0 lead the Bromley side were assured of overall victory and hoped to achieve
an emphatic win by claiming both the doubles rubbers.

Skinner and
Fulcher paired up to take on Culshaw and Sego and edged out their match 6-3,
6-2. Thornley and Searle were up against Lalji and Page and took their first
set 6-3. The Paddington pair came back fighting though and the second set was
claimed by the home side on a tie-breaker. The match was to be decided by a
Champions Tie-Break which the Paddington pair claimed, winning their doubles
match 3-6, 7-6, 1-0.

Bromley won
the fixture 5-1 and acting Team Captain for the day Rob Searle was pleased with
the performance. “The boys played well today and so far this season we have
only lost 3 out of the 24 match rubbers we’ve contested. This is a great
achievement but our next two matches will be the real testers as we are up
against our closest rivals in the group”.

next match is a home fixture against reigning
National Champions
David Lloyd
Raynes Park on Sunday 19th May. 

(Team photo left to right = Rob Searle, Sean Thornley, Harry Skinner & Barry Fulcher



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