Tennis - News


ADULT CLASSES: Beginners Sundays 1.30pm, Intermediate Sundays 2.30pm. With Marco.  £6 per session, no need to book.

Up-coming events:

  • Doubles Drills and Skills on Sunday 20th October 11am – 1pm
  • Club Christmas Dinner-Dance on 7th December
  • Christmas American Tournament – date to be announced


Club sessions

Monday mornings go from strength to strength with 25+ regularly turning up.  Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions are still busy with floodlights needed after 7.30pm. Players will need to bring £2.50 to cover the cost.  Wednesday mornings usually 8-12 people.  On Saturdays from 1pm we generally need 2/3 courts, occasionally all 4 (although court 3 is available for adults to book).


American Tournament – 21st September 2019

On Saturday 21st September, in warm but rather blustery conditions, Risbygate members competed in an American tournament for the Andrew Willis Cup.  At the halfway stage, Dorothy Donaldson looked in a strong position having dropped only two games out of a possible 16, but a dip in fortunes in the second half allowed Sophy Day to finish as top female, scoring a consistent five or six in every round.  On the men’s side of the draw, Colin Dunigan was unassailable, losing only 5 games over the whole afternoon.  His nearest challenger was Tim Dempsey with a creditable 21.  Colin’s score of 27 was by far the highest score overall and he took this year’s Andrew Willis Cup – a deserving winner!  Thanks to all who played and especially to all who baked!


Cambs Winter League

The winter leagues are just getting started.  We have entered one team each for men’s, ladies’ and mixed.  Please contact Gary Keens, Gail Corcoran or Helen Stacy if you are interested in playing (contact details up in the pavilion or on the summer fixture card).  Good luck to all! 

Winter League results last year
Men’s 1 won Division 7 with a 100% record and will be promoted
Ladies 1 finished bottom of Division 1 and will be relegated
Mixed 1 were 4th in Division 4 [not entered in 2019/20]
Mixed 2 were 5th in Division 6


Club Championships 2019

Under glorious blue skies, this year’s championships were held over a single weekend for the first time on 29/30 June.  Paul Hope organised the event using the fast-four format (thanks Paul) and the junior section were admirably represented by Rico, Seb, Tom, Olivia and Lily – all just 10 or 11 years old.

The men’s singles was won by Asa Sumner-Keens for the second year with a comfortable victory over his father, Gary Keens (11 times previous winner).  Asa and Gary then teamed up for the men’s doubles to retain their title in straight sets against Brenton Mattheus and Owen Winsor in a high calibre match full of big hitting from both sides of the court.

The standout player of the tournament was the ladies’ singles winner, Lily Godfrey age 10.  Having fought her way into the final, Lily showed no sign of nerves as she produced some devastating forehand winners to take the deciding tie-break 11-9 against Helen Stacy.

Helen paired up with Jane Hamblin for the ladies’ doubles and took on Judith Pugh and Fiona Barker in a closely contested final.  The match, played in excellent spirits, swung back and forth before being won on two tie-breaks by Jane and Helen.

The mixed final was won in straight sets by Gary Keens with Karen Soons.  Runners up were Brenton Mattheus and Judith Pugh. 

This was the first event to use our excellent new score boards (which you can see in this photo).  Bought through the Roy Whitehouse Fund, these allowed the crowd to actually follow the progress of the match for the first time!  The crowd were also kept happy with regular supplies from the bar and an excellent barbeque cooked by the lovely Melero family.


Summer League Results are in!

Team Tennis competitions:  The 8Us, 10Us A and B teams, 12U girls and 14U boys all WON their divisions.  The 9U, 12U boys, 16U boys and 18U boys all came 3rd.  Congratulations!  Our men’s team playing in Division 1 came top again this year and progressed to the Regional Play-offs which they also won.  They will be playing in the confusingly named South-East North Division next year – the highest level Risbygate has ever played. 

Cambs Dunlop Summer League:  Men’s 1 won Division 2, Men’s 2 won Division 5 and Men’s 3 came second in Division 11 (missing top spot by just one point).  All three teams will be promoted for next year.  Ladies 1 came 4th in Division 2 and Ladies 2 came 8th (last) in Division 3 and will be relegated.  This team needs to find its level after the departure of some of our stronger players from last year.  The Mixed 1 just sneaked 2nd in a tight Division 2 and will be promoted back up to Division 1.  The Mixed 2 came 2nd in Division 10 and should be promoted (although we are unlikely to enter this team next year).

Norfolk & Suffolk League: Men’s A topped of Division 1 and Men’s B were joint second on points in Division 2 but placed 3rd on percentage of games won.  The ladies, playing in Division 2, came 3rd.  Our mixed team currently lie bottom, but with 4 points and a couple of results still to come in things may change.


Open Days

Following the success of our May Open Day when we had more than 40 visitors, we decided to try an Open Evening on Friday 28 June.  The weather was kind to us and a total of 6 adults, 4 under-18s and 4 under-12s either joined on the day or took up our offer of a one month free trial.  It was more relaxed than the busy May open day and was enjoyed by all. Many, many thanks to all who helped out.


Individual Successes

A number of Club members gained individual success during the season:
Asa - Suffolk U18 champion
Erin - U10 champion
Herbie - Cambs U10 champion and 2018 U10 National Champion. Herbie also represented GB U11s v France winning more matches than any other GB player.

Asa and Harper were also selected to play for Suffolk in the County Cup.

There are currently 28 junior county players training at Risbygate.

Congratulations to Asa on a wonderful Ipswich Grade 3 on 1/2 June, winning the U18s Singles, U18s Doubles & Men’s Doubles. 

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