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Announcing our Tennis Club Championships


Our Annual Tennis Club Championships will be held at Risbygate on 1st – 3rd September 2023! We’re all set for an action-packed tournament filled with fun, friendship, and fierce competition!

Our Club Championships offer a variety of competitions, including singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Get ready to experience the thrill of the court as our members come together to showcase their skills and passion for tennis. It’s going to be a fantastic time for players and spectators.

Picture the vibrant courts, bathed in sunshine, with players rallying back and forth, unleashing their powerful serves, and executing impressive volleys. Whether you’re a seasoned player or a beginner, our Championships cater to all levels, promoting an inclusive and supportive atmosphere.

With a lively atmosphere, passionate players, and enthusiastic spectators, the Tennis Club Championships are sure to leave you with unforgettable moments and a strong sense of belonging to our tennis community. Please do come and watch and support the players.

Come and support our players in the semi-finals and finals during the Championship weekend from 1st – 3rd September. And find out who we crown as our 2023 club champions!

Risbygate Tennis Update

22 July 2023


Risbygate tennis teams have had another good season in the summer leagues. With 11 teams in local leagues plus the elite team representing the club in the National League, Risbygate tennis players are representing at every level.

Our men’s first team, captained by Asa Sumner-Keens and sponsored by TP Fire & Security, secured fourth place in the National Open Men’s – Southeast and retain their position in the 2024 league. This was an incredible achievement that gave the team the opportunity to compete at a high level against ATP ranked players.

Over the winter Asa and his team competed in the National Premier League (NPL) qualifying for the finals. On the 25th of May, the team attended the NPL finals at St George’s Hill, Surrey, to compete in the knockout rounds of this competition. In the first round, they faced Warwick Boat Club who were led by ATP doubles player Marcus Willis. Sadly, Risbygate lost 3-1 to Warwick which finished their tournament.

Cambs League 2023

In the division 1 of the Cambs league, Risbygate men’s first team were crowned champions for the second year running. A feat never achieved before by the club. This team has grown and support young talented tennis players coming up through to club who are able to compete at this exceptionally high level. Players who represented the team included – Asa Sumner-Keens (Capt.), Seth Newman, Christof Schaertlin-Coffey, Fred Clark, Orry Farnworth, Luca Shamsi.

Risbygate men’s second team finished fourth in division 2 of the Cambs League. The team worked hard for this season, hoping for promotion to division 1. They were competitive throughout the league but were up against tough competition. Players included Thomas Taylor, Robi, Sam Radcliffe and Fred Clark.

Risbygate men’s third team plays Cambs division 11 and are currently second in the league with two matches to play.Players representing the team include Nick Jeffries, Iggi, John Ferguson, Stuart Lee, Dave Leeson, Derek Bourke, Luke McGhee, Jason Weston, Rory Dale – all playing great tennis and enjoying the friendly nature of this league!

In Cambs Ladies Division 1, Risbygate Ladies first team have fought hard but finished in 8th place. This means demotion to division 2 for the 2024 season. Risbygate players representing our ladies 1st team included Jo Harpur, Salome Smit, Gail Corcoran (Capt.) and Sarah Wells.

In Cambs Ladies Division 4, Risbygate ladies second team have also completed the league in 7th place out of 8 teams.

Risbygate continues to complete in the summer months in the Norfolk and Suffolk Leagues. Results will be reported later in the season.

About Risbygate Tennis

Risbygate Sports Club provides Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area with sports, social activities and much more.

The rackets section includes tennis and squash, with dedicated coaching for all ages, supporting grassroots participation to competitive club teams and social sessions. There are many opportunities for both beginners and experienced players to get fit, meet friends and have fun!

As a member of the LTA, we support its vision of ‘Tennis opened up,’ with the mission to grow tennis by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming, and enjoyable.

Please direct any tennis media enquiries to Judith Pugh, Press Officer, Risbygate Sports Club – racquets division, 07790468016, judithfp@icloud.com.

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Future events

For further details on tennis club events contact Nick Jeffries on tennisrisbygate@gmail.com.

Adult group coaching

• Tuesday mornings – 9.00 am and 11.00 am for club level players, 10 am for team players.

For more information contact Paul Hope at (paul@titantennisacademy.co.uk).

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