While much of the rest of Britain and Ireland was suffering the aftermath of storms and floods, the IRTA enjoyed a calm and pleasant weekend of tennis at Holyport RTC in mid-February. Saturday 15th saw a match between the IRTA and the locals (though some of the locals were also Irish...), and then on Sunday 16th we held a doubles tournament, with pairs (mainly) made up of one Holyport player and one IRTA member. Excellent lunch was provided on Saturday by Jill Newby, and on Sunday by Derek O'Sullivan, and spectators in the course of the weekend included several IRTA supporters, not least our Honorary Professional, Stef King.

Many thanks to Jill Newby, who encouraged the IRTA to return to Holyport (venue for our Championships in 2005 and 2006) and coordinated the event, to the pros Andy Chinneck and Chris Bray for marking on each day, and to all at Holyport — players, pros, and committee, for welcoming us so warmly to their club.


Photos courtesy Roland Budd and Chris Bray.


The order of play, and (some of) the results, are below:

Saturday 15th February

Roland Budd & William Wilks56Andy Parkinson & Jill Newby
Roland Budd26Colm O'Shea
Derek O'Sullivan & John Previte65James McDermott & Nigel Kenyon
Fin Ramjane & Zak Ramjane60Gill Goddard & Jonathan Horrocks

Sunday 16th February

Play was organised in two groups:

Group AGroup B
Roland Budd & Nick ParkinsonJohn Previte & Nigel Kenyon
Paul Cattermull & Malcolm ThorpBob Stacey & Jamie Sears
Mark Heffernan & Patrick JenkinsClaire Stacey & Ben Seifert
Derek O'Sullivan & Keith Smith

The semi-finals and finals then unfolded as follows:

Budd & Parkinson
Semi-final 1Budd & Parkinson
Stacey & Sears
 FinalBudd & Parkinson
O'Sullivan & Smith 
Semi-final 2O'Sullivan & Smith
Heffernan & Jenkins