September 11

James Defusto

James Defusto took the honours at this year's Junior County Closed event with singles victories in the under 16s and under 18s boys singles.

The week long tournament of fine weather was based at The County Ground, with matches also being palyed at The Park Tennis Club and the Nottingham Tennis Centre.  The tournament included 16 singles events and 6 doubles events. This year there were 187 entries and nearly 300 matches were played.

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There will be an all British line up on the penultimate day of the AEGON GB Pro-Series Nottingham.

With six of the eight singles quarter-finalists from Britain, Thursday saw a full house of victories for home players in very pleasant playing conditions outdoors at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

The most comprehensive victory of the day was Richard Bloomfield’s defeat of top seed Mathieu Rodrigues from France. In a match lasting a little over an hour, the Norwich player was in commanding form to complete a 6-2, 6-1 victory. Bloomfield will now play Josh Goodall, in a repeat of last week’s final at Roehampton.

Goodall the 3rd seed, who is going for a hat trick of singles titles over the last three weeks, was leading Mehdi Ziadi 6-4, 3-1, when the Moroccan had to retire with a back injury.

Friday’s other semi-final is between David Rice and Alex Ward. Ward the 5th seed, ended Andrew Fitzpatrick’s good run, recovering from losing the first set to record a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory in a match lasting just over two hours, whilst 4th seed Rice beat his doubles partner Sean Thornley 6-2, 6-4.

There was consolation for Thornley later in the day, when with Rice, they reached the Men’s Doubles final with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-0 victory over Irish pair Sam Barry / Daniel Glancy.

They will play 2nd seeds and winners at Roehampton last week Josh Goodall and Marcus Willis in Friday’s Doubles final.

Play starts on Friday at 11.00am with the two Singles semi-finals. Entry for spectators is free.

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Norfolk’s Richard Bloomfield completed a very satisfying week in the AEGON GB Pro-Series Nottingham, when capturing his first pro title of 2011. 

For the second match in a row, the 27 year old recovered from losing the first set, to win. After an exchange of early breaks, the first set went to a tie break, which Bloomfield looked to be in control of when leading 6-3 with two mini breaks. However, Ward whose strong ground strokes were enhanced by a period of training in Spain on the red clay, tenaciously hung in to win 5 points in a row for the first set.

With rain clouds gathering at the beginning of the 2nd set, a key turning point seemed to be when play was suspended for rain with Alex Ward holding a break point at 2-2.

With the players returning to court after a one hour rain delay, strong serving from Bloomfield averted the break point, and then went on to hold serve. Using a shift of momentum to his advantage, the Norwich player then broke and closed out the 2nd set 6-3. 

In a final set with very little to separate the two players, a decisive break saw Bloomfield serving for the match at 5-4. Ward saved the first match point with a superb winning backhand lob, then repeated the feat a point later with a passing shot. However, Bloomfield was not to be denied on his 3rd championship point, with another excursion to the net to seal victory 6-7(6) 6-3 6-4.

The Summer Season Leaderboards have come to an end and the winners and runners up will shortly be receiving their medals and prizes.

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GB Junior Davis Cup

Nottinghamshire's, Luke Bambridge, played in the Great Britain 16U Junior Team which won the Junior Davis Cup in Mexico.

Great Britain 16U boys have won the Junior Davis Cup title after defeating second seeds Italy 2-0 in the final on Sunday.



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