Five years ago my father passed away at what is by today’s standards the relatively young age of 64. I wanted then to focus a little on his own love of tennis and how unlikely that seemed from his years growing up. It is thanks to my mum’s family that dad wasn’t so much converted […]Read More ME: My Dad, the unlikely tennis convert.
In an earlier post somewhat dripping in melancholy I all but bade farewell to my tennis playing career. A ruptured lumbar disc and some harsh words from my consultant made the possibility of returning to the court seem bleak. Of course, I’m happy to be in good health otherwise and very grateful, but now watching […]Read More ME: When watching the sport I love becomes torture
This post may collapse into sentimentality and self-pity, but then a lumbar-disc bulge/herniation will do that to you believe me! As the title of this post indicates, I was told by my consultant last week that I am unlikely to play tennis again – at the very least not for 18 months and I […]Read More My Matches – Hanging up the racquet (for a while at least)
Mike Drain def Al Warwick 7-5, 1-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 Played over two days, this was a triumphant return to form to a rivalry which had gone somewhat cold in recent years. To be honest, I’d fancied my chances on this one; Mike had struggled in our other recent mini-matches which produced a fair draw […]Read More My Matches 2017: Mike stands the heat in five-set thriller
Two and a half matches so far this year and there is hope despite what have been two losses from two so far. David Baker def, Al Warwick 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 In another match over multiple meetings and a mixture of indoor and outdoor conditions, it was in the end a familiar narrative. […]Read More My Matches 2017: New season but a similar feeling as Dave and Rob win again
It has been a long long time since we last had an update here – and I feel about as disconnected from the sport I adore, than I have for many years. Still, with the second Slam of the year just around the corner, let’s look at who’s been wrapping up the wins […]Read More My matches 2016 and a small Spring season round-up
April 2016: Rob Field def Al Warwick 6-2, 7-5 It was an overdue start to the 2016 season (I had played some exhibitions against Sophie which were both fun and rewarding – for the record, she genuinely came close to beating me in both). Myself and Rob were somewhat tentative here, owing both to the comparative […]Read More My Matches 2016: A real head-scratcher as Rob takes advantage of my mental MIA