What’s Been Happening At The Club
8-9 February 2019: Thomas Enqvist Visit
Thomas Karl Johan Enqvist (born 13 March 1974) is a former professional tennis player from Sweden.
He was quickly touted as the only Swede who could follow in the footsteps of Björn Borg, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg, and was ranked as high as World No. 4 (which he attained in 1999) in the ATP Rankings, reaching the final of the Australian Open the same year
Throughout his career, Enqvist finished a year ranked in the top 10 four times and won at least one ATP title for six consecutive years. In 1998 he underwent surgery in Stockholm to remove a small piece of bone from his right foot and had surgery on his right shoulder to repair a repetitive strain injury. Despite his surgeries, Enqvist posted some impressive victories, including wins over Pete Sampras, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Andy Roddick.
Enqvist won a total of 19 singles titles, the most significant being ATP Masters Series titles at Paris (1996), Stuttgart (1999) and Cincinnati (2000). He also won one doubles title.
His best showing at a Grand Slam event was in 1999, when he beat Jan-Michael Gambill, Byron Black, Pat Rafter, Mark Philippoussis, Marc Rosset and Nicolás Lapentti before he lost the Australian Open final to Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia. He also reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2001 and at the 1996 Australian Open.
Enqvist was a force on the Swedish Davis Cup team. In 1998, he helped Sweden reach the finals of the Davis Cup for the fourth time in five years. He currently works as captain for the Swedish Davis Cup team and as an expert commentator for Eurosport Sweden.
We welcomed a junior team from Guernsey Tennis center to the Caesarean on Sunday 18th November, their team consisted of eight players in total ranging in ages from 10 years to 13 years of age.
With the aim to get as many matches played as possible within the six hours court time, we decided the format for the matches would be best of three sets but the first two sets being first to four and the third as a championship tie break.
In the six hours, thirty matches were played and there were some outstanding performances, especially from Joel Mckinlay who impressed with his solid baseline play and patience in beating the highly rated Marcus Thomas.
It was also impressive that the attitudes of all of the players were of a high standard and they all had a great time playing against players who are new to them.
Coach Jo Robinson from Guernsey and coaches Andrew Evans and Justin Sandever are looking forward to the rematch early next year in Guernsey as these matches are an excellent way to improve the standard of our performance juniors.
29 October 2018: Half Term Camps
Half Term Camps have kicked off and the kids are having a great time!
October 2018: Tash Forrest Achievement Update
Tash Forrest has played in the final match in the U18 nationals at the USN Arena Bolton (25-28 October). She played four matches in total and gained confidence and strength with each one. One match she won and she was very narrowly defeated in two; with continued match practice at this level she has the ability to win these close encounters! Tash’s attitude both on and off the court was impeccable and it was a pleasure to see her interact with her peers during training and match play. She certainly proved herself worthy of the clubs support and was a fantastic ambassador for the Caesarean tennis club and our sponsor Quilter Cheviot.
Here is what Tash had to say, in her own words:
“I really enjoyed the trip away to the U18 winter national tour, as I gained an insight into what it is like to play at that level, and how girls my age are competing on a regular basis, it also gave me an indication of where I need to be before the next big step up to America next year, where I will be training full time along with studying. Those types of competitions are important for my development I lack that in Jersey due to the same players I play on a regular basis. It is beneficial to have diversity when playing different opponents when competing in the U.K. and in France as I am not able to experience that in Jersey. I had an amazing time at the national tour and I’m hoping to do many more in the future.”
October 2018: Stuart Parker Progress Update
My first tournament was in Chauray where I played a 2/6 first match and won 6-0 6-0. The following day I played a 0 in the semis and won 7-6 6-0 and played the final after against a 1/6 who had beaten the other -4/6 to make final. So I knew he was in form and obviously playing some of his best tennis. I won 6-4 7-6 and overall I wouldn’t say I played my best tennis this tournament but it was the first one so I was happy to win.
The next tournament was in Descartes where I won my first match 6-3 6-1 against a 0. I didn’t feel comfortable on the courts there but the following day I played my semis against a -15 former top 100 in France for many years (just gone down this season) where I won 6-4 2-6 7-5 lasting almost 3 hours. The final was to be played against a -4/6 and he was a bit tired from the match before so making it easier for me winning 6-1 6-3. Again I wasn’t happy with how I played but fought well in the pressure moments.
Bressiure was the next one where I would play a 0 and win 6-3 6-4. The semis was against a -4/6 and it was a better match we both played good tennis but I won 7-5 6-4. The final was against the same -15 so we knew each other having played just a few days earlier. I was still looking to up my game this tournament but it didn’t happen until the final. He started strong taking the first set 6-4 but I still felt good as even though I lost the first set I was happy with my performance so far. I took the next set 6-0 and the final set 6-2 winning 4-6 6-0 6-2. I was very happy with my level this match and my next tournament is a CNGT in Rouen.
14 October 2018: Danny Sapsford & James Auckland Visit
Last Sunday Danny Sapsford and James Auckland, both Davis Cup players, taught juniors and seniors throughout the day and played an exhibition match with Andrew Evans and Jeremy Cross.
It was an excellent day and we thank Quilter Cheviot for sponsoring the event.
30 September 2018: 45+ and 55+ Veterans Inter-Insulars
45+ Veterans Inter-Insular: Jersey v Guernsey at Caesarean Club, Jersey – Sunday 30th September 2018
Jersey retained the Hardy Brothers Trophy by virtue of being the holders after a drawn match.
The victorious Jersey team (Left to Right, Back Row first) –
David Warr, Paul Lennon, Craig Stewart, Andrzej Radomski, Franck Matthews, Ian Morgan, John Hanna, Lee Ingram;
Sarah Barnes, Jolanta Szczerbiak, Christine Budd, Karen Barnes, Jo Chaplin, Anna-Lisa Major, Gillian Marsh, Vicky Gardham
Captains – Ian Morgan (J) & Quentin Rose (G)
Referee – John Treleven (J)
55+ Super Veterans Inter-Insular, Guernsey v Jersey at Longcamps, Guernsey – Sunday 30th September 2018
Jersey regain the Smeed Family Trophy after a 13-11 win in Guernsey.
The victorious Jersey team in the attached picture (left to right) –
Frank Bougeard, Jean Coakley, John Pasturel, Steve Syvret, Helen Barnes, Swastik Watts, Michelle Fielding, Mick Woolley, Eliane Lamotte, Dot Sykes, Sean Peters, Sue Holland (with the trophy), Nigel Guegan, Carol Kerr, Barry Birch, Trish Irving
Autumn 2018: Alex Picot Trust Ladies Team Tennis
The second session of the 2018 Alex Picot Trust Ladies Team Tennis Series came to a conclusion last night with the closest set of matches seen over the ten weeks of the league.
It also saw the first defeat of the eventual champions, by the runners-up, but the margin of their lead was such that they could not be caught overall.
Ladies Team Captain Karen Barnes presented the prizes to the winners, runners up and “wooden spoonists”, the latter being the most closely contested!
From July to October over 50 players, making up 6 teams, took part in weekly matches, with 30 of them attending the presentations and ensuing meal.
A big thank you to Alex Picot and Derek Rhodes for their continued support of this great event.
1st – Team E (Zoe Wauton) plus 154
2nd – Team F (Jo Chaplin) plus 45
3rd – Team D (Sue Holland) minus 2
4th – Team C (Maureen Corrigan) minus 62
5th – Team A (Fiona Picot) minus 64
6th – Team B (Marj Rimeur) minus 71
Team E comprised – Siobhan Cadby, Lee Falle, Pat Pascual, Patrice Romeril, Neera Watts and Zoe Wauton
Team F was – Christine Budd, Jo Chaplin, Sarah Evans, Miriam Gouge, Davina Hives, Henrietta Manton-Jones and Alison Taylor
14-16 September: Pop Up and Open Day
The Caesarean Tennis Club hosted two Pop Up events on Friday and Saturday in Liberation Square followed by an Open Day at the Club on Sunday morning. We benefited from the amazing summer weather and received much interest in our Club from families and individuals.
It was very encouraging to see how many people followed up by coming to the Open Day on Sunday. We saw a number of children and adults getting on court and “giving it a go”, meeting with the coaches and learning what the Club has to offer.
A huge “thank you” must go out to the ladies who provided so many delicious cakes which was served with tea and coffee during the Open Day morning. Not forgetting of course all the members who supported both events in many forms – coaching / general playing / answering questions / taking photographs and much more.
These photos will give a good idea of the great atmosphere which prevailed all Sunday morning.
With an active interest in becoming members, we expect to see some new faces around the Club very soon! Please make them welcome.