Barry Scollo Monthly Blog September 2013

11 September 2013

It has been an exceptionally busy summer of tennis all round!

Following all the successes of Wimbledon there was not much time to reflect as all players, coaches and parents started disappearing to tournaments and events all over the UK and the world.

However, back at base, there was the small matter of the new grade 2 domestic national event. This saw almost 500 keen tennis players from around the country descend on Bath for an excellent week of competitive tennis. It was an outstanding event that will only get better next year. Notable performances from home based players such as Dan Little and Amelia Bisset… well done.

A big thank you must go to Chris Matthews, Pete Martin and all duty/facilities managers/staff for organising and managing a great week-long event.

Whilst all players were touring for domestic points, international rankings and glory we confirmed the resurface of the indoor courts which is a fantastic investment by the University. This will provide all comers with a better playing surface for the years ahead, and will also slow the surface down which will help performance players in many aspects of their play.

IHPC Academy

Key performances from Team Bath players over July and August:

Sam Murray breaking the top 200 WTA with great performances in the Canadian Challenger circuit and saw her qualify for the US Open where she won a match in qualifying.

Samm Butler won the Aegon U18 National Championships and picked up his first ATP point of his professional career.

Dan Little won grade 2 at Bath and put in some great performances en-route to the final of the 16s Nationals.

Yousseff Hassan won the U18 boys doubles at the Aegon Nationals.

Richard Gabb career high 415 ATP and claimed his seventh Doubles titles with Marcus Daniell who are closing in on top 300.

Marcus Daniell has again been asked to represent New Zealand in Davis Cup.

Congratulations to all Academy players that took titles at their respective County Closed events.

Club tennis

Throughout July and August the courts were mostly taken up with summer camps these looked like the best we have ever had.

The summer camps catered for all ages and had great numbers and coach to player ratios under the guidance of Matt Smith Head of Club coaching… well done to Matt and all the coaching team during these hectic camp weeks!

In addition, bookings came in fast and we are now full entering the new September Term which is great news for the programme!

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