Tennis

IRTPA Championships at Manchester Tennis & Racquets Club

18 Oct 2011

Professional Championships from Manchester


Full results at http://www.irtpa.com/index.php/realtennis/ladder/1133

Friday 21 October

  • QF 1 Bryn Sayers bt Dave Woodman 6/3 6/2 6/2
  • QF 2 Steve Virgona bt Rod Mc Naughtan 6/1 6/0 6/3
  • QF 3 Tim Chisholm bt Chris Chapman 6/1 6/4 6/2
  • QF 4 Ben Matthew bt Jon Dawes 6/3 6/2 6/4
  • Saturday 22 October

  • SF 1 Steve Virgona bt Tim Chisholm 5/6 6/0 6/2 6/4
  • SF 2 Bryn Sayers bt Ben Matthews 2/6 6/0 6/2 4/6 6/4
  • Monday 24 October

  • 1300 Taylor Cup Final (New Professionals) John Lumley bt Josh Dodgson 6/1 6/3
  • 1430 Satellite Final Matt Ronaldson bt Andrew Fowler 6/5 6/0
  • 1630 IRTPA Championship Final Steve Virgona bt Bryn Sayers 6/3 6/4 6/2
  • Both Steve and Bryn were out of the blocks quickly, trading shots and points in a tight first set which eventually Steve took 6/3. Bryn established an early lead in the second set, leading 3/1 and then 4/3, but Steve came back repeatedly with his trademark forehand, finally winning through 6/3 to take a 2-0 lead. Although the third set was tight, Steve edged into a commanding 5/1 before Bryn was able to respond. The rankings held true as Setve took the third set 6/2 to complete an extremely good tournement in the run up to next year's World Challenge. Both players showed respect for each other and the final was played with typical exemplary sportsmanship. The event was extremely well covered by RealTennis TV, with expert and lively commentary by Matt Ronaldson and Ben Matthews.


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