Keyvan Farmanfarmai 28 December 1941 - 30 June 2015

02 Jul 2015

It is with sadness the T&RA reports that Keyvan Farmanfarmai (known to his friends as the prince) passed away on 30th June 2015.

Keyvan was one of the few players who had played at Ditton Place. This court in at Balcombe, Sussex and the penthouse Club used to play there, run by Patrick Cashell.

Paul Danby reported that he once played there with Keyvan, one Sunday in deep mid winter in 1965, snow on the ground; bitterly cold even with a blazing fire in the Dedans. Keyvan played most of the first set in his heavy overcoat. Such was his special timing it didn’t seem to make much difference. Such a genuine player no matter whether he won or lost he was the same; great wit and sense of humour.

He was a stalwart supporter of our Games when they were in the doldrums and relied on gentlemen like Keyvan to support and play and encourage. He did so at Queens, Leamington, Manchester, Seacourt, Oxford, Moreton Morrell etc. The games owe him a lot. His great mentors were Ron Hughes at Moreton, Frank Willis at Manchester and David Cull at Lords.


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