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UK Combined Services Real Tennis and Rackets Championship

May 18, 2022

May 04, 2022 - May 06, 2022 Queen's Captain Mark Thornton

The 2022 Combined Services RT & R Championships took place at the Queen’s Club for the first time since 2019. Representatives of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force competed, with both serving and retired personnel enjoying the wonderful comradeship built up across the years.

There was fierce competition throughout this year's tournament, held May 4 through May 6, and it was excellent to see so many serving and retired members on court again after such a long break.

Full marks to the Army and their strength in depth, brilliantly organised by Lieutenant Jeremy Bushell, who swept away the silverware, despite valiant efforts by the Senior Service. Farewell also to Major Nick Heppenstall, soon to be deployed to New Zealand, after many years as Chairman of the Army T&R Association..

Particular congratulations to super-fit Sidney Yankson (HAC) for such a successful few days.

The results were as follows:

Real Tennis Past and Present Singles

Winner – S Yankson 6/0 6/0

Runner Up – Maj M Thornton

Real Tennis Past and Present Doubles

Winners – Maj Gen J Illingworth and S Yankson 6/3 6/3

Runners Up – Cdr C Davies and Cdr S De Helpert (ROYAL NAVY)

Real Tennis Inter Services Doubles

Winners – Paul Cattermull and S Heilpern (ARMY) 6/0 6/5

Runners Up – Maj M Thornton and Maj O Snell (ARMY)

Rackets Past and Present Singles

Winner – S Yankson 3-0

Runner Up – W Kenyon

Rackets Past and Present Doubles and Inter Services Doubles

(With the same pairs in each final, both competitions were played in one)

Winners – C Fraser and C Marlow-Thomas (ARMY) (The Life Guards) 3-0

Runners Up – W Kenyon and H Akerman (ARMY)

Plans are in place to increase the fixture list for the coming year, so keep checking back to T&RA for updates as they come!

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