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World Championship 2020 Eliminator News

Updated Feb 28, 2020 (Camden Riviere beat Chris Chapman, 7-1)
Published Jan 28, 2020
Camden wins the Final Eliminator 7-1

Camden Riviere vs Chris Chapman - 24th / 26th / 28th February @ The Boston Tennis and Racquet Club

Camden Riviere beat Chris Chapman in the Final Eliminator, 6/3 6/0 6/1 6/5 6/4 1/6 6/1 6/1

The Boston Tennis & Racquet Club is honored to be hosting the World Championship Final Eliminator between Camden Riviere (World #1) and Chris Chapman (World #3).

The Final Eliminator for the World Championships starts this evening at the Tennis & Racquet Club in Boston!

Camden Riviere & Chris Chapman will square up for the right to take on Rob Fahey in the World Championship final in April.

The match is a best of 13 sets match.. They will play 4 sets today, then 4 more sets on Wednesday, and then 5 sets (or what's needed) to complete the match on Friday.

If you would like to watch the match please follow the link below.. It is a 11.30pm UK time start tonight... I'm sure the match will also be available to watch at a more sociable time on the same

Schedule of events:

  • Monday, February 24th, 6:30PM - DAY ONE OF PLAY (4 sets) - Sponsored cocktail party brought to you by Eastham Capital
  • Wednesday, February 26th, 6:30PM - DAY TWO OF PLAY (4 sets) - Sponsored cocktail party brought to you by Morse
  • Friday, February 28th, 6:30PM - DAY THREE OF PLAY (up to 5 sets) - Sponsored cocktail party brought to you by the T&R Board of Governors

Tickets will be available as follows:

PACKAGE RELEASE (available for purchase 2/4 to 2/14)

3 day packages
Reserved Dedans Seat - $225
Reserved Side Gallery Seat - $150
General Admission - $75

INDIVIDUAL DAY TICKETS (available for purchase 2/15 to 2/23)
If still available - please specify Mon, Weds, or Fri
Reserved Dedans Seat - $95
Reserved Side Gallery Seat - $75
General Admission - $35

If you would like to purchase a package / ticket or place an advertisement in the tournament program please contact

Camden Riviere vs Nicky Howell - Monday 27th January @ The Oratory

Despite a valiant effort by Nicky Howell, Camden Riviere progressed to the 2nd round of the World Championship Eliminator, winning 6/3 6/1 6/1 6/4 6/2. Camden will now face the winner of Chris Chapman & Ben Taylor Matthews at Boston in February. Full match report below.

Chris Chapman vs Ben Taylor Matthews - Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th January @ The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club

Chris Chapman beats Ben Taylor-Matthews by 5 sets to 3! An amazing performance by both players saw Chris Chapman progress to the 2nd round of the World Championship Eliminator, winning 6/4 1/6 6/4 4/6 6/4 4/6 6/4 6/3


27 January 2020

On 27 January a near-capacity crowd of 130 eager spectators gathered at the magnificent three-tiered Oratory court to see the first bout of the 2020 Men’s World Championship Elimination process. The match pitted the highest ranked player in the world, Camden Riviere, attempting regain the title that he won so convincingly in 2016, against Nick Howell, ranked at number five, who spent his formative years at this venue. The format was the best of nine sets, with four sets to be played on the first day.

On paper the match appeared to be one-sided, as there was a gulf between their respective handicaps but Nick, making his first challenge for the title, was determined to put in a valiant effort in front of his voluble supporters. His plan was simple: to serve railroads and pummel the grille from the service end; and to play aggressive forces and cut volleys when receiving serve. If Camden returned that first ball, Nick was content to play the galleries to gain the service end. The American’s plan was to employ a variety of his left-handed services to probe for a relative weakness and to use his legendary powers of retrieval to frustrate his opponent.

The opening exchanges were most entertaining, as each man sought to impose his style of play on the other and, after half an hour of play, the score stood at 4/3 in Camden’s favour. Nick was having considerable success with his attacks on the openings, although his opponent’s defence was remarkable. Then there was a burst of three games in which Nick won hardly a point and, suddenly, the contest swung away from him.A pattern emerged of some long, keenly contested games, followed by a period of dominance by the World Number One.

After three sets the match score was 6/3, 6/1, 6/1 in favour of Camden and in most competitions that would be that. In the World Championship, however, a minimum of four sets are required to complete the day’s play, and so the match continued. At 2/5 down in the fourth set, Nicky produced one last show of defiance and rallied to 4/5 before conceding the set. A relatively new rule allows the winner of the first four sets to insist on a fifth on the first day and Camden exercised that privilege to finish off his doughty opponent 6/3, 6/1, 6/1, 6/4, 6/2.

Mention should be made of the courage of a small group of Oratory members who underwrote the event and who then put in a magnificent effort to promote the occasion in a short space of time. Finally, we were indebted to that most consistent and generous sponsor of real tennis, James Simpson of Pol Roger, and to a new supporter, the West Berkshire Brewery.

CJ Ronaldson

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