After 4 superbly, hard fought Grand Slam Handicap Singles events and 274 tie break matches played we now know our 4 qualifiers for the £50 plus trophy, Main event at next weeks ATP finals. We also know our 4 very classy support acts playing for 5th position and £10 prize to make next weeks final event a fantastic spectacle. Read on to find out the deserving players and details of next Sundays Grand Finale to a truly Superb series of tournaments, but first you may want to catch your breath as you find out how our biggest field so far got on at the final US Open event yesterday.

So Sunday just gone, in the final race to Qualify we had a huge 12 man field including Rhiannon, still in 2nd place looking to hold on to a top 4 finish. We started at 2pm and played right through to the final at 5pm with no breaks featuring 84 Tie breaks. We had one new debutant hoping to make top 8 with a 2nd or 1st place finish, Luke and we had Paul return to attempt to keep Tim and Emmanuel at bay. Already qualified Dudley looking for a few more ranking points to secure 1st position after 3 semi final appearances including French Open title.

Below is how the players fared in the mammoth group stages including the handicaps they played off in each match in the race to 7 points matches. Most wins determines group placing, then if tied total points won and then as we needed in one case if also tied then it goes on head to head result.

DUDLEY WRIGHT -3            WON 7/11  65 POINTS  3RD

PAUL MAGUIRE  -3              WON 8/11   69 POINTS  2ND

DAVE TWIST  -2                     WON 5/11  48 POINTS 9TH

ANTHONY BOLAND -1         WON 6/11   58 POINTS 8TH on least points out of Ajay, Nick, Nick and Tim

NICK ALLEN -1                       WON 6/11    60 POINTS 6TH on head to head result v Tim and more points than Anthony

NICK ADDO -1                         WON 6/11   62 POINTS 5TH on more points than Nick, Tim and Anthony

TIM BOLAND -1                       WON 6/11 60 POINTS 7TH on more points than Anthony

EMMANUEL OMODENI +1   WON 1/11  38 POINTS 12TH

CHRIS MAGUIRE +1                WON 2/11 58 POINTS 11TH

LUKE GWALCHMAI +2          WON 9/11 75 POINTS 1ST

RHIANNON ROBINSON +2   WON 4/11 58 POINTS 10TH

AJAYA GHOSH +3                    WON 6/11  67 POINTS 4TH on more points than Nick, Nick, Tim and Anthony

In the tightest group ever, can’t believe 5 wins is not enough to get into top 8 for the Quarters, Luke as newcomer is firm favourite only dropping 2 points from an incredible maximum of 77 points, Wimbledon winner Emman had a nightmare and must hope certain people fail in the quarters to save any hopes of a top 4 finish in the Leaderboard!

After the sums were added and a quick 10 minute break the quarters finals were announced as follows, for the best of three tie breaks format for all knock-out matches with handicaps staying the same.

QUARTERS

1st LUKE GWALCHMAI v 8th ANTHONY BOLAND, for 2nd grand slam running 8th shocks 1st with Luke losing to the hungry Ant 5-7 4-7 Luke gains 5 Ranking points for highest place QF loser.

4th AJAYA GHOSH v 5th NICK ADDO, Ajay marches on winning tight game in 3, 7-5 4-7 7-4, Nick gains 4 points for next placed QF loser and secure top 8 finish.

3rd DUDLEY WRIGHT v 6th NICK ALLEN Dudley avenges Nick’s group victory with a 7-4 7-0 scoreline, Nick gains 3 points after 4 Quarter finals and also secures top 8 finish.

2nd PAUL MAGUIRE v 7th TIM BOLAND Paul survives 2 match points in closest quarter final winning 4-7 7-6 7-6 Tim gains 2 points as lowest placed QF position and also cements top 8 finish.

In an identical repeat of Wimbledon Quarters top seed loses to 8th position and rest of top 4 advance to Semi’s.

SEMI’S

8th ANTHONY BOLAND v 4th AJAYA GHOSH Anthony makes his 1st Final 7-5 7-4 stopping Ajaya who collects a very respectable 7 points.

3rd DUDLEY WRIGHT v 2nd PAUL MAGUIRE Paul squeezes through in the pairs latest tussle 7-4 4-7 4-7, Dudley takes 10 points to cruise to number 1 ranked player spot.

So after a gruelling day we have our 2 new finalists making it 8 out of 8 unique finalists showing what a great leveller this Handicap event has been (credit to the organiser). Both Paul and Ant realise they have done enough to get top 4 place in ATP finals, but both desperate to be called the US Open Grand Slam winner. Anthony is the fresher after 2 straightforward victories compared to Paul ‘living on the edge’ scraping through two long 3 setters, the crowd watches with anticipation for a new champ to be crowned.

FINAL

8th ANTHONY BOLAND v 2nd PAUL MAGUIRE.  Paul is first out the blocks with a 7-2 lead, but the crowd pleaser Anthony levels with a 7-4 reply to force a decider. Ant commanded firm control leading 6-3 guaranteeing 4 match points, but with good battling from Maguire and 2 doubles from nervous Boland (1 on the deciding match point) victory is handed to the policeman in what can only be described as daylight robbery.  This was an exact replica of Wimbledon as 2nd beats 8th in the final agian (cue Asian syndicate match fixing investigation). Paul is crowned US Open champ as Nick Allen again gives an electrifying performance in presenting the prizes to the finalists.

So all that was left was for the final leader board to be worked out to see who played in which event and against who, with those missing out hoping for a lucky call up.

Here are the point scorers from the final Grand Slam… PAUL 16 ANTHONY 13 DUDLEY 10 AJAYA 7 LUKE 5 NICK ADDO 4 NICK ALLEN 3 TIM 2 DAVE 1 RHIANNON 1 CHRIS 1 EMMANUEL 1

Here’s what those points meant for the final leaderboard.

Dudley wins top spot but by no means can be crowned ATP GRAND SLAM OF TENNIS HANDICAP CHAMPION yet!! Paul cruises to 2nd after 3 brilliant performances, Rhiannion our 1st ever GS champion clings on to 3rd and Anthony, the only top 4 finisher not to win a slam, breaks Emmanuel’s heart to pip him to 4th to battle for trophy and £50 prize next Sunday.

Tim finishes 6th behind Emman and Nick Addo and Nick Allen complete the top 8 to battle for 5th place next Sunday, Hazel, Ajaya, Richard and Chris must wait and see if they get a 2nd chance.

Here are how next Sundays Semi Finals will be played out in best of 7 tie break sets

CHAMPION DRAW

1ST DUDLEY WRIGHT v 4TH ANTHONY BOLAND

2ND PAUL MAGUIRE v 3RD RHIANNON ROBINSON

5TH PLACED DRAW

5TH EMMANUEL OMODENI v 8TH NICK ALLEN

6TH TIM BOLAND v 7TH NICK ADDO

As with professional tournaments, players have to withdraw with injuries or other commitments such as contracted TV appearances, well this ATP final is no different. Unfortunately both Paul and Rhiannon are unavailable to compete on Sunday, so Emman and Tim get elevated to the main event. Hazel also couldn’t accept but Ajaya and Richard could accept their lucky invite into the 5th placed draw, these players have every right now to cause some upsets and take their chance.

So here is the new revised draws

CHAMPION DRAW

1ST DUDLEY WRIGHT -3 v 6TH TIM BOLAND -1

4TH ANTHONY BOLAND -1 v 5TH EMMANUEL OMODENI +1

5th PLACED DRAW

7TH NICK ADDO -1 v 11TH RICHARD WOODSTOCK +2

8TH NICK ALLEN -1 V 10TH AJAYA GHOSH +3

Sundays Semi’s at 2pm will be best of 7 (1st to 4) tb sets, losing semi finalists will then be in a play off also best of 7. The 5th placed final also is the best of 7 with the CHAMPIONS FINAL being the best of 9 (1st to 5) sets to crown the WINNER. Each player will leave the day with an ATP final placed certificate ranging from 1st to 8th.

For those unlucky ones just missing out, it would be great to see your support on the day for our finale and competitors please invite supporters to watch and enjoy the array of biscuits and hot drinks on offer.

It’s been a terriffic series of events so far, so a big thank you to the 17 that played, I’ve really enjoyed watching and organising and cannot wait for Sunday spectacular finale to crown our inaugural Grand slam of tennis champion and to write the final review.

*In the event of postponement for foul weather, for any reason, then the original line ups will have 1st invite again for the rearranged date (whatever it will be)*

Thanks Clayton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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