Tim Boland found success at his 4th Grand Slam attempt with a boot-iful performance of net attacking to lead the way in the ATP rankings table with 3 slams left this Winter.

A Fantastic afternoons tennis was had this past Sunday in a rare competitive singles tournament in the First Open, of the Second ever Grand slam of Handicap singles Tennis at Walsall Tennis Club. Competitors are invited to play in 4 Grand Slam events fighting for ranking points to be tallied up at the end to find the top 8 totals. They will then go on to compete for £60 cash prize and Grand slam champion title at the ATP finals in March.

Eight Men and just one lady (defending champ) fought out this years Australian Open, each benefiting or being hampered by a handicap (according to their ability/experience) in each of the 8 round robin tie breaks they played, knowing the top 8 would advance to a straight knock out draw to fight for the big ranking points! Here’s what happened in the group stage and the handicaps they played off in the race to 7 points. When BOTH players had plus OR minus handicaps, starting scores were adapted so at least one player started on zero.

GRAYSON MARLOW  +1         WON 2/8   40 POINTS 8TH

PAUL MAGUIRE          -3          WON 6/8  50 POINTS 2ND as lost to Dudley

CHRIS MAGUIRE        +1         WON 4/8  38POINTS 6TH

TIM BOLAND                -1          WON 5/8  49 POINTS 3RD as more points than Luke and Jack

DUDLEY WRIGHT       -3         WON 6/8  50 POINTS 1ST as beat Paul

DAVID KHAYAT           +3        WON 0/8  33 POINTS 9TH

RHIANNON ROBINSON +2   WON 3/8  42 POINTS  7TH

LUKE GWALCHMAI     +1       WON 5/8  47 POINTS 4TH as more points than Jack

JACK EVANS                  O         WON 5/8 43 POINTS 5TH as less points than Luke

Handicaps proved very good with everyone losing at least 2 games each, inexperienced David came within 1 point of victory 3 times but may benefit from an extra point next time, we also saw very competitive debuts by Grayson and Jack. Just 1 Win separated the top 5 players providing one of the tightest groups ever, with last years points winner Dudley pipping it from ATP Finals runner up Paul in 2nd place.

These results meant that the top 8 qualified for the knock out tournament, however these positions above would determine where losing quarter finalists and semi finalists would finish in relation to fellow losers. Knockout matches would be same handicaps and best of 3, first to 7 point tie breaks with handicaps being used in every set.

QUARTERS

1ST DUDLEY v 8TH GRAYSON    DUDLEY WINS 7-5 7-5  Grayson gains 2 Ranking Points for 8th

4TH LUKE v 5TH JACK               LUKE WINS 7-2 7-1  Jack gains 5 Ranking Points for 5th

3RD TIM v 6TH CHRIS                 TIM WINS 7-5 7-4 Chris gains 4 Ranking Points for 6th

2ND PAUL v 7TH RHIANNON   PAUL WINS 7-4 7-2 Rhiannon gains 3 Ranking Points for 7th

Grayson put up a great fight, Luke had a voodoo over Jack beating him in 3 straight sets after Jack had won 5 consecutive group games, Chris gets best ever GS finish in 6th and last year’s champion fell to 2nd seed Paul, Meaning all top 4 advanced to the Semi’s without dropping a set, quite unusual, so onto the semi’s.

SEMI’S

1ST DUDLEY v 4TH LUKE    LUKE WINS 7-6 7-5    Dudley gains 10 Ranking Points for 3rd place

2ND PAUL v 3RD TIM    TIM WINS 7-3 7-3     Paul gains 7 Ranking Points for 4th place

Luke’s retrieving and running lived up to his nickname ‘the wall’ as Dudley couldn’t find enough answers, Tim dominated Paul by dictating all rallies by invading net and forcing errors or hitting volley winners, so top 2 crash in semi’s a repeat result in last years Australian Open for Paul and Dudley.

Retired players stayed in the cool conditions to watch a new champion be crowned, in what would be 5 different winners in 5 grand slams proving how balanced the handicapping has made these tournament results.

FINAL

4TH LUKE v 3RD TIM   TIM WINS 7-4 7-4      Tiger Tim’s level just didn’t drop and Mr consistent takes his 1st title, proving one match too far for the young pretender Luke who has to be delighted with 2nd in a strong line up.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN RUNNER UP…. LUKE GWALCHMAI gains 13 Ranking Points and 1/2 Price Entry into the FRENCH OPEN AND……

2013 AUSTRALIAN OPEN WINNER … TIM BOLAND gains 16 Ranking Points and Free wildcard into the FRENCH OPEN.

All competitors had a great time and the handicaps are there to give every possibility for close games and unpredictable results, but they can’t account for players being in top form or being totally out of sorts, or how players can react to coping with the handicaps given in pressure situations.

Remember, you can still easily qualify for the ATP finals even if you didn’t enter the Australian Open.

FRENCH OPEN 1PM Sunday December 8th

WIMBLEDON 1PM Sunday January 12th

US OPEN 1PM Sunday February 9th

ATP FINALS top 8 only Sunday March 2nd 1PM

Already entered for FRENCH OPEN are Tim Boland and Michael Boland so a maximum of 10 places remaining, be quick to enter!!

So here is the current ATP RANKINGSFinal action

1ST TIM BOLAND  16 POINTS

2ND LUKE GWALCHMAI 13 POINTS

3RD DUDLEY WRIGHT   10 POINTS

4TH PAUL MAGUIRE  7 POINTS

5TH JACK EVANS    5 POINTS

6TH CHRIS MAGUIRE   4 POINTS

7TH RHIANNON ROBINSON  3 POINTS

8TH GRAYSON MARLOW  2 POINTS

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9TH DAVID KHAYAT     1 POINT

So well done Tim, 1o days to go for FRENCH OPEN on DECEMBER 8TH 1PM….. ENTER NOW!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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