After 5 years of superb handicap tennis action and the imminent closure of Walsall Tennis Club, it’s time to adapt and keep this Grand Slam superb format going. With 4 tennis courts needed, it makes perfect sense to move to the very popular touchtennis format on the 6 purpose built courts at the Arboretum, as we haven’t access to 4 tennis courts.

The format remains the same with a few changes/improvements.

Players compete for ranking points over 4 grand slam tournament to qualify for the ATP finals for the top 8, rankings table will be updated after each slam.

Players are handicapped so everyone has an equal chance of success.

Tie break sets are used in a group stage, and best of 3 tie breaks are used in knockout stages for the top 8 in each Grand Slam.

Ranking Points are awarded correspondent to where you finish.  Winner gets Free Entry to next one.

After 4 Grand Slams, the top 8 are called back for the ATP Finals which is a knockout format, 1v8 4v5 3v6 2v7.

Big cash prize and trophy for the winner of the Finals, Handicaps remain throughout the season. Players could be on -4 points or even start on +4 etc.

CHANGES/ IMPROVEMENTS going from Tennis to touchtennis.

TOURNAMENT DAY: This will move from SUNDAYS to THURSDAYS nights, to allow more people to play.

ENTRY FEE: Will increase to from £8 to £10 per event to improve prize money, cover equipment (especially expensive new balls, rackets, nets) and the £2.5k floodlights.

MATCH LENGTH: Each tie break will increase from race to 7 to race to 10 points, SD at 9-9

SERVE RULES: as per touchtennis rules, no lets, if you throw it then hit it, only 1 serve.

GROUP STAGE: Will not be a full round robin, if there are  9, 10, 11 or more players, everyone will only play 8 unique group matches as randomly drawn then the table is finalised. The top 8 then go on to play for the bigger ranking points. When eliminated, group position depending on matches won, then points won will determine your final placing and ranking points earned.

RANKING POINTS: Were 1st 16 2nd 13 3rd 10 4th 7 5th 5 6th 4 7th 3 8th 2  and rest 1,

This will be changed to 1st 20 2nd 16 3rd 13 4th 11 5th 8 6th 7 7th 6 8th 5 9th 4 10th 3 11th 2 rest 1  NEW, Medal for each tournament winner.

PRIZE MONEY. Increased for ATTP finals Winner from £60 to around £100. £40 is Guaranteed plus £1 added to prize pot from every single entry fee, so hopefully £12 per tournament. PLUS the GRAND SLAM HANDICAP SINGLES Trophy current held by T Boland.

DATES (probable) AUSSIE NOV 23RD FRENCH DEC 14TH WIMBLEDON JAN 12TH US OPEN FEB 8TH ATTP FINALS MAR 1ST ALL 6:30PM START

ATTP FINALS: Association of touchtennis Professionals, Quarters, Semi’s and Final all best of 7 10 point tiebreaks, handicaps reset after each set

Was already a great format, and about to get even better and with touchtennis rules and pressure of the serves the better players have any more mental battles to overcome and the matches are going to be so tense and exciting. Video highlights will be epic.

 

 

SUNDAY    22ND NOVEMBER

OTET WINTER GRAND SLAM OF TENNIS HANDICAP SINGLES Starts    Relive Last seasons  VIDEO glory here >>  https://www.facebook.com/ontheedgetennis/videos/1002504323154036/

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 1pm Start.   (Current holder R FOX)

Samantha Tsvanumo won the 4th annual title and holds the shield off a -1 handicap, but the defence starts here. Players are awarded either minus, even or plus handicaps for each match. Each match is first to 7 points, with players starting each one on their individual handicap appropriately picked by me. A knockout draw follows with best of 3 sets after initial group stage for the top 8 players.

There will be the following 4 GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS costing £8 to enter (or enter all 4 now for £28)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 1PM Sunday November 20th

FRENCH OPEN 1PM Sunday December 11th

WIMBLEDON 1PM Sunday January 8th

US OPEN 1PM Sunday February 5th

For Each Grand Slam the top 8 will receive RANKING POINTS as follows, Winner -16 2nd- 13 3rd- 10 4th-7 5th-5 6th-4 7th-3 8th-2 all other entrants will receive 1 point. Each Grand Slam will most likely consist of round robin matches then a knockout draw for top 8 on the day.

A RANKINGS Table will be kept over the 4 Grand Slam events and The TOP 8 point scorers will qualify for….

The ATP TOUR FINALS 1PM Sunday February 26th

Quarters and semi’s best of 7 sets followed by the FINAL for £60 prize, best of 9 sets.

Each tournament will carry a small prize for winner and Certificates for Winners and Runners Up, obviously you don’t need to play every Grand Slam to Qualify for ATP finals, providing you get enough points from the events you do play! OK so this is for anyone, beginners, non-members or A team play.

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Ross Fox became victorious in the first of four Winter Grand Slam handicap singles, on Sunday as players compete to earn ranking points and qualify for the ATP finals in March. The top 8 point scorers then go head to head in a knockout to see who can Win the Title, trophy and £60 prizemoney.  Watch how the tournament unfolded in the video link below

Aussie open tournament video

 

Time for anyone to enter as a maximum of 16 points up for grabs in next month’s French Open NOW on DECEMBER 13th 1pm.

 

SUNDAY    22ND NOVEMBER

OTET WINTER GRAND SLAM OF TENNIS HANDICAP SINGLES Starts    Relive Jacks VIDEO glory here >>  2015 ATP FINALS REVIEW VIDEO

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 1pm Start.   (Current holder D Richards)

JACK EVANS won the 3rd annual title and holds the shield off a even scratch handicap, but the defence starts here. Players are awarded either minus, even or plus handicaps for each match. Each match is first to 7 points, with players starting each one on their individual handicap appropriately picked by me. A knockout draw follows with best of 3 sets after initial group stage for the top 8 players.

There will be the following 4 GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS costing £8 to enter (or enter all 4 now for £28)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 1PM Sunday November 22dd

FRENCH OPEN 1PM Sunday December 6th

WIMBLEDON 1PM Sunday January 10th

US OPEN 1PM Sunday February 7th

For Each Grand Slam the top 8 will receive RANKING POINTS as follows, Winner -16 2nd- 13 3rd- 10 4th-7 5th-5 6th-4 7th-3 8th-2 all other entrants will receive 1 point. Each Grand Slam will most likely consist of round robin matches then a knockout draw for top 8 on the day.

A RANKINGS Table will be kept over the 4 Grand Slam events and The TOP 8 point scorers will qualify for….

The ATP TOUR FINALS 1PM Sunday March 3RD

Quarters and semi’s best of 7 sets followed by the FINAL for £60 prize, best of 9 sets.

Each tournament will carry a small prize for winner and Certificates for Winners and Runners Up, obviously you don’t need to play every Grand Slam to Qualify for ATP finals, providing you get enough points from the events you do play! OK so this is for anyone, beginners, non-members or A team play.

Enter Australian now 07780 777774

 

In the final chapter in the road to ATP FINALS at Walsall Tennis club on March 1st, Richards added to previous titles Australian and French Opens. Yet this time it was not Darrean taking home the US Open, it was Richards senior; Michael who defeated Luke Gwalchmai in a final littered with net cords.

On February 8th in glorious sunshine 10 players battled it out in the US Open to secure and jostle for end ranking positions for the big £60 knockout finals in March. We had another first, a player withdrawing with injury in the group stages, to the joy of the rest of the field looking for bigger points resulting in progressing to the elimination stages. Wimbledon champ Grayson was the unlucky one pulling his groin, yet knowing his qualification was safe, as others realised only a top four finish would be enough. We had yet another debutant in Ross Fox knowing only a final appearance would see him through to the ATP finals.

Here’s how the finishing 9 man handicap round robin panned out, including the handicaps they played off in the race to 7 points, when both players had minus starts the scores were brought closer to zero, and likewise when both players had plus handicaps.

ROSS FOX          0    WON 4/8  46 POINTS   5TH as more points than Anthony but less than Dan

DAN PLATT      0   WON 4/8    49 POINTS   4TH on more points than Ross and Ant

DARREAN RICHARDS  -1  WON 2/8   44 POINTS   7TH on more points than Simon and James

SIMON CROOK  +2   WON 2/8     40 POINTS  8TH on less points than Darrean but more than James

MICHAEL RICHARDS  0    WON  7/8    53 POINTS   1ST

TIM BOLAND  -1      WON 6/8    53 POINTS   2ND

LUKE GWALCHMAI  +1  WON  5/8  48 POINTS   3RD               

ANTHONY BOLAND    -1     WON 4/8   45 POINTS 6TH on less points than Dan and Ross

JAMES HODGES   -3   WON 2/8    37 POINTS  9TH as less points than Darrean and Simon

An interesting group stage seeing father Michael in fine form losing just one, and 2 time grand slam champion son Darrean scraping home with just two wins from eight in 7th place. Everyone winning at least two games but James suffered and was eliminated by least points as he found his -3 handicap just too much on the day. Many knew they had qualified for ATP finals but today’s main aim was still to win the US Open, although others knew they had to goo deep today to make it.

To the Quarter finals where handicaps are retained and now become best of 3 tie break matches.

QUARTER FINALS

1ST MICHAEL     v   8TH  SIMON…..   MICHAEL WINS 7-5 7-2 Simon gains 2 points for 8th

4TH DAN   v  5TH ROSS…….ROSS WINS 4-7 7-6 7-2  Dan  gains 5 points in 5th

3RD LUKE v 6TH ANTHONY ….. LUKE WINS 7-2 7-6   Anthony gains 4 points for 6th

2ND TIM v 7TH DARREAN….. TIM  WINS  7-5 7-2   Darrean gains 3 points for 7th

Just Ross upsetting the top 4 in a 3 set win over Dan, however Dan had done enough to make the ATP finals, to join already qualified Darrean, Jack, Tim, Grayson, Michael and Luke. With one spot remaining Ross must get to the final to stop the absent (through man flu) Rob Keeling from also qualifying. At this stage, for this year it’s all over for Simon and Anthony.

Onto the important Semi’s then where ranking points will still prove crucial for those wanting an ATP quarter final easier draw (if such a thing exists).

SEMI FINALS

1ST MICHAEL v 5TH ROSS……MICHAEL WINS 4-7  7-3 7-6  Ross gains 7 points in 4th, great debut result.

3RD LUKE  v 2ND TIM…. LUKE WINS 7-6 7-6 Tim gains 10 points guarantee 2nd seed.

So we will have a new winner and our 10th different Grand slam winner in just 12 Opens, Michael edged out Ross to qualify Rob into March’s Finals, and Luke squeezed past veteran Tim with two deciding point winning sets. It’s all about the US Open winner now as the rest pull up a chair for the floodlit final.

FINAL

1ST MICHAEL v 3RD LUKE…. MICHAEL WINS  7-5 4-7 7-2  Michael makes it 3 out of 4 slams for the Richards happy household, Luke Gwalch-mai think what might of been in the deciding set if not for the ridiculous two net cord winners from Michael, as he is yet again the bridesmaid, but all will be forgotten if Luke can capture the big prize on March 1st.

US OPEN RUNNER UP…. LUKE GWALCHMAI gains 13 ranking points and half price entry into ATP finals.

US OPEN CHAMPION…. MICHAEL RICHARDS gains 16 ranking points and FREE entry into ATP finals.

All competitors had a great time in what was another high quality Grand Slam, 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.

So let’s find out what today’s earned points do the final leader board and who will be the 8 competitors on March 1ST for ATP TITLE, TROPHY and £60 PRIZE?

……….HANDICAP/US OPEN/ EVENTS/ TOTAL/ POS CHANGE

1ST D RICHARDS  -1        3            4                48               =

2ND T BOLAND       -1      10          4                33               =

3RD M RICHARDS   0       16         4               28              +2

4TH L GWALCHMAI +1    13         2               23              +3

4TH J EVANS              -1       –          2               23              -2

6TH G MARLOW      +1      1            3                21             -2

7TH D PLATT              0       5          3                 13             +2

8TH R KEELING        0       –           2                 11              -2

9TH R ROBINSON    +2      -          1                  10             -2

10TH R THAWAIT     -2       –          1                   7              =

10TH R FOX                  0       7         1                   7              NEW

12TH J HODGES         – 3       1           2                 6               -1

13TH A BOLAND        -1          4        2                  6              +1

4 PLAYERS ON 3 POINTS OR LESS.

So Darrean tops the group with 2 titles and runner up and highest ever ranking points total. Steady Tim takes 2nd seed. 28 points after today’s win takes Michael from 5th to 3rd while runner up Luke draws level with Jack on 23 points to share 4th place and will face each other in the quarters. Injury hit Wimbledon champ drops to 6th, as Dan rises from 9th to 7th with Rob fortunate to cling onto last 8 spot.

So here is the knockout draw for March 1st to be played best of 7 sets for Quarters and Semi’s. Final will be best of 9 sets. Entry is £6

Q1   1ST D RICHARDS V 8TH R KEELING

Q2  4TH L GWALCHMAI V 4TH J EVANS

Q3  3RD M RICHARDS V 6TH G MARLOW

Q4 2ND T BOLAND V 7TH D PLATT

SEMI 1 Q1 V Q2

SEMI 2 Q3 V Q4

THEN FINAL, No replacements will be given for non attendees, as what would be the point of qualifying when we all know in a handicap positions 9 or 10 could easily go on to win that knockout. If your quarter final opponent isn’t available at 2pm on March 1st then you advance to the Semi’s.

What a fantastic Grand slam season, thanks to all those that played and best of luck to those 8 qualifiers on March 1ST, could those competitors please confirm your place asap.

Cheers and big well done to Michael on this victory.

 

 

New Wimbledon champ was as happy as Larry on January 11th as Grayson Marlow came out on top in a field of ten singles competitors to claim his first ever Handicap Grand Slam title under the lights at Walsall Tennis Club. More importantly he proved new starlet Darrean Richards could be beaten in a final and stopped his hopes of THE GRAND SLAM after Richards previously won both the Australian and French Opens, but another final sees him extend his massive rankings lead and guaranteed him the Number 1 seed status in March’s ATP FINALS, with the US OPEN still to play.

Another fantastic tennis afternoon was played out Sunday 11th January in a rare competitive singles tournament ‘Wimbledon’ in the Third Open, of the Third 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. Those 8 will then go on to compete for £60 cash prize and Grand slam champion title at the ATP finals in March.

This time 10 players contested the grass court slam including 2 new players who didn’t compete in the Australian or French Opens meaning 16 players are currently vying for the 8 qualifying spots. Each player benefiting or being hampered by a handicap (according to their ability/experience) in each of the 8 round robin tie breaks they played. Regular rules were back where top 8 qualified for Quarter Finals! Should players lose at the same stage in knockouts then group position determines ranking points earned. 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.

JACK EVANS                      -1          WON 7/9   59 POINTS 1ST

TIM BOLAND                   -1          WON 6/9     54 POINTS 2ND as more points than Dan

GRAYSON MARLOW       +1        WON 4/9   52 POINTS 6TH as more points than Michael & Clayton

DAN PLATT                         0        WON 6/9     52  POINTS 3RD as less points than Tim

ROB KEELING                    0         WON 5/9   50 POINTS  5TH as less points than Darrean

CLAYTON EDGE                 -7        WON 4/9  37 POINTS 8TH as less points than Grayson & Tim

ROB SOUSTER                     o         WON 1/9  21 POINTS  10TH

SIMON CROOK                   +2       WON 3/9  51 POINTS 9TH

MICHAEL RICHARDS       0       WON  4/9  51 POINTS 7TH as less points than Grayson but more than Clayton

DARREAN RICHARDS      -1       WON 5/9  53 POINTS 4TH as more points than Rob

Handicaps proved really good with only 2 wins separating the 4th to 9th. Rusty Rob ‘the problem’ Souster had tough handicap and underperformed, Simon was exceptionally unlucky not to qualify with 51 points and 3 great wins. Coach Clayton this time put in a determined effort and sneaked into the quarters off a -7 handicap, Jack Evans was the form man and Tim recovered from a disappointing French to take 2nd place, Dan ‘The Server’ Platt bombed his way to 3rd and man of the moment Darrean sneaked 4th.  Yet again no man came through undefeated and every man won at least one game in the unpredictable format, how would the top four fair in the knockout stage?

These results meant that the top 8  qualified for the knockout stages and the chance to win the 16 points on offer, however these positions above would determine where losing quarter and semi finalists would finish in relation to fellow losers. Knockout matches would be same handicaps and best of 3 sets, first to 7 point tie breaks with handicaps being used in every set.

QUARTERS

1ST JACK v 8TH CLAYTON    JACK  WINS 7- -3  7-6  Clayton gains 2 Ranking Points for 8th

4TH DARREAN v 5TH  ROB K   DARREAN WINS 7-3 7-4 Rob gains 4 Ranking Points for overall 6th place

3RD DAN v 6TH  GRAYSON  GRAYSON wins 7-4 7-5 Dan gains 5 Ranking Points for dropping to 5th

2ND TIM v 7TH MICHAEL   TIM wins 7-6 7-5  Michael gains 3 Ranking Points for 7th

All four won in straight sets in but all close. Just Dan got upset as the other big 3 proceeded to the high scoring semi’s. The last 4 continued in their quest for the big points, as the losing quarter finalists bag some crucial ranking points, and settle down to watch the closing stages of this Wimbledon

SEMI’S

1ST JACK v 4TH DARREAN  DARREAN WINS 1-7 7-5 7-5 Jack gains 10 Ranking Points for 3rd place.

2ND TIM v 6TH GRAYSON GRAYSON WINS 6-7 7-1 7-2 Tim wins 7 Ranking Points for 4th place.

In terms of the group standings, two upsets here as it seems Jack and Tim let 1 set leads slip, with Jack in particular close in all sets, both still score heavily in the rankings table and will feature in the ATP finals. Grayson and Darrean head for the final afer 6th and 4th place group finishes proving how tough these tournaments are to concentrate all afternoon and win. Darrean is clear favourite and now most successful player in the 3rd year of this epic competition, after 3 finals in 3 attempts and 2 wins so far, but Grayson was the crowds favorite could he pull off an ‘Istanbul’ like shock?

FINAL

4TH DARREAN v 6TH GRAYSON  GRAYSON WINS 3-7 7-6  7-6    Grayson does it with Darrean having at least 2 championship points, what a tight, tight final and a real crowd pleaser. Darrean is finally beaten, but is bookies favourite for the ATP finals as top seed, Grayson wins his 1st Grand Slam in his 1st final appearance, huge well done and great battling from a 6th place finish. He now leaps to 20 points and is current 4th seed for finals.

FRENCH OPEN RUNNER UP…. DARREAN RICHARDS gains 13 Ranking Points and 1/2 Price Entry into US OPEN AND……

2015 WIMBLEDON WINNER … GRAYSON MARLOW gains 16 Ranking Points and Free wildcard into the US 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 qualify for the ATP finals even if you didn’t enter the 1st 3 tournaments, however a win will be needed with a runner up giving a strong chance of qualification.

US OPEN 1PM Sunday February 8th

ATP FINALS top 8 only Sunday March 1st 2PM

Already entered for US OPEN are Darrean and Michael Richards, Tim, Dan and James so a maximum of 7 places remaining, be quick to enter Sunday’s Grand slam Open.

So here is the current ATP RANKINGS and in brackets (tournaments played)

1ST DARREAN RICHARDS 45 POINTS  (3)

2ND TIM BOLAND 23 POINTS (3)

2ND JACK EVANS   23 POINTS  (2)

4TH GRAYSON MARLOW  20 POINTS (2)

5TH MICHAEL RICHARDS  12 POINTS (3)

6TH ROB KEELING   11 POINTS  (2)

7TH LUKE GWALCHMAI  10 POINTS (1)

7TH RHIANNION ROBINSON   10 POINTS  (1)

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9TH DAN PLATT   9 POINTS (2)

10TH ROHAN THAWAIT  7 POINTS (1)

11TH JAMES HODGES  5 POINTS (1)

12TH CLAYTON EDGE  4 POINTS (2)

13TH DAVID KHAYAT  2 POINTS (1)

14TH ANTHONY BOLAND 2 POINTS (1)

15TH SIMON CROOK    1 POINT (1)

16TH ROB SOUSTER    1 POINT  (1)

So well done Grayson, 7 days to go for US OPEN on FEBRUARY 8TH 1PM….. ENTER NOW!!! Remember ATP finals are knockout so the higher your ranking the easier your draw (theoretically haha).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darrean Richards made Handicap Grand Slam history on Sunday 7th December as he won the French Open and became the first man in 10 slams to win consecutive tournaments, after winning the initial Australian Open weeks before. Darrean now commands a massive lead in the rankings table for the ATP finals in March. However will be hoping to add Wimbledon (this Sunday) and the US Open to his collection.

A fantastic afternoons tennis was had on Sunday 7th December in a rare competitive singles tournament in the Second Open, of the Third 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. Those 8 will then go on to compete for £60 cash prize and Grand slam champion title at the ATP finals in March.

Nine competitors entered and fought out this years French Open including 6 players who didn’t compete in the Australian Open meaning the race for qualifying points is now on. Each player benefiting or being hampered by a handicap (according to their ability/experience) in each of the 8 round robin tie breaks they played. Regular rules were back where top 8 qualified for Quarter Finals! Should players lose at the same stage in knockouts then group position determines ranking points earned. 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.

DARREAN RICHARDS     -1          WON 5/8   48 POINTS 4TH as less points than Jack

ANTHONY BOLAND         -1          WON 1/8  31 POINTS 8TH as more points than Clayton

MICHAEL RICHARDS       0         WON 3/8  48 POINTS 6TH as more points than Tim

ROHAN THAWAIT            -2         WON 7/8  61 POINTS 2ND as less points than Luke

JACK EVANS                      -1         WON 45/8  53 POINTS 3RD as more points than Darrean

CLAYTON EDGE                 -7        WON 1/8  25 POINTS 9TH as less points than Anthony

JAMES HODGES                 -3       WON 4/8  40 POINTS  5TH

LUKE GWALCHMAI          +1       WON 7/8  62 POINTS 1ST as more points than Rohan

TIM BOLAND                       -1        WON 3/8 42 POINTS 7TH as less points than Michael

Handicaps proved ok with only 2 wins separating the middle 5  players. Luke and debutant 12 year old Rohan dominated the group, with Anthony struggling after a long lay off as did Clayton making up the numbers with a tough -7 handicap.  James Hodges also made a strong start to his campaign and tournament veteran Tim failed to settle this time, yet again no man came through undefeated and every man won at least one game in the unpredictable format.

These results meant that the top 8  qualified for the knockout stages and the chance to win the 16 points on offer, however these positions above would determine where losing quarter and semi finalists would finish in relation to fellow losers. Knockout matches would be same handicaps and best of 3 sets, first to 7 point tie breaks with handicaps being used in every set.

QUARTERS

1ST LUKE v 8TH ANTHONY    LUKE  WINS 7-2 7-6  Anthony gains 2 Ranking Points for 8th

4TH DARREAN v 5TH  JAMES   DARREAN WINS 7-0 7-5 James gains 5 Ranking Points for 5th

3RD JACK v 6TH   MICHAEL  Jack wins 7-5 7-3 Michael gains 4 Ranking Points for 6th

2ND ROHAN v 7TH TIM   Rohan wins 7-5 7-6  Tim gains 3 Ranking Points for 7th

Not often that ALL the top 4 make it through to the Semi’s especially all in straight sets, although Tim ran Rohan the closest in two very tight sets. The Top 4 continue in their quest for the big points, as the losing quarter finalists bag some crucial ranking points, and settle down to watch the closing stages of this French Open.

SEMI’S

1ST LUKE v 4TH DARREAN  DARREAN WINS 7-6 1-6 7-6 Luke gains 10  Ranking Points for 3rd place.

2ND ROHAN v 3RD JACK  JACK WINS 7-6 7-5 Rohan wins 7 Ranking Points for 4th place.

In terms of the group standings, two upsets here as it seems Luke and Rohan just missed out on the very biggest points, but still score heavily in the rankings table on their first slam of the campaign. Jack and Darrean head for the final, both have 1 grand slam title each and one will join Paul Maguire as two time winners.

FINAL

3RD JACK v 4TH DARREAN  DARREAN WINS 4-7 7-5  7-6    Darrean takes his 2nd slam in only two attempts, as his head held much better than Jack’s in a great final, to wrap up a very high quality tournament in a floodlit finish.

FRENCH OPEN RUNNER UP…. JACK EVANS gains 13 Ranking Points and 1/2 Price Entry into WIMBLEDON AND……

2014 FRENCH OPEN WINNER … DARREAN RICHARDS gains 16 Ranking Points and Free wildcard into the WIMBLEDON.

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 OR French Opens.

WIMBLEDON 1PM Sunday January 11th

US OPEN 1PM Sunday February 8th

ATP FINALS top 8 only Sunday March 1st 1PM

Already entered for WIMBLEDON are Darrean and Michael Richards, and Tim, so a maximum of 9 places remaining, be quick to enter Next Sunday Grand slam Open.

So here is the current ATP RANKINGS and in brackets (tournaments played)

1ST DARREAN  32 POINTS  (2)

2ND TIM BOLAND 16 POINTS (2)

3RD JACK EVANS   13 POINTS  (1)

4TH LUKE GWALCHMAI  10 POINTS (1)

4TH RHIANNON ROBINSON  10 POINTS (1)

6TH MICHAEL RICHARDS   9 POINTS  (2)

7TH ROHAN THAWAIT  7 POINTS (1)

7TH ROB KEELING    7 POINTS  (1)

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9TH JAMES HODGES   5 POINTS (1)

10TH GRAYSON MARLOW 4 POINTS (1)

11TH DANIEL PLATT  3 POINTS (1)

12TH ANTHONY BOLAND 2 POINTS (1)

12TH DAVID KHAYAT  2 POINTS (1)

14TH CLAYTON EDGE 1 POINT (1)

So well done Darrean, 7 days to go for WIMBLEDON on JANUARY 11TH 1PM….. ENTER NOW!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Tim Boland narrowly failed to become the first man to defend a Grand slam title in our 3rd campaign as he was downed by debut player Darrean Richards, who battled to a tight victory in Sunday’s Australian Open 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 Third 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 competitors entered and fought out this years Australian Open, each benefiting or being hampered by a handicap (according to their ability/experience) in each of the 7 round robin tie breaks they played. There was a slight rule twist this year where only the top 4 would advance to a straight knock out draw to fight for the big 16 ranking points, and the bottom four could only battle for a maximum of 5 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.

TIM BOLAND                     -1          WON 5/7   42 POINTS 2ND

DAVID KHAYAT               +2          WON 0/7  30 POINTS 8TH

DANIEL PLATT                       0        WON 2/7  37 POINTS 7TH

RHIANNON ROBINSON +2          WON 4/7  43 POINTS 3RD as more points than Rob and Grayson

GRAYSON MARLOW       +1         WON 4/7  39 POINTS 5TH as less points than Rhiannon and Rob

MICHAEL RICHARDS      0        WON 3/7  36 POINTS 6TH

ROB KEELING                    0        WON 4/7  41 POINTS  4TH as less points than Rhi but more than Grayson

DARREAN RICHARDS    -1       WON 6/7  46 POINTS 1ST

Handicaps proved very good with only 6 points seperating the middle 6 players. David came within 1 or 2 points of victory 3 times but may benefit from an extra point next time, we also saw very competitive debuts by 4 players including a late winning run that saw Rob pip Grayson by 2 points who inturn had a late losing run to gain that vital 4th spot. Darrean wins the group but is denied in last group game by his dad to wreck his unbeaten record. Former Aussie Open champs Tim and Rhiannon take 2nd and 3rd.

These results meant that the top 4 split from the bottom 4 in quest for maximium points available in the subsequent knock out semi finals, however these positions above would determine where losing semi finalists would finish in relation to fellow losers. Knockout matches would be same handicaps and best of 5 sets, first to 7 point tie breaks with handicaps being used in every set.

5 Ranking points play off SEMI’S

5TH GRAYSON v 8TH DAVID    GRAYSON WINS 7-3 7-4 7-4  David gains 2 Ranking Points for 8th

6TH MICHAEL v 7TH DANIEL  MICHAEL WINS 7-1 7-6 7-1 Daniel gains 3 Ranking Points for 7th

FINAL

5TH GRAYSON v 6TH MICHAEL  MICHAEL WINS 6-7 7-2 7-4 7-4 Michael nicks an extra point from Grayson, Michael takes 5 points, Grayson settles for 4 points.

TOP 4 SEMI’S

1ST DARREAN v 4TH ROB  DARREAN WINS 7-6 5-7 7-4 7-4  Rob gains 7 Ranking Points for 4th place

2ND TIM v 3RD RHIANNON  TIM WINS 7-4 7-6 7-5 Rhiannon gains10 Ranking Points for 3rd place

Two good semi’s here, but in a rare occurrence the top two in the group go on to contest the Final, as the other competitors watch on to see who will take the season’s first Grand Slam title.

FINAL

1ST DARREAN v 2ND TIM   DARREAN WINS 4-7 7-6 7-6 4-7 7-5    What a final!!!! 5 sets and although Tim won 2 more points than his younger nemesis Darrean, it was the debutant who won the very biggest points including two deciders in set 2 and 3 to set up an impressive win over veteran and defending champ Tiger Tim. Well done both on a great tournament.

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

2014 AUSTRALIAN OPEN WINNER … DARREAN RICHARDS 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 7th

WIMBLEDON 1PM Sunday January 11th

US OPEN 1PM Sunday February 8th

ATP FINALS top 8 only Sunday March 1st 1PM

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

So here is the current ATP RANKINGS

1ST DARREAN  16 POINTS

2ND TIM BOLAND 13 POINTS

3RD RHIANNON ROBINSON   10 POINTS

4TH ROB KEELING  7 POINTS

5TH MICHAEL RICHARDS    5 POINTS

6TH GRAYSON MARLOW   4 POINTS

7TH DANIEL PLATT  3 POINTS

8TH DAVID KHAYAT  2 POINTS

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So well done Darrean, 13 days to go for FRENCH OPEN on DECEMBER 7TH 1PM….. ENTER NOW!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY   23RD NOVEMBER

OTET WINTER GRAND SLAM OF TENNIS HANDICAP SINGLES Starts

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 1pm Start.

Ryan Brazier won the 2nd annual title and holds the shield off a -7 handicap (-8 this time), but the defence starts here. Players are awarded either minus, even or plus handicaps for each match. Each match is first to 7 points, with players starting each one on their individual handicap appropriately picked by me. A knockout draw follows with best of 3 sets after initial group stage for the top 8 players.

There will be the following 4 GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS costing £8 to enter (or enter all 4 now for £25)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 1PM Sunday November 23rd

FRENCH OPEN 1PM Sunday December 7th

WIMBLEDON 1PM Sunday January 11th

US OPEN 1PM Sunday February 8th

For Each Grand Slam the top 8 will receive RANKING POINTS as follows, Winner -16 2nd- 13 3rd- 10 4th-7 5th-5 6th-4 7th-3 8th-2 all other entrants will receive 1 point. Each Grand Slam will most likely consist of round robin matches then a knockout draw for top 8 on the day.

A RANKINGS Table will be kept over the 4 Grand Slam events and The TOP 8 point scorers will qualify for….

The ATP TOUR FINALS 1PM Sunday March 1st

Quarters and semi’s best of 7 sets followed by the FINAL for £60 prize, best of 9 sets.

Each tournament will carry a small prize for winner and Certificates for Winners and Runners Up, obviously you don’t need to play every Grand Slam to Qualify for ATP finals, providing you get enough points from the events you do play! OK so this is for anyone, beginners, non-members or A team play.

Enter Australian now 07780 777774

 

On March 2nd after 4 amazing handicap single Grand Slams, a brilliant 8 man knock out was played out for the ATP FINALS title and the £60 prize for the top 8 competitors who had gained enough ranking points to qualify. We had all kinds of weather, but the tennis was yet again amazing and the handicap system once again provided close encounters. Here is how it all went down last month.

QUARTER FINALS

PAUL MAGUIRE                                          DALLA GHUMAN

1ST SEED                                  V                  8TH SEED

WIMBLEDON CHAMPION                       US OPEN SEMI FINALIST

-3 HANDICAP                                               -7 HANDICAP

 

DALLA WINS  4-2                                         7-5 4-7 5-7 7-1 7-2 7-5

Top seed is toppled after leading 2 sets to 1 in 3 tight sets, before Dalla takes the next 3 in commanding fashion to advance to the semi’s, as Paul takes an early bath but gets to work on time. Dalla will be looking for another uniform win against Dudley or Luke.

 

  LUKE GWALCHMAI                                     DUDLEY WRIGHT

4TH SEED                                 V                      5TH SEED

FRENCH OPEN FINALIST                            WIMBLEDON FINALIST

+1 HANDICAP                                                 -3 HANDICAP

 

DUDLEY WINS   4-2                                 0-7 7-6 1-7 7-5 7-1 7-3

A topsy turby struggle saw Luke let a 2 sets to 1 lead slip as Dudley advances to semi finals recovering well to win 3 sets on the spin. Dalla awaits as both higher seeds fall in top half of the table.

TIM BOLAND                                        CHRIS MAGUIRE

3RD SEED                                  V          6TH SEED

AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION                 SEMI FINALIST FRENCH

-1 HANDICAP                                         +1 HANDICAP

 

TIM WINS 4-2                            4-7 7-3 7-4 7-2 7-5

Chris was quick out the blocks but steady tiger Tim keeps the door firmly shut on the next 4 sets to be the first man into the Semi’s, leaving Chris to wonder if he can improve again next year on this terrific season. Tim awaits Jack or Ryan.

 

  JACK EVANS                                RYAN BRAZIER

2ND SEED                       V          7TH SEED

US OPEN CHAMPION              FRENCH OPEN CHAMPION

O HANDICAP                              -7 HANDICAP

 

RYAN WINS 4-1                            7-5 7-3 4-7 7-4 7-5

Two champions meet early in the draw due to Ryan only playing 1 event, Jack hobbled on with a bruised and swollen foot but needed to be fully fit to really challenge Ryan, Jack rallied to to the 3rd set but missed out on two sets either side to crash out 4-1, amazing debut season and Ryan advances to meet another champion Tim.

 

SEMI FINALS

   DALLA GHUMAN                            DUDLEY WRIGHT

8TH SEED                         V              5TH SEED

US OPEN SEMI FINALIST             WIMBLEDON RUNNER UP

-7 HANDICAP                                    -3 HANDICAP

 

DUDLEY WINS  4-2                    7-1 2-7 5-7 7-4 7-3 7-5

Dalla bounced back from a first set thrashing to take a 2 sets to 1 lead, before Dudley countered well to reel off the final 3 sets to advance to the final and await the winner of Tim and Ryan, a very entertaining match this one.

 

  TIM BOLAND                                   RYAN BRAZIER

3RD SEED                                  V      6TH SEED

AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION           FRENCH OPEN CHAMPION

-1 HANDICAP                                    -7 HANDICAP

 

RYAN WINS   4-1             7-3 7-4 7-4 4-7 7-5

French Open champion and title favourite advances to the final with a concentrated victory against Tiger Tim, whose sublime volleying earned him the 4th set, before getting edged out in the 5th. Another top game and solid performance from Tim.

 

THE GRAND FINALE

  DUDLEY WRIGHT                           RYAN BRAZIER

5TH SEED                                  V      6TH SEED

WIMBLEDON RUNNER UP         FRENCH OPEN CHAMPION

-3 HANDICAP                                   -7 HANDICAP

 

RYAN WINS 4-0                          7-2 7-2 7-6 7-3

In the Final, Ryan made certain of an even harder handicap next year with the only straight sets victory of the day as he comprehensively won four sets to zero with Dudley just having a sniff in the 3rd. Ryan adapted so well to an impossible handicap and played with controlled aggression until the handicap was overturned throughout all his games. Ryan takes the £60 cash prize, the Silver winner plate and the title of ATP FINALS GRAND SLAM HANDICAP SINGLES CHAMPION WINTER 2013/14 (catchy isn’t it?). Hard luck Dudley but improved greatly on last years performance and will bounce back.

So a big Thank you to all the 17 players who entered, well done to the finalist, all grand slams were so competitive and this tournament is here to stay and will return for the 3rd year in November. But after 431 tie breaks RYAN BRAZIER is the CHAMPION. See you in the winter. Have a great summer season.

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