It was a rainy morning, but we had mostly waterproof jackets so it was OK. The X5 was cramped and we didn’t know where to get off but luckily we asked a man on the bus and he said “ite m8 jus’ 2 mor stops m8”. The taxi man was really helpful, and had a much bigger boot than we were expecting.
Jonny had played rugby the day before and suffered a knock to the patella. He knee-rly had to pull out of the fixture, but some cold spray did the trick. The rest of the team (Gunn-slinger, Merseyside Darby, and Vas) had prepared adequately; Gunn and Vas even had a man-date the night before, where they made hot pasta together – apparently enough to feed the 5,000 given the amount of Tuppaware on show the following day. After a warm up where we hit certain balls in, but quite a few out, we were ready to take on the might of Nottingham 3s.
We only had two courts for the start, so Gunn (1) and Vas (3) took to the hallowed turf of Bedford Bubble, Courts 8 & 9 respectively. Gunn’s opponent insisted on complimenting Gunn for being “too good”, even when he’d just tanked a mid-court forehand yards long. Jonny and Darby, the bemused onlookers, speculated that despite this strange tendency, the man was not of bad character, and would be suitable company for a pint. Gunn won, by the way, 6-2 6-2 and only swore a couple of times – wrapping up his first BUCS singles win in style.
Vas was playing a fresher, but after racing into a lead and taking the first set, Vas’s racket suddenly started jumping out of his hands at the end of certain points – an indication that things weren’t going so well. After a second set tiebreak that Vas himself described as “poor”, it came down to a third set tiebreak. Vas fought hard, but went down after playing a tiebreak that the he himself described as “so bad (PG-13)”. Final score: 6-3 6-7 5-10.
Meanwhile, Darby (2) and Jonny (4) took to the show court (Court 7) to play number 2 doubles. After a first set which was GOOD, a second set followed which was BAD. The tiebreak was OK, but luckily for the opponents, it was BAD. The victory marked Jonny’s first match win in over a year, having spent 2014/15 on sabbatical, reviewing Madrid’s various tapas establishments, none of which were found on a tennis court.
Gunn and Vas wrapped up a simple, straight sets win in number 1 doubles; Vas summoned up the spirit of Julien Benneteau, and starting praising himself in French, much to the confusion of the opposition.
Darby played well in his singles to take a 6-3 6-0 win at number 2 against his opponent.
Jonny played at number 4 and once he realised that his opponent was left-handed, not conventionally right-handed, a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory ensued.