|May 13, 2017||2016/17|
|University of Cambridge Men’s 1st||7.5||Win|
The Men’s Blues got their busy summer fixture schedule off to an impressive start with a win over a strong Old Blues outfit at Fenners.
The match started with a highly competitive round of doubles. Tim Prossor and Michal Kaminski, playing at 1st pair, performed excellently to dispatch former club captain Sven Sylvester (who had travelled all the way from Australia to participate in the fixture) and Sam Ashcroft 6-4 6-1. The current Blues’ other two pairings were, however, less successful in this opening round; Jack Long-Martinez and Joe Koebele, competing together as a pairing for the first time, were unfortunate to lose 5-7 6-4 1-6 against Gerald Wu and Sergey Yelnik (both members of the 2015-16 Varsity squad), while Jerry Ganendra and Aleks Mardinian were defeated 6-7(6) 5-7 by Vasya Kusmartsev and Alex Cole, with this leaving the overall score at 2-1 to the Old Blues heading into the singles round.
This set of matches was equally closely-fought between the two outfits. Prossor was defeated by Constantine Markides at number 1 in a deciding championship-tiebreak and the combined force of Koebele – who had to pull out due to injury following the conclusion of the first set – and Mardinian were bested 7-5 6-4 by Yelnik at number 5, while the match at number four between current Blues Martin Florea and Alex Cole, the latter filling in for the Old Blues for the day, was left unfinished due to Cole having to rush off to a supervision (such is the Cambridge life during exam term!). Nevertheless, straight sets wins for Long-Martinez at 3 and Ganendra at 6, as well as a strong three-set victory for Kaminski at 2 against former captain Wu, ensured that the match was levelled at 5.5-5.5 in rubbers. With the scores tied and injuries beginning to take their toll on both sides, two further doubles matches were played in order to determine the final result. Both of these went the way of the current Blues squad; Long-Martinez and Mardinian defeated Yelnik and Ganendra (who played for the Old Blues in this final round) 6-3 6-1 and Kaminiski and Prossor beat Sylvester and Markides to seal the win.
Final score: 7.5-5.5 to the current Blues. A hugely enjoyable fixture against a very game Old Blues team, and a result which indicates the strength of this year’s crop of CULTC talent.