Cambridge University Tennis Blue’s vs The Queen’s Club #PlayBrave
Match Report Queen’s Club by Vasya Kusmartsev
As we arrived at Cambridge train station that morning, we knew we were about to have an almost perfect day of Tennis. It was our annual fixture against the prestigious Queen’s Club. The Queen’s club was founded in 1886, with the Oxbridge tennis Varsity match being their first ever held sporting event on their lawn tennis courts back in
1887. As we arrived at West Kensington, the sun was shining, blue sky, ready for some great tennis on the show courts right in front of the club house. On the first court, Tim and Michael played some exquisite doubles, battling from a 3-0 deficit to level at 3-3. However, their pair of an old Blues captain, Jon Tassell, with 6ft 6 partner Lewis managed to win some clutch games to beat our 1st pair 6-3 6-2. On the second court, Vasya and Alex narrowly lost the first set 7-6, not helped by a slight lack of good returns. Regardless, they showed true grit and came back stronger, winning the match 6-7 6-4 10-8.
1-1 in rubbers, we went straight into the 2nd round of doubles. They swapped out Tassell for their club captain
Mark Hadley, who is currently top 5 in the world in the over 45 category for doubles. Alex and Vasya stepped up to the plate against
strong opposition. A string of breaks in the first set eventually led to the home pair being 6-3 up. Finally
finding some service rhythm, the Blues stayed on serve until 5-5, where a ridiculous sequence of returns against
Lewis’ cannon gave us a key break, taking the match to a 3rd set tiebreak. Unfortunately, the Queen’s 1st pair
were too solid, and won 6-3 5-7 10-7. Tim and Michael took on a fresh pairing from their team, playing solid
doubles to get a 7-5 lead. However, a slight blip in their concentration allowed the opponents to steal the 2nd set.
Regaining their composure, Tim and Michael comfortably secured the rubber 7-5 2-6 10-1.
Overall a splendid day of doubles at one of the nicest clubs in England, granting valuable experience for the
Blues to take into the summer season in preparation for Varsity.