RTA MATCH RESULTS

Richmond Tennis Association Match Results

Richmond at Wimbledon and East Bay Tennis Championships

 

Richmond and the Richmond Tennis Association (RTA) were well represented at the recent Wimbledon Tennis Championships as Garry and Maryn Hurlbut attended the Men's Finals played by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. They were thrilled to experience an epic match that was the longest and best fought Men's final ever at Wimbledon (Federer serving picture attached). Djokovic eventually prevailed regardless of the crowd's impassioned support of Federer. 

 

They also experienced the Women's Finals on the prior day's match as Simona Halep defeated Serena Williams (picture attached) by playing a nearly flawless match. 

 

Richmond and RTA were also well represented in our local East Bay Championships as both our 3.5 Men's and Women's teams won the first round in their respective League Playoffs. 

 

Our Men's team came up against the undefeated team from the Claremont Resort and Spa in the Championship match. Our #1 Singles player, Long Nguyen, got us off on the right foot as he leveraged his excellent shot placements and powerful closing strokes to dominate his opponent by a 6-2, 6-3 score.  Then, Michael Simpson and Aris Garcia took on Claremont's best doubles team and played an inspired line. The first set seesawed until a tie score of 6-6 was achieved. Michael and Aris rose to the occasion and closed out the set by a 7-6 score. The second set was a carbon copy of the first set except their Claremont opponents rebounded to win it by an identical 7-6 score. On to the deciding super tiebreak (first to 10 points by 2 wins the match). Heart stopping shots prevailed as neither team could close it out at 10! Eventually, Claremont prevailed by a score of 15-13!! Unfortunately, our #2 singles (Jean-Yves Charon) and #2 (Jose Alvarado/Wesley Thomas)/#3 doubles teams (Garry and David Hurlbut) were not able to mount significant challenges as Claremont survived our rousing challenge.     

 

Our Women's team also came up against a very strong opponent from Washington Park/Alameda in their League Championship Match. Our #1 Singles player, Alison Ferrer, was playing a previously undefeated player. Alison was so prepared, mentally and physically, that she jumped out to a 6-2 win in the first set. Wow! Her opponent rebounded for a second set win at 6-4. On to a full 3rd set that featured breaks of serve back and forth until it  was tied at 6-6. Alison showed her mental toughness as she stayed steady with her tactical approach and solid shot making to close it out with a line win. Our other singles player, Milaney Bulawin Swan started more slow, losing the first set at 1-6. However, she learned a lot from that first set as she closed out the line win with 6-4, 6-4 2nd and 3rd set wins. Yay! Meanwhile, however, our #1 doubles (Angie and Sydnie Koontz, (mother & daughter) and #2 doubles teams (Corina LLavanes/Christy Li) suffered losses in their lines so now it was all up to our #3 doubles line (Brisa Lowry/Flor Salinas). What a thrilling match they played!! The first set ended up at 6-6 and required a set tiebreak. We prevailed in the tiebreak amidst much shouting and cheerleading. Washington Park rallied to take the second set in a tiebreak. Now it was on to a super tiebreak to decide this line and the overall match. Everybody was exhausted, however, we jumped out to a 7-2 lead but couldn't hold it as our opponents fought back to be down by 8-9. We needed just one point more (much like Roger Federer at Wimbledon) but that last point can be evasive as our opponents fought back to take the last 3 points to win the line and the match. Tough loss but a spirited well fought match and we live to play another day! Yay!