14786989_10153799312206851_1892963256_oOur very own Barney Fitzpatrick having a hit with the one and only Roger Federer at the Rafa Nadal Academy.

Federer was visiting the Rafa Nadal Academy to help with the great unveiling and set aside alittle time to have a hit with some of the RNA players.

It’s great to see a world superstar interacting with players who have ambitions to be just like him.

All in a days work…


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Junior Awards Presentation Evening – Saturday 16 Jan – What a fantastic evening!

Over 120 guests including parents, friends and family were treated to an emphatic demonstration that the future of our wonderful tennis club is likely to be epic! The young talent we are blessed with at Thongsbridge received over 50 trophies and medals for their excellence at all junior tennis levels. There was also special recognition for those juniors who have had success at county, national and international levels. We are so very proud of all our young players who are a credit to themselves, their coaches, their families, their club and their sport!
Official phots from the evening may be viewed by following this link: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpsxKou
Thanks to everyone who helped make the evening special. Thanks to Total Foods for the catering and Graham Cooksey our Club President. Graham received a special shield for his 15 years supporting the junior committee. In due course each year the Graham Cooksey Shield will be awarded. We await Graham’s decision about what area of excellence the trophy will acknowledge.

Junior Awards Night

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Annual Sponge Ball Tournament

We had 60 entries for the annual Sponge Ball Challenge, where adults and children of all ages and abilities compete on a Mini Red court in a fun packed afternoon.
Our oldest entry was our Club President Graham Cooksey and our youngest player was Tom Frankland – an age difference of 75 years!
There were 8 groups and the top 2 players qualified for the knockout rounds. 9 year old Esa Butt adopted his Dad’s ‘I will not miss’ skills and hit his way through Ben Horner, Oscar Jessup and Tom Cooper, where he came upon Barney in the final, who had got past Lee Sweet’s fierce serving, and Hoggy and Ben Parkin’s left handed slicey serves. It was a tough final with Esa making Barney working hard for every ball, but Barney toughed it out and won 10-4!
Thank you to Mary for the food, Mark Thomas for the quiz sheets, Louisa for helping put everything together, and finally everyone for setting up and putting everything away! And a bigger thank you to Georgina for arranging the tournament!

Graham Cookey and Tom Frankland

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Graves Grade 4

Last weekend, Joshua Fowler traveled to Sheffield to play in the under 9 Graves Grade 4. Joshua beat fellow Thongsbridge player Kallum Reid, 7-5 7-2 in his first round. His quarter final was tougher, but he came through winning in 3 sets, 5-7 7-2 7-2. He played another Thongsbridge player, Lucy Newman, in the semi-finals. Joshua came out on top again, beating Lucy 7-1 7-6. His final was against Teodora, and after another tough 3 setter, Joshua won the match 7-0 6-7 7-2, winning the tournament overall! Well done to all the Thongsbridge players this weekend, and to Joshua on winning the tournament.

Joshua Fowler

Lucy Newman, Joshua Fowler and Ellie Horne with their medals


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It’s an Esa Christmas Tree!

Congratulations to Esa on winning the best dressed this week! Esa’s amazing tree had some scary coaches’ faces on it as well as being decorated with tinsel! Well done to all the other children that dressed up this week, you all looked great! Enjoy the festive period and don’t eat too much chocolate! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from everybody at Thongsbridge Tennis and Fitness!

Esa Butt

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Gabriella Grade 3

This weekend, Gabriella Lindley played in a grade 3. Gabriella played 3 matches, winning her first after her opponent withdrew, her second she had a convincing 4-0 4-1 win, and in the final she played another good game and won 4-0 4-1. Gabriella’s great attitude has helped her gain entry into a Grade 2 as this tournament was linked, meaning the winner gets automatic entry into a tougher tournament. Well done Gabby!!

Gabriella Lindley

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Leicester Grade 5

This weekend, Elizabeth Safonkina played in grade 5 event in Leicester. She had a very convincing run of wins to get to the final, beating her opponents 4-1 4-0, 4-0 4-0 and 4-1 4-1. Elizabeth then played an 8.2 in the final, and despite a few double faults, still managed to beat her opponent 4-1 4-1. Well done Elizabeth!

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Grade 3 Success

Last weekend, Tommy Vale played a Grade 3 Under 9 event in Hull. He played 3 group matches and won them all, meaning Tommy qualified for the quarter-final.
In the QG, Tommy played a difficult match but beat his opponent 7-5 8-6. Tommy then played in the semi-final where he won 7-3 7-3, meaning he was now in the final. In the final he played an attacking game and won 7-4 7-5, which won him the tournament overall. Well done Tommy!

Joshua Fowler and Tommy Vale

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Raffle Winner

Today, our own Roger Federer (Eric Barlow) drew the winning raffle ticket for the bike! Congratulations to club member, Betka Vesela, on winning the raffle.

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Meet our Newest Coaching Member

Meet Ben Gudzelak, the newest member of the Thongsbridge coaching team. Ben didn’t start playing tennis until he was 14, however his hard work, determination and desire to continually improve saw him represent Yorkshire at the senior level by the age of 17 and reach 850 in the world and top 30 in Britain by the age of 20. During Ben’s time on the tour he played with former Wimbledon Doubles Champion, Jonathan Marray whilst travelling the World and playing in Mexico, America and India, as well as Britain. Ben’s coaching career began in 2009 where he worked in London at The Cumberland LT&SC, The Queens Club and Gosling Tennis Academy.
Whilst Ben was studying Manufacturing Engineering at Brunel University, he took up a keen interest in squash, where he also excelled, playing at a high club team level. He also enjoys playing racketball and padel tennis.
We know that Ben will be a valuable asset to our team and hope that you will join us in welcoming him to Thongsbridge Tennis and Fitness Club.

Ben Gudzelak

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