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20 June 2014 – International [Real] Tennis Day

21 June 2014

‎Those at Radley College Real Tennis Club (RCRTC) were enjoying a spell of glorious weather, with very long hours of daylight. It was turning into a lovely summer here in England.

The temperature was certainly warm all day on court on Friday, but it was not oppressively hot, thankfully. The hours played exceeded the hours of daylight and we amassed seventeen continuous hours of play. This establishes a new record for the most play in a day at Radley.

Every category of player was represented: pros and amateurs, club members, guests, a group of visitors (from IBM), men and women, adults and juniors, left-handers, right-handers and wrong-handers, fancy-dress and all-white sports kit wearers. The age range was 17 to 71 years old and handicaps ranged from singles figures to the 80s. Maybe we’ll try for the full 24 hours next year and a couple more decades in age!

Head Professional, Chris Ronaldson, and partner, Maggie Henderson-Tew, were set up nicely by their opponents and so were the only ones to turn up in pyjamas for the daybreak doubles (photo 00452 attached)! Chris also brought a cuddly toy.

Derek Williams, Nick King, Rebecca, Chris and Maggie came early to play a very enjoyable and lengthy doubles that was punctuated by pauses for breakfast and player swap-ins and –outs as the need for coffee got too great.

Appropriately, given the location of our court, the final players of the day were a late-evening pair of Radley College boys (post-exam Sixth Formers); a fitting reminder of the importance of young enthusiasts to the future of our game.

Many thanks to everyone who played at Radley on ITD and helped to make it such an enjoyable occasion.

Maggie Henderson-Tew

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