Fred Perry Championship

Introducing a new Youth Tennis tournament: The Fred Perry Championship. 100 years after he first played at the Brentham club, a new competition begins to celebrate Fred Perry‘s sporting heritage and discover future talent.

The LTA Level 3 tournament is for U12, U14, U16 and U18 categories. It will be held annually at The Brentham Club in Ealing, London, as well as next door at Will to Win, Pisthanger Park. Male and female winners in each category will receive a clothing sponsorship and tennis grant from Fred Perry.

To mark the first tournament, Fred Perry have repainted the hard court at the Brentham Club in black and champagne – iconic Fred Perry Shirt colours that symbolise the brand’s independent spirit.

The 2-day event is completely free to spectators, and will also be livestreamed on Fred Perry facebook page.

Saturday 7th September
9am – Coaching clinic by Dan Bloxham and four times Wimbledon Doubles Champion, Peter Fleming
10:30am onwards – First and second round matches

Sunday 8th September
9am onwards – Semi-finals and finals

Photo credit: Fred Perry

Borotra Cup 2017

Since 1975, Le Touquet, in Northern France, has been hosting the 16&Under Boys Summer Cup aka the Borotra Cup, and has welcomed players like Yannick Noah in 1977, Mats Wilander in 1980, Richard Gasquet and Jo Tsonga in 2001, Rafael Nadal in 2002 and Novak Djokovic in 2003.
The event brings together the best 8 European teams, and acts as the European regional qualifying competition for the Junior Davis Cup.

I spent a few days in Le Touquet to attend the event last August. I did enjoy the tennis and the city, and plan to attend again in 2018, here’s my recap:

Reto Schmidli

Article by l’Equipe Magazine, translation by Tennis Buzz:

August 1991. No one suspects that a small page in the history of tennis is being written on the clay court at the Grüssenhölzli club in Pratteln, on the outskirts of Basel. This is the first round of the youth tournament of this small club. Not many people pay attention to the match between Reto Schmidli, a hope of TC Arlesheim, the neighboring village, and little Roger Federer, a kid from the TC Old Boys Basel. The match has little interest as it goes one way; Reto dismantles the kid 6-0, 6-0, double bagel.

Two things are then unknown. The first is that Roger will become one of the greatest players of his era; The second is that never again in his career he will suffer a defeat on this humiliating score. “Honestly I never thought about it,” says Reto Schmidli, 38, sitting on the terrace of a family bistro in Arlesheim. And then a friend told me that Roger had given an interview in a student magazine in the United States, where he was asked if he had already lost 6-0, 6-0. He replied that this had happened to him only once, during this tournament in Pratteln, facing me.”

But Reto Schmidli, now a police officer in Basel, never brags about it. However, the story became known in the small world of Basel tennis. “Sometimes, in tournaments, they ask me: Are you the one who beat Roger 6-0, 6-0?”

Reto does not add. “It did not mean much. Roger played his first tournaments, he was 10 years old and I was 13.” Soon, their roads diverged. “Roger joined the national center, I continued my progress but not at the same pace. Later, I joined Roger’s club, the Old Boys, and then I left to Australia, to the club of Patrick Rafter. I was in foster care, I played every day. The goal was to progress as much as to learn English. I came back to Basel, I had a good serve and a good backhand but I do not think I had the talent to become a great player. For that, it is necessary to want it ardently and it was not my case. I just enjoy playing tennis. My best ranking was Swiss number 40 … I started a sports college and then, as I was a fan of the Columbo series, I passed the exam to enter the police … I still play in my club of Arlesheim, in particular the team matches for over 35 year old.”

Reto is of course Federer’s number one fan. “I saw him once, I was at an indoor tournament where he was.” Inevitably, time covered this original match of the summer of 1991. “He had come with his mother. Of course, I did not know that I had just beat an absolute tennis genius. What I remember is that all his strokes came out. As if he already had the idea of ​​tennis that he wanted to play but did not yet have the means to realize it. His balls came out of the court and that’s why I won easily, but let’s say his game philosophy was already there.”

Reto had reached the final of the tournament. Today, the court on which they had played disappeared, replaced by a furniture store. Only remains a nice souvenir for the Basel police officer.

Photo credit: L’Equipe Magazine

From 25 years of the Tennis Europe Junior Tour:

I never played against Rafa (in juniors) except in doubles. We played the deciding match of the Winter Cups ties on an indoor court. I was playing with Jamie Baker and he was playing with Marcel Granollers, and we lost. I beat Granollers in the singles, Nadal beat Matt Brown in the second singles and then we lost the deciding doubles. But I never played him in singles until we met as pros.

Does that defeat still hurt?

[laughs] Not so much, no. I’ve lost a couple of matches to him since then that have hurt more, but at the time it was definitely a pity.

Also read:
Andy Murray recalls his first match against Novak Djokovic

Lilian Marmousez and Alexander Georg Mandma

With the Petits As in Tarbes, the Tim Essonne is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world for the under 14s. Former winners include Rafael Nadal (1999), Richard Gasquet (1998), Tommy Robredo (1995), Martina Hingis (1991) and Elena Dementieva (1994).

Qinwen Zheng took out the girls’ title, beating local Diane Parry in the final. Zheng becames the first ever Chinese player to win the event.
Home crowd favourite Lilian Marmousez beat Alexander Georg Mandma from Estonia to capture the boys’ title.

Le Tim Essonne est, avec Les Petits As à Tarbes, l’un des plus prestigieux tournois pour les moins de 14 ans. Rafael Nadal (1999), Richard Gasquet (1998), Tommy Robredo (1995), Martina Hingis (1991) and Elena Dementieva (1994) ont emporté le tournoi par le passé.

Qinwen Zheng a remporté le titre chez les filles, en battant la locale Diane Parry en finale. Zheng devient ainsi la première chinoise à gagner ce tournoi.
Chez les garçons, c’est le Français Lilian Marmousez qui s’est imposé en battant l’Estonien Alexander Georg Mandma en finale
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Qinwen Zheng defeats Diane Parry 6-0-6-2

Diane Parry

Qinwen Zheng
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