The ten young American players from Harvard and Yale arrived in fine form and although the Yale team suffered disappointment with the early defeat of captain Kyle Dawson, four of the US college players marched through to an all-American men’s semi-finals. All the matches were fiercely contested, with Denis Nguyen (Harvard) and Tyler Lu (Yale) coming through to do battle in a heavy hitting, high-speed final, from which Nguyen emerged the winner.
In the ladies’ singles, three of the college players came unstuck against tough opposition in the quarter-finals, with just Annie Sullivan (Yale) going through to face a tight semi-final against Josefin Hjertquist from Sweden. The other ladies’ semi-final also saw a close contest between last year’s winner, Surrey county player Philippa Coates, and Majka Serafini from Italy at her first Rye Tournament. The final, between Sullivan and Serafini, saw the American playing some spectacular tennis to take the title.
After a short rest, Sullivan was joined on court by Rye LTC coach Frances Candy for a final against the strong pairing of Annabel Watson (Queen’s Club first team captain) and Antonia Smallbone (Hurlingham), who were narrowly beaten in the third set in a nail-biting finish.
The men’s doubles final saw Slovenians Gregor Krusic and Bruno Nikolic versus New Zealand’s Mark Hadley and compatriot Anton Bettink, a fast and furious match which also went to three sets with Hadley and Bettink winning by just a few points.
Hadley then teamed up with Philippa Coates to face Alfredo Caturano and Catherine Hall in the mixed doubles final, another closely contested battle which saw victory going again to Hadley and his partner. All the matches were played before an appreciative crowd, which was treated to some fine displays of tennis.
Photos: Zoe Richmond-Watson