BIG-name players who have competed in the Davis Cup and featured in the ATP world rankings could be gracing the courts of Carisbrooke Tennis Club in Leicestershire this Sunday (June 5) as the Knighton side take on Aegon National table-toppers Mackintosh Sports Club at Kenwood Road (midday start).
This weekend’s visitors are the current league-leaders in the highly-competitive National Club League and boast an enviable unbeaten record in their five matches so far this season.
Cardiff side Mackintosh’s extremely strong squad this term has featured such names as Richard Bloomfield, Joshua Milton and Chris Lewis.
Bloomfield, whose career-high ATP world ranking was 176, famously played former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the 1st round at Wimbledon in 2007, taking 13 games off the Aussie in a creditable display. Milton is currently ranked 376th in the world, and has been as high as 284.
However, Carisbrooke come into this tie with some good form of their own. We have won our last three Aegon meetings (although one of these against The Leicestershire has since been voided after they pulled out of the league) and we are still undefeated this season on the domestic front, sitting atop the Leicestershire Premier League with five wins out of five.
To further add to the drama, a potential spot in the play-offs is at stake as Carisbrooke currently lie just outside the top-three qualification spots so any points gained on the day could be a big boost for play-off chances.
This is our last Aegon home game of the season so let’s see as many supporters as possible down The Brooke to cheer on the lads!
Meanwhile, Carisbrooke’s Aegon 2nd team will also be in action at home this Sunday from 10am against Melton Mowbray side Hamilton.
The action gets underway at 10am with the brace of doubles matches for this fixture expected to be taking place while the 1st team boys compete in their singles’ round.
Weather permitting, a barbecue is also planned for the day with spectators being urged to ‘bring their own’ and make use of the cooking facilities.
The bar, of course, will be open! Anyone recovering from our Back to the 90’s event from the night before can shake off those fuzzy heads with a bit of hair-of-the-dog.
And last but not least, the final of the French Open between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will also be shown on the big screen in the clubhouse (from 3pm) , so you’ll be able to keep an eye on the recalcitrant Scot’s progress at Roland Garros while also watching the proper tennis on The Brooke’s courts!
About our opponents
Mackintosh Sports Club, founded about 120 years ago, is based in Cardiff city centre and also has a bowling green on site. The five-court club is one of the oldest in Wales and has the beautiful historic Roath Castle building adjacent to its courts which it helps to maintain.
Its website describes the club as ‘relatively small’ but it has gained a reputation for its high standard of play with many of its players going on to represent the country or the South Wales region.
It sounds like the ‘Mack’, as it is known colloquially, is Wales’ answer to The Brooke as it has a famous reputation for its social scene! The club’s website states: “The social reputation of the Mack is legendary both in Wales and as well as historically with active links to Irish and English clubs for friendly competition”.
In terms of its Aegon performance this season, Mackintosh have only dropped six rubbers and eight sets in all of their matches this season – certainly an impressive record.
Roath Castle adjacent to Mackintosh Sports Club