Leading amateurs to battle for glory in Newmarket

FLYING THE FLAGS: (from left:) Sam Sheppard, Andrew Knibbs and members David Parr and Bill Rankine with the flags of participating nations Australia, Great Britain and the USA
FLYING THE FLAGS: (from left:) Sam Sheppard, Andrew Knibbs and members David Parr and Bill Rankine with the flags of participating nations Australia, Great Britain and the USA

Newmarket Real Tennis Club will be the stage for one of the international team events at the World Masters Amateur Championships next month.

The 2015 Bostwick Cup is set to feature the leading over-60s amateurs, with three teams from three different continents battling it out for the trophy on May 12-14.

And one of the club’s committee members, Sam Sheppard, cannot wait for the club to host the famous amateur event for the first time.

“It’s a prestigious event and we are proud to put it on,” he said.

“The Tennis and Rackets Association asked us to host it and we are grateful to do so.”

Great Britain will look to defend the title they won two years ago, with the team of Duncan Colquhoun, Paul Weaver, Alan Fine, Richard Moore, Bernard Weatherill, Andrew Hamilton, Jamie Bebb and Jill Newby lifting the cup without dropping a single set two years ago.

Australia and USA are back again in the three-team tournament to try and take the title away from the host nation, with Sheppard expecting a great standard to be played on the Fitzroy Street-based courts.

“They are the world’s best amateur over-60s,” he said.

“The matches will be played over three doubles and two singles games each day.”

After a practice day on Monday, May 11 the tournament begins the following day with holders Great Britain taking on Australia.

Day two sees Australia go up against USA, before the final match on Thursday, May 14 between Great Britain and USA.

Each match is scheduled to start at 10am, with Newmarket’s professional, Andrew Knibbs, one of two markers scoring the event.

For more information please visit the club’s website at www.nsrtc.co.uk