Match Result: IC of France 7 – 12 IC of GB
Date: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2016
The match against the IC of France was held at La Boulie in Versailles, a beautiful and welcoming golf club with six clay courts.
The opening round of matches finished seven-all after the first day’s play. However, the match was switched to another local indoor club on the Sunday due to rain, which meant it was only possible to complete another five matches. The IC of GB duly won them all and completed a resounding 12-7 victory.
The formal dinner after the match was a particular highlight with amusing speeches from IC of GB Captain Alan Purnell, as well as from Mark Beim and Thierry Pham. The team also had the pleasure of attending the first day’s play at Roland Garros. Although the inclement weather continued in the morning, it soon brightened up, and the team enjoyed a fantastic day of play on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Thanks again go to Thierry for the tickets and access to Roland Garros, and of course Daniel for his organisational skills, juggling bad weather and lack of available players.
Results – Saturday (IC of GB listed first)
Maria Budin lost to Schena Benamar 3-6 0-6
Mel South beat Lisa Setyon 6-2 6-1
Anthea Stewart beat Isabelle Billard 6-3 6-3
Adam Jones beat Alexandre Rotsaert 6-0 2-0 rtd
James Marsalek lost to Maxime Janvier 6-2 1-6 1-6
Richard Wire beat Heiner Tadault 6-3 6-2
Mark Beim lost to Thomas Desplanques 2-6 4-6
Chris Hearn lost to Jean Leclercq 5-7 2-6
Martin Cornish lost to Patrick Boukobza 2-6 0-6
Keith Bland beat Jacques Thamin 7-5 3-6 10-7
Christopher Spencer lost to Patrice Beust 1-6 5-7
Bill Gowans & Mark Beim beat Gilles Destremau & Patrick Boukobza 2-6 6-3 10-0
Anthea Stewart & Bill Gowans lost to Fabienne Desplanques & Christophe Damiens 4-6 3-6
Chris Hearn & Dave Mills beat Jacques Hervet & Christophe Bernelle 6-2 6-3
Results – Sunday (IC of GB listed first)
Maria Budin beat Juliette Loliee 6-4 6-3
Anthea Stewart beat Caroline Glaszmann 6-4 6-1
Adam Jones beat Alexandre Bitran 6-2 6-0
Chris Spenser beat Pierre Herve Gautier 6-3 2-0 rtd
Anthea Stewart & Martin Cornish beat Francoise Achard & Patrice Beust 6-4 6-2
Richard Wire beat Gerard Solves 3-6 6-3 10-6 (friendly)