Majorca October 2015 (Reporter Terry Hammond with some intervention from Beatrice)
This was a special year for the organisers of the Majorcan Open at Font de sa Cala as they celebrated their 20th year with 650 entrants from 37 countries. However it was an unusual year for those of us from the 45-club as we were only 9 in number with many of those who normally take part in this tournament choosing this year to go to the World Championships in Croatia instead. This included our regular organisers, Chris and Tom Baron who had, nevertheless, still prepared the way for us with hotel bookings and transfer arrangements for which we were very grateful and as we were also for the help given by Joe Putnam when we all arrived.
Our main success was Isobel Tyrrell with an excellent win in the ladies doubles 45s final. Jenny Chin reached the quarter-final of the Ladies Singles 55s before losing to strong Canadian opposition and Sue Winters had a good win in the Ladies Singles 60s before losing to the 3rd seed. Sue Copestake/Jill Shelvey won through to the semis of the Ladies Doubles 65s before losing out to the No 1 seeds and eventual winners from Australia whilst Jill also made the semi-final of the Mixed-Doubles 65+. Finally my natural modesty does not prevent me from reporting that, at last, after 11 years I managed to win a singles match against German opposition and so proceeded into the 3rd round! Beatrice was not so lucky, pulling a muscle in the seventh game of her singles and was therefore unable to take any further part in the tournament.
The picture is of Peter Ellison, winner of the Mens 80s consolation singles, receiving his prize from Helge Albrecht, Tournament Director. Apart from 45 Club members, there were quite a number of other British participants to support with Paul French winning the Mens Singles 60s, a marathon all-British semi-final in the Mens Singles 50s between Chris Hearn and Mark Rowe and a truly superb win in the Ladies Doubles 55s for Ann Brown/Margaret Fincham who beat world-class opposition in both their semi and final.
There are several other tournaments in Majorca either side of this, the largest one, and Beatrice and I had enjoyed a great week at Canyamel the week before, renewing the friendships we made last year and the day before we left Majorca we bumped into 45-club member Paul Thompson playing in another tournament at Aquait. Our Bavarian friends had introduced us to the German phrase “Tote Hose” literally meaning “Dead Trousers” which they used to describe any situation when nothing much was happening!! This most certainly did not apply to our seventeen days in Majorca which had once again been a highlight of our year in the company of many old friends.
A final footnote for Bob Harrower – he had a great time inspite of not being there!