Richard Green has been chosen to play for Team GB at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup!

Ipswich Sports Club are delighted to announce that Richard Green from Coggeshall, Essex, has been chosen to play for Great Britain in the Quad Tennis Singles! He has been coached by our very own Tennis Manager Chris Daynes and has now been chosen to represent Team GB for this event – what an incredible opportunity!

Taking place in Vilamoura, Portugal on 2nd – 8th May 2022, The BNP Paribas World Team Cup is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis and Billie Jean King Cup. Forty-four teams from twenty-two nations are set to take part in this year’s event, the Quad teams being USA, Netherlands, South Africa, Japan, Brazil, Great Britain, Israel, and Turkey.

The squad of 14 players will represent Great Britain across all four events (Mens, Womens, Quad and Juniors) and Richard Green will be making his debut for the quad team after reaching a career-best singles world ranking at No.14 in February.

Richard was born with cerebral palsy and started playing tennis with his mother for fun, who subsequently contacted the Tennis Foundation in 2008 to see if he was eligible to play. Since then Richard has had an incredible career, winning many tournaments all across the country and overseas. He has been playing and training with Ipswich Sports Club since 2017 and we are incredibly proud to have him as part of the team.

Former National Champion Green said “I’m so honoured to be selected for the World Team Cup. It will be a great experience.” Tennis Coach Chris Daynes of Ipswich Sports Club comments “Richard has been a valued member of Ipswich Sports Club for 5 years and it has been a pleasure to see his confidence and skill grow over the years. We have no doubt he will do us proud and we can’t wait to see him in action, doing what he does best!”

 

Keep up to date with all the fixtures, results and Green’s progress by following the BNP results page.

Tennis Academy News

We would like to congratulate everyone who competed over the Easter period from our Tennis Academy! Here are the results:

 

Josh Tallamy
Winner of U11 grade 3 event, Caesarean Open Jersey singles and doubles.

 

Radi Shopova
Runner up at U14 grade 3 event held at Redbridge and Semi-finalist in Welsh Junior Open U12 grade 2 event held in Wrexham.

 

James Brunning
Winner of U12 doubles event and finalist in the singles event held at UEA Sportspark Easter Open.
Winner of U12 grade 3 event, Caesarean Open Jersey beating fellow academy player Leo Ahmed in the final.

 

 

We would also like to congratulate…

 

Elena Fairweather
Winner of Welwyn Junior Open U16 girl event.

 

Freddie Bemrose
Winner of U9 event at the Connaught Club Easter event.

 

Candy Wai
Winner of U18 grade 3 at Cambridge
Runner up of Womens event at Sutton.

 

Squash News: Ipswich Sports Club Hosts Saxon Cup Finals

Academy Head Coach Mike Lunt Awarded Suffolk Performance Coach of The Year

We’d like to say a huge congratulations to Mike Lunt, our Tennis Academy Head Coach who was awarded Suffolk Performance Coach of The Year 2021 at the Suffolk LTA Tennis Awards earlier this week! 

We are incredibly proud of his achievement and wanted to shout it from the rooftops! 
We have an amazing team of coaches who are always going above and beyond and it’s great that they are getting recognised for their hard work.

Tennis Academy News

Here are some of the latest updates on how our Tennis Academy players have been getting on in their recent tournaments.

Congratulations Radi on winning the G3, U12 event at Hills Road, Cambridge last weekend.

Well done Harry on winning his first tournament of the year

Back to back tournament wins for Alev. Great job!

Well done Juliette on pulling through two close matches in the semi-finals and final to win the event in Gosling.

Popup Padel Court Installed at Henley Road

Game4Padel, the UK’s leading developer/operator of padel courts, is proposing to construct four padel courts at Ipswich Sports Club. The courts will be the first multi-court padel centre in East Anglia and will be located at the Club’s Tuddenham Road site.

Padel is reported to be the world’s fastest-growing sport. The game originally started in Mexico and
quickly swept through South America and then into Europe. Spain is reckoned to have over 20,000 padel courts, and an estimated six million active players – it is now the country’s second-biggest participation sport after football. Fans of the sport include Andy Murray, David Beckham, Jurgen Klopp, Bradley Walsh, Peter Crouch, Lionel Messi and Nicole Scherzinger and forecasters predict padel will become an Olympic sport by 2032.

The new courts in Ipswich will be covered by canopy courts, allowing play all year round – one of the big attractions of the game. A planning application will be presented to Ipswich Borough Council with the intention of completing the courts later this Summer. A popup court will be installed at the Club’s Henley Road site to give potential players a chance to experience padel.

Speaking about the centre, Ipswich Sports Club Director Alec Livingstone said: “We have seen how quickly the game is growing worldwide – it is really sociable, great fun and easy to pick up – you don’t need any previous tennis or squash experience to play. I am sure that with the SportsClub’s experience in racket sports, combined with Game4Padel’s undoubted expertise, we can deliver an exciting new sporting opportunity for Suffolk.

Game4Padel Co-Founder and CEO, Michael Gradon added: “In the past year, there has been unprecedented demand for new padel courts around the country – it’s really gaining momentum as people become addicted to this fun, new sport. At Game4Padel we are leading the way in terms of installing courts, offering to fund venues and managing facilities to ensure courts are well used. We plan to have up to 50 padel venues open by the end of 2022.”

Game4Padel already has the most courts open around the UK including:
● Thistle Padel Club, Edinburgh
● Barnton Park LTC, Edinburgh
● Windsor Penarth LTC, Penarth
● Huddersfield LT&SC, Yorkshire
● Withdean Sports Complex, Brighton

The company has a further 22 venues secured including Westfield London (Europe’s largest retail
destination), a partnership with golf’s R&A at Lethamhill Glasgow, Parabola Edinburgh Park business
park, Ocean Terminal Leith, Broxbourne Sports Club, Draycott Sports Centre, Liverpool Cricket Club and Forthill Community Sports Club Dundee, and is in advanced discussions with an additional 50 venues. Game4Padel boasts a diverse group of experienced UK investors, including former world no.1 tennis player Andy Murray, the former British no.1 players Annabel Croft and Andrew Castle, and Welsh rugby legend Jonathan Davies. The company’s Chief Executive is Michael Gradon, a former longstanding Commercial and Finance Chair of the Wimbledon Championships.

Game4Padel offers to partner with a wide range of venues, including sports clubs, leisure centres, parks, schools, universities and, increasingly, commercial venues. Its capital and technical expertise enable it to finance, install, maintain and operate padel courts in any setting. The company also creates bespoke coaching and playing programmes, events, tournaments, and engagement activities for children and schools.

For more information, please visit Game4padel.com. To book a taster session, please head over to our Members Portal to book.

Tennis Academy News

On behalf of Ipswich Sports Club, we’d like to congratulate the following tennis academy players on yet another successful weekend!

Well done Scarlett, winning the G4 at Harlow last weekend.

Congratulations Alev, on winning her first tournament of the year in Welwyn.

 

Tennis Academy News

Congratulations to some of our brilliant players in our Tennis Academy for yet another weekend of outstanding results!

Well done to Radi on reaching the semi-finals of G2 Nationals held at the University of Bath last week.
Great job!

 

Well done Scarlett on winning her doubles event with partner Amelia held in Oxfordshire over half term!

Great job Fred! Finishing second in Bromley in the U9 event last week.

Tennis Academy News: February Half Term

Congratulations to the following junior players from the Ipswich Sports Club tennis academy on some great half-term tournament successes!

Well done Radi, runner up at the grade 3 event in Harlow last week. Good luck at the National U12 event held in Bath this week.

Congratulations Josh, winner of the U11 grade 3 event in Hull over half term only conceding 2 games in the whole tournament.

Tennis Academy News

The Tennis Academy coaches would like to congratulate the following junior players on another weekend of success.

Scarlett

Harry

Josh

Congratulations Scarlett who won her U12 event last weekend in Croydon!

Well done Harry, for reaching his first final of the year. Keep up the great work!

Congratulations to Josh for reaching the final of the U11 G3 event held at Hills Road, Cambridge at the weekend. Great preparation for next week!