Former Davis Cup players prepare for battle at Roehampton Club this weekend

Former Davis Cup players prepare for battle at Roehampton Club

Jamie Baker and Ross Hutchins will both be competing for Roehampton Club this Sunday (17th May) as the men's 1st team look to kick-start their AEGON Team Tennis season against Paddington.  The match will be played at 2pm alongside the ladies' 1st team match against Surbiton.  It promises to be a superb afternoon of tennis with the standard of both matches being very high.  Members are encouraged to come down to the club to enjoy the excellent tennis and support our teams! 

The men's 1st team will be bidding for their first win of the season on Sunday.  Having gained promotion to the top national division, the team have narrowly lost their opening three matches against some of the country's best sides.  The fixture with Paddington presents a fantastic opportunity to get off the mark, although it will be a stern test as Paddington already have one win under their belt.

Baker and Hutchins, who are playing in their debut AEGON Team Tennis season for the club, will both be in action.  Baker reached a career-high singles world ranking of No.186 before retiring from professional tennis in 2013.  He played in the singles main draw at Wimbledon five times and also made five Davis Cup appearances for Great Britain.  Hutchins, whose career-best, doubles world ranking was No.26, retired from professional tennis in 2014 after reaching the mixed doubles semi-final at the US Open.  He was also a men's doubles quarter-finalist at both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2011, and he represented Great Britain seven times in Davis Cup.

Baker and Hutchins will be lining up alongside Nik Snapes and team captain Chris Archer, with Ross's brother Blake Hutchins named as a doubles substitute.  On the other side of the net, Paddington are expected to have former Ireland Davis Cup player John Doran amongst their ranks, while they also boast a number of other highly rated players.

"Jamie and Ross have both competed at the top level of the game, so it's fantastic to have players of their calibre representing Roehampton Club," said Archer.  "This Sunday's match should be an absolute cracker with both teams desperate for a win.  I encourage all members to come and enjoy the great tennis on offer, particularly any aspiring junior members who will learn a lot from watching Jamie and Ross."

Completing the double header, the ladies' 1st team are taking on Surbiton as they look to extend their unbeaten run.  Led by team captain Rachel Partington, the side have dropped just one rubber in their opening two matches as wins over Purley and St George's Hill have seen them open up a gap at the top of the table.  Roehampton Club are bidding for an immediate return to the south-east regional division of AEGON Team Tennis.

This Sunday's line-up sees Natasha Marks playing in the No.1 singles position.  Marks is impressively yet to lose a game in singles play this season and will be gunning for another 6-0 6-0 result against Surbiton.  Marks is joined by Jess Jackson, Catherine Blazye and Emma Smith, who are also unbeaten thus far.

In advance of the 1st team matches at 2pm, the men's and ladies' 2nd teams are both taking on sides from Old College at 10am.  The men's 2nd team face an away trip to Old College, while the ladies' 2nd team play them at home.  Both of Roehampton Club's 2nd teams are currently sitting top of their respective divisions at the county level of AEGON Team Tennis. 

The format for AEGON Team Tennis matches sees four singles players on each team face their opposite number, followed by two doubles rubbers. If the score is level at three wins each, the teams play a 'tiebreak shoot-out' to decider the winner!

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