Roehampton Club had two champions at The British Seniors Clay
Court Championships played at Bournemouth last week.
Niall Sweeney won the 60s singles whilst Roehampton coach and
former Davis Cup player, John Paish, won the 65s singles.
Both have been selected to represent Great Britain in the ITF
World Seniors Championships in Austria in September.
John Paish at Roehampton Club
During his senior's career, Niall Sweeney has won 8 singles
titles at various age groups in either the Indoor, Clay Court or
Grass Court Championships, and 5 doubles titles. At every age group
in John Paish's senior's tennis career he has been ranked number 1
in the country and has won national titles at every age group and
on every surface.
John Paish's younger tennis career included the following
1972 - Last 32 Men's Singles, Wimbledon
1973 - Semi-finals Men's Doubles, Wimbledon (with David
1972 - Queen's Club London Championships (soon to become The
Stella Artois Tournament).
John beat Stan Smith in the 1/4 finals (11-9 in 3rd set having
been 5-2 down). He then won the semi-final v Pancho Gonzales who
was controversially defaulted after losing his temper over a line
call and physically pushing the referee.(he was losing at the
time!!). In the final John lost to Jimmy Connors. Stan Smith went
on to win Wimbledon 2 weeks later!
1972 - Davis Cup v France at Roland Garros.
John played singles and doubles (with David Lloyd). They lost
the tie 4-1. John and David won the doubles versus Goven and
Proisy! The French crowd were so disappointed with the French
performance that they whistled and jeered them off the stadium
A young Buster Mottram was also in the team. This created a
Davis Cup record. 2 fathers (Geoff Paish and Tony Mottram) had
played together in the same team and then, a generation later,
their 2 sons, John and Buster, also played in the same team!
1975 - While living and coaching in New York, John reached the
finals of the Port Washington tournament on Long Island. There he
came up against a young player, just out of college, with a
reputation for being quite temperamental! John (being a
seasoned pro) didn't think he would be much of a problem to beat
and was surprised to lose a set before winning 6-3 in the 3rd. His
opponent's name was John McEnroe and a few months later he reached
the semi-finals of Wimbledon!
1970's - Group 1 County Week at Eastbourne. Playing with
John Crump, John was unbeaten for 3 consecutive years winning 42
matches in a row! It was not 45 because on the last day of the 3rd
year John was unable to play because he had to fly to USA for a
And to cap it all, one year John was playing the US Open at
Forest Hills (just before it moved to Flushing Meadows). In
the 1st rd Mens Doubles John had a win over Bjorn Borg and his
partner. As they were all walking back to the locker room, Bjorn
told John that it was the 2nd time he had lost to him. The first
time, he said, was in the 1st rd of the Scandinavian Indoor
Championships (his 1st appearance there, as a 16 yr old) and John
won 6-0 6-1!