Queen Mary’s College PE teacher and tennis team manager took thirteen of the college’s tennis and former tennis players for an outing to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London last week.
The O2 hosts the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (source:Sarah Goldson)
A lucky fourteen players, Nick Dingwall, Adam Hood, Luke Watts, Michael Thompson, Joseph Lane, Patrick Lincoln-Ohstrand, Chris Yarney, Sarah Winkle, Kelsey Mosquera, Holly Groves, Ellis Wyles, Harvey Stuart, Ali Olrog and Matt Rennie, accompanied Goldson on the trip to London to watch the world’s top players in action.
The QMC players with Goldson at the O2
The court at the O2 from the QMC groups perspective (source: Sarah Goldson)
Goldson said “It was a great day out with all the tennis players and it was good to have everyone together to watch the Tennis. The doubles was probably a better match than the singles, we saw the Bryan brothers, just edge out their opponents in a 10 point tie break. In the singles, we saw Berdych beat Cilic.” she added “The students really enjoyed the event and even though we were on the back row, the view was fantastic and for some of them it was the first time they had attended the event.”
Federer tells a disappointed crowd that he won’t be able to compete in the final (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)
There was disappointment for Goldson yesterday who is a massive fan of Roger Federer as he had to pull out of the final against Novak Djokovic due to injury, handing the defending champion and world number one his fourth season ending crown. Swiss Federer, 33 who has won the title six times previously, announced he was not able to compete as he was not ‘match-fit’ and apologised in person on court to the packed 02 after World number one doubles players twins Bob and Mike Bryan won the Doubles title. Federer said “I’m sorry I’m not fit to play,” he said. “I hope you understand. I wanted to come out personally and explain. I did everything I could. I took pain-killers, had rest until the very end, but I just cannot compete at this level with Novak.” (BBC sport)
Murray on court with tennis legends McEnroe, Cash and Henman (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)
In an attempt to pacify the obviously disappointed crowd, the organisers had drafted in British number one Andy Murray to return to the O2 and step into the fray to play Djokovic in an exhibition pro-match which Djokovic won 8-5. Murray then paired up with tennis legend John McEnroe to beat Tim Henman and Pat Cash 8-6 in a doubles match. Serbian Djokovic, 27, who only had an incredible eight defeats from sixty-six matches this year collected the ATP World Tour Finals trophy before his exhibition match with Murray.
Champion Djokovic who would have preferred to play to win his fourth title (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)
“It’s clearly not the way I wanted,” he said. “It’s an incredible achievement, but at this moment it’s hard to talk about it. I’m not one of the players that celebrate this particular type of win.” (BBC Sport)