Hatfield House set to host real tennis invitational mixed doubles tournament

PUBLISHED: 17:06 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:06 09 February 2016

Action from the 2015 mixed doubles final

Action from the 2015 mixed doubles final

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Hatfield House Real Tennis Club will be hosting the Billy Ross Skinner Invitational Mixed Doubles Tournament, sponsored by Neptune Investment Management, this weekend.

The tournament is an invitational event for the best female real tennis players available, who are then paired up with men of an equal standard to try to make a pair as closely matched as possible.

This year there is a host of previous winners returning from the ladies, including three-time winners Jill Newby and Ellie Harris, as well as one-time winners Carol Janes, Sara Metherell, Louise Mercier and Alex Garside.

There is also a good contingent of Hatfield members involved in the event including the aforementioned Newby and Mercier, as well as Catherine Walker, Alex Brodie, Pam Tomalin and Maggie Henderson-Tew. From the men, another previous winner attending is Nick Brodie.

If you would like to find out more about real tennis, the oldest racquest sport in the world, but can’t make it along this weekend, there will be an exhibition match at Hatfield on Thursday, April 14 which will include an explanation of the rules and a chance to have a go yourself.

To find out more about the event call 01707 273391.

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