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2017 FRENCH OPEN CHAMPION!

Hey Guys! I am happy to report that the French Open was as successful as possible. I managed to do the double, winning both the singles and doubles titles. This wasn’t without plenty of drama though, as the week was one of the most stressful I’ve had on tour.

 

The trouble started with the day I was heading over, when my flight was cancelled. They rebooked me onto a later one, but when I got to JFK airport they couldn’t seem to find my flight to tell me which gate to go to. eventually that was fixed and I made my flight, but upon arriving in Paris I learned that my tennis bag had not made the flight. This meant that I didn’t have my rackets, tennis whites, shoes, supplements, or physical therapy bands. My first two practices I borrowed Tim Chisholms clothes and rackets, and I bought some shoes from the local tennis shop (not the best preparation!). My bag didn’t arrive until 5 days later, about 10 minutes before the singles semi-finals! When I opened it to grab stuff I found out that my supplement powder had exploded in the bag leaving green powder all over my stuff. Half of my clothes were ruined, and it took a few days to clean up the rest. Luckily the rackets and shoes were fine! The final problem came in the Singles Quarter-Finals when I tore two of my intercostal muscles in the final game. These muscles are part of the obliques and made it very difficult to run or use any rotation when hitting the ball.

Otherwise, the week went pretty well. It took all my effort to focus on each match using other peoples rackets and clothes but I found the challenge pretty exciting. The Singles Final was a battle against Rob Fahey, and finally having my own stuff helped bring me the comfort I needed to play my best. Rob was coming off of a tough 5 set semi-final which definitely put me at an advantage, and I took the change to steam through the match 6/2 6/2 6/0.

The Doubles Final pitted Tim Chisholm and I against Steve Virgona and Chris Chapman. My body and mind were very tired from the week, and luckily my partner is just that good. Tim did most of the hard work, taking control of the match and carrying us to the title 6/3 6/3 6/4.

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THIS ONE’S FOR YOU BOB

As I sit in the airport headed to Paris for the French Open, I am left with my thoughts preparing for the event. This is nothing new as it has become a bit of a ritual for me to get focused for the tough week ahead. This time though, the thoughts are different. The recent loss of my good friend Bob Harrington is flooding my thoughts.

Bob was an incredibly important person in my life, especially in my younger years, and played a huge role in the successes I have today. Bob was both my teacher and my fathers teacher at Aiken Prep School, and was one the first people to hop on the court tennis court with me. Alongside that, he was the first person willing to take a smart mouthed young red head on as a doubles partner. Bob and I competed, and won, more than a few doubles titles with his years of experience and my fiery competitiveness. Bob was the ultimate gentleman both on and off the court, and was always willing to take the time for anyone who needed it.

My longest lasting memory of Bob is also the most important. While in school Bob taught me a poem, which has stuck with me to this day. The poem, and the lesson he taught with it, became a way of life for me, teaching me the importance of believing in myself and my dreams, as well as how to carry yourself as a person. A fitting lesson from a man who did both better than anyone I know. The poem was “Couldn’t Be Done” by Edgar Guest and it goes:

It Couldn’t Be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.
I have carried this poem in my tennis bag for as long as I can remember, always relying on it during tough times. I know that I will need it this week more than ever, as this week I am going to French Open with a different goal. I am playing to show Bob the person I have become on and off the court thanks to him, and how much those times and memories with him mean to me.

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NEW SEASON

Hello Friends! I hope you all have had a great summer, as I know I have. It was great to relax for a bit, and focus on recovering from a long successful season. All of that is over now though as the French Open starts next week as the season opener! The draw this year is one of the toughest I’ve ever seen with almost the entire top 10 involved.

 

With the new season I will be starting back with weekly blog posts, as well as match reviews when I can. If you would like to take a look at the draws for the French, please follow the links below!

French Open Singles Draw

French Open Doubles Draw

Schochet Cup 2017

Hello Friends!

The 2017 US Professional Singles playing for the Schochet Cup is right around the corner! This is always one of my favorite tournaments, and this year I am attempting to win it for the 8th consecutive time. It will be a tough tournament given the draw, and I will need to be at my best to have a chance.

If you are in the Newport, RI area between the 6th and 11th of June, please stop by and have a look!

 

Advocare

As you all know I am a huge believer in Advocare products. Since starting using them two years ago I have seen a dramatic change in the way my body feels. Not only has it helped me push my body to get into the best shape of my life, but it also helps with my recovery and mental strength. I believe in the products so much, I have officially become a distributor as well, so if you are interested in learning more or trying them out, please visit my website below.

Click the image to go to my personal Advocare site!

Upcoming Events May 2017

Hey Guys! I have a fun week of events set up for May!

May 10th

USCTA National League Finals

Prince’s Court, Washington DC

Team New England (my team!) takes on last years Champions, Team Chicago-Philly, for the title! Let me know if you are in the area!!

 

I will then head straight up to Boston for the Sears Cup which is a doubles tournament featuring different divisions. The Pro Division features 4 teams and I am partnering home pro Tony Hollins!

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BATTLE OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONS

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Friends in the New England area,

Come check out the Battle of World Champions and our first National League match of the season at the Tennis and Racquet Club in Boston on Thursday October 13th.

The night will feature Rackets World Champion James Stout and I battling it out on both the rackets court, as well as the court tennis court. The rackets match is part of the Western Open being hosted by the TandR that weekend. The court tennis match is part of our US National League which being played between Team New England and Team New York that night.

The schedule of play is as follows:

Rackets

5:30PM – James Stout (Rackets World Champion) vs Camden Riviere (Rackets enthusiast)

Court Tennis

6:00PM – #2 Singles – Leon Smart (Team New England) vs Barney Canfield (Team New York)

7:15PM – #1 Singles – Camden Riviere (Team New England) vs James Stout (Team New York)

8:30PM – Doubles – Camden Riviere/Tony Hollins (Team New England) vs James Stout/Barney Tanfield (Team New York)

For more information or to sign up please contact Tennis and Racquet Club Head Professional Tony Hollins at tony.hollins@tandr.org

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2016 FRENCH OPEN SINGLES AND DOUBLES CHAMPION

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Hello CT Fans!

I am excited to say that I won the French Open Singles and Doubles title last week in Paris. It was a great week for me, playing some of my best tennis, and only dropping 7 games throughout the entire singles event.

 

My first round singles match was against a qualifier named Jamie Giddens, who is an amateur playing out of Cambridge University. Jamie won through the qualifiers over some steep competition, and has a lot of potential to improve in the future. We had a great match, but I could tell he was a little nervous out there. I felt my control was solid, and the court was just as I remembered it, leading to a 6/0 6/0 6/2 win.

 

This put me into the quarter-finals against Rich Smith, who I know very well having spend many years in Newport with him. Luckily for me, Rich has not been playing full time lately, and was a little rusty. My reading of the court continued to improve, and more importantly, I felt my serve was putting lots of pressure on him. I tried my bets to stay focused on each game, and before I knew it the match was over 6/0 6/0 6/0 in my favor.

 

The semi-finals put me against world #7 Kieran Booth, who had upset world #6 Chris Chapman in the quarter-finals. Kieran and I have been playing since we were kids, and he is currently the top amateur in the world. My form continued to improve throughout the match, and my serve was as good as ever. Kieran seemed to be feeling the pressure and gave me more free points than I am sure he intended. I dominated the service end for most of the match, which allowed me stay in control of the match, winning 6/0 6/0 6/2.

 

14390726_661063704058613_5212114738777456962_n            The final was a world championship rematch with my nemesis, and former world champion, Rob Fahey. Rob had won over Nick Howell in a tight 4 set semi-final, but can never be discounted. He has always managed to come alive when he needs to, so I knew I needed to play my best. Luckily that’s just what I did. We exchanged games to 2-all in the first set before I found my footing. After that I felt in complete control, reading the court well, controlling the service end, and hitting my targets. I stormed through the match winning 6/3 6/0 6/0. This is my fourth consecutive French Open Singles title, having won 3 in a row before missing last years due to injury.

 

In the doubles, I teamed up with my good friend John Lumley, hoping to help get John his first Open title. We were the #1 seeds, and knew that the competition would be tough, but I was incredibly proud of Johns composure throughout the week. Our first round match was against Rich Smith and Andrew Fowler, which was the most enjoyable match of the week for me. We felt in control, and John was moving well around the court, which only makes life easier for me. We stayed on top, taking the match 6/0 6/0 6/1.

 

The doubles semi-final pitted us against world #5 Ben Matthews and world #6 Chris Chapman. I knew this would be a great test for John and I as a team, and I was proud of our teamwork. John stepped up, returning serve well, and volleying everything from the service end. We had some close sets, but found our form when needed winning 6/4 6/4 6/2.

The doubles final put us against the #2 seeds Rob Fahey and Ricardo Smith. They are a formidable team, and it was going to take our best to beat them. The first set was very close, with Rob and Ricardo taking a 5/3 lead. I buckled in and tried to take over, playing more aggressive and trying to take the pressure off of John. This worked well, and we grabbed the first set 6/5. We continued the m14470605_661900783974905_4039374854402090276_nomentum into the second set, grabbing an early lead and not looking back. We took the set 6/0 quickly, and now only needed 1 more for the championship. The third set saw Rob and Ricardo fight back, putting the pressure back on John and I to earn every point. We snuck a 5/2 lead, but before I knew it the score was 5-all and the pressure was immense. John and I buckled down though, and found our best form in the last game to take it and the title 6/5 6/0 6/5.

 

A huge thank you to the Paris club, sponsors, and professionals for a great week. I always enjoy coming to Paris, and truly believe this was the best French Open I have been lucky enough to attend. I can’t wait to head back next year and defend my title.

 

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FRENCH OPEN TRAINING AND DRAWS

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I have finished my preparations for the French Open, and am now in recovery mode before heading over to Paris Saturday night. The tournament is set to start this weekend with the qualifiers, but my first match isn’t until Monday evening. This year the draw is missing a few of the top 10 players due o injuries and conflicts, but it will still be a very tough week.

The last week has been spent traveling around the US training with various partners for the event. I 14212540_652010521630598_860116369769572827_nstarted in Boston, where I hit with Leon Smart, T&R Assistant Professional, and even had a chance to do some cross training with one of the top squash players in the world Amanda Sohby.

I then packed up the car with the essentials (tennis clothes and of course my best friend Gus) and headed down to Tuxedo Park NY. It was great to catch up with my friend and doubles partner Tim Chisholm. He is always the best training partner, and I am sad that he will not be at the French Open this year.

After a few days in Tuxedo, I continued my trip south to Philadelphia for some intense 4 hour training days with John Lumley, RCOP Assistant Professional. John is one of my close friends, and is also my doubles partner for the French Open this year. Along the way, we made a side trip to visit the Georgian Court, which is a court built by Jay Gould that has now become part of a University in New Jersey. It was one of the few courts in the world I had not played, and it was an amazing experience to see it. 20160910_180523

Below are the links to the draws for this years event. Please take a look, and wish me luck! I will be posting reviews of all my matches so keep watching the site!

French Open Singles Draw

French Open Doubles Draw

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NEW FACEBOOK FAN PAGE

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Hello Friends!

A new season has started, and with it so has a new Camden Riviere Facebook page! I have created this page to help ease some of the posting that is currently done on my personal Facebook. Please check it out by clicking www.facebook.com/camdensriviere or by searching on Facebook for Camden Riviere. If you get a chance please invite some friends to check it out as well!

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