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!

 

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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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AUGUST UPDATE

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Hello CT Fans!

August has been a tremendously busy month for me, with many big changes happening. I have started preparations for the 2016/2017 season, and only have a month left until the first event, the French Open. This training involves getting back with my trainer, Mike Cecchi, as well as getting back out on court. It still feels like the World Championships was just yesterday, but I know I need to get back on the horse to make sure I am 100% prepared for the what is to come.

Luckily, last weekend the National Tennis Club hosted its annual Pell Cup doubles tournament, which I have traditionally used as a warm-up event to kick off my training. This year I teamed up with my good friend, and Boston T&R Head Professional Tony Hollins in the Pro Division. We had two tough matches to make it to the Finals, but I was pleased with my form given the time off over the summer. In the Finals we played current Doubles World Champion, and my doubles partner, Tim Chisholm and one of the top amateurs in the US Peter Cipriano. The match was a close one with Tony and me taking the first set 6/4 before falling in the second set 6/3. The final set was a short one, starting at 3-all, and we managed to take an early lead which proved to be the difference. We took the set 6/4 and that was the match!

I also managed to sneak in a super early morning practice session with John Lumley over the weekend, and am currently planning a trip down to TuxPhiladelphia to put in some good training time with him before the French. I will most likely be there in early September, so if you are around let me know!

Hopefully there will be a lot more big news over the next few months, so keep checking in for updates!

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CR.ORG NEW LOOK!

Hello My Friends!

As you look around the site, you are going to start seeing lots of new updates! As I move forward in my career, I am starting to #focus on many different aspects of court tennis. This does not mean I am slowly down my training by any means, it just means I am adding lots of other elements alongside it.

I have always been very passionate about the growth of court tennis, and my hope is that I can help the USCTA, IRTPA, and all the other associations to grow the game in the future. Alongside these associations I hope to bring court tennis, both in the US and around the world, to new heights through the building of new courts, advancement of junior tennis, and overall growth of the professional side of the game.

 

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UPCOMING COCKTAIL PARTIES

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Hello All!

I have been honored to receive calls from a few clubs around the US who have asked to throw cocktail parties in my honor. The first of these will be at the Boston Tennis & Racquet Club on Thursday July 21st. Boston has always been a second home to me, and it means a lot to see the great support they have for me.

The second event will be down south in Aiken, South Carolina, my hometown. There is a whole day of events to take place, and I am looking forward to finally getting to share this achievement with them all. The first event will be at the Chamber of Commerce in Aiken, where Mayor Rick Osbon, Senator Tom Young, and Representative Bill Taylor will be present to honor my achievement as well as announce August as Racquet Sports Month in Aiken. The event will start at 11am and I would love to see anyone who can attend!

This will be followed by a lunch at the Wilcox Hotel, which I am hosting to thank many of my friends and sponsors for their support.

In the evening, the Aiken Tennis Club will be hosting a cocktail party for its members, me, and my family. As many know, Aiken is where I grew up playing, and I can’t wait to celebrate with all of my friends.

Thank you to all of the clubs and people who have helped to organize these events. It is truly an honor to see the amount of support there is for my achievement of becoming World Champion. It motivates me even more to continue to grow, and to be the best champion possible.

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