What a perfect end to a perfect trip! Last night Tim Chisholm and I became the first team to win the doubles calendar Grand Slam (winning all 4 Opens in a calendar year). We were stacked up against a solid team of Fahey/Howell, and needed to play our best to win.
The first set we came out swinging, knowing the importance of the match on many levels. The first set went by int he blink of an eye 6/0 with Tim hitting targets and me sweeping around behind him.
The second set saw things reverse, Tim’s energy dropped (playing with a serious knee injury will do that!) and I started trying too hard to pick up the pace. Our oppents found their groove, striking the ball cleaning and hitting their targets. Although we were battling hard we couldn’t seem to maintain our level during the set. Our opponents were more consistent and took the set 6/3.
The third set was an absolute battle. Our opponents now had confidence, as well as a heavy crowd on their side, and Tim and I were looking for answers to pick our energy back up. The set couldn’t have been closer, with amazing rallies happening almost every point, which of course resulted in a 5-all game for the set. Tim came alive returning serve like a much younger man, and took the set without my help!
The fourth set saw more of the same, long rallies of the highest level, and a constant battle back from each team. We managed a 5/3 lead which was leveled at 5-all quickly. This time it was my turn to step up at the serving end, playing consistent tennis and not allowing our opponents to win free points in such a crucial game. After a few great points we went to the receivers end to play a chase, which would be the last one of the match! The final score was 6/0 3/6 6/5 6/5
The win gives Tim and I our first calendar Grand Slam, and completes the double Grand Slam (singles and doubles) for me, which is another first in court tennis!
It was a great week at Queen’s Club, and I am now ready to head home for some relaxing holiday time with family and friends. A huge thank you to the Saints for housing me, and to all involved with the event for making it so special. A final thank you to my partner Tim, who against doctors recommendation, continued to play with a severe injury to accomplish our goals.