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FRENCH OPEN TRAINING AND DRAWS

Screen Shot 2016-09-15 at 10.13.03 AMHello Friends!

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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3 IN A ROW!

Hello All!

Last night I won my third consecutive French Open Singles title! It was a great match against Steve Virgona, but I felt in control for most of the match.

The first set was tense to start, Steve and I were both trying to find our rhythm as well as figure out the others game plan. At 1-1 I grabbed a little breathing room going 3/2 up before a very long deuce game ensued. I felt like my serve and return of serve this whole week were very on, feeling like a could put the ball where ever I wanted on both. I managed to get the 3/2 game after a few game points each way, and that gave me the momentum to push through the set taking it 6/2.

The second set saw more of the same, we were battling it out at the beginning of the set, but I felt that I always had a little more consistency when it was needed. I raised out to a 4/1 lead and then 5/3. My backhand forcing for the dedan was very accurate, as well as my forces for the grille. This helped me to control the service end, which is the best way to gain an upper-hand. I closed out the set in a hard fought 5/3 game to take a 2 set to 0 lead.

The third set I really tried to put my foot down. I know better than anyone how good Steve can be, and that if you give him even one point, that can change the entire match. I managed to stay on top though racing ahead and finishing the set 6/1.

The final score was 6/2 6/3 6/1 and I am very happy with my level of play the entire week. That is my third consecutive French Open title, and my 6th Open Singles title. Tonight is the doubles final which I know Steve will be looking for revenge in! It starts at 7PM French time which is 1PM east coast time. If you have some time please check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx7Tx9cgpXQDBOX7D5NyxhQ

Below are some photos from the finals as well!

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Steve Virgona + Camden Riviere IMG_1617 IMG_1584 IMG_1586 IMG_1603 IMG_1604 Steve Virgona & Camden Riviere IMG_1590 IMG_1589 IMG_1586IMG_1584 And the winner is... Camden Riviere

2014 FRENCH OPEN SINGLES AND DOUBLES

Hello Friends!

First of all let me apologize for the delay in posting about the tournament. I have been trying to stay very focused, as well as sleep as much as possible to regain some energy from the trip. The tournament has been going very well so far, and I am now in both the Singles and Doubles Finals! Tonight is my Singles Final against Steve Virgona, and tomorrow Tim Chisholm and I take on Steve Virgona and Ricardo Smith in the Doubles Final.

The tournament started well for me with a straight set win over Ricardo Smith. I was very happy with how I felt on the court, moving well and reading the balls in the corner. The court is pretty bouncy and the balls are quiet big, which both tend to help my style of play. My final score with Ricardo was 6/4 6/0 6/1.

My quarter-final match was against Nick Howell, who is an up-and-coming player from Melbourne, Australia. Nick has loads of talent and will definitely continue to improve over the next few years. We had some great rallies, but I managed to stay on top of Nick the whole match. The final score was 6/2 6/1 6/1.

The semi-finals saw me matched up against my good friend and doubles partner Tim Chisholm. Tim had defeated Bryn Sayers in straight sets in the quarter-finals, which instantly showed me how well he was playing. Unfortunately though, Tim strained his back in our quarter-final doubles match and I could tell it was effecting him during the match. The first set Tim struggled to get into it, trying to loosen his body up. It wasn’t until the second set that he really started playing with his normal ferocity. He stormed to a 3/0 lead before I could figure out what happened! I managed to pull it together though and won 6 of the next 7 games to take the set. The third set was a hard fought one, with Tim tending to make the error one shot before me. I grabbed that set and the match 6/1 6/4 6/2.

In the doubles Tim and I started our campaign against Chris Chapman and Charlie Crossley. We were moving well on court and felt in control the whole time. Unfortunately early in the third set Tim started to feel his back tighten, he became pretty light-headed. we managed to finish the match in straight sets, with a final score of 6/0 6/3 6/1.

In the doubles semi-finals we faced a new team of Kieran Booth and James Stout. The match was a very hard fought one with our opponents playing very consistent tennis. With the bigger balls on this court, it is very difficult to hit winners, making for long rallies and many extended games. We had our ups and downs, not always playing our best tennis, but we named to get the win in 4 sets 6/1 4/6 6/5 6/1.

Tonight is the Singles Final which is a rematch from last years against Steve Virgona. Steve defeated Rob Fahey in the semi-finals, so I know the match tonight will be a tough one!! It starts at 4PM French time which is 10AM for all of you on the east coast. If you would like to tune in, the match is being streamed and you can see it by following the LINK.

Thanks,

Camden