Mark Openshaw-Blower, Head of Commercial and Managing Partner, has led his country to victory by “blowing away” the competition at a world team championship earlier this month.
Mark journeyed “across the pond” to take part in the over-50s real tennis World Team Championships in Philadelphia. As part of a seven man team, Mark defended Great Britain’s title against teams from USA and Australia in the round-robin tournament known as “The Cockram Trophy”.
Leading up to the tournament, Mark trained at venues across the country including Manchester Tennis and Racquet Club in Salford and London’s Hampton Court Palace.
Made famous by Henry VIII, real tennis or “the sport of kings” is considered the original racquet sport from which the modern game of tennis is descended and is still played by a large number of enthusiasts in UK, USA, Australia and France.
Regarding the team’s victory, Mark said: “We are thrilled to have retained Great Britain’s title against some extremely stiff competition and where the standard of play was incredibly high. Hopefully, the team will be able to repeat our success at the next Championships, taking place in London in 2015.”
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