by Dan Wynne
Thursday, February 7, 2013
A familiar foe thwarted Richard Bloomfield’s latest ITF Futures campaign, as the Norfolk professional fell to American Christian Harrison for the second time in three weeks.
Competing at the Graves Centre in Sheffield, Bloomfield won his opening two rounds before losing to Harrison in the quarter-finals – a repeat of two weeks previously in Glasgow.
The first encounter the distance, but on this occasion the American was able to close out the match in straight sets, albeit with a tie-break in the second.
Bloomfield was not the only seeded victim of outsider Harrison, who defeated third seed Dan Evans in the opening round and went on to win the event overall, beating Hertfordshire player Ed Corrie in a third-set tie-break in the final.
Bloomfield’s wins came against compatriot Dan Cox in round one and Italian Erik Crepaldi in round two, both by 6-3, 6-2.
Bloomfield also made a rare doubles outing with Norfolk team-mate Jonathan Wynne who is studying in the area.
The pair lost in straight sets, despite being favourites for their opening round match against young wildcards Jack Findel-Hawkins and Alexander Gasson.
So far in 2012, former Davis Cup squad member Bloomfield has a British Tour title and two Futures quarter-final appearances under his belt.
Ranked just outside the top 400 in the world, Bloomfield turns 30 in April and will be hoping to pick up some decent results in the remaining indoor tournaments before the clay court season begins.
• Cromer Lawn Tennis Club are to honour the memory of Margo Martin with a trophy bearing her name.
Margo, who passed away at the end of last year aged 87, had a passion for the development of junior players at the club and with the money raised from her funeral, ‘The Margo Martin Junior Challenge Cup’ will be awarded to the winner of a junior club tournament held annually in April.
Margo’s commitment to the club extended to the kitchen where she would assist with the catering at CLTC’s summer tournaments.
Club member Carol Wright recalled her stylish play in her younger days: “Margo was a player of the old school and when on top form she was capable of beating players many years her junior. Aside from her tennis, those who visited our tournaments in the summer will remember Margo for her sharp wit and delicious raspberry cake.”
The exact dates of the Margo Martin Junior Challenge Cup are to be announced.