Bloomfield needs points haul at Rhode Island

Richard Bloomfield's run at the Cremona Challenger in Italy came to an end in the second round of the main draw at the hands of number two seed Rainer Schuettler.

Bloomfield had come through two rounds of qualifying to reach the main event but hopes of progression were snuffed out by the world number 101 in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

Throughout the match, the British number six struggled to get any rhythm on his first serve and the vastly experienced Schuettler was able to capitalise, breaking on three occasions.

The German, ranked five in the world in 2004, went on to reach the final before losing to top seeded Russian Igor Kunitsyn 6-2, 7-6.

Schuettler takes his place in the French Open at Roland Garros this week where he faces Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round.

For Bloomfield, there are better signs after a miserable start to the year. A first round win over Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop, is his first over a top 250 player in 2011; however the 28-year-old from Alpington will be all too aware of the need for a successful grass court season.

The bulk of Bloomfield's points come from his semi-final appearance at the ATP event in Rhode Island last year and these points are due to drop off in July, which potentially would see him drop outside the top 600 players in the world from his current ranking of 365.

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A 38-26 win over Taverham B was then bettered with a 40-24 victory over Acle B. Champions Acle A were held in their opening encounter by Taverham A 32-32.

Cringleford and Bostons are both off to a perfect start in Division Two, however Cringleford stay top on games difference.

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Cringleford Ladies have matched the start of their male counterparts and have won both matches in Division Two.

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• The next Norfolk Lawn Tennis Association golf day will be held at Dunston Hall Golf Club on Sunday, June 12.

Teams of four will tee off from 1pm and will use their best three Stableford scores.

An entry fee �35 per person will cover golf and a meal and there is also a charity raffle to raise money for the Children's Hospice. If you would like to enter a team or donate a raffle prize please contact David Weeds on 07930 622450.