Norfolk tennis veteran Barry Fulcher completes British ‘grand slam’

Norfolk tennis player Barry Fulcher, right, with James Smith after winning the V35 doubles title at

Norfolk tennis player Barry Fulcher, right, with James Smith after winning the V35 doubles title at the British Seniors' Closed Grass Court Championships 2015 at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London. - Credit: Submitted

Norfolk county player Barry Fulcher has continued his excellent season on the British veterans tour with a double success on the famous courts of the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon.

The 35-year-old former Norfolk men's captain won the singles and doubles V35 age group titles at the British Seniors' Closed Grass Court Championships – to further boost his world rankings.

The success completes a 'grand slam' of the British veterans circuit for the season, having also won the V35 indoor singles title in Birmingham in January and the V35 clay court singles and doubles titles in Birmingham in May.

Fulcher, originally from Eaton, is already ranked in the singles world top 10 for his age group and now hopes to see his ranking rise to fifth for singles and top-10 for doubles.

The success was secured with a 6-2 6-3 win over Craig Ingham in the last-16 of the singles, followed by a walkover against Nigel Hunter in the quarter-finals and a 6-4 4-6 6-1 victory over UK-based New Zealander Damien Connelly in the semi-finals.


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In the final Fulcher played USA-based Anthony Perkins and after a match lasting two hours and 45 minutes in 30 degree heat, prevailed 6-3 5-7 6-3 to take the title.

He then returned to the court half an hour later to team up with James Smith to take the doubles title, winning 6-2 7-5 against Andrew Burgoyne and Phil Fowler – winning the doubles event without losing serve all week.

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