Monday, 1 January 2018

2018 Aus Open


Hope everyone has had a great start to 2018. 

2018 has started successfully for me with a win in straight sets at the bright and early time of 9am on the 1st of January to open my Australian Open campaign against a whily veteran and character in Graham Hyland. Next up is a Quater Final match against local leftie Pete Boyles tomorrow Wednesday 3rd January at 11am local time here in Hobart. 

Streaming is available via the Hobart Real Tennis Club’s website 



Thursday, 28 December 2017



I have arrived in Hobart after a 24+ hour journey to Melbourne with Carly and baby Will, spent a night in Melbourne and then a quick hop down to Hobart.
I'll be hitting the practice court for the next 3 afternoon's as I prepare for the Australian Open, with my first match at 9am on January 1st against Graham Hyland.
Graham is one of the great characters of Real Tennis and competed for Open titles during the 70's and 80's, Graham has also written a book on real tennis called 'how to REALLY play tennis'



Sunday, 24 December 2017


As 2017 draws to a close I can look back and be proud of what I have achieved over the past 12 months.
After making the British Open Final in 2016 my 2017 didn't start too well, I lost to Ben Taylor-Matthews in 5 sets at the Australian Open in the quarter final and I lost in the round-of-16 for the first time in several years going down to Nicky Howell in straight sets in Philadelphia at the US Open.
Since that US Open defeat I have had consistent results which has enabled me to qualify for the 2018 World Championship where I will face Steve Virgona in a best-of-9 set Eliminator match in February at RTC.
I made the Final of the IRTPA Championships at Leamington in March and semi finals at the US Pro, Champions Trophy, French Open and the British Open.

I fly out to Australia on Boxing Day to compete in the Australian Open down in Hobart where I'm the number 2 seed before getting back to the UK for final preparations for the Eliminator vs Virgona on the 8th and 10th February.

2017 was a very big year for other reason's as Carly and I welcomed baby William Ellis Chapman into the world on the 24th July and we could not be happier.

Merry Christmas to all