Following the abandonment of the tournament played at Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club on 27 June, the semi-finals and finals were completed at the same venue on 21 July, hours before one of the heaviest downpours in living memory. In the first match of the afternoon, cup holders EA Gibson, represented by Andy Lawson and Eugene Carokis, who stood in for Tom Robinson, went down fighting to Howe Robinson in a semi-final that was more even than the score would suggest. It was unfortunate that Affinity, the number one seeds were forced to give a walk-over to the number three seeds, Galbraiths (Charles Dashwood & Christian Burmeister), the latter taking advantage of their good fortune by overcoming Howe Robinson (Nick Young & Alasdair Duke) in a hard fought final.
Despite supporting the tournament for many years, the Galbraiths pairing of Charles Dashwood and Christian Burmeister showed their delight at receiving the trophy from Richard Fehr, representing the Fehr family, as this would be their company’s first inscription on the silver cup.
With the presentation ceremony curtailed, the Baltic would like to express renewed thanks to Perry Perera for rearranging the completion of the rain-affected tournament and Catharine Bacon for wielding her camera so effectively on the day. For those with 2018 diaries, it is hoped that next year’s tournament will be held on the second Thursday of Wimbledon week.
Photos from the day can be viewed on the Baltic Exchange Flickr account.