On 27 June, the Baltic Exchange held the annual Fehr Cup at Surbiton Racquet & Fitness Club. Richard Fehr reviews for Baltic Briefing.
On one of the nicest days for Fehr Cup tennis in many a year, 14 pairs representing nine Baltic firms met at the Surbiton Racquet & Fitness Club to do battle for the 83rd year since the competition started in 1935. Under the watchful eye of Perry Perera, the referee, the main event went without a hitch – the highlight of the first round being a three setter between Howe Robinson 3 (Harvey McLennan &Louis Worrell) and Affinity (Ben Pusey & Charlie Bulow), the latter finally overcoming their gallant opponents 5/7 6/4 6/3.
Following a sumptuous spread laid on by the Club, the Semis and Final were played in a competitive and friendly manner, the latter under the experienced eye of umpire Costas Maramanedes. It was a matter of great regret to all that Affinity had to withdraw through injury and concede victory to last year’s winner and No 1 seed Galbraith’s (Charles Dashwood and Christian Burmester).
In a reduced American Tournament, Howe Robinson 3 (Guy Hindley & Daniel Jessel) headed Section 1 and Howe Robinson 2 (Alasdair Duke & Hector Llewellyn) topped Section 2.
Thanking the Club for their hospitality, Richard Fehr, grandson of the Cup’s presenter and former Baltic Chairman Frank E Fehr CBE also paid tribute to Perry Perera for all the hard work he put in organising the tournament, Costas Maramanedes for his on-the-day organisation and Catharine Bacon whose camera seemed to be clicking all day.
Finally thanks were made to the players for providing such an entertaining day.
To view photos from the event, click here.