2008 Tournament Results

The 2017 Annual Invitation Tournament was played in typical British weather - a mixture of warm sun, heavy rain and the usual Rye wind. The men's singles draw sadly saw the last-minute withdrawal of 2015 champion Jonathan Tassell, a strong contender for the title, with a hamstring injury - leaving the coast clear for his Queen's Club team mate Oscar Poldlewski to storm his way to the final. Beating Mark Hadley, last year's winner, in a hard-hitting semi-final, he then came face to face with Lewis Burton, the number one seed, in a nerve-jangling encounter which saw Podlewski come from behind to win 10-8 in the championship-tiebreak final set. The ladies' singles pitted Slovenian Karen Lusnic, who knocked out Rye LTC coach Frances Candy in the semis, against Surrey county player Victoria Brook. Playing double-handed on both sides, Brook proved too strong for her opponent and took the title in two sets. In the ladies' doubles, Brook joined forces with Essex player Stephanie Cornish in a competitive battle against Kent and Surrey players Sarah Cantlay and Laura Slater, another tight match which concluded with a shoot-out in the third - when Brook and Cornish charged ahead to clinch the title. The men's doubles final saw some powerful serving and volleying from singles runner-up Lewis Burton, teamed with Mark Hadley, versus Rupert de Laszlo and Jamie Whiteford. This time Burton and Hadley came out on top, firing on all cylinders to overcome their opponents in two sets. In the last match of the tournament, the mixed doubles final, the two singles winners took to the court again - Podlewski with Sarah Cantlay and Brook with Nicolas Janssen. With no sign of running out of steam, Podlewski and Cantlay just managed to snatch victory and deprive Victoria Brook of a Rye hat-trick.
The Junior Tournament also brought together young competitors from all corners of the UK. Heavy rain sadly brought a premature end to the first day, which meant no singles play-offs. Athough a few heavy showers brought some disruption the next day, Sam Holden-Crawford and Finn Kirkland came through as doubles winners, with Ollie Jeremy and Evie Williams claiming victory on the final day under blue skies. 
In the Closed Tournament, Scott Brotherton once again held on to his singles title, beating Richard Pratt in a hard-hitting final, while Vicky Lowe won the ladies’ singles. Fran Sharp and Jan Marsh (right) retained their doubles title and Freddie Menzies and Jonny Leslie came through - after a tense second set against Tom Henley and Sam Kille - to win the men’s doubles. The Farmer Tournament, an invitation mixed doubles, was played in good spirits on a hot Sunday with the previous day's singles winners, Brotherton and Lowe, teaming up to beat Katie Menzies and Fergus Martin - in spite of a handicap in their favour. To round off the tournament season, the under-35s will soon be facing each other across the net and the Two Generation Tournament, now extended to include competitors of all ages, takes place at the beginning of September.
Next year's Invitation Tournament will be held from 27 - 30 July with the juniors following on from 1-3 August.