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FLASHBACK: ATP Bournemouth (1996-99)

rocketassist
03-25-2013, 02:43 AM
For those who assume the UK's spot in the calendar has always consisted of the grass season (and since 2009, WTF) you would be surprised to know that this was not the case a few years ago.

Back in 1996, the LTA managed to deliver an interesting tournament to the South Coast in a strange part of the calendar, just after the US Open. Because of its awkward position just before the indoor season kicked in, Tim Henman never showed up to compete although Greg Rusedski would take part and win one of the doubles titles with Jason Stoltenberg. The surface was green clay, or Har-Tru.

Despite the differences between green clay and red clay, the quaint West Hants Sports Club would always attract plenty of dirt specialists. Future RG champ Albert Costa won the 1996 edition and Felix Mantilla, whose resume includes a Rome final where he schooled Federer good and proper, won it twice beating Costa and Moya in his finals.

It's a bit strange now when you consider that American players including our own Johnny Groove practice on green clay yet none of them seemed to turn up, looking at the 1996 event you had two guys in Costa and Bruguera who retired with three Roland Garros titles between them, and two finalists in Medvedev and Magnus Norman. Mainly Spanish and Latinos, but in terms of clay, a very appealing field.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Bournemouth_International_%E2%80%93_Singles

Nowadays the West Hants club still exists, but looking at the website you wouldn't think it used to house some of the best clay court players in the world!

http://www.westhants.co.uk/facilities/tennis.php

Anyone else remember the tournament?

n8
03-25-2013, 03:10 AM
Mantilla. :worship:

Ranking of players beaten in his 1998 title defence:
200
110
143
103
17

Action Jackson
03-25-2013, 03:44 AM
Great event. I think this ended up as the Brighton Indoor. Not quite as good as Palermo, but some real clay grinders played there.

motorhead
03-25-2013, 06:02 AM
didn't know about that. good thread!

Wojtek
03-25-2013, 06:41 AM
Voinea won last event :strange:

Brit Tennis Fan
03-25-2013, 10:36 AM
The West Hants club now hosts an annual clay court futures event in late April.

JeffCandoi
03-25-2013, 11:17 AM
David Skoch lost in the 2nd round of 1996 and is currently ranked 338 in doubles :worship:

wally1
03-25-2013, 11:47 AM
The West Hants club now hosts an annual clay court futures event in late April.Yes, I went to see it a few years ago. A women's ITF is held at the same time (or was).

I believe it was at the same club that the first open tennis tournament was held in 1968 (someone correct me if I'm wrong). If so, a very historic spot in the history of the game.

Johnny Groove
03-25-2013, 03:09 PM
They've been playing in Bournemouth since pre-1900.

For example, here is the 1891 draw:

http://tennisarchives.com/voorloopfiche.php?wedstrijdvoorloopid=6902

The final was Horace Chapman (Wimbledon QFist that year) over Harry Barlow, another Wimbledon QFist that year, who went 5-7 in the 5th vs. #1 in the world Josh Pim that year. 1891 was a good year for Bournemout tournament.

Though I did not know of the 96-99 event.

TennisOnWood
03-25-2013, 08:01 PM
Lets not forget Bournemouth was first Open era tournament in april 1968.

zebedee
03-25-2013, 08:32 PM
Didn't Gasquet win it one year as a challenger title? I think he was about 16 at the time. A little later Monfils won it as a futures. I think he was ranked 7 or 8 hundred at the time but beat players like Prpic ranked c 250. You could see even then that Monfils had that certain je ne sais quoi with his shots straight out of a hat.

alypen
03-26-2013, 01:31 AM
Anyone else remember the tournament?

Very vaguely. Did it ever get televised, or am I thinking of Brighton? And is it coincidental that the dates seem to fit pretty well with the vanishing of the late lamented Beckenham Tennis tournament (although that was of course during the summer)?

motorhead
03-26-2013, 02:36 AM
Didn't Gasquet win it one year as a challenger title? I think he was about 16 at the time. A little later Monfils won it as a futures. I think he was ranked 7 or 8 hundred at the time but beat players like Prpic ranked c 250. You could see even then that Monfils had that certain je ne sais quoi with his shots straight out of a hat.

yes it should be this one http://www.matchstat.com/Event/2448

no record for gasquet winning it though

Travod
03-26-2013, 02:58 AM
My family lives in Bournemouth! I've been there many times :o

zebedee
03-26-2013, 04:45 PM
yes it should be this one http://www.matchstat.com/Event/2448

no record for gasquet winning it though
I misled you slightly. Gasquet won it as a Futures, not a Challenger, back in April 2002. Not even 16 years old. Amazing!

motorhead
03-26-2013, 06:28 PM
you are right, that site I was using didn't have a record for it. they implemented past Futures record only recently so there's something missing every now and then.

Gasquet won the event hands down when 15.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/1984499.stm

http://www.network54.com/Forum/175687/thread/1020550087/1020614678/Gasquet+blows+through+GB+F3

his results were simply insane for a 15 y.o.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Richard-Gasquet.aspx?t=pa&y=2002&m=s&e=0#