THE Bourne Club held their annual Exhibition Tennis Evening on Friday, July 14 and welcomed back home-grown players Freddie O’Brien and George Barfoot from the United States where they have been awarded tennis scholarships.
The pair hope to emulate Cameron Norrie, a rising British star, who previously enjoyed success in the American college system and played at Wimbledon against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.
O’Brien and Barfoot, both 19, grew up in the Farnham area, playing club tennis as promising juniors.
The Bourne Club members, who gathered on a sunny evening, were treated to a thrilling singles match between the pair, followed by a doubles match against Clive Bertram and Brian Condren, winner and runner-up in the Bourne Club men’s singles final.
Members then had the chance to play against the exhibition players and to compete for Fastest Serve and the ‘Game, Set, Mug’ challenge, which Andy Murray attempted at Wimbledon.
Proceeds for the evening went to the Bourne Bubble launch event, planned to celebrate the completion of an air dome over two of the club’s courts to allow indoor play in the winter.
Bourne Club hope to host a top-class doubles exhibition match when the ribbon is cut at the official Bubble opening on Friday, October 13.