The Villa Primrose, its President Bernard Dupouy and its Vice President Rémy Lief were delighted to welcome the clubs from Le Tir Paris and Real Club de Polo de Barcelona for a Centenary Tennis Clubs tournament in Bordeaux during the week-end of 21st -23rd September 2018.
The autumnal sunshine added to the good humour that prevailed, even though the competitive fibre could be felt at times.
The team from Le TIR was captained by Patrice Galtier and the Catalan delegation by Javier Moreno.
On Friday evening the Captain’s meeting was followed by a welcome cocktail for players, guests and over 100 members of the host Club.
This was also the occasion for Alain Moreau, President of the ‘Nouvelle Aquitaine region’ tennis committee and Vice President of the French Tennis Federation, to award the Villa Primrose with their official French Open ‘Roland Garros’ label of excellence.
Saturday’s matches on the red clay courts of the Villa pitted RC Polo against the Villa Primrose’s first team, and Le Tir against Primrose’s second team. This first day of play ended in victories for RC Polo and Villa Primrose’s second team.
Sunday therefore saw RC Polo meet Primrose’s second team and Primrose N°1 team against Le Tir in the third place play-off.
The official Gala Dinner was held in the Club’s honorary lounge on Saturday evening; speeches were given, thanks were made, and numerous presents exchanged. The local good food and Bordeaux wine didn’t however deter the Spaniards, who won the final 7-2 the next day.
The prize giving was held on Sunday in the club’s grounds, followed by a brunch and friendly farewells, and also the promise to meet again soon for a re-match!