Bloomfield makes it to the quarter-finals in Tenerife
Daniel WynneNorfolk's Richard Bloomfield reached the quarter-finals of a $10,000 Futures tournament in Tenerife before losing to fourth seed Gerard Granollers-Pujol.Daniel Wynne
Norfolk's Richard Bloomfield reached the quarter-finals of a $10,000 Futures tournament in Tenerife before losing to fourth seed Gerard Granollers-Pujol.
Bloomfield, on the comeback trail after an injection in his lower back in April, came through two rounds before Granollers-Pujol stopped his run in straight sets.
The Norfolk number 1 was seeded fifth and drew qualifier Abdullah Magdas from Kuwait in the opening round. Magdas, ranked just 1476 in the world, was a stubborn opponent and Bloomfield needed all of his weapons to get past the underdog 7-5, 7-6.
Bloomfield faced lucky loser Ismael Rodriguez-Ramos in round two and took the first set in 6-1 in quick time. A second set fight-back from Rodriguez-Ramos fell short and Bloomfield closed out the match 6-1, 6-4.
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With top seed Guillermo Olaso losing in the first round, the draw appeared to open out nicely for the 27 year-old from Alpington. However, Bloomfield was unable to capitalise as Granollers-Pujol found a break of serve in each set to oust the Norfolk man 6-4, 6-4.
Bloomfield returned from Tenerife this weekend to enter qualifying for the Nottingham Challenger event - but lost in the first round to Daniel King-Turner from New Zealand.
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� A group of Year 10 Sports Leaders from Dereham Neatherd High School ran a mini-tennis festival at Easton College for children in Years 3 and 4.
In total, 81 competitors from four different Primary Schools took part in the event which took place in the new indoor facility at Easton College's Tennis Centre.
The Sports Leaders from Dereham Neatherd belong to the West Norwich and Dereham School Sports Partnership, who have created an academy for young sports leaders. The Leaders were required to organise and run the event in order to complete their course and were headed up by Will Earp and Lucy Merrett, the two main organisers.
On the day, the primary school children were shown around the site by the Sports Leaders before taking on a series of mini-tennis activities to develop their racket and ball skills.
With lunch over, the children were given an hour to play some mini-tennis games. These required special nets that Easton College and Rob McCombe, organisation manager for the Sports Partnership, provided for the leaders to use with the children.
There were 16 mini-tennis courts in total and each court had one leader to referee.