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Moodie blues for Bloomfield

January 23, 2003 11:59

RICHARD BLOOMFIELD'S brave effort to replicate his victory of last year in Glasgow failed in the second round of the men's singles tennis tournament in Renfrew, where he met Wesley Moodie, of South Africa, but not without looking as if victory against the number one seed was a distinct possibility.

Having reached the second round of this LTA Futures tournament at the expense of county team mate James Auckland, Bloomfield took the first set 7-6 (7-5), losing the second 6-3 and again taking the third set to a tie-break, eventually losing it 7-6 (7-2).



Bloomfield flies flag

January 22, 2003 12:54

Norfolk's Richard Bloomfield fighting off a heavy cold and returning to

men's tennis following a back injury, which last November forced him to

retire from the futures tournament series in California, showed that he was ready

to start his challenge for 2003 when he defeated county team-mate James

Auckland, 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to go through to the second round of the LTA men's $15,000 futures event at Renfrew, Glasgow. Bloomfield will now face the tournament number one seed Wesley Moodie from the Republic of South Africa in the second round.

Bloomfield is playing the present series of British futures tournaments

hoping to improve his world and British rankings following a very successful year

where he progressed from a world ranking of 1063 in January 2002 to 611 by the end of December but more importantly he is gaining experience and battling against tough opposition.



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