By Harry Mottram: below are the fixtures and results plus information of the various sports teams and clubs – I try to keep them up to date but do send in your results and news to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bath Croquet Club: As part of the Jane Austen Festival Bath last month Bath’s Croquet Club hosted sessions for Georgian cosplayers followed by afternoon tea, at the Recreation Ground. Of course, the game of Pall Mall would have been popular in the era when the writer of Pride and Prejudice lived in the city – so the Georgians were playing the game of the future.
Bath Cricket Club: Bath CC 1st XI became Premier One Champions after a 111 run victory over Taunton Deane CC 1st XI on Saturday. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Bath’s openers Jack Scrivens and Jason Marshall got the home side off to the perfect start by amassing a 152 run opening partnership before Marshall went for 57. Campbell McKegg (25) then joined Scrivens to put on a quick 50 run partnership, but then Bath lost Sam Young and skipper, Harry Ellison in quick succession. However, the middle order responded well with Paul Muchell (27) and James Arney (20) batting well with Scrivens before he became the sixth wicket to fall for an excellent 159. Bath continued to bat positively to take their score up to an imposing 317-8 from their 50 overs. With Taunton Deane losing two early wickets to leave them 26-2, the away side struggled to get any momentum into their innings as Bath bowled tightly. Although there were a lot of starts from the Taunton Deane batters, nobody went on to post a score above 33, as George Axtell bowled an excellent spell of 3-21 to keep the pressure on. The Bath spinners then came on to pick up five wickets, with Harry Allen picking up the last wicket to finish with match figures of 4-57, as the home side won by 111 runs. With second place Potterne CC also winning, Bath won the league by just 12 points.
Larkhall Athletic AFC V Bath City FC: (Report from Bath City FC.) It’s being billed as the Battle of Bath – not only for the bragging rights in the city but for another stop in the FA Cup and potentially the open road to Wembley in 2024 in the 16th September fixture. The Larks have enjoyed a solid FA Cup campaign until now, with three confident wins against Step 5 opposition. A local derby against Corsham led to them continuing past the Extra Preliminary Round before two Portsmouth-based teams followed, United Services Portsmouth and Moneyfields. Both were both dispatched in 2-0 victories for the Larks. If they upset the odds this Saturday, Athletic would match their best FA Cup campaign by reaching the 3rd Qualifying Round, which they achieved in 2020.
The Romans have reached the 3rd round of the FA Cup six times in their long history, the last time in 1994 when Jerry Gill was part of the side which took Stoke City to a replay. You’d have to look back to 2011 to find the last time City made round one, but there is belief that feat could be replicated this season. In recent history, City and Larkhall have only met twice in competitive games. Last season, the sides met in the Somerset Premier Cup Quarter Final where City won 5-0 en route to their 25th success in that competition, aided by a Sonny Cox hat-trick plus strikes for Tom Smith and Elliott Frear.
Note: the match has been sold out.
Bath Rugby Union Club: On Saturday 16th September Bath play Jersey Reds at the Rec in a mouth-watering clash – and club has pointed out there is a second game with the Bath RFC Ladies first team taking on Newbury RFC Ladies after the men’s match has ended.
Sports listed in Alphabetical Order
American Football: Bath Killer Bees: The Bath Killer Bees are current members of the British Universities American Football League (BUAFL)’s South Western Atlantic Conference (SWAC). They are recruiting for the 2023/24 season to begin our assault on BUCS South West Division 1. Season restarts in the autumn. See their website for details. https://www.thesubath.com/americanfootball/
29/10/23 – Bournemouth University Bobcats (A)
12/11/23 – Exeter Demons (A)
19/11/23 – Southampton Stags (H)
26/11/23 – Southampton Stags (A)
03/12/23 – Exeter Demons (H)
10/12/23 – Bristol University Barracuda (A)
28/01/24 – Bristol University Barracuda (H)
04/02/24 – Bournemouth University Bobcats (H)
Athletics: Team Bath Athletics Club is based at the University of Bath Sports Training Village and is open to all abilities and ages from 7 upwards. Sports include track and field, road and trail running, endurance and cross country. Club nights are Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm -8pm.To join and for details visit https://teambathac.org/
Badminton: Bath Badminton Club. Sports Centre, North Parade Road, Bath. The club meet on Thursday evenings all year round except certain holiday periods and August. www.bathbadminton.co.uk
Badminton: Oldfield Park Badminton Club, Hayesfield Sports Hall Upper Oldfield Lane. www.badmintoninbath.co.uk/
Badminton: Bath Women’s Badminton Club. Sports Centre, North Parade Road, Bath. www.bathwomensbadmintonclub.net/
Boules: City of Bath Pétanque Club. The club plays Pétanque and is open to all, with juniors and non-players welcome. If you haven’t played before, give it a go. The club is based at Larkhall Sports Club, but they also play in Queen Square Wednesday mornings, weather permitting.
Bowling: Bath Bowling Club. Based at Pulteney Road the club is open for membership to anyone who wishes to take up the sport, whether you wish to play socially, competitively or both. The outdoor season is normally from April to September and your first year’s membership is free of charge. Pop along and come in and see us, have a drink and watch a game. Visit https://www.bathbowlingclub.com/
Dates: Sat 09 September, 2023. Men’s & Ladies Club Finals Day; Sat 23 September, 2023
PRESIDENT’S DAY. Closing day of the 2023 season. If you wish to play (Men & Ladies), or just wish to come along for tea and listen to the amusing speeches from our President and Captain, then there is a list on the noticeboard in the clubhouse.
Cricket: Bath Cricket Club: The club is based at North Parade and was founded in 1859 and has a long and interesting history charted on their website at https://www.bathcricket.com/
There are four main teams with the first team’s fixtures listed below – with two elevens of the Bath Wanderers Women sides and an U19’s XI as well. Plus, there are teams for girls from U10s to U15s, and youth cricket for the same ages – to join or for more info visit the website.
The men’s first team play in the West of England Premier Cricket League (WEPL), the ECB National Club Championship, the ECB T20 competition and the Somerset Cup.
Fixture list and results for the First XI:
• Thu 6 Jul. Home. Somerset Cup. V Lansdown. Won by 56 runs.
• Sat 8 Jul. Away. WEPL V Frocester. Abandoned.
• Sat 15 Jul. Home. WEPL V Taunton St Andrews. Won by 4wkts.
• Sat 22 Jul. Home. WEPL V Bridgwater. Cancelled.
• Sat 29 Jul. Away. WEPL V Chippenham. Won by 56 runs.
• Sat 5 Aug. Home. WEPL V Potterne. Won by 82 runs.
• Sat 12 Aug. Away. WEPL V Bristol. Won by 6 wkts.
• Sat 19 Aug. Home. WEPL V Lansdown. Won by 10 wkts.
• Sat 26 Aug. Away. WEPL V Bedminster. Lost by 4 runs.
• Sat 2 Sep. Home. WEPL V Taunton Deane. Won by 111 runs.
• Sun 3 Sep. Away. Somerset Cup. V Bridgwater 2ndXI. Won by 6wkts.
Cricket: Bath Wanderers Women Cricket Club
The team will take part in the West of England Premier Cricket League (WEPL) this season with games:
• Sun 11 June Home V Royal Wootton Bassett. Won by 191 runs.
• Sun 2 Jul Home. WEPL V Taunton. Won by 61 runs.
• Sun 16 Jul Home. WEPL V Devizes. Abandoned.
• Sun 23 Jul. Away. WEPL V Bridgwater. On by 124 runs.
• Sun 30 Jul. Away. WEPL V Golden Hill. Cancelled.
• Sun 13 Aug. Away. WEPL V Frenchay. Won by 65 runs.
Cricket: Bear Flat Cricket Club
Established in 1982, the Bears are in Division 1 of the Wiltshire County Cricket League (WCCL) on Saturdays, with a home ground at The Glasshouse Academy, Bradford Road, Combe Down, Bath; there’s also games in Division 7 Blue of the Somerset Monmouth League on Saturdays, home ground the Ken Willcox Ground, Peasedown St John, Bath; and friendlies against clubs based in Somerset/Wiltshire on Sundays; and T20 games against clubs based in Somerset/Wiltshire midweek; plus they participation in the Somerset Knock Out cup.
For more details of the various teams plus the youth and children teams visit https://bearflatcc.org.uk/
First XI fixtures and results:
• Sat Jul 1. Away. V Chippenham. Won by 32 runs.
• Sat Jul 8. Away. V Trowbridge. Drawn. Won by 10 runs
• Sat 15 Jul. Home. V Swindon. Won by 30 runs.
• Sat 22 Jul. Away. V Purton. Cancelled.
• Sat 12 Aug. Home. V Malmsbury. Won by 62 runs.
• Sat 19 Aug. Away V Marlborough. Won by 73 runs.
• Sat 26 Aug. Away V Calne. Abandoned.
• Mon 28 Aug. Away V Hinton Charterhouse.
• Sat 2 Sept. Home V Chippenham.
• Sat 10 Sept. Away V Keynsham.
Cricket: Hampset Cricket Club: based at Bloomfield Rise, Odd Down, Bath, the club was founded in 1940 and features a large number of elevens including the Scholars, development XI, midweek Saturday and Sunday elevens, junior teams from under 9s to u13s and indoor squads. The 1st XI play in the Bristol & District Cricket Association – First Division 2023. Details at https://hampsetcc.play-cricket.com/home
First XI fixtures and recent results:
• Sat 1 Jul. Away. V Whitchurch. Lost by 93 runs.
• Sat 8 Jul. Away. V Lodway. Lost by 6 wkts.
• Sat 15 Jul. Home. V Downend. Won by 146 runs.
• Sat 22 Jul. Away V Portishead. Cancelled.
• Sat 29 Jul. Home V Lansdown. Won by 1 wkt.
• Sat 5 Aug. Away V Knowle CC. Cancelled.
• Sat 12 Aug. Home V Keynsham. Won by 4wkts.
• Sat 19 Aug. Home V Cleeve. Won by 33 runs.
• Sat 26 Aug. Home V Winterbourne lost by 64 runs.
• Sat 2 Sep. Home V Whitchurch. Won by 111 runs.
Cricket: Somerset County Cricket Club
The club are based at the county ground in Taunton although in the past have played some matches at Bath and Weston-super-Mare. They are in the top flight of the cricket structure and have two first class elevens plus a women’s team and female players can be selected for the regional team Western Storm. For details visit https://somersetcountycc.co.uk/
News: the club are enjoying a good season with an unbeaten run of results.
Men 1st XI
• Sun 2 July (VB) Home V Kent. Won by 15 runs.
• Mon 10 Jul (LVICC) Home V Hampshire. Match drawn.
• Wed 19 Jul (LVICC) Away V Northamptonshire
• Tue 25 Jul (LVICC) Home V Surrey. Lost by 10 wkts.
• Sun 30 Jul (Minor CC) Away V Devon. Won by 4 wkts.
• Tue 1 Aug. (Minor CC) Away. V Cornwall. Won by 63 runs.
• Fri 4 Aug. (One day Cup) Home V Warwickshire. Lost by 4 wkts.
• Sun 6 Aug. (One day Cup) Home. V Worcestershire. Won by 87 runs.
• Wed 9 Aug. (One day Cup) Away. V Northamptonshire Lost by 87 runs.
• Fri 11 Aug. (One day Cup) Home V Sussex. Lost by 4 wkts.
• Sun 13 Aug. (One day Cup) Away. V Gloucestershire. Lost by 198 runs.
• Sun 20 Aug. (One Day Cup) Home. V Glamorgan. Lost by 2 wks.
• Tue 22 Aug. (One Day Cup) Away. V Derbyshire. Won by 72 runs.
• Sun 2 Sep. LVICC. Away. V Hampshire. Lost by 185 runs.
• Tue 19 Sep. LVICC. Home. V Kent.
• Tue 26 Sep. LVICC. Away. V Warwickshire.
Croquet: Bath Croquet Club
To join or for more info contact Hester Henebury on email email@example.com or visit https://www.bathcroquet.com/
Cycling: Bath Cycling Club welcomes new members of all ages and abilities – visit https://www.bathcc.net/
Cycling: Bike Bath
The annual cycling event has been put off this year until 2024.
Equestrian: Bath Racecourse
There are meetings throughout September check https://www.bath-racecourse.co.uk/whats-on for details.
Equestrian: Blenheim Horse Trials: OK – it’s not on our doorstep but for those needing a fix head down the M4. 14-17 Sept. Woodstock.
Football: Bath City FC. Bath play in the National League South, the sixth tier of the football pyramid. The home ground is Twerton Park and the manager is Jerry Gill. Known as the Romans and play in black and white vertical stripes.
• Tue 4 Jul. Friendly. Away V Shaftesbury. Draw 0-0.
• Sat 8 Jul. Friendly. Away V Frome Town. Won 0-2.
• Tue 11 Jul. Friendly. Home V Bristol City U23s. Lost 1-2.
• Sat 15 Jul. Friendly. Home V Exeter City. Draw 0-0
• Tue 18 Jul. Friendly. Away V Tiverton. Draw 2-2
Tue 25 Jul. friendly. Home V Gloucester. Win 2-0.
• Sat 29 Jul. Friendly. Away V Yate Town. Win 0-2.
• Sat 5 Aug. VNLS. Away V Dartford. Draw 3-3.
• Sat 12 Aug. VNLS. Home V Maidstone. Win 3-0.
• Tue 15 Aug. VNLS. Home V Weston-super-Mare. Lost 2-6.
• Sat 19 Aug. VNLS. Away v Eastbourne. Won 2-1.
• Sat 26 Aug. VNLS. Home V Hampton and Richmond. Won 3-1.
• Mon 28 Aug. VNLS. Away V St Albans. Won 2-0.
• Sat 2 Sep. VNLS. Home V Havant and Waterlooville. Won 2-0.
• Tue 5 Sep. VNLS. Away V Truro. Draw 1-1.
• Sat 9 Sep. VNLS. Away V Welling. Won 0-1.
• Sat 16 Sep. FA Cup. Away V Lakhall Athletic. Won 2-3.
• Sat 23 Sep. VNLS. Home V Dover
• Sat 30 Sep. FA Cup
• Sat 7 Oct. VNLS. Away V Braintree
Football: Bath City Women
The Bath City Women Development Team will play in the Somerset County Women’s League in Division 2 North starting on September 3rd. They will play their home games at Lansdown South, the pitches that Bath City Youth have recently taken over, with at least one fixture at Twerton Park before the end of their season.
• Sun 23 Jul. Friendly. Away V Weston-super-Mare. Win 0-2.
• Sun 6 Aug. Home. V Warminster. KO 2pm. Lost 1-3.
• Sun 3 Sep. Home V Weymouth. KO 2pm. Draw 3-3.
• Sun 10 Sep. Bye in the FA Cup.
• Sun 17 Sep. Away V Poole. KO 2pm.
• Sun 24 Sep. Home V Purton. KO 2pm.
• Sun 1 Oct. Away V Glos/Ciren. FA Cup.
• Sun 8 Oct. Home V Stockwood. KO 2pm.
Football: Larkhall Athletic FC. Founded in 1914 the Larks play in the Southern League Division One South (SLD1S) and are based at the Securitas Stadium, Plain Ham. With a development team, a youth team and a women’s team the Larks are one of the leading outfits in the city. They are part of Larkhall Sports Club. Visit https://larkhallathletic.com/
First Team fixtures and results:
• Sat 2 Sep. FA Cup 1Q. Home V Moneyfields. Won 3-0.
• Sat 9 Sep. FA Trophy 1Q. Home V Willand Rovers. 3pm Won 2-0.
• Sat 16 Sep. (SLD1S). Home V Bashley. 3pm
• Sat 16 Sep. FA Cup. Home V Lakhall Athletic. Lost 2-3.
• Tue 26 Sep. (SLD1S). Away V Malvern. 7.45pm
• Sat 30 Sep. (SLD1S). Home V Bemerton. 3pm
• Sat 7 Oct. (SLD1S). Away V Wimborne. 3pm
Football: Odd Down FC. They are currently members of the Western League Division One (WLD1) and play at the Lew Hill Memorial Ground.
• Tue 18 Jul. Friendly. Home V Trowbridge Town. 0-4.
• Tue 25 Jul. Friendly. Home V Melksham Town. 1-4.
• Sat 29 Aug. WLD1. Away V Bristol Telephones. 3-1.
• Tue 1 Aug. WLD1. Home V Hallen. 2-2.
• Sat 5 Aug. WLD1. Away V Portishead. Lost 6-0.
• Tue 8 Aug. WLD1. Home V Gillingham. 3-3.
• Sat 12 Aug. WLD1. Home V Brislington. Lost 0-7.
• Tue 15 Aug. WLD1. Away V Wincanton. Lost 2-1.
• Sat 19 Aug. WLD1. Home V Wells Won 1-2.
• Tue 22 Aug. WLD1. Away V Bitton. Lost 6-2.
• Sat 26 Aug. FA Vase. Away v Stonehouse. Lost on pens.
• Tue 29 Aug. WLD1. Away V Keynsham. Lost 7-2.
• Sat 2 Sep. WLD1. Home V Cheddar. Lost 3-4.
• Sat 9 Sep. WLD1. Home V Middlezoy. Lost 1-3.
• Sat 12 Sep. WLD1. Away V Bradford. Won 3-4.
• Sat 16 Sep. WLD1. Home V Boco H
• Sat 26 Sep. WDL1. Home V Cribbs
• Sat 30 Sep. WDL1. Away V Longwell G
• Wed 4 Oct. Cup. Away v Wellington
• Sat 7 Oct. WDL1. Home V Shirehampton
• Tue 10 Oct. WDL1. Home V Bristol Tel
Hockey: City of Bath Hockey Club
City of Bath were formed from a merger between Bath & Phillipians Hockey Club’s and they play at Lansdown. For details visit https://www.cobhc.org.uk/
Hockey: Team Bath Buccaneers Hockey Club
Team Bath Buccaneers is one of the largest and most successful Hockey Clubs in the West of England with over 800 members. Open to new members. Based at University of Bath. For details visithttps://www.teambathbuccaneers.co.uk/clubNews
Hockey: Team Bath Hockey Club
The University of Bath Hockey Club has six men’s and six ladies’ teams who play in the British University & Colleges (BUCS) leagues on Wednesdays. Based at University of Bath. Details at https://www.teambath.com/sport/hockey/
Modern Pentathlon: Team GB had an incredible performance at the home World Championships held at the University of Bath, with a seven-strong squad qualifying across the women’s and men’s finals.
The Modern Pentathlon World Championships took place in August with the Mixed Relay Finals. If you missed the action, you can catch up on BBC iPlayer and photos are available on the UIPM Flickr account.
Netball: Team Bath Netball.
Team Bath Netball play in the Vitality Netball Super League which begins in the New Year. Details at https://netball.teambath.com/
Rugby: Bath Rugby Union Club Men
Details at https://www.bathrugby.com/
The Blue, Black and White finished eighth in the Gallagher Premiership, securing their place in the Champions Cup in their last game of the season against Saracens. The club has had confirmation of the teams it is set to face in the Champions Cup pool stages in 2023/24. Taking place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the home of next year’s final, Sarra Elgan and Vincent Pochulu announced Bath Rugby’s fate for their European campaign. Being drawn in Pool 2, Bath Rugby will take on two French teams in the form of Top14 Champions, Stade Toulousain, along with Racing 92 and the URC’s Cardiff Rugby and Ulster Rugby. Bath Rugby have also drawn Harlequins, however under the Champions Cup’s new format, teams within the same league drawn into the same pool will not play each other.
Within the new format, the Champions Cup sees four pools of six teams, totalling 24 teams. The teams are split into two tiers; the four winning teams from the 2022/23 leagues (Munster, La Rochelle, Stade Toulousain and Saracens) make up Tier 1, with the remaining 20 qualifying teams placed into Tier 2. In a club first, the Blue, Black and White will take on Racing 92 who finished fifth in the Top14, giving new signing Finn Russell the chance to front up against his former French side.
Recent Top14 winners, Stade Toulousain, may also get the chance to visit The Rec, giving Bath a shot at redemption after a narrow 20-22 defeat the last time the French champions were in town in 2018.
Cardiff Rugby, who picked up the Welsh Shield for 2022/23, were handed a 38-3 hammering in 2016 and will look for retaliation come the pool stages.
Northern Ireland-based outfit Ulster Rugby, who were knocked out in this year’s URC 2022/23 quarter finals, complete Bath Rugby’s Pool fixtures for 2023/24.
Round 1 – 8/9/10 December 2023
Round 2 – 15/16/17 December 2023
Round 3 – 12/13/14 January 2024
Round 4 – 19/20/21 January 2024
Round of 16 – 5/6/7 April 2024
Quarter-finals – 12/13/14 April 2024
Semi-finals – 3/4/5 May 2024
Final – Saturday 25 May 2024, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Premiership Rugby Cup
• Fri 8 Sep. Away V Cornish Pirates. Premiership Rugby Cup. Won 23-29.
• Sat 16 Sep. Home V Jersey Reds. Premiership Rugby Cup
• Sat 23 Sep. Home V London Scottish. Premiership Rugby Cup
• Sat 30 Sep. Away V Northampton.
• Fri 6 Oct. Away V Edinburgh. Friendly
• Sun 8 Oct. Home V Exeter. Premiership Rugby Cup TBC
Rugby: Bath Rugby Ladies Club Women
For details see https://www.bathrugbyladies.com/
03/09/2023 Ivybridge (H) – Pre-season
17/09/2023 Newbury (H)
24/09/2023 Beckenham (A)
08/10/2023 Thurrock (H)
15/10/2023 Old Albanians (A)
29/10/2023 London Irish (H)
05/11/2023 Richmond (H)
19/11/2023 Henley (A)
26/11/2023 Sutton & Epsom (H)
10/12/2023 Reading Abbey (A)
17/12/2023 Beckenham (H)
07/01/2024 Thurrock (A)
14/01/2024 Old Albanians (H)
28/01/2024 London Irish (A)
04/02/2024 Richmond (A)
18/02/2024 Henley (H)
25/02/2024 Sutton & Epsom (A)
03/03/2024 Reading Abbey (H)
17/03/2024 Newbury (A)
16/04/2023 | PLAY-OFF SEMI FINAL
30/04/2023 | PLAY-OFF FINAL
Rugby: Bath Saracens RFC
Bath Saracens are an amateur rugby club competing in the Dorset & Wilts 3 Central. Formed on 13th March 1947, Bath Saracens are still going strong 75 years on. All welcome to train at Lambridge Training Ground in Bath every Thursday night between 19.30 and 21.00. See https://bathsaracens.co.uk/events/category/games/
Rugby: Combe Down RFC
in 1896 the club currently play home fixtures at Holly’s Corner, Bramble Way. Details at https://combedownrfc.rfu.club/
• Sat 2 Sep. Home V N Dorset. Lost 26-36.
• Sat 9 Sep. Away V Sherborne. Lost 7-40.
• Sat 16 Sep. Home V Swanage and Wareham.
• Sat 23 Sep. Away V Walcot.
• Sat 30 Sep. Home V Yeovil.
• Sat 14 Oct. Away V Avondale.
• Sat 21 Oct. Home V Royal Wootton Bassett
• Sat 4 Nov. Away V Corsham.
Rugby: Bath Gladiators Rugby League Club
Bath Gladiators will participate in the newly established Franchise Rugby League starting this season. Visit: https://bathgladiators.com/
Based at Bath Leisure Centre and established in 1899, Bath Dolphin Swimming Club (BDSC) is one of the oldest swimming clubs in the South West Region. They provide competitive swimming opportunities for young swimmers through to a masters swimming group.
As a holder of the Swim England quality accreditation, Swim Mark, they offer a year round competitive swim team with high quality coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities.
Tennis: Bloomfield Tennis Club was founded in 1927 and is located at 98 Wellsway, Bath. The club welcomes new members. To join visit https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/BloomfieldTennisClub
Tennis: Bath Tennis Club is at Park Lane, Weston, and bills itself at a friendly club. The club has a number of membership categories ranging from pay as you go to full membership. For details visit www.bathtc.co.uk
Tennis: Team Bath Tennis. There were high hopes at Wimbledon with Team Bath Tennis player Alicia Barnett and women’s doubles partner Olivia Nicholls in the first round of the Ladies Doubles when they took on a pair of Russians. Barnett and Nicholls lost out 0-6, 3-6 to the Russian duo of Liudmila Samsonova and Veronika Kudermetova in a match delayed by two days due to rain earlier in the week on Court 6. They made a disappointing start failing to win a game in the opening set but picked it up in the second set but ultimately lost the match as the Russians proved just too strong. For more see https://www.teambath.com/sport/tennis/