Arif and Neha Kibria impress at Quorn Family Tennis Cup
PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 October 2018
Cambourne duo enjoy opportunity to play at National Tennis Centre
A father-daughter tennis double act from Cambourne strutted their stuff on the big stage at the national finals of the Quorn Family Tennis Cup last weekend.
There is a 28-year age gap between Arif and Neha Kibria but they proved a formidable partnership at state-of-the-art National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, where top stars Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund honed their talent.
The dynamic duo, who play in Mixed Division One of the Cambridge League, performed well at the event but missed out on overall victory, which went to Joe Hart and James Griffiths from Stourbridge.
But Neha, 15, revelled in the chance to play six competitive matches alongside her dad, strengthening their bond and making special memories.
“We play together quite a lot and have been to tournaments before – we played in the Cambridge Open recently,” said the Cambourne Village College pupil.
“I think we complement each other quite well. My dad finishes everything off at the net and I’m just at the back rallying. I do the hard work!
“We’re close off the court and that helps our communication on the court. We work together well, and it turns out alright.
“He has always supported me to play tennis and helped me through the bad times.
“Without my dad I wouldn’t be as motivated to play tennis as I am, and it’s really cool to get to play with him.”
The fourth edition of the Quorn Family Tennis Cup, an increasingly unique opportunity for adults and juniors to play doubles together, brought the top 16 family pairings in the country under one roof.
The competitors were whittled down to finalists through hard-fought, regional competition – Arif and Neha prevailed in qualifiers staged in Brentwood.
Arif, a tax inspector, was thrilled to get the chance to play at the venue and share his love of the sport with his daughter.
“It’s a great tournament. I love the fact that I can play with my daughter and I’m proud of how gifted she is,” said the 43-year-old.
“I can’t always keep up with her, but I really enjoy being on the court together.
“It was a social weekend played in a nice atmosphere. There aren’t any other tournaments bringing adults and juniors together in such an amazing environment as the National Tennis Centre.”
*The Quorn Family Tennis Cup has Red Ball events for under 10’s as well as Yellow ball events for juniors up to 18. All the events are fun, family focussed and are always doubles events where parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents get to play as well. Find out more at lta.org.uk/quorntennis