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Adam Phillips Obituary

Updated: Jul 5

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Adam Phillips on Wednesday, 19th June.

Adam worked here at Holyport, and I know many of our members remember him fondly. His character and personality shone through his lessons and interactions, leaving a smile on everyone he worked with and shared time with. I personally worked with Adam for a time at RTC. He was a lovely man, and we had a fantastic time together. I will forever remember our times on and off the court.

Adam’s career as a player and professional spanned four glorious decades. He initially trained at Cambridge from 1985 to 1988, then at Canford with Steve Ronaldson from 1988 to 1990. He then spent two years 1990-92 at Petworth as an assistant to Chris Bray, followed by ten years as Head Professional at Hatfield House from 1992 to 2002. He then became the Head Professional at Lords, where he worked from 2002 to 2017 succeeding the great David Cull, before spending a few memorable years with us at Holyport and some time at RTC.

Adam achieved a plus handicap and was a world-class doubles player. He also marked several World Championship matches, notably two of Chris Bray’s challenges in 2002. Adam supported many top players with World Championship preparations, bringing huge enthusiasm to everyone he supported.

This is a tragic loss for the Real Tennis community. We extend our deepest condolences to his friends and family. He will be greatly missed.

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