THE traditional first event of the tennis season at the British Games Club, the Angels and Bandits tournament, fell victim to the weather, producing the first tournament washout within the recall of any current member.
Tennis captain Maxine said: “It was my first ever tournament to be rained off in all my years as captain, not only at Alvaro’s but also at the old British Club.”
Maxine has vowed never again to arrange a tournament on Tuesday the 13th (mates trece), a date in Spain – in fact in all Spanish-speaking countries – that carries with it the same connotations of bad luck and misfortune that Friday the 13th does in the UK.
However, undaunted by this major setback, the tennis section nevertheless went ahead with the day’s planned Clubhouse lunch, which was its usual resounding success.
During the course of the afternoon a glass of cava was raised to toast the health of long-term member Albrecht, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday. Albrecht reciprocated by treating every to apple strudel and coffee.
Though it wasn’t be possible to stage the Angels and Bandits event on another date, the effort that went into arranging the pairings for the tournament will not be wasted. Instead the planned pairings will be carried over to another tournament later in the season.