The King and I hardly got the royal treatment in the knockout stages of the Constantia Tennis Club champs, unseeded and cruelly pitted against two talented youngsters in the round of 16.

Neither of us was in tip-top shape at 8.30am on a crisp Saturday. Our “sensitive” condition — courtesy of an impromptu wine-tasting the previous evening — was worsened by a low sun reflecting sharply off the bowling club’s roof. ..

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