Bill Dixon officially “opened” our new floodlights and courts 9 & 10 prior to Ashley & Lisa’s Pie Night attended by 50 members. Steve thanked Bill and Mark once again for all their hard work on our latest refurbishment project. Many thanks as well to Ashley and Lisa for providing delicious pies for everyone, and to all those who supported the event and helped on the night.
This year we opted for a night at the tennis club with cocktails and canapés. Over 60 people attended and the club championship trophies were presented by club president, Bob Guthrie. Anthony Weingarten collected the Men Singles trophy as well as the Mens Doubles trophy with partner, Adam Groves.
Congratulations to our end of season American Tournament winners Nicola and Aaron who received the Beresford Marshall Memorial Trophy.
Congratulations to club member Dan Thrale who has won the National Police Mens Singles Championships 2019! Dan had to return the WLTC Mens Singles trophy last weekend after 7 years of success in the event came to an end but he promptly replaced the empty spot on his mantelpiece with this new trophy! A great achievement!
A sunny day for this year’s club finals and some excellent tennis! WLTC has a new Mens Singles champion in Anthony Weingarten who went on to win the Mens Doubles as well with partner Adam Groves. Cally Flinders also had a successful day with 3 out of 4 wins, whilst Gill Sanderson and Nick Spillett each won two titles. Well done to all the players, both winners and runners up.
Photos from finals day can be seen on our Facebook page (no account required to view).
Thanks to Steve for organising the tournaments and finals day, Wendy, Sandra and their team of helpers for providing refreshments all day, Mark for running the bar and Andy for taking photographs. Don’t forget the trophy presentation will take place at our Cocktails & Canapés Night on Saturday 19th October.
A successful week for club members at the Essex County Closed Championships which took place at the end of the summer holidays. Finals day wins for Adam Groves & Anthony Weingarten in the Boys 18 & Under Doubles, Aaron Hilsum in the Boys 14 & Under Singles and Doubles, and also George Ward in the Boys 12 & Under Consolation event. Well done to all our players and a special mention for Aaron who was chosen as the most improved 14 & Under player in the tournament.
The WLTC Summer Open Tournament saw some great tennis during the week with success for some club members. Dan Thrale was runner up in the Mens Open Singles, new members George and Freddy Ward came up against each other in the final of the 12 & Under Singles with George coming out on top, and then together they finished runners up in the Boys 14 & Under Doubles, and lastly Aaron Hilsum won the Mens Open Doubles. Many thanks to our tournament referees Lesley & Ian Pitt and Graham Boosey for organising another successful tournament. Thanks also to the other tournament committee members Bill Dixon, Mark Taylor and Wendy Thrale for their hard work, and to members who helped umpire matches for the younger age groups. Finally a very big thank you to Wendy Thrale and Sandra Taylor for their sterling work in the kitchen providing refreshments throughout the tournament. They were very grateful for the help given by Heather, Sheena, Sally, Debbie P, Christine, Claire and Celia during the week plus donations of delicious homemade cakes!
Another trip to Penzance for club members this summer to take part in this annual open tournament, the 24th consecutive year that Steve has acted as referee. A good time was had by all with finals day appearances for Sarah Ball, Dan Sanderson, Anthony Weingarten, Dave Lambe, John Colman, Mike Fahie-Wilson, Gill Sanderson, Marg Rimmer and Jaki Moffat. Wins for Sarah & Marg in the Ladies 55 & Over Doubles, Sarah in the Mixed Senior Doubles, Dan Sanderson in the Mens Handicap Singles, and Dave & John in the Mens Handicap Doubles. Runners up for Anthony in the Mens Open Singles and Doubles, Sarah in the Ladies Senior Doubles, Gill in the Ladies 55 & Over Doubles, Dan & Mike in the Mens Handicap Doubles, Dan & Jaki in the Mixed Handicap Doubles, Dave in the Mens Senior Doubles.
A special mention for Dan who played the most matches of all tournament competitors, no less than 20! And Gill played the second highest number of matches, at 14. Steve did a fantastic job once again as tournament referee and plans to make it 25 years in charge in 2020! Expected dates are Sunday 26th July to Saturday 1st August 2020 so save the week if you’re interested in coming along! Lastly well done to Andy Barker for being official photographer on finals day once again, receiving a trophy in recognition of his contribution to the tournament. Photos can be viewed here (no Facebook account required – click on a photo to see them all full size).
WLTC hosted S&D Tournament Finals day this summer. Congratulations to club member Dan Thrale who won the Mens Open Singles final in straight sets. And another title went to Marg Rimmer who won the Mixed Senior Doubles final with her partner Stuart Eley (Westcliff Hard). Commiserations to Sarah Ball who was unable to play on the day due to injury. Thanks to Steve who always organises the tournaments and finals days so efficiently, and also to Wendy, Sandra and Heather for providing refreshments for players and spectators.
Many thanks to Martin Powell who did a fantastic job running our June/July Tennis for Kids courses. Over 30 children aged from 4 to 11 had the chance to enjoy these introductory courses backed by the LTA. Hopefully Martin’s enthusiasm will encourage them to continue playing at the club. See the Coaching page for details of future Tennis for Kids courses plus our Coaching Newsletter, Coaching Programme, Holiday Camps etc.