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End of lockdown and the club is open again!

Great to see the club open again on 2nd December with members immediately taking advantage of the perfect weather for tennis to play on courts in pristine condition, thanks to Gary, Bill and Mark.  Please remember to adhere to the guidelines sent out by Steve about clubhouse use, social distancing, booking courts etc.  See the LTA website for full guidance.
Social tennis sessions are available again – Saturday from 1.30 pm, Sunday from 9.45 am and Tuesday from 6.30 pm.
Plus the Saturday morning club coaching programme is back on – book a place online as usual…/Coaching or speak to Graham about any coaching requirements, group or individual.
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Club closed for the second time in 2020

Sadly, the club is closed again. This took effect from midnight on Wednesday 4th November in line with the Government lockdown rules and guidance from the LTA. Please do not go to the club to play tennis or use any of the club’s facilities – there is no singles play, doubles play or coaching until further notice. Watch out for email updates from club captain Steve and keep up to date on the LTA website


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Halloween coaching fun!

Whilst the Halloween Tournament scheduled for Saturday 31st October had to be cancelled due to bad weather, the usual Saturday morning coaching went ahead. The juniors entered into the spirit of Halloween as did Martin pictured here with Konrad aged 8 in full fancy dress! The photo came from Konrad’s mum with a message “Thank you for a great and fun morning! Martin and the crew have been great today, as always. Best regards to all the coaches.”

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End of Season American Tournament 2020

After six rounds luckily with no rain interruptions, our American Tournament winners were Caroline Gaitley and Chris Rackham. Congratulations to both! We were pleased to welcome Deb Saund’s husband Paul and brother-in-law Dave to the club to present the trophies. Caroline received the new Deb Saund Memorial Trophy from Paul whilst Chris received the Beresford Marshall Memorial Trophy from Dave.  Many thanks to Steve for organising the tournament and Hazel for making tea for the players at the end. Also thanks to Andy for opening the bar. Good to see so many new members playing in their first tournament at the club.

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Club Championships Finals Day 2020

Challenging weather conditions but some excellent tennis on Finals Day!  Well done to all the players, both winners and runners up.  Trophies were presented on the day as we cannot hold a Presentation Event this year.  Thanks to Steve for organising the tournaments and finals day, and to Andy for looking after the bar and taking all the photographs.
Photos from finals day can be seen on our Facebook Album (no account required to view).

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Anthony plays in the LTA Youth National Series

Well done to club member Anthony Weingarten who won his first round match 6-3 6-3 in the LTA Youth National Series 18 & Under event held in Nottingham against his opponent ranked 15 nationally in the age group. Anthony then came up against the number 3 seed in his quarter final match and after taking the first set, eventually lost 8-10 in the third set championship tiebreak. The LTA Youth National Series was an initiative to get GB’s best juniors back to competitive play. Anthony was one of 16 players taking part in the third and final week of the series, so a great achievement for Anthony to be competing at this level.

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First social event since lockdown!

A lovely evening at the club with five courts in use for Tuesday social tennis and a “bring your own picnic” in place of the planned barbecue proving popular with both old and new members. Thanks to Steve and Andy for looking after the bar. Postponed 100 club draws resulted in twelve March to August winners, with number 13 proving lucky for John Colman! The wheelie bin challenge was harder than it looked and the eventual winner was Alex Simpson, who is new to tennis and has been a member for just three weeks but had a great technique getting 5 out of 10 balls in the bin and taking the prize of a bottle of wine. Good to have a social event at the club again.

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