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For the last few years the LTA have moved to allocating Wimbledon tickets only to those Club Members who tell the LTA directly via website or phone that they wish to be included in the ballot. You have just 9 days to make sure you are counted for the 2017 ballot! Even if you are not able to attend the Championships this year, should you be lucky enough to win, please do consider opting in anyway because the overall number of tickets allocated to the club is based only on the number of opted-in members and so it increases the chances of another member being able to attend.

If you are already a British Tennis Member (BTM) then you can opt-in at by visiting the members area (you must do this every year). If you are a parent or guardian for a junior member then you must also repeat the process for each child.

If you are not already a BTM affiliated with our club then to opt-in you must:

  1. register for British Tennis CLUB Membership (it is free)
  2. choose Raynes Park Residents LTC as your affiliated venue
  3. once registered, visit the members area and opt-in

If you are experiencing difficulties registering or opting-in then you can also contact the ballot administration team by emailing wimbledonballot@lta.org.uk or by calling the team on 0208 487 7000 and selecting option 1.

Remember the deadline is 17th February 2017 so don't delay!

Father Christmas with tennis racquetThe committee of the Raynes Park Residents Lawn Tennis Club would like to wish our members a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and successful 2017. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the club and on the courts and hope you will continue to enjoy your tennis.

This year was an exciting one for the sport of tennis and for the club. On the back of the success of the Great Britain team in the Davis Cup we hosted a series of events that attracted many new players to the club and the success of Andy Murray continued to capture public's imagination and draw people to the game.

We are looking forward to another year of continued growth and success at the club in 2017. There will be some new coaching initiatives  and plenty of opportunities to get involved in the club and play, whether it is in the social sessions, the box leagues or the club tournament.

So from everyone on the committee have a very merry Christmas.

Congratulations to all the children that competed in the final junior tournament of 2016. We had a great turnout of enthusiastic players who are making huge strides with their tennis. We were also delighted that Paul Sadler, club chairman, was able to join us and present some of the prizes and officially open the new Sport England-funded hitting wall.

Thanks must also go to José who put a lot of effort into organising the event to ensure it ran smoothly. He also got the prize for the best seasonally dressed coach of the day.

The tournamet brings an to end a year of of huge change for the Saturday juniors. We said goodbye to long-standing coach Michelle Shanley in March and welcomed José, who was previously running the weekday coaching. Under programme has gone from strength-strength and we now have nearly 60 children attending on Saturday mornings.

And finally thank you to all the children and their parents who have attended and supported the club week in week out, through rain and shine. A very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year to all our juniors and their parents. We look forward to seeing you all back on court on Saturday January 7th.

Here is the list of all winners from Saturday's tournament.

U8's winner Jasper Ireland, runner up was Jaehong Lee

U9's winner was Darius lunnunzel lane, runner up was Arnav Agrawal

U10's we had joint winners and they were Mark Csejtei and Freddie Colburn, runner up was Rhea Bhaisare

U12's winner was Rowan Ireland and runner up was Viren Patel

U16's winner was Ruben Haynes smith and runner up was Daniel Di Gaetano

Christmas is almost upon us and we have a weekend of festive events at Raynes Park.

Jose is running our Christmas Junior Tournament on Saturday 17th from 9am-3pm. At around 11am, there will be a short opening ceremony for our Sport England funded lights and newly completed hitting wall, with our Club Chairman cutting the ribbon. Social tennis will commence at a later time of 3pm and floodlight tokens will be provided.

On Sunday 18th, it is our Christmas American Tournament. Start time is 1pm and this will replace social. Please sign up in the Clubhouse. There is no entrance fee but please bring a £5 gift for Secret Santa.......everyone gets a present!!

The Club has upgraded from the paper-based court booking system in the clubhouse to an online system provided by ClubSpark. The system is easy to use and linked to the ClubSpark account with which you signed up for or renewed your membership. Click here to find out how to get started using the new system. There is also a mobile app for download to your Android or Apple device.

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan is taking place on Friday 30 September 2016 from 9.30am.
We are hosting a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support at the club as detailed above.
In order to make this event a success we are looking for volunteers to bake (or buy) cakes for us to sell and eat on the day. A sign up sheet for cake donations is available in the clubhouse.
On the day itself, members and non-members, their families and friends are invited to join us for tea/coffee and cake, which will be sold at cheaper than coffee shop prices to raise money for the charity. Weather permitting, there will also be social tennis for all.
Please spread the word and join us on the day.

With the nights drawing in and the temperatures dropping, here are some dates for your diary to keep your body warm and your mind active.

September 14 Great to see courts 1-3 in use this Wednesday and lets hope as many attend the second Fast4Tennis floodlit tournament. Hopefully there will not be the thunderstorm and torrential rain that led to the early finish of the launch event in April. Starts at 7pm.

September 18 You've got an extra week to complete the current box league matches so hurry up and arrange those outstanding games.

September 25 Following the success of August's Bank Holiday American tournament, this month's competition returns to its regular Sunday slot with a barbeque to follow the tennis. Starts at 2pm.

October 4 The ever-popular midweek American tournament returns, starting at 10am.

October 24 Committee meeting at 7.30pm. Get your suggestions in to committee members beforehand if you would like the committee to discuss any ideas for improving the running of the club.

October 29 The return of the ever popular Halloween quiz with master of ceremonies Keith Williams. It starts at 7pm and you will need to purchase tickets in advance.

October 30 American tournament from 2pm.

November 17 American tournament, starting at 10am

December 29 American tournament from 10am