The latest club newsletter is now available for download (pdf).
As we move into the summer holidays we thought it would be useful to give you some dates for your diaries so that you do not miss out on the upcoming tournaments and events at the club.
Even though the club championships are over for another year there are still plenty of opportunities to play competitive tennis at RPRLTC. Here are some dates of upcoming tournaments and do not forget that the popular box leagues return this month. If you are interested in joining please contact Mike Smith on 07962 121786.
And although the committee now takes a break for the summer they will be back in September with a full agenda to plan for the future of the club so please get in touch if you feel you want something discussed or have ideas for how to improve the club.
Here's a full list of the RPRLTC committee.
Finally, the Saturday Junior Club is now on summer break so courts 1,2 and 3 are available to members between 9am and midday.
Enjoy the summer from all on the committee and we look forward to seeing you on the courts and don't forget the regular social tennis sessions on Wednesday evenings, Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
August 25 American tournament starting at 10am
August 29 Bank holiday American tournament 2pm
September 5 Next committee meeting at 7.30pm
September 10 Junior Saturday Club returns at 9am
September 11 Box league deadline
September 14 Fast4Tennis tournament, starting at 7pm
October 4 American tournament, starting at 10am
November 17 American tournament, starting at 10am
December 29 American tournament from 10am
Congratulations to the winners of this year's finals which were played at the club on July 16 and thanks to everybody who turned up to watch and enjoy the barbeque.
The weather was great and the tennis was even better with some very close matches.
The men's singles was won by Neville Atwood and the new ladies champion is Louise Field.
In the doubles, new member Alex Mansfield teamed up with Jacek Kruzyna to beat Warren De Villiers and another new member Alfredo Aceituno.
Lizanne Baldwin and Handan Erek beat Anna Cave and ladies team captain Liz Maclean to win the ladies doubles final and defeated ladies and men's singles finalists Nicky Hudson and Warren De Villiers proved victorious in the mixed doubles final. They beat Neville Atwood and Lizanne Baldwin in the final match of the day.
Thanks for everyone who came to our Open Day and made it such a success. We had a total of 16 new members sign up and lots more who attended the coaching sessions.
We will be running a new 6-week course for some new members who are returning to tennis after a break from the game or have not played before. Under Jose's guidance six new members will be taken through the basics of the backhand and forehand and taught how to serve between noon and 1pm every saturday and recieve a new racket at the end of the sessions. These Tennis Express sessions are sponsored by the LTA and aim to give beginners the confidence to get involved with the club.
We also have six new juniors who will be joining our Saturday club and the weekday Premier Tennis courses.
So a big welcome to all those who signed up today and I hope you enjoyed the day. Remember we run a number of social tennis sessions every saturday and sunday afternoon, wednesday evening and tuesday and thursday mornings. These sessions are oen to all abilities and are a way of meeting other members and finding players of your abilitiy to match up with in the future.
And finally a big thank you to Olivier for keeping everybody fed with the barbeque.
Congratulations to all the juniors who competed in today's tournament. Despite a rain-interrupted morning all the players worked really hard and played with great enthusiasm so thank you to all the children for being so good natured and making the tournament such a success and to all the patient parents who stuck around to make sure all the games were completed.
We are planning to run more junior tournaments later in the year so keep an eye on emails as we will be contacting parents after the summer. A reminder that next week July 9 is the last Saturday coaching session because the following Saturday is the club championship finals and then we break up for summer.
The winners and runners-up were as follows:
8 and under
Winner Arnav and runner-up Timothy.
9 and under
Winner Darius and runner-up Adam.
10 and under
Winner Raphael and runner up Alexander.
16 and under
Winner Ruben and runner up Viren.
Join us on June 25th for a BBQ to welcome all our recently joined members. The afternoon will begin as usual with social play from 2pm with a BBQ towards the end of the afternoon. Please come along and meet our newest members over a game of tennis, a beer and a burger. This is the perfect opportunity for new members to find out more about the club meet existing members. We'll provide the food we just ask you bring a bottle.
Raynes Park Residents Lawn Tennis Club will be holding an open day on July 3.
With Wimbledon just around the corner there is no better time to pick up a racket and get on court.
So if you are new to tennis or have neglected your forehand and backhand in recent years but would like to get back into the game we are offering a day of free coaching.
To find out more and book a coaching sessions go to the LTA's Great British Tennis Weekend website.
To round off what has been a busy year for our younger players we will be holding a tounament across two weekends this year. July 2 is the day dedicated to our youngest players and July 9 will be for our older players to compete for the RPRLTC junior title. This means normal Saturday Junior coaching will be suspended and the tournaments mark the final sessions of the summer while the coaching team take a well earned break.
Thanks to everybody who made it along to Sunday's American Tournament. A fantastic turnout with more than 20 members choosing not to watch Andy Murray cruise through to the quarter finals of the French Open and instead join in the play. In fact, it was such a success that the Sunday American tournament will now become a regular monthly event. Well done to all who played!