The AGM was held on Saturday the 21st March and the following new officers were elected unopposed: Secretary - Mr Gordon Smith; Ladies' Captain - Ms Liz Maclean. Thanks were expressed to Mrs Gill Wood who expressed a desire to stand down from these roles. She has been Ladies' Captain for many years.
A highly successful American Tournament was held on the last sunny Sunday of the year which achieved the desired objective of stirring into action some members who have been absent from the club for a few weeks and others who may have over-indulged over the Christmas period. Congratulations are due to the winner, Tina Fuselli, who demonstrated that being a full-time squash coach need be no hindrance to successful tennis match play. Three courts were in continuous use and most participants played 6 sets consisting of 7 games. Thanks are due to Keith for conceiving and organising the tournament and to Graham and Liz for their contributions to the festive drinks and snacks that were enjoyed by all afterwards in an appropriate way to conclude a successful year.
The annual Christmas Lunch is scheduled for Tuesday the 16th of December at about 12.30. Although this is organised principally by the attenders at the sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, all members and guests are welcome. All participants are asked to bring a food contribution and there is a list in the clubhouse for prospective attenders to indicate what they will be providing.
RPRLTC is please to report it is now tweeting. The handle is @rprltc1. Suggestions for items and subjects for inclusion are welcome, as well as responses. If you've enjoyed your coaching session or had a great morning or afternoon social session, let everyone know!
During the week ending the 16th August the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Championships for Under 14s took place at the All England Club. Jodie Lawrence-Taylor, who was seeded 2nd won all 3 of her matches in the group stage and her quarter and semi-final matches to take her into the final. Some members of RPRLTC including Nicky, Maura and Paul were privileged to see the final which lasted 2 and a half hours with the 1st set alone lasting 1 and a half. It was full of long, exciting rallies of high quality and was settled by a tie-break with Jodie losing in the end 7-6, 6-4 to a girl who has been experiencing a great run of recent form.
The next day she was up in Nottingham for the National Championships where she lost in the semi-final to the number 1 ranked U14 girl and tournament winner. Congratulations to Jodie on these tremendous and impressive performances.
Since the 6th of August, the mid-week club night reverted to Wednesdays starting from 6pm. All adult members welcome.
Hope to see as many of you there as possible. The club will be supplying floodlight tokens for this and other Social Sessions for use after dusk until the end of the session.
This Sat 19th July is your Club's Finals Day where all are welcome to join together to watch some tennis, socialise and enjoy a BBQ and drinks.
Play starts at 10.30am - please see Order of Play below
Afternoon Tea will be served around 3pm
We would be very grateful to receive cakes or a contribution towards tea
BBQ will follow matches - to start approx between 5pm - 6pm
The club will be funding the cost of meat for the BBQ but we will be would most grateful for members/families to provide salad dishes
to share. Please add your name of contributers to the list on the notice board
Please bring your own wine and beers (and good CDs to avoid a night of the Nolans - only joking Graham/Keith!)
Order of Play: Starts at 10.30
MATCH 1 - Ladies Singles - Saidhanya v Nicky
MATCH 2 - Mens Singles - Nick vs Neville
MATCH 3 - Junior Exhibition set
Ruben Smith Haynes
MATCH 4 - Ladies Doubles
Saidhanya & Liz v Louise & Martine
MATCH 5 - Mens Doubles
Nick & Nigel v Neville & Keith
MATCH 6 - Mixed Doubles
Saidhanya & Keith v Nicky & Graham
Check your emails for updates as there are thunderstorms around
Friday into Saturday but it will be warm!
Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible!
This year our Finals Day will be held on Saturday 19th July. We will be holding a BBQ, and the club will be funding the cost of the meat, please bring your own salads as a contribution. and note down on the sheet in the clubhouse if you will be contributing.
On Sunday 22nd June the club will be taking part in the LTA's Great British Tennis Weekend between 10 am and 1pm. Players of all standards and ages including beginners are invited to come and take part. There will be expert coaching available and mini-tennis for children from the age of 4 upwards.