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The Club Committee has agreed to reserve one or (if
the demand warrants it) two courts, for the use of “senior” players who are
relatively new to tennis, and for those members who feel that they are not
“strong” players. The courts would be used to play informal games with other
club members who play to a similar standard.

 

These courts will be available on an ongoing basis, between 2-00pm and 4-00pm on each Saturday,
beginning on 1st of March 2014. The courts will be available in the “social tennis”
format, that is to say, the club will provide tennis balls at no cost, and all
you have to do is to turn up, put your peg on the board, and doubles games will
be set up for you to play.

 

The intention of this new initiative is to try to make
the Club more relevant and more appealing to all such players, by offering
informal and fun tennis at the week end, and by
providing the opportunity to practice their game. It is hoped that such all
players will take advantage of this initiative, and that the new social tennis
sessions will be well-used

 

If you are new to tennis, or if you feel that you are
not a “strong” player, then please do come along and use the courts at these
times. The Club values you as a member, and wants to offer you tennis in a
format that suits you. 

 

 

 

Raynes Park Tennis Club invites you to a

‘Tennis Circus Event’

1pm on Sun 27th April

Coaching and exhibition play from

ex-British Davis Cup players plus raffle,prizes,cakes,drinks

Only £10 (adults), £5 (kids) for members

Non-members are welcome for £20

*Become a member by 20th April for this half price member offer PLUS

April’s Special Offer of free joining fee saving £30 PLUS a free lesson*

Sign up sheets for this year's Circus will be on the club noticeboard. You will need to sign-up AND pay the entry fee to Nicky Hudson by 20th of April to be sure of your place. Alternatively email Nicky (log in in myclubhouse for contact details).

Adult Annual Fee: £130 (pro-rata’d from 1 Apr)

Juniors:£25

Below are the final tables for our 2 Men's teams and 1 Ladies' team. To summarise the Men's 1sts topped their group, the 2nds came runners up in their group and the Ladies' team came fifth out of six.

To put the league's in context, for Men there are 26 Divisions in the Surrey East League so we played in Divs 17 and 23 respectively, and for Ladies there are 20 Divisions in the Surrey East League and we played in Div 14.

Well done to all those who took part.

Standings of Men's Doubles - Division 17 East

Points Played Matches Sets Sets % Games Games
%
Raynes Park Res.
Mens 1

8

5

15

-

5

32

-

11

74.4%

222

-

129

63.2%

Riddlesdown Mens 1

6

5

12

-

8

25

-

18

58.1%

182

-

167

52.1%

Cranleigh Merton Pk
Mens 3

6

5

11

-

9

24

-

21

53.3%

173

-

169

50.6%

Purley Mens 7

5

5

9

-

11

21

-

26

44.7%

195

-

202

49.1%

Reedham Park Mens 3

4

5

10

-

10

21

-

25

45.7%

159

-

195

44.9%

Telford Park Mens 3

1

5

3

-

17

12

-

34

26.1%

147

-

216

40.5%

Women's Doubles -
Division 14 East

Points Played Matches Sets Sets % Games Games
%
1 Telford Park Ladies
2

9

5

16

-

4

33

-

12

73.3%

218

-

145

60.1%

2 Carshalton Ladies 2

7

5

13

-

7

28

-

16

63.6%

201

-

162

55.4%

3 Chipstead Ladies 1

6

5

11

-

9

26

-

23

53.1%

189

-

166

53.2%

4 Purley Ladies 5

5

5

10

-

10

22

-

24

47.8%

177

-

188

48.5%

5 Raynes Park Res.
Ladies 1

2

5

7

-

13

18

-

28

39.1%

164

-

202

44.8%

6 Dulwich Ladies 6

1

5

3

-

17

11

-

35

23.9%

132

-

218

37.7%

 

Standings of Men's Doubles - Division 23 East

Points Played Matches Sets Sets % Games Games
%
Old College Mens 6

8

5

16

-

4

34

-

9

79.1%

228

-

139

62.1%

Raynes Park Res.
Mens 2

7

5

12

-

8

26

-

19

57.8%

203

-

153

57.0%

Old College Mens 7

5

4

7

-

6

12

-

12

50.0%

82

-

107

43.4%

Grafton Mens 4

5

5

9

-

11

19

-

25

43.2%

176

-

193

47.7%

Downs Mens 3

3

4

6

-

10

15

-

22

40.5%

139

-

168

45.3%

Woldingham Mens 1

-1*

5

3

-

14

10

-

29

25.6%

114

-

182

38.5%

Congratulations to all the finalists who put together a marvellous display in the summer sun.

Ladies singles - Saidhanya bt Lizanne

Mens singles - Dishan bt Nick

Ladies Doubles - Saidhanya & Liz bt Nicky and Angela

Mens Doubles - Dishan & Graham bt Mike & Nigel

Mixed Doubles - Nicky & Warren bt Martine & Ravi

Thanks to Nigel for the photos: 

June 1st was the official launch of the new premises in Meadowview Road and we were pleased to welcome the mayor Krystal Miller and MP Stephen Hammond to help with the official opening.

Paul Sadler, the club chairman, gave a speech thanking Bellways, the developer, for providing five brand new courts and a club house, Sport England for providing a grant to help with the move in particular covering the cost of floodlighting, Phil Ryder and Andy Knap for their huge efforts in organising the move over several years and the committee of volunteers who have all contributed to the success of the club over the last 60 years. In particular there was special mention for the Launch Day sub-committee consisting of Gill Wood, Nicky Hudson, Neville Attwood, Chris Goldhawk and Sean O'Regan and also to Maura Buckley for organising the catering.

Mayor Krystal Miller did us the honour of cutting the ribbon and unveiling a commemorative plaque. MP Stephen Hammond helped to christen the courts by playing out a doubles set in which he was beaten easily by his wife Sally and a 12 year old girl, Jodie Lawrence-Taylor. Having said that Jodie is one of the most promising youngsters in the country, so there is no shame there, Stephen.

The afternoon continued with ex-Davis cup player, Danny Sapsford running a “tennis circus”. This was four coaching sessions offered freely to the club members as a thank you for their support. Danny showed his sportsmanship later on by joining three lucky members for a couple of sets in the late afternoon sunshine.

The festivities on the day included a fabulous buffet spread with a specially made tennis cake which was cut by Stephen Hammond, an ongoing barbeque (orchestrated by Master of the Tongs Graham Keir) and a charity raffle with proceeds going to St Raphael’s hospice.

The Chair of the Club, Paul Sadler said “the larger facilities now mean that the Club is in a position to welcome new adult and junior members of all ages and playing abilities, including complete beginners. The Club runs several “mix in” social sessions during the week, and coaching for all abilities.”

Photos of the day courtesy of Handan Erek and Nigel Greaves: 

The next open day is at the new site in Meadowview Road (off Grand Drive a few hundred yards north of the current site) from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday 28th April. It's a great opportunity to either take up or get back into tennis as the new season gets under way.

There will be free coaching for adults and juniors. Come by yourself or come with a friend. You will need non-marking trainers and ideally you will have your own racquet, but if not there are a few available to borrow.

There will be special offers for new members signing up on the day.

For Adults

  • £120 membership for the year (till end March 2014) with no joining fee
  • £30 for 5 weeks group coaching (5 x 1 hour sessions)

For Juniors

  • £120 for 6 months group coaching (reduced from £135)

In the final match of the winter season the mens 1st team earned a draw in a hard-fought tie in chilly conditions against local rivals Wilton.

The draw leaves Raynes Park in second place in the division which means a promotion for next season.

The match was significant not only for the quality of play, but also because it was the last for the mens 1st at the old premises.