"Social Tennis" Sessions run every Saturday and Sunday from 2pm, Tuesday and Thursdays from 10am to noon, as well as Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9:30pm. The most usual form of play at these sessions is doubles, although singles can be played if numbers warrant. Sets are made up using a pegboard system (see below), and the standard is from improver/intermediate and up.
Balls (and floodlight tokens where necessary) are provided for all social tennis sessions. Club sessions are also shown on the courts schedule.
New for 2021, is an Advanced Player Club Session from 1–2pm every Saturday and Sunday. These sessions are aimed at advanced players looking for a competitive game. Players are likely to decide among themselves what would be a balanced and competitive match, rather than the ‘first to arrive, first on court’ pegboard system used at all other social sessions.
Set Making at Club Social Sessions
- Upon arrival at the club for a Social Session, add your name peg to the waiting section of the pegboard below any existing pegs.
- When a court becomes available, the first two players each pick one other player from the next 5 waiting. When making your pick, try to pick as balanced 4 as possible, and also give priority to those who have been waiting longest and ensure new members are made to feel welcome.
- If you do not wish to play in a particular game, please take your peg off the board and return it to the name board in alphabetical order.
- Sets are played until one pair wins a total of 6 games. Sets must finish at 6-5 if there are any players waiting. The 11th game is a normal game, not tie-break.
- At the conclusion of the set, all players should return to the clubhouse and move their peg back to waiting section, or remove it from the board if they do not wish to play another set.
- When there are 5 or more people waiting to play, players should use the “fast4” rules instead of normal scoring. Sets become first to 4 with no-advantage scoring in games (aka “sudden death deuce”). At deuce, the receiving team chooses whether the serve is from the deuce or advantage court.
Set Making at the Advanced Player Club Sessions
- At the beginning of the session, players should decide amongst themselves the preferred format for the number of attendees. This may be an unchanging set of 4s for the duration of the session, or a rotation after half the time has elapsed, or a mixture if there are more than 8 players.
- The session must finish promptly at the end of the allotted time. Players should then add their pegs to the bottom of the pegboard in the usual way.