We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with Gareth Clarke from socialtennis.co.uk to host our first-ever Grade 6 Singles Matchplay tournament on Sunday 19th January at 4pm. This event will be open to members and non-members with free entry for RPRLTC Senior Members.
Details of how members can enter were sent out via email. Entry is first-come-first-served so so enter soon to avoid disappointment!
Opt-in for the Wimbledon tickets ballot is also now open! To qualify for a chance to buy tickets for next year's Championships at the AELTC you need to login to the LTA members area and select the Wimbledon Ballot option. Even if you did this last year you must do it again this year to qualify. Juniors aged 11 years and over are also eligible but each one must be opted-in individually. The opt-in period closes in mid-February.
Not an LTA member? As a member of an affiliated venue you can join for free. The LTA make the paid-for option far more prominent than the free one so make sure you select "Lite Membership" [sic] and say "Yes" to being a member of an LTA Registered Venue.
We encourage everyone to opt-in because the Club's allocation of tickets to distribute via ballot is based on the number of opt-ins by affiliated members.
Surrey Tennis have introduced a new Mixed Doubles Team knock-out competition for this winter. In the first round our team of Nicky, Lizanne, Warren and James were drawn away against local rivals David Lloyd Raynes Park B and were very pleased to come away with a convincing and thoroughly deserved 4-0 victory. Congratulations!
Next up is a home tie against also near-by Westside LTC.
Sheen Sports have kindly agreed to run a special Pop-up Pro Shop event at the Club on Monday 28th October from 4pm until about 9pm. This will be a great opportunity to try out some new tennis gear in the run up to Christmas. There will be demo racquets, sale clothing, shoes, and all sorts of accessories for example grips, strings, etc.
All the coaching sessions will running as normal, as well as a bonus Club Social Tennis session on two courts from 7pm. See you there!
Throughout the year, Head Coach José has been running these brilliant monthly sessions of fun games we are calling "Coach-led Social". After a summer-break we are pleased to announce that Coach-led Social returns for the first Saturday of every month between now and Christmas, starting at 1:30pm.
Saturday 5th October
Saturday 2nd November
Saturday 7th December
José has a wealth of different ideas for the coach-led social sessions so each one will be a little bit different but expect tennis themed fun with your fellow members, followed by some enjoyable sets of doubles.
These are great sessions for all levels of tennis experience, and especially for those players looking to make the transition from tennis coaching to club social tennis. We hope to see you there.
Congratulations to our newly crowned club champions! We enjoyed many fine displays of tennis, accompanied by a delicious barbecue to sustain us through some long matches—four finals finished one set all, and had to be decided by a "Champions" tie-break, possibly a club record!
The first match set the tone for the day. At one-set apiece and 6-6 in the tie-break it could have gone either-way, but after 2 hours and 10 minutes Neville Attwood managed to find a way to edge past James Baybutt, 7-6 4-6 1-0 (6). The players and spectators enjoyed a qualified LTA Umpire in the Chair for this match, the parent of one of our Junior members, and something we will explore having for more matches next year.
For the second year in a row the Ladies Singles Final was Louise Field versus Lizanne Baldwin . Sadly for Lizanne she was unable to reverse last year's result and Louise retained the trophy with a 6-2 6-1 win.
The Gentlemen's Doubles was another epic match. After 24 games and 2 tie-breaks, the score was even so we were treated to our second match tie-break of the afternoon. Neville & Peter were the eventual victors over Simon & Warren, 6-7 7-6 1-0 (3).
After an overcast and breezy start to the day, the clouds cleared and the Ladies' Doubles Final was played in some beautiful late afternoon sunshine. The momentum swung back-and-forth in this match and eventually Kerry and Nicky triumphed over Liz and Steph, 6-3 2-6 1-0 (8).
After so many long matches and tie-breaks, it was necessary to call upon the floodlights for the last match of the day, the Mixed Doubles! This was a fascinating match, with Neville and James once again facing off across the net, while newly crowned Ladies Champions, Nicky and Kerry now found themselves opponents. Despite tired legs it was a thrilling conclusion to the day, with James and Nicky just edging it over Neville and Kerry, 6-2 2-6 1-0 (5).
Also, a huge thank you to everyone who helped with this event, from officiating finals and taking photographs to catering. Special thanks are due to Mike Smith who oversaw the draw throughout the summer, ensuring matches were played on time.
Entry for the Winter Doubles, including a Mixed Doubles Handicap, closes Friday 27th September so sign up in the clubhouse!
If the fantastic late summer weather and news from the US Open tennis has made you keen to pick up a racquet then we have a great September Special offer for you!
From 1st September we will be offering a discounted price on membership for the remainder of the club year (31st March). Join us in September and you can take part in our Winter Doubles Knock-Out and Handicap Mixed Doubles tournaments, plus all the usual regular social sessions, coach-led social and our annual Christmas American tournament!
After some close-fought matches throughout the summer, the Club Championships culminates with Finals Day. Come and watch some great tennis, support your friends and relax with some drinks (BYO) and buffet food.
The first match will begin at 11am, with the Order of Play to be announced once the semi-finals have completed. Afternoon barbecue is £5 or bring a food donation—there is a sign-up sheet for food contributions in the clubhouse. BYO drinks.
Social tennis will be available on courts 4 & 5 but please note that courts 1–3 will not be available for play during the finals.
Junior Members are invited to be ball kids for the Singles Finals (11am until about 2pm) and we will be asking for Members to volunteer to officiate matches, as either Umpires or Line Judges, during the day.
We hope you can join us for what is always a tennis and social highlight of the Club Calendar.
In response to the sell-out success of our Monday night cardio sessions we are very pleased to announce that from September, Frances will be adding a new weekly session to the calendar on Sunday mornings 10-11am. Sign up online to secure your place, and start your Sunday morning with a high energy tennis & fitness session!
The great value Tennis for Kids also returns for the Autumn. Just £29.99 for a racquet, ball-set, personalised T-Shirt and 6 lessons with our enthusiastic coaching team, it's the perfect introduction to tennis for 5–8 year olds. The coaching sessions are Tuesdays 4–5pm from 17th September, sign up online.
It will soon be time for the summer holidays and coaching courses for the Autumn term for both juniors and adults are now available to book online. These course are always very popular so book soon to avoid disappointment.