Membership for 2019/2020 is now open! Existing members should have received their renewal notice via email this week. New members signing up before the end of March are invited to come along and enjoy an extra few weeks of bonus membership for free. If you have any questions our friendly membership secretary will be happy to answer them.
Thank you to everyone who braved the blustery winds to attend our AGM on 10th March. It was great to see so many of you playing at the social session before hand, proving that our members are definitely not fair-weather tennis players!
Dates for your Diary
- Wednesday 3rd April: Summer Time Snacks and Social Tennis – celebrate the lighter evenings with a special extended edition of Wednesday night social tennis. Come along from 6:30pm to join in some convivial sets of doubles, and socialise with your fellow members with some snacks and refreshments. All standards and abilities welcome.
- Saturday 27th April: Quiz Night
- Sunday 28th April: Wimbledon Ballot & American Social Tournament
- Saturday 4th May: Coach-led Social
- Saturday 11th May: Open Day & last day to sign up for Club Championships Tournament
- Monday 27th May: Bank Holiday American Social Tournament
We are very pleased to once again be able to offer the LTA's Tennis for Kids course for 5 to 8 year olds. For just £25 every child will receive 6 high-quality lessons, developed by experts at the LTA, as well as a special Tennis For Kids Babolat racket, ball set, and personalised T-shirt delivered right to their door.
The course will run on 4-5pm on Tuesdays from 23rd April. Places are limited so sign up online today!
Coach-led social will be 8 days later than usual in March to coincide with the Club's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday 10th March.
José will kick off coach-led social at 1.30pm, and then the AGM will follow at 3pm. Refreshments of cheese and wine (and alternative drinks) will be available to make it an enjoyable social occasion.
The AGM generally lasts for about 45 minutes. It gives you the opportunity to hear what has been happening at the club in the last 12 months, and how your subscription money has been spent!
You will also find out what is planned for the next year, you can ask questions of the Committee members, and get to know your fellow members over a glass of wine or beer.
All Senior, Student and Parent-Guardian Members are invited to put forward their name to serve on the Club Committee for 2019/2010, in one or more of the following roles:
- Men’s Team Manager
- Ladies’ Team Manager
- Welfare Officer
- Committee Member
Nominations should be proposed by two other Members and posted into the suggestions box in the clubhouse by 17th February.
If you wish to put forward a formal proposition to be discussed at the meeting, then please find a seconder who is willing to support your proposition. The proposed motion along with your name and the name of the seconder should then be received by the Secretary no later than 17th February.
Here are a few important upcoming dates and events for your diary:
- Saturday 17th November: Wine Tasting Social! Sign up in the clubhouse by 2nd November.
- Saturday 1st December: American Social tournament at Wilton LTC, 2-6pm. Sign up in the clubhouse by 21st November.
- Saturday 8th December: Coach-led Social (a week later than usual due to the American tournament with Wilton).
- Saturday 29th December: American Social tournament at 1pm.
- Monday 31st December: last date to play matches in the current round of the Singles Box League, and the first round of the Winter Doubles tournaments.
And in 2019:
- Saturday 12th January & Saturday 2nd February: Coach-led Social.
- Friday 22nd February: opt-in to the Wimbledon ballot closes.
- Sunday 10th March: Annual General Meeting (AGM).
- Saturday 7th September: Finals Day (with the Sunday as backup in the event of bad weather).
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. 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!
We are very proud of the Club’s teams playing in the Surrey League who had an outstanding summer of tennis. Both of our Ladies teams, plus the Mens’ Second and Third teams, won their respective divisions. Congratulations to all who participated, and thank you to the Captains for organising the matches. Best of luck for the forthcoming Winter League.
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. Dates for the rest of the year are (all starting promptly at 1:30pm):
- Saturday 6th October
- Saturday 3rd November
1st December 8th December
5th 12th January
There will also be a special Christmas-themed American tournament on Saturday 29th December. Look out for more details nearer the time.
We are very pleased to be part of the World's Largest Coffee Morning in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. Members, parents, prospective members, friends and family, are all welcome to join in the fun, and there will be some relaxed social tennis available (weather permitting).
Friday 28th September from 10am – 1pm. Donations of cakes to sell and eat greatly appreciated. For further details see the Macmillan website or contact Sarah Lawrence-Taylor on 07905 189 025 or email@example.com.
It was lovely to see so many Members and guests come and watch our annual Finals Day. All the players enjoyed the support of their friends and family, and our team of volunteers ensured everyone was sustained with a delicious barbecue.
The first event was the Ladies Singles, with Louise winning 6-2 6-1 against Lizanne. Thanks to our Junior Members Anna and Ella who were ball girls for this match.
Next up was an incredibly close fought match between Arunan and Neville. Neville took the first set 6-4, but then Arunan struck back 6-1 in the second to send it to a match tie-break. This was very even with Arunan winning by just two points, 10-8.
The Ladies Doubles (picture below) saw Lizanne and Louise face off across the net for the second time in the day. This time Lizanne and Handan were the 6-2 6-1 winners over Louise and her partner, Jo.
James and Warren were crowned the Mens Doubles champions while in the Mixed Doubles Lukasz and Steph beat Nathan and Martine 6-4 7-5 in another closely fought contest.
Congratulations to all! And don't forget to sign up for the Winter Doubles Tournaments in the club house for your chance at glory!
Many of you told us you really enjoyed the coach-led social session José hosted earlier in the summer. We are therefore pleased to announce that it will be returning on Saturday 15th September at 1:30pm, and thereafter the first Saturday of every month.
José has a wealth of different ideas for these 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. Dates for the rest of the year are (all starting at 1:30pm)
- Saturday 6th October
- Saturday 3rd November
- Saturday 1st December
The joint weekend social sessions with Wilton LTC will also be continuing into September, 3-6pm. Currently confirmed dates at 15th and 16th September.