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The clocks are about to "spring forward" on Sunday bringing longer evenings, perfect for a relaxed game of social tennis. To celebrate the more favourable tennis conditions and start of the tennis year, we are celebrating with a special edition of our usual Wednesday social tennis session.

Social tennis will start at the earlier time of 6:30pm and continue until the floodlight curfew at 9:30pm. Balls and floodlights will be provided as usual, plus light refreshments and drinks to power you through the evening of tennis after a long day at work. 

To give us an idea of how many to cater for, please sign up in the clubhouse.

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: 

  • Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • 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
  • Saturday 1st December 8th December
  • Saturday 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.