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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.

Ladies Singles Champion
Ladies Singles Champion

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.

Men's Doubles Champions
Men's Doubles Champions

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).

Mixed Doubles Champions
Mixed Doubles Champions

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.

Ladies Finalists, Mixed Doubles Champions and Mens Champion from 2018

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.

All Senior Members, whether you are a long standing member or just joined at our recent Open Day are warmly invited to our Bank Holiday American tournament on Monday 27th May. Please arrive at 1pm to sign in and warm up for a 1:30pm start.

An American tournament is a fun way to play doubles with a variety of different partners and opponents over the course of an afternoon. Each player keeps their track of the number of individual games he or she has won in each set and the winner is the person who has won the most games at the end of the day. It is a great introduction to social tennis for newcomers to the club, or those improvers who want to try out their new skills at a club session. For regular club players it is a fun alternative to the usual tennis format.

While we will try to accommodate everyone on the day, spaces are limited so please do sign up in the club house to secure your place.

For the last few months, Head Coach José has been running these brilliant monthly sessions of fun games we are calling "Coach-led Social". We have now confirmed the dates for the next three months after which there will be a summer-break.

  • Saturday 4th May at 1:30pm
  • Saturday 1st June at 1:30pm
  • Sunday 7th July (as part of the Open Day)

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.

We hope to see you there!

Due to a great entry for the Junior Road to Wimbledon tournament all five courts are needed for the competition and unfortunately there will be no social tennis on Saturday 27th April. 

However, the following day (Sunday 28th April) we are running an American Tournament. This is a fun and social variant on normal social tennis where participant play 4 or 5 games before rotating to a new doubles partner and opponents. The tournament winner is the individual who has won the most games in total at the end of the afternoon, but most importantly the format ensures everyone gets to meet and play with a wide variety of other members, and have an enjoyable game regardless of experience and playing standard. It is a great introduction to club social tennis if you have not been before.

After the tournament we will enjoy some Strawberries and Cream while we draw the names for the annual Club Wimbledon ballot. The Club has been allocated more tickets than ever this year so some lucky members who opted into the LTA Ballot earlier in the year will be able to purchase tickets to see some fantastic tennis in July.

  • 1pm: Arrive, sign in for tournament and warm up.
  • 1:30pm: Tournament starts.
  • 3:45pm: Tournament concludes, strawberries & cream.
  • 4pm: First name drawn from the hat.

Congratulations to the champions and runners-up of the Winter Tournaments.

  • Mixed Handicap: Liz Maclean & Neville Attwood beat Manda Bell & Mike Newton, 1-6 6-3 6-3
  • Ladies' Doubles: Lizanne Baldwin & Nicky Hudson beat Kerry Pinker & Saidhanya Raviendrakumar, 6-7 7-6 [10-5]
  • Men's Doubles: Warren De Villiers & Graham Keir beat Alex Mansfield & James Baybutt, 6-3 6-3
Winter Mixed Doubles Handicap Tournament Winners

It's a long weekend and the weather forecast is for fantastic tennis weather!

To celebrate the good weather and long weekend, we'll be having afternoon tea during Social Tennis on Saturday. Bring a cake or other sweat treat to share, and perhaps even a G&T for rehydration!  

One of our members will also be lighting the barbecue around 3pm so feel free to bring something along to cook if you prefer something savoury to recharge after tennis!

Social tennis gets going about 1:30pm, and runs for as long as players wish to keep playing. We hope to see you there.