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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
If you opted-in to the LTA Club ballot then come along on Sunday 29th April to find out if you have won the chance to buy some great tickets. You do not need to be present to win but those winners in attendance will have first choice of the available tickets. Other winners will be contacted via email afterwards. The first name will be drawn from the hat at 4pm, all are welcome, and the Club will be laying on refreshments to make the afternoon a properly social occasion.
At 2pm on the same day, Senior Members are invited to play in a fun tournament. We will be using a new format called "Davis Cup" where two teams battle it out over the course of multiple matches. This format should provide an enjoyable afternoon for all standards of play, so please come along and have fun whether you are a relatively recent player who has never been to a Club Social, or someone who represents the Club in team matches.
We had a lovely day for Finals Day with some fantastic weather to match the high quality tennis. In the Ladies Singles, Nicky defeated defending champion, Louise. This year's Men's Champion is Arunan who beat Alex 6-4 6-2 in a very competitive match.
Then in the Ladies Doubles, Lizanne and Nicky were victorious over Handan and Liz 6-1, 6-4.
Finally the afternoon was brought to a close with victory for Warren and Glynne in the Mixed Doubles.
We hope everyone who participated enjoyed their matches and don't forget to sign up in the club house for the Winter Competitions!
Saturday (2nd September) is our annual Finals Day event and barbecue. The first match is the Ladies Singles final at 10am and the barbecue will be running all afternoon. Barbecue is £5 or a contribution to the buffet and BYO drinks.
Volunteers to umpire matches also welcome!
Also... Cardio Tennis returns on Monday @ 7.15! You now book in advance to receive a small discount per session. Free trial for newcomers and non-members welcome.
Join us on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August for some fun and social tennis.
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 nominal 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.