Update: This work has been completed and the courts will be available to play again on Friday 18th from 8am.
The feedback from members about the re-colouring of courts 4 & 5 earlier in the year has been very positive. It has also shown up the wear on courts 1, 2 and 3! We are informed that September is the last month in which it is normally possible to re-colour courts so we have scheduled this to take place from Tuesday 15th September. If the weather is fine then it will take about 1 week before they they are playable again, although we found in July the start date had to be postponed several times due to wind and rain.
In preparation for the work, courts 1–3 will be power washed on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd September.
The courts have been marked as Closed for Maintenance in the booking sheet, and we are sorry that ClubSpark displays this information so poorly that it does not say this clearly. ClubSpark are apparently aware of the defect and working to fix it. As the actual dates of the work becomes clearer based on the weather forecast, we will post regular updates on our Facebook Page.
The LTA, in consultation with the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, have confirmed that turn up and play sessions (often known as club or social sessions) may resume provided that clubs are following the appropriate protocol. We are therefore very pleased to be able to let you know that our "Social Tennis" sessions will resume from this Sunday 19th July (not Saturday, due to existing court bookings taking priority).
Before leaving home to play tennis, all participants should undergo a self-assessment symptom check for any COVID-19 symptoms using the information on the NHS website.
The peg board that is normally used to arrange sets in an equitable manner cannot be used—games will be arranged verbally instead. Please try to ensure everyone has a fair chance to play.
If you play with someone new, or that you don't know, make sure you exchange names, in case this is needed for NHS Test and Trace. The club will provide contact details to NHS Test and Trace for anyone who might have come into contact with an infection at a social session.
Remember to remain two metres apart from other players whilst organising sets and waiting to play.
The club has installed hand sanitiser dispensers at the entrance to the courts. Please use this before entering and after leaving the courts. Even better, bring your own sanitiser and use it between sets.
As per our normal practice, most of the time there will be new balls supplied by the club. Where balls are not completely used following a Saturday session, they will be put aside and not used until at least Wednesday.
I have never been to Social Tennis. Can I come along?
Absolutely! Social tennis is open to all Senior and Student Members, plus Junior members who have been invited to participate by the Committee. It's great fun, we provide all the balls (plus floodlights when required) and you get to meet new people while playing some relaxed and convivial sets of tennis.
When is Social Tennis?
Saturday and Sunday from about 1:30pm until everyone has had enough fun.
Wednesday evenings from 7pm (free floodlighting provided).
Tuesday and Thursday mornings from about 10am until 12noon (2pm next week, 21st and 23rd July due to Junior Summer Camps).
Although many pubs and restaurants have re-opened, the government guidelines still advise against gatherings of more than 6 people from different households. We have therefore decided to cancel weekend and Wednesday evening social sessions until at least 15th 18th July.
Tuesday & Thursdays – The "mid-week section"
A number of Tuesday & Thursday morning regulars have been arranging 4s at 10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays to avoid missing their regular tennis-based exercise. To facilitate our mid-week regulars being able to stay fit and healthy, we have decided to trial reinstating the Tuesday and Thursday morning sessions with the proviso that attendees must follow the government guidelines and not mix with more than 5 other people per-session. For 8 players this means dividing into 2 fours at the beginning and not mixing, for 10 players you will need to split into two groups of 5 with no crossover, and so on. Please enjoy these sessions safely and responsibly!
Late yesterday the LTA issued updated guidance regarding the playing of tennis in England. The key change for players is that people from different households may now play doubles. However group activities such coaching are restricted to 6 persons and therefore "turn up and play" sessions (aka club/social tennis) may not resume at this time.
We are very pleased to confirm that following the latest update to the Government Coronavirus Regulations, the courts will be available to members for appropriate use from the afternoon of Wednesday 13th May. Only singles play is permitted, other than where players are all from the same household in which case they can play doubles. Please ensure you remain at least 2m away from all players who are not members of your household.
The clubhouse remains closed, drinking water and toilet facilities will not be available. Please bring sufficient water to the club, and wash your hands upon your return home. For further advice on staying safe is available from the LTA Coronavirus page, and we encourage all members to read and follow the published Guidance for Players.
To allow members to make use of the hitting wall and ball machine, please use courts 2, 3 and 5 in preference to 1 (ball machine) and 4 (hitting wall). We are sure many of you are raring to get back on court so please do use the online court booking system to ensure there is court available to play before travelling to the club. When booking courts, please do not book more time than you will use to ensure everyone has a fair chance to play.
Please note that since doubles is the principal form of play at Club Social Tennis sessions these remain suspended for the moment.
Following Government requirements, the tennis club is now closed and the premises locked. We hope all of our members are taking good care of themselves in these difficult times.
To give you something to look forward to, once this virus is defeated, José has promised to put on the biggest and best social session we've ever had! In the interim, the LTA are currently tweeting daily videos of suggestions for how you can practice some tennis skills while at home.
In summary, the tennis courts can remain open for use to help people remain active, subject to strict social distancing and hygiene practices being employed. However the clubhouse is closed except for essential hand washing and we would encourage you to bring hand sanitiser or antiseptic wipes to use instead.
Looking to take up a new sport for the New Year? Is playing more tennis on your list of resolutions? Join and play at RPRLTC from today until 31st March for just £35! Join our American tournament on 29th December, our weekly club tennis sessions, plus José's coach-led social sessions on 11th January, 1st February and 1st March.