I haven’t touched a racquet since late summer and am very much looking forward to when we can play evening tennis again. Lots to update you about from the committee.
First off the Wimbledon ballot. As most of you will know the club is allocated tickets each year based upon the number of registered LTA members who have also opted in to the ballot. All members of the club will be registered with the LTA and so all that is needed is for you to log onto the LTA website https://www.lta.org.uk and follow the clear links to opt in – I’ve just done it now and it’s simple to do. The more of us who opt in the more allocated tickets the club receives (we find out in march). This year the committee has decided (in line with LTA policy) … Read More »
As of this week evening tennis will start at 5:30 – do try to come down for the last few evenings’ club sessions.
A big thank you to Marcus for organising our first tournament of the season. 16 players fought it out on Sunday morning with Keith and Sahan the eventual winners and Bryan and Lee as runners up. Photos to follow….. For those who missed this one the next tournament will be the American Doubles on the 9th July.
The tennis season proper is now on with evening club nights starting again. I wanted to take this opportunity to update you with general news about the club. Please pay particularly attention to the coaching update – with kids coaching available on Saturday afternoons, Easter coaching camps starting and also adult coaching planned for Monday evenings.
Club night now fully underway every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6pm until dusk as well as Sunday mornings 10am until 1pm. Very likely a number of players will move on to one of the Tetbury pubs after club nights – with an open invitation to anyone to join.
Good news in that we have a new coaching set up this year. Stephen Johnson – starting up Saturday afternoon kids coaching, Monday evening coaching later in April as well as kids Easter camps. You can … Read More »
A happy new year to everyone from Tetbury Tennis Club. Before the year really gets going and especially before we start getting more evening light I wanted to send around an update on how the club is going.
You’ll remember we had a push for new membership last year with some good success – we finished the year with 11 additional playing members – bringing us up to a total membership of 54 and that was reflected in some higher turn outs at club sessions. A lot of work was done by the committee through advertising, flyers, and by us all through word of mouth and with discounted first year membership. That is all going to happen again from early March this year so we anticipate another growth in members. Please spread the word – especially to anyone new to … Read More »
Staying up the previous year was a miracle, just like Leicester winning the Premier League title. So the question was simply; are we going to do a Leicester and flop this year? But it has been a year of surprises; Brexit, Donald Trump, Richard buying a round, so no, we did ourselves proud and stayed up, coming a creditable 5th place avoiding relegation with some ease.
The season has not been without it inevitable crisis’s, with injuries to Doug and the unexpected early departure of star man Conrad who was poached by the 5 aside football team and his new wife! This has meant drawing on the extended pool of reserve players from the C team for which we thank them for that.
Special mention goes to Richard for playing most of the matches and also to Paul Hampton for most improved … Read More »
This year the Mens C team played in Division 6B of the Gloucestershire Summer League. This presented us with some familiar adversaries like Redmarley whom we had not played for a number of seasons. We also welcomed a new member to the squad, John Esposito, who had joined the club the previous season.
Our season started poorly, but never the less an enjoyable 0-4 away loss against Redmarley. As always the match was played in good spirits along with good hospitality post match. This was followed by a less familiar team from Bredon against whom we managed to win our first point of the season. Next came our second point from a home match against Lydney but it was also to be the last match to be played by Ollie this season. This was due to work commitments which led him … Read More »
This was a very successful year – we fielded 4 players for all matches and finished first – just ahead of Painswick on sets won. Promotion to division 1 next season.
There were only two disappointments – but both bitter ones:
Firstly our only loss of the season was against Cirencester (our local Derby and more importantly Mr Paul Bird’s other team).
Secondly the whole team were disappointed to move away from my 1970 style “pork pie and Mr Kipling cakes” post-match meals in the rain and onto priory pizzas with beer.
Winter practice for some of the team at the Delta centre helped us and it’s fair to say that the core team of myself/Conrad/Doug & Paul were successful much of the time with very able and very welcome contributions from Brett, Theo, Bryan and Bill.
Tiebreaks came close to being our downfall until … Read More »
The doomsayers were wrong! Ok I was the head doomsayer, but hey what a good thing to be wrong once in a lifetime! Yes we stayed up, we didn’t get hammered every week and in fact we came an amazing 3rd (even though the final table was never updated to reflect this). So it’s a big congratulations to the team and the challenge is to maintain our status and continue to dine at Wiltshire tennis’s top table.
Probably the most important bonus aspect to the season was the lack of injuries. What I mean by that is that although we all had injuries, none of them stopped us from putting out a strong team every week. This of course meant that instead of the usual 14 players that we have to call upon we only used 6.
Yes we had a bit … Read More »
This year the Mens C team played again in Division 6A of the Gloucestershire Summer League, following a long winter of uncertainty as to whether we might be relegated to a lower division. This year presented us with a new adversary Prestbury as well as a more familiar one Tewkesbury Park, whom we had not played for a number of seasons. The squad this year was a little depleted due to injuries sustained over the winter period and family commitments.
Our season started poorly with a 0-4 loss against Chalford at home followed by Cam & Dursley away. We then won our first point with a 1-3 loss against local rivals Cirencester. Those opening matches pretty well set up the league for the rest of the season. A week later things improved as we got our first draw against Cam & … Read More »