May day American Tournament

24 players (12 ladies and 12 men) participated in the Bank Holiday American Tournament yesterday, ideal numbers in some respects, since it meant that all courts were in action throughout the afternoon. Heatwave conditions, however, meant that as everyone had to play in every round, there were some very hot and tired people at the end of the six rounds. A delicious afternoon tea, prepared by Debra Norton, Linda Robson and Ann Hanson, did provide some very welcome respite at the midway point. At the end of it all, Alison Jamieson and up and coming young newcomer Andy McElligott were the clear and deserving winners, both amassing 5 more games than their nearest rivals. Next American Tournament is Monday 28th May.

PS from Katherine. William, who provided the text of this post wasn’t quite right when he said we had the ideal number of people available. We had 25, as William would have like to play but as the organiser he gallantly stepped aside.
And another PS : Yes, Andy is very tall!



Smiths Cup for Men

Seven pairs contested the Mens’ Smiths Cup on Sunday 15th April. Each pair played everyone else in a round robin format, based on rule changes which were trialled at the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan last November. These included short sets of first to 4 games, with a tiebreak at 4-all, sudden death at deuce and no let on serves. This made for a fast and furious pace throughout the afternoon. Mark Hill and John Jillings emerged as worthy winners, winning all of their six matches, just edging out father and son combination William and James Carlisle, whose only defeat of the afternoon was a closely-fought 5-3 loss to Mark and John.

The group photo was taken before play




Finals results 2017

Congratulations to everyone who won through to the finals and especially to the eventual winners in each category. William Jones had the remarkable achievement of winning the U16 Boys Singles AND the Mens singles. Then he added to his Senior success by winning the Mixed Doubles where he was partnered by Issie Barfoot. Sam Cawood is another very promising junior. He won the U10 Boys Singles and the U14s.

For all the results, please click here or if you wish to download a copy, click here

Photos coming soon!

Our thanks as always to Zana Fletcher who co-ordinated all the events.

(Note : you’ll notice there were Junior events for 10.1-10.2 players. This is referring to a tennis rating not an age group.)


American Tournament August 28th

24 players (16 men and 8 ladies) turned out for the Albany Trophy, the last American Tournament of the summer, so all six courts were in action throughout the afternoon. Glorious weather conditions, good tennis and a fabulous tea, with Joan Jones’s raspberry pavlova deserving of special mention (the raspberries were homegrown and freshly-picked). The handicap format had the desired effect of keeping most matches fairly even. Ailsa Fraser emerged as winner of the ladies’ section and Johnny Rowland won the mens’ section, both amassing a total of 32 games in the course of their six matches. Johnny Rowland also won this event last year, so well done to him for successfully defending.


Handicap tournament finals 2017

Event Winners Runners-up
Ladies Singles Cath Pearson Heather Wollen
Mens Singles Santtu Asp Andy Cholerton
Ladies Doubles Cath Pearson and Linda Robson Suzie Greenwood and Liz Long
Mens Doubles Chris Feeney and Darren Toes Graham Friel and Jeff Wollen
Mixed Doubles Peter Archer and Suzie Greenwood Mike Applegarth and Liz Long
Congratulations to everyone who reached the finals of the handicap tournament on Sunday, especially to the winners. We had a double winner in Cath Pearson, who won the Ladies Singles in a three-setter against Heather Wollen and the Ladies Doubles with Linda Robson.

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Some pictures from the Womens Doubles final.
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American Tournament May 29th

8 ladies and 6 men took part. Thankfully the rain which was forecast didn’t materialise, although conditions were quite hot and humid; a good afternoon of competitive but sociable tennis was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Steve Dunne, Kim Field, Linda Ganter and Katherine Rusbridge for the usual scrumptious afternoon tea. Congratulations to the winners Katherine Rogers and Paul Treacy. We were pleased to welcome a new member who seemed to enjoy herself and to welcome back Kim who came for the first time to the tournament at the beginning of May. Always good to see someone come back – we must be doing something right!

Next American Tournament is Sunday 23rd July. It would be nice to have all 6 courts in action throughout the afternoon.


May holiday American Tournament

Twelve of us gathered for the American Tournament on Monday May 1st, 4 ladies and 8 men so the perfect number for 2 Mixed games and 1 Mens game throughout (though it would have been nice to have had a fuller turn-out, perhaps it was the rather iffy weather that put people off). The winning man was yet again Steve Dunne with Kim Field,on her debut, and Linda Ganter coming joint first in the Ladies. The problem was we only had two bottles of wine as prizes … but Steve, like a true gentleman, agreed that the two ladies should each win a bottle and he went without. Well done to the winners and thanks to William Carlisle for running it and to Debra Norton and Linda Robson for doing the lovely tea.

The next American Tournament will be on Monday 29th May. No need to pre-book, just turn up to register at 1:15, ready to play at 1:30.



Smiths Cup events 2017

Seven pairs turned out for the Mens’ Smiths Cup competition on Sunday 9th April. With not a cloud in the sky and temperatures in the mid-20s, it was a glorious but physically demanding afternoon of tennis. For the second year in a row, Tom Van Klaveren and Ben Martin emerged as the winners, being undefeated in all of the six sets they played. Runners-up with five wins were Mark Hill and recently-joined new member Chris Cole. Debra Norton and Linda Robson provided the usual delicious tea.
The Ladies event on the Saturday was played in equally good weather. A glass of prosecco at the end added to the general enjoyment. The winners were sisters Jane and Anne-Marie Baldwin.
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