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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!


Congratulations Jamie!

Today is Jamie’s wedding day -what an amazing day to get married! Looking forward to celebrating your special day with you. It only seems like yesterday that you were that cheeky junior that used to turn up to Saturday coaching with that big smile and mischievous twinkle in your eye! Look at you now! Wishing you all the happiness in the world.xx


St George’s Day quiz

OK, so it wasn’t exactly St George’s Day, but close enough to use it as our theme. Vicky Judge as always gave us a great quiz, won by St George and his Dragons. The prize for the best team name went to “The Quizzers of Oz”, though “Knights in White Cotton” must have been a very close second. There were no prizes for the best outfit. If there had been, my choice would have been Alistair and Caroline with their Scottish Saltire T-shirts – a very classy choice.

To view the photos as a slideshow, click on one of them. Click on the bottom right of the image to view the next one, bottom left to view the previous one and centre to leave the slide show.




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


Farewell to Bob Butt

More sad news for the club. Bob Butt has died after a long illness which he faced with fortitude. He was described in the local newspaper as “a community stalwart” making a contribution to many aspects of local life, not just Avondale. Bob had been a member of our club since 1970 – nearly 50 years- and had represented Cornwall in his youth.

Kathy Charles, head coach, was quoted in the newspaper as saying “For many years, Bob dedicated hours of his time to helping with junior coaching and club nights. His kindnesses, encouragement and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by all the juniors, both past and present”

His funeral has taken place and was very well-attended, showing how well respected and loved he was across the community. We send our condolences to his wife Chris, also a long-term member at Avondale. It seems fitting that they met on tennis courts while they were employed at RAE.


Congratulations to Ladies C team

Wow! What a season the Ladies C team has had, winning their division with 156 points where their nearest rivals has 112. Of their 10 matches, they won 7 of them 16 – 0 and had a record over the season of winning 91% of their sets. It was a really stop-start season for them with assorted cancellations for the weather. They only finished their season on March 31st (usually matches are finished by the end of February). Indeed they had 4 of their matches in March.

Many congratulations to all of the team, especially to their best player Zana Fletcher who played in 6 of the matches and won all of her rubbers.