New season, new racquet? Come along to our Babolat Demo Day on Saturday 16th April to try out the latest Babolat racquets and other equipment supplied by Mike from MDG Sports, one of our club sponsors. Discounts will be available on the day too, so what’s not to like?!
Entries are now open for the next round of Poole Tennis League, a singles league for players of all abilities that’s supported by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). East Dorset Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club is a venue for these matches, so if you enter the league you’ll be able to play your matches with home advantage! Poole Tennis League – Round 4 Please note there is no fee for the visiting player if you play your match at the club , however if two non-members play each other than they are required to pay one Green Fee of £5 between them. We’ll be putting up notices to this effect by the astro courts before Round 4 starts. Still not sure if Local Tennis Leagues are for you? Perhaps Greg Rusedski can persuade you! vimeo.com/156566406 And finally, don’t forget you can also enter the Singles Box League at the club for competitive singles matches against other club members. Please contact Peter on 07549 613 860 if you’d like to enter the next round.
Entries are now open for the Open LTA Senior Doubles Tournament at East Dorset this May, to be played on the grass courts (weather permitting!) We’ve got events for the Over 45, 60 & 70’s in the Men’s, Ladies’ and Mixed Doubles, and an entry fee of £10 is payable per event.
If you’re looking for activities for your children during the Easter holidays, it’s not too late to sign up for our Easter Tennis Camps. Run by Brian and the Max Tennis School coaches, we have camps running on both weeks of the school holidays, for Mini Red players (9 – 10.15am) and juniors (10.30am – 12.30pm). The camps cost £6 per day for Mini Reds, and £9 per day for juniors, with non-members welcome too. Just give Brian a call on 07930 454764 for more details or to book your child on.
Entries are now open for the Club Championships and Wimbledon ballot, and the sign-up sheets are on noticeboards in the club verandah. Wimbledon Ballot
Please note that only British Tennis Members who have opted into the Wimbledon Ballot can sign up for Wimbledon tickets. Please read the instructions on the entry sheets and put your name against any dates you’re interested in.
There are entry sheets for each event (Men’s & Ladies singles; Men’s, Ladies and Mixed doubles; Seniors etc). The entry fee is £5 per person and should be paid promptly.
Please ensure you have renewed your club membership before putting your name down for either of the above.
Thanks to everyone who took part in today’s Sport Relief Tournament, it was a great afternoon with lots of competitive tennis! Well done to our winners and runners up, and thank you all for your support – between us we’ve smashed our fundraising target of £500 and reached over £900. And a big thank you to Claire, Jack and Peter for organising it – let’s hope it’s the first of many!
Join us for an Easter special at Club Night this evening from 6-8pm, with an American Doubles Tournament followed by mini Easter eggs (and drinks) in the bar! Coaches Emma and Peter will organise the tournament, which follows a fun mixed doubles format. There’ll be Easter egg prizes for the winners too. Everyone’s welcome, but please try to arrive for 6pm and stay til the end so that the tournament can run smoothly.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Join us for the first American Doubles Tournament of the new year on Sunday 31st January. Players of all abilities have a chance to compete with a number of different partners in a round robin format. It is also a great opportunity to bring along a friend. Everyone welcome! As a reminder, diagnosis the format of American Doubles is as follows:
- Mixed doubles play
- 7 rounds of 7 games are played
- Players have different partners each time, sick with winners playing with losers from previous rounds
- Tennis balls and score cards are provided
- Prizes are awarded at the end to the winners – best lady, illness best man, and the runners up
Don’t forget to sign up as a British Tennis Member if you haven’t already… it’s easy to sign up on the LTA website and the benefits include entry into the Wimbledon ballot and a monthly newsletter. Also, the more members who sign up, the more Wimbledon tickets will be allocated to the club. Visit the LTA website and click on Sign up today, then select Club Membership – Free – For All Ages and click on Join Today to sign up. Once you’ve entered all your details you’ll be able to link your membership to East Dorset Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club and opt into the Wimbledon ballot.
Monday and Wednesday evening club sessions have become very well attended and it is great to see club members enjoying the sessions. To help things run smoothly, malady please be aware of the following points:
- Club evening sessions have priority on ALL courts except when there is a match or coaching.
- Members are reminded that court etiquette should be followed, i.e. players should pass balls back to the server and should not walk behind the courts when play is in progress.
- Players are expected to provide their own balls unless a coach decides otherwise.
- Tokens are provided for these sessions from 6pm. Coaches will be given these for Monday and Wednesday. A committee member is responsible for providing them on a Saturday.
- Unfortunately, there will be some matches on a Wednesday. These were arranged at a time when this club evening was poorly attended! We cannot change these but when the summer fixtures are arranged, we will avoid using Wednesdays. Emma will be informed as to when these matches are.