A busy week of tennis at the Dorset Open

East Dorset welcomed the Frost & Co Dorset Open 2016 from Sunday 31st July to Saturday 6th August, supervised by Tournament Referee Kris Dymond.

It was a busy week, with lots of competitive junior and adult matches, singles and doubles, and we welcomed juniors from across the country, including a group of youngsters from Scotland.  Play continued despite tricky conditions in the opening days, but fortunately the weather improved as the week went on and the schedule caught up with itself.

For a full round up of results, please visit the LTA Tournaments website:

https://lta.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/winners.aspx?id=F6995F0E-0DFC-4E63-A7C7-72E8A5AE9DB0

It was another successful week for East Dorset’s Louis Allen, who came third in the Men’s Singles, runner-up in the 18U Singles and Doubles, and won the Men’s Doubles with partner Liam Hignett – great play Louis!

Thanks to Kris and all the club volunteers who helped make the event a success, including Catherine, Sue and Liz at the tournament desk and all the match supervisors. In total 336 matches were played… so it was certainly a busy week!

Special congratulations go to Charlie Newman, winner of the Betty Booth Sportsmanship Award 2016, who showed great sportsmanship and enjoyment of the game throughout the week.

Betty Booth award

Club Championship finals a great success!

The sun shone for our Finals Day on Saturday 16th July and spectators were treated to some good quality, prescription hard fought matches!  Thanks to our groundsman Daniel, thumb the grass courts played better than ever before and lots of members decided to come along to watch, and stay around for food afterwards!  The trophy presentations were popular too, with the awards handed out by our sponsor, Portmore Life.

Portmore life

Here is a selection of photos from the day:

 

The winners and runners-up were as follows:

Winners and runners-up

 

Grass courts in play!

If you thought grass courts 1-6 were playing well, cialis wait until you play on the three courts in the cage! Officially opened on Thursday in time for ladies match practice in the evening, no rx the coaches and first team players who tried them out in the afternoon described them as excellent.  Then in the evening 2 ladies doubles matches were played against Milford and the players were full of praise.
In the Autumn our groundsman Daniel Tomberry re-seeded the courts with rye grass and spread four tonnes of clay based top dressing over the surface, before drag netting in, to improve levelling and bounce.  Now we can all reap the benefits!

American Doubles fun for the Bank Holiday

Thanks to everyone who played in the American Tournament this afternoon, we had a full house of 24 players on the six grass courts. Conditions were challenging with a blustery wind but it was good fun!

There were lots of good rallies and close points, but congratulations go to our winners and runners up:

Ladies

Winner: Liz Nation

Runners-up: Kate Tunks, Sue Eales & Dagmar James

Men

Winner: Connor Travers

Runner-up: Paul Sepping

 

Missed out this time? We’re planning another one for the August Bank Holiday… see you there!

Summer term tennis coaching

Check out our Max Tennis School Summer term coaching programmes for both adults and juniors – if you’re keen on tennis then there’s a session for you, whatever your age!

Adult coaching programme

Our group tennis coaching sessions are a great way to improve your game whatever your current level and integrate yourself into club play if you are new to the area/club. The sessions are open to members and non-members alike.

Adult coaching programme

Junior coaching programme

We offer a range of tennis lessons including Parent & Toddler, Mini Tennis Red, Orange & Green, and Junior Tennis Academies.

Junior coaching programme

Club Wimbledon Ballot – Monday 2nd May

A date for your diary… this year’s Wimbledon ballot will take place at 7pm on Monday 2nd May in the clubhouse.

Don’t forget the sign-up sheets are in the club verandah and the closing date is 29th April.  To be eligible for the club ballot you need to have renewed your club membership first, and be a British Tennis Member who’s opted into the Wimbledon ballot and linked your membership to EDLTCC as your playing venue.

Any questions please contact the Ballot Administrator, Mark Hamann.

EDLTCC Wimbledon Ballot poster 2016

 

Poole Tennis League – Round 4

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 R4

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 open for Club Championships and Wimbledon ballot

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.
Club Championships 
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.

Sport Relief tournament raises over £900

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!

 

Club Night Easter special

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!

american doubles

 

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!