What an amazing time for British tennis: Sir Andy Murray, World No 1, Jamie Murray, World No 1, Jo Konta in the top 10, Dan Evans reaching his first ATP final and fine performances by other British players at Wimbledon and beyond. We need to build on this success and our first Open Day in May was designed to show people what we are about. Huge thanks to everyone who put so much work in to making the day a success and a big welcome to those new members who joined as a result of it. We hope to run another one in 2018. Attendance at club sessions has been rather disappointing although the Thursday Ladies Morning has seen an increase in members with three courts being used on several occasions. The courts continue to be well used for friendly members tennis.
The Winter League is just finishing. The B team finished a very creditable 2nd in Division 3 (level on points with the winners) and the A team will finish in the top 4 in Division 2 (with one match to play at the time of writing they could be 2nd, 3rd or 4th!). Sadly our Summer Season failed to produce any trophies in 2016. The Men’s A were 6th in Division 1, the Men’s B were 4th in Division 2, the C team were bottom of Division 3; the Mixed A were 4th in Division 2, the Mixed B team 3rd in Division 2 and the Mixed C team 7th in Division 2; the Ladies finished a respectable 4th in Division 1 while the Seniors were 3rd. We have entered two teams in the Senior League for Summer 2017. 3 pairs of Seniors entered Sudbury’s tournament and I’m pleased to report that Peter Francis and Mike Fahie-Wilson were victorious!! Do, please, contact the captains if you would like to play in any of the teams this summer. Team practice night details are on the Programme of Events. The Tennis Club did manage to win the Wooden Spoon at the Village Hall Games Evening in October (maybe the less said about that the better!).
Unfortunately Caroline Piggott has stepped down from the committee although she has promised to still produce her legendary potato salad for the President’s Tournament! We are very grateful for her contribution over the years, particularly as Minutes taker and then as Child Protection Officer. Claire Weeks and Julia Miller have joined the committee. Court resurfacing is high on the agenda although timing is important. Research is on-going into suitable surfaces but the favourite remains artificial grass. The annual Make Do and Mend Session is scheduled for 2pm on 19th March (weather permitting) – all offers of help will be gratefully received!
Hopefully the sun will shine, our teams will cover themselves in glory, the club will prosper and we will all enjoy our tennis.