Dates for your diaries 2018
April 22nd (reserve 29th) – Men’s and Ladies’ singles
May 13th (reserve 20th) – Men’s and Ladies’ doubles
June 24th (reserve 1st July) – Mira’s lucky dip
- Normal Club Morning 10-12, BBQ 12-12.45, Mira Mixed Doubles, Sliding Handicap Tournament 12.45 start – approx 3pm. Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
July 12th (reserve 19th) – Roll up – mid week
August 19th – Over 45’s Mixed doubles – Adrian organises this one
September 16th (reserve 23rd) – Mixed doubles
November 3rd or 10th – Delta
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To enter the over 45’s email firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Murray Visit – April 21st 2018
What an incredible day with 50 adults and 25 juniors taking part and plenty more watching, drinking tea and eating cake!
Despite being 45 mins late (taking the wrong turning on the M4 and heading for Wales!) Judy arrived ready to go straight into a Q&A session. She was relaxed, interesting and entertaining, telling plenty of amusing anecdotes involving Andy and Jamie.
She then organised a range of fun and interesting drills some of which required intense concentration. Each session ended with the unlucky few getting drenched from water balloons.
We raised a fantastic £2300 for UNICEF from the clinics, refreshments, raffle and lucky dip. Also a generous donation from ADS Tennis as Adam donated all money from drills for Saturday.
The Club is very grateful to Martin Leay for his generosity and for enabling us all to have an unforgettable day.
Thank you also to everyone who supported the great event by taking part or helping!
Roll Ups Tournament – July 2018
No drugs allegations. No racquet violations. No overlong breaks between serves. No swearing at the umpire. No tantrums. No illegal coaching. No Hawk-eye. No disputed line calls (not many, at least).
So the event, organised by Roger, ought to have been rather boring. But it wasn’t. On a cool morning that turned much warmer later, sixteen veteran players (ten men and six women), partners determined by a complex computer program (thanks, Graham), played their way through four hard-fought sets lasting 20 minutes each. Judith and Mary kept the score and blew the whistle with great gusto. Right up till the end of the final set it was hard to predict who would win, but in the end two clear winners emerged, Rosemary and Tony, the latter just pipping Ray to the bottle of fizz he’d kindly donated, along with the balls.
It wasn’t just the tennis that brought out the best in everyone, but the challenge to bring food to share. Here everyone was a winner, everyone sitting talking happily in the sun to round off a delightful morning.
If you missed it, keep an eye open for the Christmas event Judith and Wendy are already planning.
Mixed doubles – September 17th
What another great day’s tennis. Slightly fewer numbers this year but we had a total of 32 players which made the perfect 4 groups of 4 couples which meant that everyone went through to the knock-out stages and got some afternoon play.
The runners-up of the plate were Di Horsell and Charlie Jefferies ((left) starting off the Prosecco for the Horsell household).
The winners of the plate were Midge Wellfair and George Brooks (right).
The runners-up of the main competition were Julia Jamieson-Black and Jono Mellowes (left) – who were probably exhausted after their marathon semi-final.
The winners were Jo Adams and Shane Horsell (right) (more Prosecco) who only dropped 5 games all day.
It’s completely fine for people to leave when they have finished playing but it’s always lovely when people stay to watch the further knock-out stages and we were rewarded with some great tennis.
Delta next on Saturday 11.
Over 45’s Mixed Open Tournament – 13th August
Mira’s tournament – June 24th 2018
Probably the hottest tournament in the history of CTC tournaments, touching 30° at one point. However, not a single grumpy remark about it being too hot. In spite of the fact that the tournament started at the same time as England’s football world cup game against Panama (and it was very exciting as they seemed to score 2 goals during each 20 minute round), there was a good turnout and we filled 5 courts.
Mike and Wynne were joint first counting games won but Mike just pipped Wynne to the top spot when games against came into play. More fizz for the Taylor household.
With 10 entrants for the Women there were only 4 points between first and last which was fantastic however the clear winner was Amanda (who gets her name on the board about 25 years after the first time), followed a point behind by Jane Beaumont.
I even got to play a session and a half myself as Jane M’s knee gave her gyp and luckily we have the same shoe size – rather liked her racket too. Zena
Men’s and Ladies Doubles – May 13th 2018
Inspired by Judy Murray’s recent visit, there was a good turnout for these two tournaments run concurrently with a great BBQ in the middle and loads of sunshine (I just have it on tap). We played a round robin format in the morning and then knock-out main and plate competition in the afternoon.
Zac & Johno only just beat Ian & Shane 7-5 in a thrilling final and in the plate Paul & Joe had a similarly fierce final beating Jeremy & Chris 8-6.
In the ladies Ange & Jo fairly whopped Rachel & I beating us 6-0! But it was hugely enjoyable and the nearest I’ve got to getting my name on the board.
Men’s and Ladies Singles – April 22nd 2018
We had a good turn out for the Men’s competition with 14 players. It somehow always manages to be sunny on tournament days. With a semi-final made of all our coaching staff, Adam, Zac, Jono and Oscar, Zac was the winner beating Adam in the final. The plate was won by Christophe Landure who played a storming final against Johno Gell.
The ladies’ tournament was not well subscribed and consisted only of a final! But we made them play 2 sets and Julia Jamieson-Black won 6-1,6-3 against Rowena Wakefield who put in a great post baby performance.
Delta Tournament – Saturday March 25th 2017
Another super evening of tennis at the Delta on Saturday 25 March. We were a little down on numbers but it all worked with everyone getting some great tennis. In fact Katie Ballard and Jono Mellowes came straight from an A team (Sunday? League) match – Katie just managing to shower and put on a change of tennis gear (didn’t ask Jono!) and one of the last matches was 7-5 7-5 so a great effort by them. But it begs the question, where were the other two? In the Red group women 3rd equal were Katie and Rose Peck, 2nd Kirstin Bulger (not bad for first time) and the winner by 2 points was Anna (also not bad after several months of not playing. In the men’s 3rd equal were Ian Sagan and Darren Ash, 2nd was Jonathan Vickers and first was Shane Horsell – but closely fought as there were only 3 points between 1st and 3rd. In the Blue group 3rd equal were Di Horsell and Midge Wellfair, 2nd Rowena Wakefield (valiant effort as she came from her sickbed!) but a runaway winner was Lou Horner-Baggs with a whopping 24 points. In the men’s 3rd equal were Ian Lunn and Phil Southwell, 2nd was George Brooks and first by a fairly huge margin and the highest Delta score I’ve ever seen, with 27 points was Jono.
Great evening and thanks to all whom came. Thanks also for my bottle of wine Adrian – gone already!
Thank you, Doug Emmott
At this year’s AGM, the Committee were pleased to announce that they were giving Doug Emmott an Honorary Membership of the Club for all his hard work in organising the Monday and Thursday Rollups. The Rollup Group had beaten us to the punch and already presented Doug with their own award and here below is a note from Judith Cutler that sums up the way the Group feels about him.
“The first person Keith and I ever met at Ciren Roll-Ups was Doug Emmott: he made us as welcome as if we were already friends. We were not alone. He takes everyone as they come, whether they’re good players or bad, and relishes their company, always interested in what they’re up to and never complaining if they lose his serve for him. He always insists, and I truly believe him, that he never worries about the score, just the pleasure of playing – which he does extremely well. When I had to learn to play left-handed, a pain for everyone, not just me, he feigned his own injury, so he could spend a whole session playing left-handed pat-ball with me; there was much laughter and a few tears – mine. His kindness and generosity have never, ever wavered to anyone – I’m sure every single one of the Roll-Ups has a similar tale to tell.
Sometimes it’s time to do more than simply say ‘Thank you’. Sometimes you want to give a little token of your gratitude. So we chose a little memento for him, and presented it with all our love and affection for a dear and delightful friend.
And what does Doug do next? He turns up with a box of chocolates to thank us! That’s Doug for you.
Long may he continue to play with us. Judith Cutler”
The photo shows Doug and his wife, Margaret, with that memento.
Delta Tournament – Saturday 19th November
The evening started well as we were able to watch the last 10 minutes of Andy Murray’s semi-final in the ATP world tour finals. It put us in the mood. There were two groups as per normal but this time they were more randomly chosen and on the whole it worked very well.
Our winners were:
Red Group Men – 2nd equal with 21 points Paul Wheeler and Paul Hargreaves
1st – with a runaway 26 points Joe Sach
Ladies – 2nd equal with 22 points Midge Wellfair and Nicola Bailey
1st – with 23 points Rowena Wakefiled
Blue Group Men – 3rd – Graham Wellfair (20 points)
Joint 1st – George Brooks and Paul Harris (with Paul winning the bottle of Prosecco as he had fewer games against him) (21 points each)
Ladies – 3rd – ME! with 19 points
2nd – Jane Muncer (21)
1st – Rachel Snowball – a whopping 24 points
Hope everyone enjoyed it. Helpful(!) feedback on any of the year’s tournaments welcome. Zena
Cirencester Tennis Club Mixed Singles League
The club offers a mixed singles tennis league; if you would like to take part in this league email: email@example.com
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The league is currently 4 divisions with 5 people in most divisions, so just involves a commitment of two matches a month: for two months.