American Tournaments 2019
Friday 27th December – Yuletide Tournament
The annual Yuletide Tournament too place on the day after Boxing day, as has become traditional in order to give players time to recover from any Christmas excesses. The weather was dull and overcast with no wind at all. Which meant, unfortunately, there were no excuses, not even frozen fingers as the temperature was a relatively mild seven degrees. This did not seem to encourage members though as only nine people turned up for some fun post Christmas exercise.
The gender spilt was four men and five ladies, thus two committee members, Sheena Darke and Sue Jones, kindly agreed to play ‘as one’, allowing Tournament Organiser Dave Smith to create a group of four pairs. Partners were drawn and with just one group of four there was a total of three rounds, with each round consisting of eight games, ladies swapping after 4 games but keeping individual scores.
Fortunately as there were an even number of pairs no one pair had to sit out during each round so everyone could keep warm, except our volunteers Sheena and Sue of course. After 24 hard fought games the, 9 happy players retired to the clubhouse for tea and leftover Christmas fare. Meanwhile the scores were added up and the gentleman and lady with the highest scores were declared the winners. These turned out to be Alexis Alexander and Nicola Chand.
Sunday 7th July – Wimbledon American
As is traditional during Wimbledon the Club held an American tournament on the middle Sunday of the championships. The weather was overcast with a gentle breeze, almost perfect conditions for tennis. Which meant, unfortunately, there were no excuses, however it did encourage fourteen members to turn up, almost double the number from the previous tournament.
The gender spilt was once more almost equal necessitating tournament organiser Dave Smith had to reprise his role as Davina for the afternoon. Partners were drawn and the decision was made there was to be one group of seven pairs. This resulted in a total of seven rounds to be played with each round consisting of eight games, ladies swapping after 4 games but keeping individual scores. With the uneven split of competitors, one pair would have a rest during each round.
Playing six rounds each of eight games meant, of course, 48 games in all, so it was a god job it was not too hot and sunny. Eventually, after some great tennis, 14 exhausted players collapsed back into the clubhouse for tea and cakes while the scores were added up and the gentleman and lady with the highest scores were declared the winners. These turned out to be Christine Cooke and Ron Seary.
Monday 27th May
The weather was not quite so warm as it had been for the previous Bank Holiday tournament, although dry there were grey skies and a gusting wind. All of this may have put members off as just eight people turned up to take part.
The gender spilt was almost equal at five men and three ladies, therefore it was necessary for tournament organiser Dave Smith to become Davina for the afternoon. Partners were drawn and the decision was made there were to be 3 rounds of 10 games, ladies swapping after 5 games but keeping individual scores.
After 30 games of good tennis, where everyone was tested occasionally by the swirling wind, the gentleman and lady with the highest scores were declared the winners. These were Linda Nelson and Charles Freeman, after which, everyone retired to the clubhouse for tea and cake.
Monday 22nd April
We held our usual chocolate egg/hot cross bun busting tournament on a beautiful sunny Bank Holiday Monday. Curiously, only 13 turned up but with our Chairman & Organiser Dave Smith and our wonderful Maintenance Committee member Sheena Darke alternating, everyone managed to play. There were 5 rounds of 8 games, ladies swapping after 4 games but keeping individual scores. After 40 games of good tennis, everyone was exhausted so no final was held. The two with the highest scores, declared the winners, were Nicola Jones and Richard Perry, after which, everyone retired to the clubhouse for tea and cake.