It's now 10 days to go before the start of our tennisathon...if you haven't registered then pop over to knutsfordtennisathon.org.uk
Thanks to Colin and Evie for being our local media stars!
Our VIP Visitors...
Carl Newton, one of our very generous members and Managing Partner of Myerson solicitors, is a sponsor at the Boodles Tennis Classic at Mere and the organisers have agreed to lend us 2 of the players to come to the club on Wednesday 20th June. They will arrive with a photographer (selfie opportunities will be given) at 6pm in a VERY nice car and stay for an hour, meeting and having a hit with some of our juniors and sharing some valuable tips. Anyone is welcome to come up and watch too.
The two players are: Henri Leconte and Younes El AynaouiWe are so lucky to be able to host such real tennis pros, many thanks to Carl and his team.
Parents of juniors - June is going to be a fantastic month of opportunities for your kids to meet some real tennis legends, and play some exciting tennis, firstly at this event, then with the British talent of the ex Davis Cup guys on Saturday 30th, plus participating in the Tennisathon during Mark's sessions. Get in touch with Mark to make sure you're included.
BALLOONS FOR SALE!
Look out for people at the club with tickets to sell, or if you fancy selling some yourself, let us know - firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you will soon be able to buy them on the Balloons page of the www.knutsfordtennisathon.org.uk site, and of course they will be on sale at the Tennisathon event itself.
🎾Knutsford Tennis Club 24 hr Tennisathon...🎾
IT’S BACK.....And it’s going be even bigger and better than last time.
Support our town's up and coming little stars and help fund the re-development of the Junior courts at our club. Put the date in your diary to keep free NOW...
Details will be emerging over then next month or so from our magnificent Tennisathon team.
Date: Friday 29th June 4.30pm start straight through to Saturday 30th June 4.30pm finish.
Talk about it, share with your friends around the town, at school and on your personal social media.
We will soon have a dedicated page of the website to keep you updated with how you can get involved - both on and off court.
Get ready it’s going to be great 🎾👍🎾👍.....
It’s been a busy few weeks getting our new online membership renewal system up and running, but all is in place and renewal reminders have now gone out via email (no paper forms this year!!). We are using an LTA provided system called ‘Clubspark’, which several clubs in the area also use.
When you receive your renewal email please handle it promptly - just three simple steps :
There is a help guide on what to do here, nearly 40 members have already renewed and found the new system very straight forward to use.
Don’t forget to renew and pay for you membership before the end of April, - especially important if you want to be part of the Wimbledon Draw this year.
If you have any questions on the new system feel free to contact Julie Hunter or Moya Meredith
MEN'S FINAL TICKETS UP FOR GRABS!!!
We have 23 pairs of tickets available this year, including Women’s Semi AND MEN’S FINAL!!
So to be eligible to be lucky, all you need is:
Then try and come along to Club Night on the 8th May for the draw, or designate someone to act on your behalf. Provided you’ve requested inclusion, the fantastic Heather and George, who organise the draw, will try and call you to confirm, if you aren’t there. Last year they managed to sort the whole thing on the night, so please try and be available to respond if needs be.
Thanks to everyone that registered and opted in - even at the last minute - it means we have a good selection of Wimbledon Tickets to offer members in the draw.
Good Luck and see you there!
It’s been a busy winter at our tennis club and now that we are heading into the Spring, there are many fun and exciting things to get involved in.
Mark's Tennis Aces News Letter has many opportunities for both Adults and Juniors - including our annual box league for juniors and a new singles ladder for adults.
There are also details about Easter camps and Spring Term Time coaching programme.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Mark.
Good news for all us ladies who struggle a bit to do 6 sets in the summer league, late teas and arriving home from away games at midnight, our Ladies Captain, Lou Nanda has been campaigning over the last few seasons with the league to change the format, and this will change for this summer, after the proposal went to a vote at the AGM. After they consulted with other leagues and clubs the proposal that was passed was as follows: -
The change is applicable to the ladies only so far. The men's is staying in the 18 set format with the option to agree the short 12 set format and when they play 12 sets the below system of all pairs playing each other will prevail. For ladies 12 sets will be the default play and 18 sets may be played if both captains agree. (very rare last year only 23% of matches played more or less than the 12 sets)
The format of the 12-set game has changed and it means that every couple will play each couple of the opposition.
Round 1 (1 set)
URGENT - crunch time on Wimbledon Tickets
As only 60 members are currently opted in with the LTA Wimbledon BTM scheme for this year, our Wimbledon ticket allocation as it stands, will be greatly reduced from last year. So as we are sure you’ve all made New Year resolutions to get stuff done and out of the way, PLEASE make a 2 minute call to this number 0208 487 7000 and selecting option 1. They just ask your name, postcode and club and opt you in. Final registration date is in Feb so do it NOW.2 More Important Dates For Your Diary
The Sports Club AGM is set for Monday February 26th and the Tennis Club one for Monday March 12th, both at 7.30pm. They are the one chance of the year to formally affect the structure and workings of the club, so if you have something on your mind, come down and have your say.
A New Year Winner!
We had a lot of entries into our New Year Quiz and most of you were pretty well informed about recent club news and happenings. But only a handful of people got 100% - all of whom, funnily enough, are on the committee! However, in front of independent witnesses, the winning name that was drawn was our lovely Ladies Captain Lou Nanda. So, we expected her to be very smartly dressed this season in her iProSports prize but she has very kindly donated the prize to the tennisathon raffle.
However you can refresh that old kit at www.iprosports.co.uk/club-zone/knutsford-tennis-club/and look gorgeous for the season.
TENNISATHON - urgent call out
The prep is underway for our big Tennisathon event on 29/30th June, but we have a couple of urgent requests of you. The 1st is easy. Any unwanted and unopened (no half-eaten boxes of Quality Street thank you!) Christmas presents, we would love for our raffle. So please dig them out and anything else with a new value of £10+ and give them to Anna Righton (in complete confidence - she promises complete discretion, and assures us that Bill won’t be tempted by the chocolates) or to any committee member.
Also, we are desperate for any of you who know a celebrity. Could you persuade them to volunteer to spare us an hour or so on Friday 29th June to open the event in grand style. It worked really well last time and helps with PR. So please use your charms on your well-known local figures (who ideally have a soft spot for tennis) and let us know. We’ll be eternally grateful. We will also have some ex Davis Cup players, to rub shoulders with, running a few coaching sessions on the Saturday so keep your eyes open for further details.
Don’t forget - line up your friends and family for an hour court slot as well.
More details will be released in the coming weeks.
Get Ready for a Bit of Valentine "Courting"
Following the successful Halloween and Xmas Clubnights , we are planning to run similar events regularly in 2018, so the first special Clubnight is for Valentines which will happen on Tuesday 13th. It also happens to be Shrove Tuesday so pancakes may be involved, though we think it could get a bit messy tossing pancakes with your rackets!
Please note that unlike the last 2 specials, when the nibbles were free, we will have to charge a nominal figure to cover Andy Lynes’ and Lou’s costs.
Come along and get “Courting” – open to all members.
Just A few Coaching Places Remaining
It’s not too late to sign up for Mark’s coaching sessions, both junior and senior, for tennis and cardio. Go onto the TennisAces website www.tennis-aces.co.uk or click on the link via www.knutsfordtennisclub.org.uk. Come on you know you’ve been intending to sign up for that cardio session and the kids for Saturday morning. Well now is the time.
…. a few words from Bill Jackson. On 12th January, twenty eight of the regular Friday tennis ladies and men took part in the 10th Annual Rose Bowl Tournament held in memory of the late member Diana Jackson. Once again the weather was kind and everyone enjoyed 4 sets of mixed doubles to a rotating format organised by Sue Jarrold and Anna Righton with points awarded for each game won. Victory went to veteran Dave Hunt with 24 points.
The event was followed by a gourmet lunch and refreshments, main courses provided by the ladies this year with the men serving up desserts, topped off with a poem from Gerard McCreesh.
Over £500 was raised to be donated to the charity Cancer Research.
Many thanks to all that contributed to make this such a special event.
On 12th January, many of our regular Friday Morning tennis ladies and gentlemen took part in the 10th Annual Rose bowl tournament held in memory of the late Diana Jackson who was a member of our tennis club. Twenty-eight members braved the January weather to see who would be crowned the winner this year, previous winners include Lou Nanda and last year’s victor Valerie Edminson - who came to defend her title!
Everyone enjoyed four sets of mixed doubles to a rotating format which was organised by Sue Jarrold and Anna Righton. Points were awarded for each game won. There was a friendly, but competitive atmosphere in the air and victory went to 'veteran' Dave Hunt with a total of 24 points, who is now tasked with keeping the Rose Bowl safe for the next 12 months!
The event was followed with a gourmet lunch and refreshments, main courses were provided by the ladies this year, with the men serving up deserts. Lunch was topped off with a poem from Gerard McCreesh.
Over £500 was raised, to be donated to Cancer Research this year. Many thanks to all that contributed to make this such a special event.
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