The Apps Plus IRTPA Championship has been an outstanding success for the club, both financially and in terms of our status in the Real Tennis World. It was generally agreed that we have handled a world ranked event with great finesse. To download the programme and take advantage of our sponsors please click the link below.
We regret to inform you all that Geoff Broome had a stroke on Friday evening. We gather he is on the mend and recovering well. We wish him all the best in his recovery.
It is with great regret that we announce David Bryant passed away in Melbourne Feb 11th after suffering a heart attack on court. David was a very active tennis player at MMTC and dedicated administrator who was fundamental in computerising the handicap system via real tennis online. He will be missed by all who knew him.
We have the IRTPA Championship coming to LTCC for the first time in it’s 171 year history. This involves the worlds top 16 players in 3 main events running throughout the week. We aim to make this a festival of tennis and have combined this world class tennis with great social events. Tickets have been priced to attract you all to come and support this amazing event. The VIP ticket is great value, at £75 it includes unlimited Champagne on Monday 24th, Cocktail and canapés night Saturday 29th, full Sunday Roast on the 30th and access to every day’s tennis including semi finals and finals day. The is the early bird rate and will go up to £95 after April 1st.
The annual Open Doubles took place over the weekend, fully booked with 32 pairs, with great tennis and social activities, the club was once again buzzing with excitement. Rob Fahey and Ben Taylor Matthews kicking off the weekend with a stunning display of skills on the court, while Charlotte provided her excellent bowl buffet, and Tom kept all our glasses full. Always a highlight of the year, the tennis is also upping it’s game, with several players improving due to our National League participation and improved coaching from the pro’s, it seems there is no easy match anymore.
We now set our sights on a very busy social period, with events on court and in the club all the way up to Christmas. The Open Singles takes place weekend of Jan 20th through 22nd. We will be hosting a Caribbean themed evening with Jerk Chicken, Pulled Pork and associated side dishes, washed down with Carib lager and for the more adventurous we will have a Rum tasting, with 3 hand selected Rums.
British Open update
The British Open has reached the final stages with the singles final being played this evening at 6pm. World Champion Camden Riviere takes on Chris Chapman, the later having had a great week at Queens. The match can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOrRNjZI73Q
Ben’s British Open saw him defeated in the Quarter Finals of the singles, losing to British number 1 Bryn Sayers in a frustratingly tight 6/5 6/5 3/6 6/5 loss.
The doubles campaign saw him partner with John Lumley for the first time to good effect with them out-performing their seeding by beating Rob Fahey & James Stour to make the semis where they were undone by World Champions Tim Chisholm & Camden Riviere 6/2 6/0 6/1.
Brodie Cup success
The Brodie Cup team made a great start to their defence of the trophy by beating fellow Warwickshire club Moreton Morrell 3/2 on Sunday. LTCC won the first three rubbers of the day, putting themselves out of sight going into the last two matches. Results were as follows:
John Devis & Ian Steele won 6/4 3/6 6/4
Rob Stewart won 6/4 3/6 6/4
Craig Swallow won 6/4 6/0
Phil Macdonald lost 3/6 0/6
John Lillie & Chris Kroeger lost 4/6 6/2 1/6
Well done to the whole squad for a great performance, particularly when taking into account that we had to give a handicap away for home court advantage. Big thanks to John Lillie for captaining the side again, it seems to be a winning formula!
Freddie Dixon’s division 5 team were in action last night against Hampton Court and provided somewhat of a humdinger! Freddie Dixon won 6/5 in the third set, Paddy Sutton lost 6/5 in the third set, and Guy Stanton won 6/5 in the third set, what an evening!
Hot off the press, Leamington storm to an unassailable 3-0 lead in this years Brodie Cup. Lead my the formidably competitive John Lille, they take on their next opponents on December 11th.
Well done team.
For the best part of 15 years the Club has been fortunate to have Charles Wade as its President. Sadly, he has decided that now is the right time for him to retire which I know has been an extremely hard decision for him to make.
A former committee member and captain of tennis at Leamington for over two decades, Charles had an immense impact on the game when he invented the handicap system which has been adopted worldwide. The system has added greatly to all players enjoyment of the sport.
Charles joined the Club in 1956, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-uncle. His younger brother Ian was also a member. Charles was a stylish and enthusiastic player and had success at national level, winning the Pro-Am Tournament and the Scottish Amateur Doubles Championship. He also served on the T&RA Council for a quarter of a century.
Although he is standing down as President and editor of the Newsletter, his love for the game and the Club ensures that Charles will seek the sanctuary of 50 Bedford Street for many years to come.
We have approached Peter Bromwich and Olaf Dixon as current vice presidents, and Olaf has agreed to take up the role of President until this is ratified at the AGM in November.
We will be celebrating Charles presidency at the awards dinner in September, please book your tickets early if you would like to join in the celebrations.
Johnson Cup Club Championship – 23/24 April
This weekend is Club Championship weekend. We have introduced different grades of the Johnson Cup this season to give everybody a chance at playing a level competition so on Sunday, there will be three finals played. The schedule for the weekend is as follows:
10am – Rob Allsop v Paddy Sutton
11:30am – Guy Stanton v Freddie Dixon
2pm – Tom Seymour Mead v winner of 11:30am
3pm – Robert Frost v winner of 10am
9am – B Grade Final – Andy Dixon v Rob Stewart
10:30am – C Grade Final – Chris Sampson v Bob Compton
12pm – Johnson Cup Final – TBC
Book tickets now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The UK’s appetite for steak seems to be showing no sign of dwindling so in celebration of our love for all things steak-related, the Leamington Tennis Court Club is hosting Gourmet Steak Night on Thursday 5th May. Our chef will present a range of different beef and game cuts over six courses, along with a variety of side dishes to compliment each piece of meat and served with specially chosen wine to tantalise your taste buds. Guest speakers will also be on hand to take you through the food and wine. If you would like to book, please email Sara on email@example.com or call her on 07557 119562
We’re delighted to offer a huge saving on lessons to those that want to try the game for the first time. Our Head Professional Ben Taylor-Matthews (currently World No. 6!) and our Assistant Professional Liam Taylor are offering three lessons for just £90 – saving you 25%*! For details, please contact Ben or Liam by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01926 424977. *RRP £40 per lesson
Congratulations to Julie Levy who travelled down to The Hyde, Bridport to represent the club in the Chetwood Trophy, which is the national handicap tournament for all of the club handicap singles winners. Julie was eligible after her victory in the Dunnett Jug last season.
Simon Gill captained the team to a 3-1 victory over local rivals Moreton Morrell. Well done to Andy Dixon, John Lillie, Simon Gill, Allan Morrissey, Chris Sampson, Bob Compton, Clive Stone and Mile Buckinghamshire for their efforts.
Leamington Tennis Court Club is hosting the T&RA National Father & Sons tournament on the 9th and 10th January. Sunday 10th will see the remaining group stages played in the morning (including Tom & Richard Seymour Mead playing Ed & Ben Boddington at 11am) shortly followed by the championship final against David & James Watson (11 handicap) – This will be a fantastic match.
This will then be followed by the knock out stages of the handicap tournament. Semi’s and final are scheduled from 3pm.
If you are able to come along tomorrow please do so. All support will be greatly appreciated.
Head Professional Ben Taylor-Matthews played his semi final match against John Lumley and won 6/1 6/2 6/4. He is now due to play Rob Fahey in the final. This is scheduled for 19.00 (AEDT) on Monday 11th January which is 8am (GMT) Monday morning for the UK.
He is also in the doubles semi final, partnering Kieran Booth and playing Julian Snow & John Lumley on Sunday 10th January at 14.00 (AEDT) which is 3am (GMT) tomorrow morning for us. If he is successful in that match he will play the final on the 12th January 18.30 (AEDT) – 7.30am on Tuesday.
All the matches are being live streamed here. The link below will bring up the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club Youtube page where you will be able to find all of his upcoming matches.
The Club will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and will reopen on the 27th, for the Family Doubles. Liam is finished for Christmas and will return for the Family Doubles and Ben will work up to Christmas Eve before heading off for a few days. If anybody would like to book a space for the Family Doubles, they need to let Ben know by 10am tomorrow morning. The schedule will then be done and with no Professional in for three days, there will be no room for alterations.
h2. Family Doubles – 27/28 December
We are under subscribed from last years Family Doubles being played just after Christmas. If you would like to play, please let us know as soon as possible to give us as much time to organise as possible over the Christmas period.
In its 50th anniversary of the first tournament, The Leamington Open Singles Handicap is the UK’s largest amateur singles event. The open tournament which gave rise to the handicap system, it has traditionally been played on both Leamington and Moreton Morrell courts, and will again this year.
Open to any amateur player who has had a T&RA handicap for 12 months or more* the tournament will be played in group format, with participants guaranteed at least three single set matches.
This year with great support from our sponsors we are delivering exceptional value. The entry fee of £122.50p includes the following:
Please note that we have a very limited number of spaces for additional guests for the dinner on Saturday so can you please let us know if you will be attending so that we know how many spaces we can advertise to our members.
As always, we aim to take care of all tennis and social needs from the moment you walk through the door. We have a limit of 64 players so please apply early to ensure you do not miss out. This is the biggest singles tournament that the UK has to offer, don’t miss out. To apply contact Ben and Liam at the club or email email@example.com.
This weekend we have a double header as we are at home in both the Brodie Cup and the Field Trophy which are the national inter-club competitions. The Brodie Cup team are playing on Saturday against Holyport and the Field Trophy is Sunday against Jesmond Dene. We hope to see some of you cheering on the club.
A free open day for children aged between 8 and 16 years old has been confirmed and will take place between 3-6pm on Sunday 13th September. All members are encouraged to spread the word and help make the event a great success. The day will be broken down into 40 minute blocks so please contact Ben Matthews on 01926 424 977 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Oh what a night!! and what a send off. 160 revellers danced and drank the night away and celebrated Kevin’s 45 year service to our club. It was great to see so many faces from the world of tennis, Norman and Kevin did themselves proud with excellent displays of public speaking, and to finish off a quite emotional Kevin, sailed into the distance.
We are proud to have had such a diligent Pro of our wonderful club for so many years.
We wish you and Jenny all the best in your retirement.
Such is the popularity of this event, it has sold out already. There is a waiting list for those not fortunate to make the first round. Please support the national league premier match on the Friday, and the Burns night and whiskey tasting on the Saturday night.
Yes you did hear correct. Charles has pronounced that the good old days are back. We have had a great start to the season, with 2 highly successful Gourmet nights, the Camkin Doubles, and just last weekend the Open Doubles. With several hundred people passing through the doors of the club, we have fed and watered them, and sent them away thinking that LTCC is the best all round club in the country. With membership increasing, court utilisation reaching heady levels, waiting lists for tennis and social events, we are creating a go to venue, which we should all be very proud of. The open doubles is restricted to 32 pairs, and was sold out weeks before closing date. The open singles in January is all but closed at 64 people, the maximum to keep it over the weekend. We have 3 national league sides, and a Premiership national league side. We are hosting the ladies world championships in April. We have a full social diary, with our Christmas buffet on the 20th December, and the Grand National Dinner in April, and Kevin’s testimonial ball in May, which is all but sold out.
We have change as well, Marc is leaving on the 24th December, and will be replaced by Tom Gibson who will be our new full time live in steward / manager. Marc will be replaced on the professional side by Lewis Williams, who is already made a big impact on members over the doubles weekend.
There is so much going on and such a vibrant feel, please come down and support.
Well the season has kicked off with a real bang. The awards dinner has kicked off the season in great style. 84 members and guests were treated to an excellent meal, we celebrated last years achievements and raised some money for “Mr Eyebrows Sheldon”. Thank you everyone for attending and setting the season off to a great start. Matches are under way, and we arguably have the busiest season on record, both on and off court. Ben Matthews has joined the club as the senior pro, and is already making great strides with increased court usage, long may it continue. We have a few highlights, Ben will be taking on Rob and Claire Fahey in the National League on the weekend of the open doubles, Dec 5th – 7th. This will be a ticket event, but included in your ticket price for the tournament, look out for Ben’s email. We have our first gourmet night of the year, October 2nd Lighthorne Lamb, we have 40 booked in.
That’s all for now, welcome back to a new season.
Kevin Sheldon has decided to step down as the club’s Head Professional from September of this year. Kevin’s withdrawal will be staged – for the subsequent six months or so, he’ll work part-time, thereafter he’ll attend on an ad-hoc basis as required, .
We all knew this day would come, but it is a momentous development, nonetheless. Kevin’s association with the Tennis Court Club stretches back to 1968 – when it was a very different place indeed. Members, Committees, Club Stewards – indeed, Chairmen – have come and gone over those 40-odd years; Kevin Sheldon has remained throughout.
For almost half a century, Kevin has been the voice and face of the club: it was he who made and answered the calls and he was the first – and often the last – person one would see when visiting. Kevin’s personality and influence helped the club evolve into the 21st century – and LTCC has inevitably shaped Kevin’s life in turn. The 2014-15 season will see us celebrate a man who has helped make our club what it is today, and we will be organising several events to celebrate his career, culminating with an on-court dinner in his honour in May 2015.
A gratuities collection has begun; cheques to the club, bearing Kevin’s name on the back, please.
I trust you will join me in wishing Kevin all the very best for the future – and offer a hearty vote of thanks for his impeccable service over the last 45 years. Much more will be said and written about his contribution over the coming weeks and months.
May 3rd 2014
Andy Dixon (club hon sec), is getting married today to the lovely Gina – and the club is proud to host the celebrations, with a dinner on court. We all wish Andy and Gina every happiness.
Dear members, it’s time to saddle up again and book your place at one of Warwickshire’s finest social events. For more information and to book your table, please contact Marc at the club. Or visit our “what’s on” pages on this site.
Playing for the Silver Racket.
The tennis report will follow shortly, but just wanted to comment on a very successful weekend of tennis and social activity. With over 300 meals served over the three days, the club was brimming with players, guests, and members alike. The dedans was crammed all day Sunday, with the galleries taking the over spill. 56 players took part, which is the best entry in the last 15 years, and with several new faces and a lot of younger players, we will grow this tournament to be the best tennis and social weekend on the calendar. With every available seat taken during Sunday lunch, we served over 90 people, with many members lazing away the wet Sunday supping on the club claret, it was a great mix of new and old faces, enjoying our fine club. Thank you to all members who came down to support.
Thank you to all the people who make these events possible, in particular Kevin, Marc and Charlotte, and of course our sponsor of 6 years Aspect Financial Consulting’s Andy Dixon.
We are already taking bookings for next year, and have 10 confirmed!!
To all Leamington Tennis Court Club members.
Sadly, I am writing to let you know that after a long illness Derek Hornby died peacefully at home last Monday. Derek has been an enthusiastic member of Leamington for many years and was a very generous contributor to various appeals in the 1980’s and 90’s which helped to keep the Club afloat during difficult financial times. On the national scene, through Rank Xerox of which he was Chairman, Derek became the principal corporate sponsor of the Tennis & Rackets Association. Leamington and the T&RA have always been grateful for his interest and support.
The funeral will be held at St Edmund Church in Shipston on Stour on 28th December at 12.30pm.
The gourmet nights are back, with a Buffalo evening 8th November, visit the “what’s on” section of website to look at full details
The club has commenced a refurbishment program, and we would like to update you all on progress, and encourage you all to come and take a look for yourselves.
The court woodwork has be repainted, the Dedans and galleries wood has all been replaced with solid oak, the drinks box has been replaced, and you will be pleased to hear that it has been designed to accept a champagne bottle! The court surface has been deep cleaned, and is playing exceptionally well.
The Galleries and Dedans
Working with Farrow and Ball we have adopted a new colour scheme, and all these areas have been painted. We have fitted new LED lights in the corridor, and the floor has been deep cleaned and brought back to life. New carpet, shelving and clock in the dedans complete the overhaul.
Gents and Ladies Toilets
The toilets have undertaken a much needed upgrade. With new toilets, sinks, radiators, lighting and a stunning paint job, they look superb and bring them to the standard we expect.
The work is ongoing, with plans to paint the bridge room and hall stairs and landing, and a big project in the summer to completely overhaul the gents changing room.
Any questions or concerns please email the club.
Dear member, the AGM will take place 11th December 6.30 pm at the Club. The notice will be sent electronically.
The material for the new Club Blazer has been ordered. The blazer is an elegant Navy blazer, with Champagne and Claret pinstripe. The price is yet to be finalised, but expect to be around the £220 mark. To register your interest please email the club. The first orders will be delivered in time for the start of the season in September.
Fresh from the embroiders, these items are now available to order, and collect from the club. See the club merchandise section for more information.
The new club towels and bath robes are arriving within days, the highly luxurious items will be available to order at significantly reduced prices over major retailers. Detailed descriptions and photos will be available in the merchandise section of this site.
Great news, due to the take up from members on this deal, we have extended the offer throughout June. Please collect your voucher from the club, and enjoy the increased benefit of LTCC membership.
We have negotiated a great deal for all club members. During May you will get 40% of total food and drinks bill, Mon-Fri 12-18:30 at the Star and Garter in Leamington Spa. If you want to take up this offer, please collect a voucher from the club, and then you will receive your discount card when you make your first visit to the Star and Garter. Directions are on the voucher.
27th April 2013
Well what a week, another first, as Rob Fahey and Claire Vigrass played their first ever full handicap challenge match. For the record, the match at Lords was to launch realtennisTV, and was merely an exhibition as confirmed by Rob on Saturday. There were many comments from members, who said they would rather watch Rob take on a pro of greater standing, perhaps Ben Matthews, and therefore this would be a non-event. Well in the words of our eminent President, “I never thought I would see the day that a Lady could be that good at RT”.
It was a truly excellent match played between the greatest male and female real tennis players to have graced our court. For those fortunate to watch it will last long in the memory, with Rob squeezing past Claire after going down 2-5, to win 8-7. With a handicap difference of 20, they played rec 30 owe 15, which is slightly in favour of Rob, as full handicap would have been 21. Rob is +12 and Claire 9.
Prior to the challenge match, Claire and Rob very kindly partnered the winning doubles pairing from the “World Champions Challenge Doubles” held during the day. With 5 pairs playing in one league, with first to 8 games, it was a full day of tennis. Chris Sampson and James Levy won the league and partnered Rob and Claire in an entertaining finale. There are not many sports where you have the chance to play with the world’s best side by side, it certainly made our players’ day, perhaps in Chris’s case his year!
To the evening:- we settled down to a wonderful 4 course meal, the Beef Wellington was sublime, and service to the usual high standards that we have come to expect. Chris Kroeger and Charles Wade amused us with two very different views of the world, and the auction of 3 very special Fahey items, raised significant funds for the club. We must thank Rob for these very generous donations, and the members who dug deep to ensure they went to good homes.
Another first for LTCC, and another very successful evening.
April 20th-21st 2013
Another first for LTCC, as the ladies held a 60+ handicap tournament, full details of the tennis is available in the tennis reports section. Suffice to say the ladies know how to party, and the social event in the evening was one of the best for some time. With an excellent meal served in the dining room, followed by grill competition then retiring to the bar for light refreshments, singing and dancing!! it was a sight to behold. I think Sunday may have been a bit of struggle for some of the ladies, but then we had a wonderful Pork Roast Sunday lunch to revive the spirits.
Played in great spirit, and entertained in even greater. Thank you ladies, we are looking forward to many more such events.
I am sure you will be pleased to know that a new boiler has been installed to run the central heating system. This, along with a program of insulation, will continue to drive down the gas bill, which is a significant cost to the club
With 100 members and guests, this was the best attendance for some time. With -2 deg forecast, the decision was made to move into the bar area. Although quite cozy in places, it created a real buzz, and certainly warmer than the court. Chris French, who modeled himself on Andrew Meanley for the evening, stepped into the breach for his first attempt at auctioneering, and did a splendid job in quite difficult circumstances. The noise and the constant chatter needs to be quelled next year, so we can get through the auction at a sensible pace. Hopefully Chris will not be deterred and will be taking on the challenge next year.
The menu was superb, and the wine and food excellently served. Breakfast for many, may have been the highlight of the evening. Thank you all for your ongoing support, lets make next year even bigger.
Well done to all the winners and losers!!
The annual celebration of the Grand National steeplechase takes place on Friday night, 5th April. With a record attendance, this promises to be another splendid affair. For those members who cannot attend, lookout for the write up and amusing photos in the members area, and perhaps contemplate joining us next year!
Kevin tells me the boiler has been here as long as he has? Well that’s 45 years. Last week it fired for the last time, and as many of you know, the club was thrown into the ice age. You will be pleased to know, that we have a temporary solution, so heating is restored, but a new boiler is being specified next week, so 21st century heating will be with us soon.
We are proud to announce a unique day of World-Class Tennis: Rob Fahey – surely the finest tennis player ever to set foot on court versus the World’s best female player. Members may watch, compete in a tournament – and the winners will get to also play against Rob and Claire in the final of the doubles tournament.
Of course, you could always opt to simply relax, watch the exhibition and enjoy an excellent four-course meal in the company of these great players.
All information and prices are on the attached PDF. Please confirm places urgently as demand will be high.
We have finally dragged ourselves into the 21st Century! If you visit the members area you will see we have the launched the RTO online booking system. For the next few weeks it will be view only, as Kevin and Marc get used to it, so please continue to phone and email your court booking requests. Once we are happy, we will let you all loose online!!
When you click the link, it will take you to the RTO login page, here you will need your realtennisonline details to login. If you have any queries about your login visit:
Visit the wine and dine pages to view the latest LTCC wine list from the Wine Cellar. Please contact Marc to order your wine.
Please go to the Golf page in the Games section to view the LTCCGS Fixture List for the coming year.
Judging by the numerous responses, the new site has gone down well?. A few teething problems have been encountered, but hopefully these are now resolved. All feedback welcome on how we can improve the site. Happy surfing.
The Italian-themed Gourmet Night proved to be a great success. Eighty one members and guests were treated to some excellent wines, and traditional rustic food – the ingredients for which had been flown in from Italy earlier that day! Arguably, we went a little heavy on radicchio, but at least it was authentic. The wine flowed, and everybody purchased, so: a great success.
A hearty vote of thanks to Zonin, Ronnie Hall, Luigi and Fillipo. Charlotte and the team for serving us so well, Marc for ensuring the glasses were never empty, and Roy the roving wine buff for ensuring everyone was well informed on the wine selection.
We will be organising further events, so keep an eye on your emails, and this site’s What’s On page.
For those who have yet to be buttonholed by the ebullient Henry Bryan, the 2013 Torpedo was won by Rob Allsop – and Henry Bryan!
It was, by any standards, a fantastic weekend – in spite of an under-strength field, owing to two 11th-hour cancellations. As dictated by Torpedo custom, a quietly sedate meal on Friday night was followed by a gentle and orderly auction of players… (ahem). Saturday morning, however, saw Charlotte’s bacon and sausage rolls deliver the restorative powers usually associated with football’s ‘magic sponge’.
Much is made nowadays of the importance of sports psychology. This year’s tournament was divided into two distinct mindsets: one self-possessed, relaxed and well-paced; the other characterised by the battle cry “no prisoners, no quarter, no surrender!” Onlookers could easily spot allegiances – in fact, most members could do so simply by hearing player’s names!
As Sunday hoved into view, so too did the Torpedo. Fortunes were swung as Torpedo was swigged. It was a great weekend for tennis and friendship alike: members dropped by for lunch, a drink – or simply to soak up the atmosphere. Congratulations to Rob Allsop and Tom Seymour Mead on an excellently-organised event.
Book in early for next year.
- but then, you knew that, huh?
We’re not perfect (well, Raven is – but Stanton has enough flaws for both of us) – anyway, we’re not perfect, so if you have any comments, or come across errors or inoperative elements, please do let us know.