Squads will run during these dates:
Squads begin Monday 5th Jan and finish Saturday 7th Feb. 5 weeks.
NB: No coaching or fun sessions between 8th Feb and 22nd Feb.
Squads begin Monday 23rd Feb and finish Saturday 28th March. 5 weeks.
This half term up to Christmas is often quite a slog as the evenings get steadily darker and the temperatures begin to drop. Often, we’ll begin the after school squads with the floodlights on and, as any regular players will know, getting warm in the dome is sometimes difficult. However, it has been a superb effort from all the players so far, from the mini reds up to the seniors, and certainly the most consistent period of hard work I can recall.
It is always difficult choosing who will receive the ‘Most Improved Player’ trophy because different ages and standards of player make gains at different rates and you all have varying goals. Bearing in mind that we have been working particularly hard on the serve, with all the complex grip changes and technical aspects involved, the new recipient of the award is Isabella Brady. Well done to Isabella who will keep the trophy until Easter 2015 when it will passed-on once again.
Week 4/7 finished after yet another excellent week of work by everyone in the squads. Mini tennis groups learning to work hard and apply themselves. Older juniors really getting into the serve & volley and making the changes. Adult players also putting the time in to develop the grips on serve & volley. It would be fantastic to maintain this level for another 3 weeks and then really enjoy a well earned festive break. Well done to all of you, once again.
We seem to have jumped straight from summer into a decidedly wet & windy autumn with no transition phase whatsoever. Never mind because the dome was erected just in time to enable all our coaching, playing and competing to continue without disruption from the elements.
Even though thoughts start to turn towards the festive season there is still a huge amount of activity at the club. The open sessions of club mornings & evenings continue to be busy with the dome full most of the time. These are a great way to come along and play together with members that you may not have met before and to widen your playing circle. A good way of getting the maximum amount of court time is to play shortened sets when there are people waiting to play. This helps everyone get on court and will make your own time resting as short as possible.
Competitive matches continue right up to the end of December with winter league providing stiff opposition particularly for those pairs that were promoted last year. It’s always great to jump up a division but sometimes the gap in standard can be a bit of a shock. Once again, one of the biggest advantages is that you will get the chance to play against new players from other clubs that provide new challenges.
The junior program has been taking part in their own round of matches with all the BTM registered players competing at the end of half term to improve their ratings. Well done to all those that participated and particularly to those players new to matches. All the results have been submitted and you can monitor your progress on the LTA website.
The high profile tennis continues with the end of season tournament at the O2 Arena and the annual Masters event at the Royal Albert Hall. Andy Murray has worked incredibly hard to book his place in the years finale by playing 22 matches in 33 days. A truly remarkable effort at this late stage in the year when most players are looking forward to a couple of weeks rest. Andy has been drawn in the same round robin group as Federer so there should be some terrific tennis to watch. Novak Djokovic only needs to win one more match to secure his No.1 ranking to end the year while Federer will be looking to win the event in order to finish top dog.
If you’d like to get involved with some playing or coaching at the club give me a ring and we’ll get you started, whether junior, adult, beginner or seasoned campaigner.
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