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Newsletter 37 - December 2019

Updates

· Annual Dinner – Queen’s Head, Sheet 10 January. 24 confirmed attendees. Still time to book. Contact Kerry Smith

· Our first floodlit friendly with Midhurst was very enjoyable. There were no (team) winners and losers because it was mixed doubles in every sense with players drawing rackets for partners.

· O2 Tennis – Several Club members went to a session of the ATP Finals and saw Kubot & Melot beat Salisbury & Ramin a tight match, followed by the surprise of the day with Berrettini defeating Dominic Thiem who had previously beaten both Federer and Djokovic.

AGM. The Club AGM and Wimbledon Ballot will be held on 27 March 2020. To be eligible for the Wimbledon Ballot you will need to be a registered British Tennis Member and have Opted-In to the ballot on the LTA website by 22 February. We will send out reminders in the New Year!

Subscriptions. Good news. The recent Committee decided that there will be no change in subscription rates for 2020-2021.

Plans for next year. The committee meeting also agreed an outline programme for 2020:

· Spring Coaching. Last year’s “Rusty Rackets” sessions proved popular with existing members as well as potential new recruits and we aim to run similar sessions in April/May 2020, possibly including a Cardio tennis session.

· Family Day/Red Ball Tournament.. Although bad weather forced us to cancel last year’s event, we are planning to hold another on Saturday 25 April. Expect a bouncy castle, hotdogs and exciting family tennis!

· Friendlies. We expect to have our usual grass court friendly with Midhurst and are also hoping to host a return for the floodlit friendly on a summer evening. We also exploring the possibility of of one or two additional friendlies with similar village clubs.

· Bartholomew Cup As you know, the 2019 Bartholomew Cup was cancelled due to insufficient entries. A lot of people seem to have had late holidays and it also clashed with the Trotton Fete! The Committee have therefore decided to canvass two options for 2020:

1. Saturday August 8th. An afternoon tournament followed by an early evening BBQ. We recognise that August is the height of the school holidays but this may not be as much of a problem as for some clubs, given our demographic profile.

2. Sunday September 6th A morning competition followed by a lunchtime BBQ. Despite last year’s difficulty, early September has generally worked well. Moving it to a Sunday would however avoid a clash with the Trotton Fete and allow us to use the regular mix-in slot in people’s diaries.

If you think you might like to play, PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A GOOD NEW YEAR

Amanda Farren, Chair