I’m always quite relieved when June draws to a close, as it’s such a busy month in our tennis calendar. Not only that, it also marks the start of the summer holidays so time for a bit of a break and putting the feet up to watch Wimbledon. So what have we been up to in June?
On Saturday 17th June it was the juniors turn to compete, when we held our Junior Singles tournament. Seven juniors played in scorching hot conditions, watched by many more parents and members. As the thermometer went over 25 degrees we got the BBQ going and handed out iced lollies to keep everyone cool. There were lots of hard-hitting rallies in the round robin stage, with Louis Crickmar playing Ian McWhinnie, and Oliver Paton playing Connor Thow in the semi-finals. Louis and Connor won through and played a close final, with Louis running out 3-2 winner and taking the Junior Singles Champion’s title for 2017.
And on Sunday 25th June we held the last of the coaching sessions before the summer break. The standard of play, from the youngest to the oldest, continues to improve week on week, as evidenced by the hard-hitting rallies in the Junior Singles competition and the steady improvement we have seen from the new adult members who only joined the club last year.
Perhaps after reading this you will realise why I’m quite glad to have got through June – a very busy month indeed. But as the saying goes, there’s no rest for the wicked, as now our thoughts turn to the ESLTA Vets Leagues, which start at the beginning of August – “c’mon the ‘horn!” as the saying goes!
John Brennan - Club President