It's excellent news that following the recent government announcement we will be reopening the club for tennis on Wednesday, Dec 2nd, in exactly the way we left it a few weeks ago. The formal LTA announcement can be read here. We were unsure as to exactly what time the lockdown ended as the anouncement initially just stated the date. It has since been updated to add the time on Dec 2 as 00:01, one minute past midnight.
- Courteous and sporting behaviour is expected at all times. There have been a few incidents of hot tempers and bad manners at the club recently - please remember how lucky we are to be playing tennis during a pandemic. It costs nothing to smile and introduce yourself to others - a sense of community will help us all through what may prove to be a difficult winter.
- You can challenge a pair either one or two places above you. If you beat them, you will be placed in a new position above them. If you lose, just try harder next time. Challenges may be better received by text or WhatsApp - remember that some people are too busy to take calls during the day.
- If your match is timetabled for a busy club time, limit it to one set. At other times, you may wish to play best of three sets. Decide this with your opponents before stepping on court. My job is not to resolve arguments - I will probably respond by laughing and calling your carers.
- None of these games take priority over other club members playing social tennis. The usual guidelines apply (if the courts are full): those playing singles should yield to others waiting, or invite them to play doubles; those playing doubles should come off after one set. It’s usually a good idea to tell those in the queue what your score is, so they can keep warm or heckle from the sidelines.
- Please email your results to me at email@example.com I probably won’t respond, as I am very busy and important, but you will be able to check the new ladder positions weekly, on the club website, or in the next newsletter.
As the winter evenings get ever darker, it's perhaps worth reminding everyone, both established and new members, of the rules on court usage. This is that if all courts are in use and people are waiting to play then the court must be vacated at the end of a set. If singles is being played then, without delay, those waiting to play should be invited to play doubles.
This is to reaffirm the policy regarding guests. A payment of £5 per adult £2 per junior) is required on each occasion payable into the club bank account citing the guest name as a reference. The bank account details are : Sort Code 20-32-37, Account No 50001333. In addition an email must be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the guest details and confirming payment. Any individual guest is only permitted to play three times, after which the guest is expected to join the club.
Kids camps start next week and continue the following week. Hence the block of four courts is in use from 9:30-3PM.
I had an idea for a World Beating doubles ladder sometime ago, but, after outsourcing it to a couple of shambolic city accountancy firms, I have decided to take it back ‘in house’.
[Deloitte’s revolutionary ‘Step & Space’ technology]
The aim is threefold ... for those of us who enjoy competitive doubles to compete against opponents of similar ability; for new members to feel part of our ‘family’ and forge new friendships; and for the tennis section to regain a sense of pre-pandemic togetherness.
Here is how it will work:
- Choose a partner - it’s usually wise to select a forgiving friend, or a brilliant player. Or, as I’ve done, find someone with low self-esteem to carry your bag. Sex and age are irrelevant here - the ladder works magically for all-comers. It is one great big ladder for all:
[The Brondesbury Ladder: made from ethically-sourced Dunlop Maxplys and dreams of greatness]
- Email me at email@example.com with your partnership details (including phone number) and trust me to place you in an approximately accurate starting position on the ladder. You have just over two weeks to get yourselves warmed up and sorted, as proceedings will start on November 1st.
- Wherever you are placed on the ladder is not meant to be insulting - you will have ample opportunity to rise up the rungs through the winter and find your rightful place.
- It’s entirely up to you (not me) to issue a challenge to a pair above you. The maximum challenge distance is two rungs ahead on the ladder. If you beat your opponents, let me know and I’ll place you one position ahead of them. Please decide before the match if you have time for one set, or best of three. Remember that you’ll have to vacate the court after a set if others are waiting - these matches don’t take priority over social tennis.
- So ... to sum up, you can be a men’s pair, a ladies pair, or a mixed pair. You can be brilliant or crap, or, my personal favourite, mediocre with delusions of grandeur. Just decide which friendship and whose winter season you want to ruin. The ladder will be updated weekly and posted on the club website and in the occasional newsletter.
In line with the amazing social spirit at Brondesbury, I’d like this rolling competition to allow us to help in the broader community, so entries per pair (for the whole winter) will be £10. Times are very hard for some at the moment, and by supporting The Felix Project, we can help supply food to those in need. Please give your entry fee to Marina or me when you see us. Alternatively you can make the donation directly on their website: https://thefelixproject.org/donate-money
Hopefully that answers all possible questions, even for members of the men’s 4th team, so why not join in the fun?
I look forward to hearing from you.
We are not holding a Tennis AGM this year. Not only does covid make this too difficult but much of the normal content (club tournament, match season, etc) would be absent. The club is holding an AGM on Nov 29 and Tennis will be a part of that. In the meantime, please feel free to email me on any issues you wish to raise. Furthermore, if you are interested in joining the Tennis committee, or even to take on the role of Tennis Secretary, please let me know.