Tennis News

Tennis AGM - Oct 14th

The AGM for the Tennis Section will be held on Sunday, Oct 14th, at 6:30PM. We hope you will be able to attend. If you are interested in joining the tennis committee please let me know. If you are considering taking on the role of Tennis Secretary I am happy to send you a document outlining what's involved.  

Club Projects Status Update

As some of you must have already discovered, we have successfully replaced the surface on the block of four courts. The project included a small element of repair to the underlying tarnmac. The sand, which fills the artificial grass, has yet fully to bed down. The more we play on it the quicker it will even out. 

The project to build a toilet facility adjacent to the tennis pavilion is still in the stage of acquiring quotes. We now have two but need three in order to apply for loan and grant funding. I am hopeful that this project will get underway in the next six months. As it involves the building of a drain connection to the main public sewer, the build process will inevitably involve some disruption.

Finally, you might have been aware that last summer our application for planning permission for a new court to be built on the bowling green next to the car park was refused by the council planning committee, despite a strong recommendation by the planning officer. We appealed against this decision and we have just heard from the planning inspector that our appeal has been granted. This project will be on a far greater scale than the toilet facility and will involve commensurately greater funding. The specification includes low-level LED floodlighting and an acoustic barrier to inhibit the transmission of noise to adjacent residents. To accommodate the required extra space for car parking, the car park will be extended towards court 1, leading to the removal of the conifers and some of the soil etc. Because of the need to build up funds for this, I doubt we will be building this until 2020.

Wimbledon Ballot 2019 - Opt In

It might seem a tad early, but you can now opt in to next year's Wimbledon Ticket ballot. This is required if you wish to participate and, even if you don't, please can you do so, as it will help to increase the numbers of ticket pairs the club is allocated. Just login and opt in or call British Tennis on 020 8487 7000, when you can opt in both for yourself and others in your membership. 

If you are not yet a member of British Tennis, you can join for free via this link.  Please remember to affiliate to Brondesbury, which is in the LTA's Middlesex region.

Court Status

The carpet on the block of four courts has now been relaid, including a small amount of repair of the underlying asphalt on court 7. The nets should be re-installed on Monday. 

Gwendolen Sorensen

From Charlie Sorensen  
It is with a very, very sad heart that I notify you of the passing of 
Gwendolen Sorensen. A long-standing member of the Tennis section, Gwen 
would be found playing at Harman Drive three or four times a week. Her 
undoubted highlight was winning the Ladies Doubles title with her partner, 
Molly Prowen. However, she was just as well known amongst the Cricket 
section, with son, David, and grandson, Charlie, both representing the 
club over the last five decades. Her house in Cricklewood played host to 
many a member of the Club after an evening at the Brondesbury Clubhouse, 
and she will be sorely missed. 
She passed away peacefully last Saturday night. Her funeral will be held in 
St Helen's, Lancashire, and anyone wishing to pass on condolences or 
attend the funeral may reply directly to this email, where it will be 
forwarded on to the family. 
From Bob Wright (former club men's singles champion)
Gwen was a loyal member of Brondesbury Tennis Club. For many years, she would be seen playing on the courts at the weekend and - latterly - during the veterans' afternoons midweek. She specialised in doubles, and played for the club for many a year in the Middlesex League. Her regularity of play and accumulation of experience paid off when, with her regular partner, Molly Prowen, she won the ladies doubles club tournament.
All members found her a friendly, sociable woman, willing to help the club with social events. With her son and grandson in the cricket section, she facilitated an easier unity between the different sections of the club. Her cheerfulness and sociability will be much missed.


Court Refurbishment Starts Saturday

Replacement of the court surfaces in the block of four courts will start this Saturday and last up to three weeks. Although they are not worn, they have become dangerously slippery, especially over the winter. It is likely that all four courts will be unavailable for play therefore from Aug 18 until Sept 10th. The coaching programme was in any case beginning its two-week holiday then and, for this year, has been suspended for a further week. Play will thus most likely be limited to the block of three courts during this period.

We are also in the process of procuring tenders to build a toilet block accessible from the current tennis pavilion. I will let you know as and when any implementation decision has been made and what impact this might have on use of club facilities.

Caitlin Amdor wins National Tournament

Caitlin with Marina

 Huge congratulations to Caitlin, who won her first national tournament this past weekend. The U10 national event (for girls 10 and under) took place in Glasgow where she travelled together with Marina, who provided coaching support throughout the weekend.

Well done, Caitlin! U10 Scottish Junior Open champion 2018!

Tournament Tomorrow

The monthly tournament will be run tomorrow, Sunday, July 1st, at 2pm. Just turn up.

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