Royal Melbourne Tennis Club

Royal Melbourne Tennis Club

History of RMTC

tthe Royal Melbourne Tennis Club was opened in 1882 by Lord Normanby, located in Exhibition Street in the centre of Melbourne.  The Club consisted of a tennis court and club rooms, and later squash courts and a swimming pool were added.

During the 1970s, the Committee sold the Exhibition Street site and boldly purchased the Richmond site in 1974, which included several houses in Richmond Hill, allowing for a bigger Club and expansion plans.  The new building boasted two real tennis courts, two squash courts, a car park, a private garden, and swimming pool and beautiful surrounds that some call ‘the hidden oasis’.

The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club building and grounds were designed by Melbourne architect Daryl Jackson, built in 1974.

The new Club site was opened in 1975 by Lord Aberdare, President of the Tennis & Rackets Association.


Today, the Club has a relaxed feel with people popping in for social occasions, tennis, lunch on Wednesday and Friday, and the many evening Pennant events. We run a full calendar of events with something for players of all standards.  The schedule is full nearly every weekend.

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At Sherwood Street, Richmond, 1974 – 2015


The Club is centrally located on Richmond Hill, 10  minutes from Melbourne CBD and includes:

  • 2  real tennis courts
  • Squash court
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
  • Secluded garden and BBQ area
  • Dining area for lunch (Wed & Fri) and self catering kitchen
  • Club room overlooking court with honour bar
  • On-site accommodation for club head professional
  • Private Car Park for members in Strode Place


Buses run along Punt road, conveniently stopping nearby on Punt Road/Rowena Parade. The train stops in Richmond, and is conveniently a 10 min walk to the Club. The club has a private car park for members to use when playing.

Catch a #75 or #48 trams from the city along Wellington Parade (#75 from Flinders St, #48 from Collins St) to the first stop on Richmond Hill opposite Epworth Hospital.  Less than 10 minutes from the city centre.

Premier Events

Our premier regular event is the Boomerang Cup, established over 20 years ago.  In January 2014  we hosted the Australian Open (Men’s and Ladies) and in May we hosted the World Championship.  We saw the great champion, Rob Fahey retain the title for the 13th time; this time against challenger Camden Riviere.

We have also been fortunate to host the Women’s World Championship over the years.  The 2011 event attracted the best players in the world, and cemented Claire Vigrass as Champion, with her first World Championship victory.

Our Members

Why would you be interested in joining?  

The RMTC is a friendly club, with playing members ranging from 11 to 80+

We offer a range of activities including:

  • School holiday junior programmes
  • Young members evenings and tennis events (under 35 years old)
  • Lessons with the best professional team in the world, including world no.2 Kate Leeming
  • Ladies events, tennis tournaments and  social nights, e.g pizza nights, which are fun and affordable with entertainment/music
  • Opportunity to represent the RMTC in international events and tours

Our Professionals

Our team of Professionals make the members time at the Club a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

It is said that being a member of RMTC is like having a personal assistant to help organise your tennis. That’s because the professionals help arrange games for you with players of a similar standard. They try to get to know when you like to play and help get you on court. It’s a wonderful service they provide to the members.

Our professional team are also busy hand making our 14 sets of 56 tennis balls, stringing racquets, taking lessons and clinics, marking competition matches and organising tournaments. There is also a range of tennis apparel available to purchase from the Pro-shop.

We are blessed to have a very experienced Pro team, headed by Frank Filippelli & Jonathan Howell and includes Paul Tabley and Kate Leeming. They have worked in many Clubs throughout the world, ranked highly as players and know their craft well. Their contribution is greatly appreciated by the members.

Real Tennis

Real Tennis

rreal tennis is the original racquet sport from which the modern game of lawn tennis, or tennis, is descended. Real tennis is still played by enthusiasts on 47 existing courts in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and France.

Real Tennis has its origins in Europe during the Middle Ages. Though tennis is traditionally thought of as the game of kings, early records show that it was widely played among the French clergy. It is thought the monastic style buildings lent themselves to games played within the quadrangles and games that utilised the walls. The balls were first made from the monks’ discarded robes. Among the English kings Henry VII, Henry VIII, Charles I and Charles II and James II are all known to have played, with Henry VIII being responsible for the Royal court, which still exists at Hampton Court Palace.

The Real Tennis World Championship is the longest running continuous world championship of any sport. Australian Robert Fahey, a former RMTC professional, is the current world champion. Rob successfully defended his title in May 2014 at the RMTC against Camden Riviere.  Our game has since 2001 also conducted the World Tennis Doubles Championship, which our club has also been fortunate to host in 2014.

We are also fortunate to have hosted the womens world championship in 2011, where Claire Vigrass won her first championship. Claire is the current women’s world champion (2015) and continues to raise the bar, regularly competing against men and a true ambassador for women’s tennis.

Major Tournaments in January 2016

Major Tournaments for 2016

The RMTC is delighted to bring you a carnival of tennis from 5th -23rd Janaury 2016, including the Australian Open, Boomerang Cup and Pro Am.

The Australian Open will be held at RMTC from 5th – 13th January 2016.  For further info and to enter now please visit the RMTC Australian Open page here.

The club’s premier amateur event, the Boomerang Cup will be held in January 2016 from 9th-23rd January.  For further info and to enter online please visit the RMTC Boomerang page here.

ARTA Pro Am to be held on Wed 13th January. This is your chance to bid for the honour of playing with one of the world’s best players, such as Nick Howell, Camden Riviere, Frank Filippelli, with a full field of players to come…

For further info on the Australian Open or Boomerang please view the top navigation bar of the website above: go to “Major tournaments in January 2016” and a sub page for each tournament will be displayed in the drop down menu where you can click for more info on each event.

The direct link for Boomerang is

The direct link for Aus Open  is

We can’t wait to see you at the RMTC in January 2016!

Australian Open 2016

The 2016 Australian Open Singles & Doubles

The 2016 Australian Open is the first major event in the 2016 real tennis calendar, to be held from 5th – 12th January 2016.

The RMTC is delighted once again to host the 2016 Australian Open, alongside the Boomerang Cup and Pro Am.

Come and bare witness to the worlds’ best players as they contend for Australia’s premier singles and doubles titles.  Camden Riviere, Nick Howell, Kieran Booth and Chris Chapman are expected to front as are up and coming players Josh Dodgson and John Lumley.  World Champions Claire and Robert Fahey may also round out the field alongside our local headline act of Frank Filippelli.

Key Dates:

  • The Singles Final is scheduled for Monday 11th January after 6PM.
  • The Doubles Final is scheduled for Tuesday 12th January after 6PM.

For those looking to enter the event please download the Entry Form from the link below (the same form can be used for both men’s and women’s events).   For everyone else, please book these dates into your diary.

Download Entry Form


Boomerang Cup 2016

Boomerang Cup and RMTC Handicap Doubles

We are excited to bring you the Boomerang Cup 2016!  Enter online now – scroll down to Entry Forms.

The Boomerang playing format has been consistent over the years and will be as follows. Teams of 5 – 8 members will play a series of round robin pool matches that lead to a knock-out finals series and a plate event. There is also the RMTC Doubles Handicap, played in two grades, to be played at the same time so you will need to bring your best tennis shoes.

Aside from the tennis played at the RMTC, teams and players may organise tours to the Hobart Club.  HRTC host an event called the Commonwealth Challenge from 2 to 7 January before the event.  A link to the entry form can be found below.   You can also plan side-trips to the Ballarat and Romsey courts during the tournament. Furthermore, for golfing enthusiasts we will arrange a round at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club; and for enthusiasts of other persuasions we can arrange wine tours, International Cricket at the MCG and Australian Open Tennis at Melbourne Park amongst the many forms of entertainment Melbourne has to offer.

We are delighted to confirm that the RMTC will be hosting the Australian Open in early January – see  the Major Tournaments page.

Entry Forms
Boomerang Cup

If you are keen to play and would like to enter, either as an individual or as a team,  please enter now. Please note:  The registration includes all pricing information in the description. All items will appear FREE in eventbrite however we will be collecting payment details from you and  manually billing you later.   Select the relevant link below.

Overseas Players

RMTC Members

Other Australian Club Members

Other Events

Commonwealth Challenge


Expressions are now closed, all interested parties should simply go straight to the entry forms below.

Full entry form with package details : Now Available! Please click on the relevant link in the Entry Form section.

Payment of entry fee – to be charged to your Credit Card for non-members, (an account will also be created at the RMTC for your use during the tournament) in November (there will be a $100 cancellation fee applied after 16th October). Please enter online for specific prices of packages and/or individual social events.

Key Dates

The Boomerang Cup and RMTC Handicap Doubles tournament runs from Saturday 9th – Saturday 23th January 2016.

  • Monday 11th – Boomerang Opening Cocktail Party at RMTC to coincide with the Australian Open Singles Final
    • Location:  RMTC
    • Time: 6pm
    • Dress: Smart Casual
  • Mon 11th – Australian Open Singles Final commences at 6pm
  • Tuesday 12th – Australian Open Doubles Final commences at 6pm
  • Wednesday 13th – Pro Am event all day
  • Friday 15th – Mid Tournament Party at Richmond Rowing Club
    • Location: Richmond Rowing Club, 7 Boathouse Drive, Melbourne
    • Time: 7 for 7:30
    • Dress: Smart Casual
  • Billets Cocktail Party at Athenaeum Club.   By invitation.
    • Time: 6:30
    • Dress: Jacket and Tie
  • Saturday 23rd – Final Presentation Dinner at venue TBA.
    • Venue: MCC Members Dining Room
    • 7 for 7:30
    • Dress:  Jacket and Tie
3rd to 7th – Sydney Test Match
12th – ODI at the MCG, AUS v. ENG
13th to 26th – AUS Open at Melbourne Park


Full details on pricing for Boomerang packages, tennis and social events is now included in your entry forms as detailed in the entry forms section above.

Social events are included in the player packages.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the discounted social package price of $350 for your companion or spouse for the three main functions, or sign them up individually for each event.

Overseas players A$1290   Australian Players A$990   RMTC members $890Prices include entry into the 2014 Boomerang, entry into the 2014 RMTC Handicap Doubles, the Opening Cocktail Party, a Mid Tournament Party at the RMTC, the Final Presentation Dinner, a Boomerang shirt and program. The Overseas players’ price  also includes the Billets Cocktail Party (including two guests – presumably your hosts) as well as billeting for the length of the tournament should you require it. RMTC players are expected to provide 5 billets per team.For further info please contact Owen Guest
Tournament Director – 2014 Boomerang


As always if you have a question check this page first for updated info and then if you still need help please contact the Tournament Director, Owen Guest on

All further communications will be handled by email.

Online updates to this site managed by Fiona Hewson/Michelle O’Rorke.

Blog: Our blog page also contains all Club newsletters and relevant Boomerang communications that have been issued previously, visit the News tab in the menu bar above to go to the blog where you can search posts by typing in ‘Boomerang’ to the search field.

Poster – note all overseas clubs should now have a poster. Posters are also displayed in RMTC.


Boomerang Cup 2016 Poster

Keep in touch
18 Sherwood Street Richmond 3121
Call us: +61 (3) 9429 9788 – Email us: ♦

Drop us a line

T: +61 (3) 9429 9788

A: 18 Sherwood Street
      Victoria 3121


Head Professional – Frank Filippelli
Deputy Head Professional – Jonathan Howell

Professional – Kate Leeming
Professional – Paul Tabley

Strength & Conditioning

M: 0408 663 623

By Appointment only Mon/Wed/Fri

Contact: Honni Rooney


T: +61 (3) 9429 9009

F: +61 (3) 9428 3280


Contact: Helen Pritchard (Mon-Thurs)

Club Dining

T: +61 (3) 9429 9788

A: 18 Sherwood Street
      Victoria 3121

Contact: Pro shop for bookings (Wed & Fri) Caterer: Evie Coutts

President – Robert (Fred) Kininmonth
Vice President – Richard Simpson
Honorary Secretary – Kathryn Arndt
Treasurer – Rudi Michelson

Tennis – Jonathon Hamer
Social – Julie Baker
Membership – Owen Guest
Building, house and grounds – Andrew Buckle






Camden Riviere defeated Chris Chapman in the Australian Open Men's Singles 2015

Camden Riviere defeated Chris Chapman in the Australian Open Men’s Singles 2015

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