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.

We’re Celebrating!


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

Major Tournaments for 2016

The Australian Open will be held at RMTC in January 2016.

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

Australian Open 2016

The 2016 Australian Open Singles & Doubles

The 2016 Australian Open is the first major event in the 2016 real tennis calendar. 

Boomerang Cup 2016

Boomerang Cup and RMTC Handicap Doubles

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 (they host an event called the Commonwealth Challenge – 2 to 7 January) before the event and side-trips to the Ballarat and Romsey courts during the tournament. Furthermore, for golfing enthusiasts we can 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.

One more thing, it is highly likely that the RMTC will be hosting the Australian Real Tennis Open in early January. So anyone playing in the Boomerang will be able to witness the Australian Open finals as they take place during the first week of the Boomerang.

If you are keen to play and would like to enter, either as an individual or as a team,  please register your interest now.  This will enable us to communicate with your directly as event planning evolves.

Registration Process

Expressions of Interest : June – July

Full entry form with package details : July

Deposits: late 2015



Coming soon…

Thurs 9th – Play begins
Friday 10th – Opening Cocktail Party
Sat 11th – AUS Open Pro-Am
Mon 13th – AUS Open Singles Final
Tues 14th – AUS Open Doubles Final
Wed 15th – Billets Party
Fri 17th – Mid Tournament Party
Sun 19th – Spare Day (subject to final team numbers)
Fri 24th – Final Day and Presentation Dinner.

Key Dates

9th – 23th January 2016

3rd to 7th – Sydney Test Match
12th – ODI at the MCG, AUS v. ENG
13th to 26th – AUS Open at Melbourne Park


Coming soon…

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

Poster – note all overseas clubs will be receiving hard copy in the mail in June. 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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