July 2010

Mid-July Update

The cold wet winter has brought out the best in RMTC social activity.  On Wednesday, July 14 Bastille Day, Richard Travers delivered a wonderfully enlightening talk on two of the world’s older courts, Suze la Rousse and Pau.  Out of the many tit-bits of information it was especially entertaining to hear that at the turn of the 19th century the junior pro at Pau was required to report to the committee any shenanigans the members daughters were getting up to in the Dedans – a requirement that has been passed down and still remains to this day.  Afterwards everyone stayed for a feast of Beef Bourguignon and Chocolate Mousse.

On Friday night the club’s convivial atmosphere continued despite the occasion marking the departure of our professional Chris Chapman as he leaves us to take up a position at Hampton Court in England.  Chris started work at the RMTC in September 2007 and in that time he has shown himself to be a gentleman and a first class professional.  Chris’s game is improving rapidly because of both the support he has received and the work he has put in and so it comes as no surprise that he has been snapped up by an overseas club.  We wish him all the best as he takes this next step in his real tennis journey.  Over 70 people came to celebrate Chris’s time spent with us at the RMTC and a big thankyou goes out to Lizzie Brown, Helen Wheeler and Julie Baker for making the night the success it was.

Owen