April 2014


Revised Update

Dear members,

Please note corrections to the email you received a short while ago underlined and bold, below.

The World Championship is nearly upon us and we are fortunate to have this historic match being played at RMTC from the 6-10 May. You are unlikely to see skill and play at this level for a long time to come as the World Championship is only played every two years and as a Club we are unlikely to host it for many years to come.

Robert Fahey(Australian) will be defending his title for the eleventh time. He has held the title of World Champion consecutively since 1994. Camden Riviere is the Challenger,no 1 in the world rankings.

The Champion and Challenger will play 13 sets over three days. You will need to book to watch the match and we are just about down to standing room only. A light supper is included in the ticket price for Tuesday and Thursday. Pol Roger champagne will be served on arrival for all three days.

If the title is decided by the second day of play then there will be an Exhibition Match on the Saturday, with both Robert and Camden (and it will still be great tennis).

Whilst it is all about the tennis, we would never let an event like this pass without some things going on off court.

Social Events – Book Now!

Monday 5th there is a Cocktail party (with cocktails, of course) at The Savage Club. Cost is $95.

Wednesday 7th we have booked The Larder ( Stephanie Alexander’s old place, up on Bridge Road) for dinner. We have around 30 overseas people coming and it is a great chance to meet some fellow tennis tragics. The cost is $70 and you buy your own wine.

Saturday 10^th, we have the Celebration Dinner hosted by Jonathan Buckley at the Australian Club. If you have never been to a final dinner for real tennis then make sure you book for this one. It will be a huge night with a celebration of either Robert proving himself again as the Champion OR we will be welcoming the new Champion in Camden.

So, what you need to do is phone the Club on 9429 9788 and have your name put on the list for the social events. Book your match tickets now
See you there !

Julie Baker

Happy Hours Friday 2nd May 2014

  This coming Friday, 2 May, it is time for Happy Hours All members are welcome. There will be selected wines at $20 and $25 and $3 beer. There will be some light finger food. Note that we will be starting at 5pm this week as we would like as many Jesters as possible to join us, before you go to dinner. See you this Friday Julie Baker Head of …

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World Championship Update

Latest news from the RMTC The World Championship is nearly upon us and we are fortunate to have this historic match being played at RMTC from the 6-10 May. You are unlikely to see skill and play at this level for a long time to come as the World Championship is only played every two years and as a Club we are unlikely to host it for many years to …

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On Tuesday 6th May Robert Fahey will begin his eleventh world championship defence, and second defence against Camden Riviere. Both players and their training partners are here and practising hard. There are ten days of official practice leading up to the match, and you can expect to see the players in the club a lot over the coming week. Please make them and all our interstate and overseas visitors welcome.

If you have already registered for seats, you will receive an email confirmation of your allocation over the next couple of days. However, it’s not too late to be part of what promises to be a historic week. There are a very few seats left so please register now.

Tickets on day 1 and 2 include pre match champagne from 5.30pm and a light post match supper. Day 3 tickets include pre match champagne.

For those unable to attend, we will be streaming the match and viewing details will be available shortly.

Social Events

Mon 5 May. Welcome Cocktail Party, 6-8.30pm, The Melbourne Savage Club, dress jacket and tie.

Wed 7 May. Informal Dinner, 7pm, The Richmond Larder, dress smart casual.

Sat 10 May. Celebration Dinner, 7.30pm, The Australian Club, dress black tie.

All members and guests are welcome. Simply sign up in the club this week or call the pros.

Finally, the first of some facts about the World Championship that you may not know…

In all of his World Championship challenges, Rob Fahey has never lost the first set on day 1!

Best regards

Alistair Curley

Chair of Tennis

Club tournament results

Women’s Handicap Doubles 30 March

It was nice to see some old familiar faces and some new faces this year in the RMTC Women’s handicap doubles, including sisters Olivia and Isabelle Carr, Yvonne Rout and Andrea Hamer, seasoned doubles pair of Julia Page and Carla Story, newcomers Suzanne Jenner and Bonnie Studd, Suzanne Mason and Marissa Barter-Waters, and the newly paired Fiona Hewson and Anabelle Guest.

It was a fun day with some good tennis and it all ran smoothly, thanks to the pros.

Anabelle Guest and Fiona Hewson defeated Yvonne Rout and Andrea Hamer 6/1.

Anzac Day Tournament 25 April

With the Australian flag flying over the mezzanine, fourteen players gathered to play a singles and doubles knock out event on Anzac afternoon.

At the same time the block buster football game was being played between Essendon and Collingwood over at the MCG. Some members seemed to enjoy watching Essendon get off to a flying start over Collingwood in the first quarter, but it was all downhill from there, with Collingwood the eventual winners playing to a record crowd, including our own Chris Chapman who made an appearance on television! Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the closely contested Singles semi final between doubles partners Heughan and Hewson who played to a nearly empty dedan, no doubt due to the exciting AFL game being viewed on the tele! In the Singles final between Hewson and Arndt, it started off a close contest, 25 mins on the clock, with Arndt and Hewson going game for game to 3 all, but Arndt maintained her strong form to close out the match 5/3.

We saw some close matches throughout the day, with Hewson/Heughan overcoming their opponents, Patterson/MacAleavy 6/5, after 5 all forty all, the very same result of their quarter final against Jenner/Frankcom. Patterson and MacAleavey had a good day out with some solid tennis and they were unlucky not to make the final, being pipped at the post by Claire and Fiona.

The doubles final was between Howcroft/Endersbee and Hewson/Heughan. It started off a close contest however quickly the serve and volley game of Endersbee and the accurate use of tambour by Howcroft became too much for Heughan/Hewson and it was a quick set.

Tasty sushi and sashimi was a popular choice, combined with Anzac biscuits for afternoon tea.

Thanks to Nick and Kate for their efforts ensuring the day ran smoothly, and thanks to all players for staying all afternoon and supporting the event.

The results of the finals were:

Kathryn Arndt was the winner of the Singles event, defeating Fiona Hewson 5/3.

Russ Howcroft and Richard Endersbee defeated Fiona Hewson and Claire Heughan in the doubles final 6/2.


World Championship update

Two weeks today, May 6, the world championship will get under way. We have now finalised the seating applications and you will be hearing from us this week with your confirmed seats. The match is a sell out with pretty much only standing room left. There is still an opportunity to attend social events and you can sign up in the club from tomorrow (Wednesday). Our two contenders arrive later …

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