The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
20 December 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (email@example.com)
Editor: John Woods-Casey
- 6-14 Australian Men’s & Women’s Open* O Guest
- 8-14 Roo trophy G Cornish
- 15 Pro-Am Doubles* R Kininmonth
- 16-29 World Masters ARTA
2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP – 6-14 Jan 2017
The 2017 tournament calendar is set to kick off with a bang here at the RMTC with the strongest draw in many years. The usual phalanx of Australians coming back for their Christmas holidays have been joined this year by the American contingent meaning we will have 9 of the top 11 players in the world competing on our court. In addition a few young pros from the UK and the US will be making their first trip to our shores for competition. Please come down and make them all feel welcome at our wonderful club.
The first round of the main draw starts Friday 6 Jan and the final will be played on Saturday 14 Jan. In addition there will be qualifying and practice beginning Wed 4 Jan. All matches, with the exception of the singles final, will be played during the day so please take any opportunity to come down to the club and support the competitors. With so many top players competing there will be much quality tennis to watch.
Matches to look out for:
First Round: N Howell (8) vs J Lumley – Sat 7 Jan 12noon
This first round should be one of the matches of the tournament with two up-and-coming young players looking for a good start of the year. This will of course be a return home for Nick so come down and lend him some support.
The courts are closed 6am Tuesday 20 Dec to 6am Friday 23 Dec to be repainted. Thank you for your understanding.
Get in quick, the specials table is starting to look a bit bare as the bargains rush out the door. There are also only 3 lesson packages left on offer, buy 5 lessons for the price of 4. Get in quick before they all run out.
Kitchen Summer Break
Evie from the kitchen will be taking a well-earned summer break. RMTC lunches will resume on Wednesday 8 Feb.
Wanted! Waiting Staff in January
The club will be pumping in January with The Roo Cup, The World Masters and The Australian Open. The club needs some young-guns to help with waiting and bar service. Ideally suited to university aged sons and daughters of members. For further details about remuneration and days/times, please email Paul Andrews firstname.lastname@example.org
In recent times the club has spent $23k upgrading our gym with new state-of-the-art equipment. You are encouraged to check this out and use this as one of the many benefits of your membership.
STAFF GRATUITY FUND 2016
Our club is very fortunate to have loyal and dedicated staff who pride themselves on providing the highest level of service to members and their guests. The success and atmosphere of the club is no coincidence as it is perhaps the best and most enjoyable real tennis club in the world.
We urge all members to contemplate contributing to the annual Staff Gratuity Fund. The purpose of the fund is to enable members the opportunity to show extra appreciation for the efforts of the staff throughout the year.
This fund is the only source from which our staff can receive additional recognition from those who have enjoyed the club.
I hope you will be able to show your appreciation of their efforts by giving generously. You contribution will be very much appreciated.
Fred Kininmonth – President
ROB FAHEY DINNER – Saturday 7 January
There has been 25 World Champions since 1750, and none better than Robert Fahey. In honour of Rob’s record breaking 22 year tenure as World Champion, incorporating 12 consecutive defences of his crown, the Australian Real Tennis Association is hosting a special dinner to celebrate Rob’s achievements.
You are invited to celebrate with Rob from 7pm Saturday 7 Jan at the RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne. $130 per person. RSVP email@example.com
This promises to be a memorable night and will be a great opening function for the Australian Open. It will be made even more special with most of the top 10 players in the world joining Rob in Melbourne for this Australian Open and event.
Graeme Bradfield – ARTA President
Christmas Breakfast Tournament (Jeff Bird Cup) – Friday 16 Dec
The Jeff Bird Cup, clearly the most important event in the RMTC Calendar, was played again on Friday 16 Dec, with all the usual suspects, together with a number of welcome newcomers, as participants. This ad-hoc Round Robin doubles tournament is played off scratch, without a draw and requires each player to play a minimum of three half-hour sets between 0700 and 0900 hours. A critical feature of the Christmas Tournament (apart from selection of an appropriate partner for each set) is the inclusion of a half-bisque, the rights to which are assigned to the receivers in the first game, and thereafter to the other pair in the next game, and so-on until Santa Sear’s monumental bell rings to end the set. The half-bisque, when claimed by loudly shouting ‘Hark’, can be used either to negate a chase, just before it is contested, or otherwise gain a point after a first fault is served. Jonathan Sear, the Herald Angel who devised this unique tournament format some twenty-plus years ago, and who was responsible for naming the Christmas event in memory of Jeffrey C Bird, also prepares the sumptuous breakfast while combat ensues on court. The late Jeff Bird, an ardent tennis player and a long-standing contributor to life at RMTC in all of its guises, had a happy knack of winning this tournament in the past.
The winner is the player who has finished third in the list of games won, and this year, Lord Albert, your scribe, was way out in front with 24 games, followed by Lizzie Brown with 19 games, and then two players who scored 18 games. Prue Atkins and Nick Brand were therefore both in contention for this much cherished prize, being a bottle of French fizz and their name inscribed somewhere on the base of the re-purposed 1923 Birmingham sterling silver cup. As Nick Brand had fewer games scored against him, he was declared the winner of the 2016 Christmas Tournament. The Lady Elaine Bird, an elegantly attired witness to all of the proceedings on court, made the presentation to the triumphant Brand. Her speech, complete with endearing references to her late husband’s talents on and off court, was the highlight of the morning. Sear’s inimitable scrambled eggs, served with chives and exquisite smoked salmon on sour-dough toast, was thereafter taken with orange juice of dubious origins and RMTC’s legendary black coffee infusion. The Christmas Carols CD was then turned off and all and sundry left, with either ‘Hark’ or ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ still ringing in their ears. Another great day in the history of RMTC.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all members and friends of RMTC!