January 2017

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JANUARY 25

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
25 January 2017 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


JANUARY
  • 16-29               World Masters                                                 ARTA

FEBRUARY

  • 3                      First Friday of the month
  • 7                      D-Grade Pennant (h’cap 60+)                                                 Pros
  • 9                      B-Grade Pennant (h’cap 27-36)                                              Pros
  • 9                     Mixed Morning Summer Pennant                                             Pros
  • 11                    60 Years & Under Handicap Doubles                                      Youth Cttee
  • 12                    Young Members (u35) Summer Pennant                                Pros
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WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

Last week the Club said farewell to the Australian Open & Roo Trophy events, then welcomed the first round of the Masters – the over 50 & 55’s playing for the singles and doubles crowns. This was well contested with visitors from all Australian Clubs as well as those from the UK, France and USA. Being a best of 3 sets knock out tournament played off scratch, the cream rose to the top with the following being worthy winners and finalists:

50’s Singles: J Male df. J Prenn 6/3 6/5
50’s Doubles: Happell/Male df. B Barker/Bradfield 6/1 6/0
55’s Singles: M Happell df. D Watson 6/1 6/2
55’s Doubles: Hamer/Watson df. MacAlister/Bradfield 4/6 6/3 6/1

COCKRAM TROPHY
The RMTC hosted the Cockram Trophy (Over 50s) over the weekend, concluding on Monday. This included teams representing France, UK, USA and Australia. It was terrific to have the French (best dressed award – of course) here for this event. They even enjoyed their resort style living (6 bedrooms + pool & jacuzzi) in the delightful beach suburb of Frankston, although they say they will check the distance from the Club next time!  This tournament is best of 5 matches, including 2 doubles and 3 singles, with each team member only playing once.  Team captains employed various tactics in team selection. Representing Australia – Julian Snow (captain), Mike Happell, Graeme Bradfield, Richard Allen, Andrew Gould, John Emery, Fred Kininmonth and Henry Turnbull.

The Aussie team enjoyed a 5/0 win over France on Saturday and a 4/1 win against the USA on Sunday. The UK team, also undefeated, faced off against the Aussies on Monday.  Selections by both team captains meant that the pivotal match would be the #1 singles between Mike Happell (Aust) v James Male (UK). This match went down to the wire with a couple of deuces at 5 all in the final 3rd set. These two very good friends gave their all with James prevailing in the end. They last played against each-other in the 90’s, so this was a match to savour. UK closed out the last 2 matches to win the Cockram Trophy 4/1. Congratulations to the UK team: Mark Openshaw-Blower (captain), James Male, David Watson, John Prenn, Simon Barker, Peter Holmes and Nick Jones.

Meanwhile on the Hamer (south) court the French battled bravely in a close encounter with the USA team but couldn’t close out the matches, going down 5/0. Congratulations to a really good bunch representing the USA team: Bill Barker (captain), Alan McHugh, Steve Hufford, Arthur Whitcomb, Anders Cohen, Peter Vogt and Max Drake. As evident from the ovation warmly provided to the French team, they endeared themselves to all players and spectators alike for their enthusiasm, fun and competitive spirit. We look forward to seeing again Tim Batten (captain), Alexandre Girod, Ivan Semenoff, Laurent Marville, Jean Phillipe Grabli and Francois Bernheim.  [by Fred Kininmonth]

Cockram Trophy:
1st: GB (3 wins, 0 losses)
2nd: Aus (2 wins, 1 loss)
3rd: USA (1 win, 2 losses)
4th: Fra (0 wins, 3 losses)

BOSTWICK CUP
60+ age group teams from the UK & Oz, as well as a rag-bag tag team of American refugees supported by discards from UK & Oz teams, gravitated to the bucolic countryside at Ballarat for a three-handed tournament. Practice day on Friday was preceded by a welcome cocktail party presaging the most generous hospitality of the hosts, led by President Stuart Strange and his organiser Annie Strange.

In beautiful livery the “Team GB” fronted for their Saturday encounter against “The World” team – also beautifully presented in shorts, polo shirts and caps emblazoned with flags of the US, UK & Oz [the USCTA engaging in triumphalism by renaming the team earlier called the AllStars]. “The World” won the first two doubles in stunning upsets led by captain Vern Cassin (a US resident living in Riyadh who plays occasionally at Radford since first picking up a “real” racquet five years ago), “Team GB” levelled the rubber with double bagels in the two singles matches.The final doubles awaited the arrival of two Americans who had played difficult Cockram matches in Melbourne before catching the train to Ballarat and rushing to the court. Playing the decider, without having previously so much as walked on the court, they understandably lost the first set, before a thriller ensued with the most unlikely result of the rag-bag team of refugees bewildering the fancied “Team GB”, and scrambling to a victory.

Sunday was a simpler affair, and the Oz team proceeded to rout “The World” team 5-0. The Ballarat BBQ was the highlight of the day with a heartfelt entreaty from the Ballarat President to enjoy the court and the club and to return for more. But the vital game was to come the next day, and even the lugubrious Jamie Begbie obeyed “Team GB” orders and refused another glass of red at 9.30pm.

The UK v Oz first match was 8.30am Monday – an early start so we could all get back to Melbourne for the Masters Welcome Party at the MCC.- and the club was abuzz ahead of the start. Oz took the First Doubles in straight sets, before the next doubles – a thrilling three-setter in which Prue McCahey and Jill Newby each carried their male partners in a three-hour match – make the match score level, and the schedule hours askew. Beautiful stroke play by Shaw-Hamilton in the First Singles put “Team GB” ahead, but Nick Carr covered the court like a preying mantis to equalise. In the enthralling final match of the 2017 Bostwick, Satow/Moore took the first set 6/5 for the UK, but the established Barker/Bull combo scrambled to take the second set. The gallery was sweating, and the players equally amazed as it went game for game, until at 5/4 up with a match point, Bull served a giraffe which uncannily caught the rear bandeau and remarkably leapt forward out of reach of the receiver and landed within a bee’s length of the hazard line to ace his opponents and take an extraordinary victory. Oz wins the 2017 Bostwick.  [by Dick Friend]

Bostwick Cup:
1st: Australia (2 wins, 0 losses)
2nd: The World (1 win. 1 loss)
3rd: Team GB (0 wins, 2 losses)

DANBY TROPHY
Congratulations to the Australian over 70’s team – Graeme Holloway (captain), John Faull, Alan Willingham, Tony Poolman, Tim Hurburgh, Ron Booth and Graeme Richardson – on winning the Danby Trophy in Hobart.  The Danby Trophy was truly a feast of tennis, tempered with outstanding and characteristic Hobart hospitality. The weekend got off to a fine start with a welcoming cocktail party on court on Friday evening. Amongst several highlights were the Hobart Club Life Membership presentations to Robert Fahey MBE and Barry Toates, made by Christine Sterling (sister of Robert Fahey and President of the Hobart Real Tennis Club). Elizabeth Eden choir master led a talented gaggle of choristers in rousing renditions of the Star Spangled Banner, God Save The Queen and Advance Australia Fair from the hazard end.

Australia had a solid win against the USA on Sunday (2/1) and in a tense final encounter against the UK, Australia prevailed (2/1). Hurburgh & Richardson won the deciding rubber in a high standard game against Barlow & Danby, keeping the Aussies in the dedans on the edge of their seats before securing coveted glass & silver ewer. All participants much appreciated the hospitality shown throughout the tournament, as all players partners and friends enjoyed the dinner at Mures Restaurant in the docks on Saturday evening and the Taste of Tasmania dinner at the Hobart Club on Sunday night.  [by Alan Willingham]

Danby Trophy:
Ist: Australia (2 wins, 0 losses)
2nd: Team GB (1 win, 1 loss)
3rd: USA (2 losses)

PRESENTATION DINNER
All teams returned to Melbourne  on Monday evening to celebrate together with a presentation dinner in the MCC Committee Room. This was kindly organised by Andrew Gould. It was a fine affair with Ted Cockram sharing a few stories and presenting the Cockram Trophy. Paul Danby from the UK presented the Danby Trophy. It was lovely to have some doyens of the game participating in making it a wonderful evening. Almost 90 people attended filling this amazing venue. Many of the overseas guests were thrilled to be there and enjoy the night in this famous location with both long-time and new friends in this special real tennis community.

Fred Kininmonth – President

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SOCIAL

STOP PRESS:
AUSTRALIA DAY BBQ Lunch
– beginningat  noon

Lamb is on the Barbie, with Smoked Quali, Salad, Pavlova and other Australiana.
Sign-up sheet in the Club – ring the Pros. All welcome.

Kitchen Summer Break
Evie from the kitchen will be taking a well-earned summer break. RMTC lunches will resume on Wednesday 8 Feb.
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SAVE THE DATE
Women’s World Championship 2017 – 15-21 May 2017

The 2017 Women’s World Championship is to be held at the Tuxedo Club in New York USA from May 15-21, 2017. The event will encompass the usual level singles and doubles matches for the world’s top female players – but handicap events for ladies of all abilities will also be available for those that are keen to play. The Americans do an amazing job with these sort of events and for those interested in going – we are sure you will not be disappointed! The HRTC in conjunction with the Australian Real Tennis Association will be organising a “women’s tour” encompassing this event – with possible visits to other American clubs. If the idea of joining like-minded ladies on a fun trip to the USA interests you please contact Christine Stirling by email at christine.stirling@utas.edu.au

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JANUARY 18

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
18 January 2017 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


JANUARY
  • 16-29               World Masters                                                 ARTA

FEBRUARY

  • 3                      First Friday of the month
  • 7                      D-Grade Pennant (h’cap 60+)                                                 Pros
  • 9                      B-Grade Pennant (h’cap 27-36)                                              Pros
  • 9                     Mixed Morning Summer Pennant                                             Pros
  • 11                    60 Years & Under Handicap Doubles                                      Youth Cttee
  • 12                    Young Members (u35) Summer Pennant                                Pros
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2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP – 6-14 Jan 2017

We were treated to 9 days of magnificent tennis served up by the best line-up of top professionals and amateurs we have seen in the Australian Open for many years. This included our very own Kieren Booth playing an extraordinary quarter final against Steve Virgona and making it into the doubles final with Bret Richardson. Plus our favourite Aussie female pro Kate Leeming only just missing out on making the Women’s singles final and was runner-up in the Women’s Doubles final.  If you missed them, never mind because you can watch these matches as well as all other finals on our YouTube channel. The event concluded last weekend with two very good doubles finals plus the Pro-Am on Sunday.

DOUBLES FINALS – Saturday 14 January

Womens Doubles Final – Claire Fahey /  Saskia Bollerman (1)  df. Penny Lumley / K Leeming (2)  6/0 6/2
Mens Doubles Final – Camden Riviere / Tim Chisholm (1)  df.  Steve Virgona / Chris Champman (2)    6/5 6/1 6/2

The number one seeds both won in straight sets, however the play was better than the scoreline indicated. Claire and Saskia made it two Aussie Opens in a row. Saskia (Dutch #1) held her own playing back as much as her World Champion partner. Her game has come on superbly since he stint with us in the pro-shop only a year ago. It was also great to see the Aussie pairing of Steve and Chappy playing at such a high standard. Expect to see more of this dynamic duo in the following Opens this year. Congratulations to Camden and Tim for playing superbly throughout the tournament. Camden won both the Men’s Singles and Doubles tournaments and wears the World Champion’s crown very comfortably. He enjoys it so much that he has extended his stay in Melbourne for another week. Cam, we love having you here so please keep coming and continue to bring the super pro talent you helped attract to the Open this year.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN PRO-AM – Sunday 15 January

Pro-Am Final – Leon Smart / Owen Guest  df.  Andrew Fowler / Ronald Paterson    6/2

This was a fun event with many of the 23 matches throughout the day running to 5 All / Advantage All.  Owen played well with Leon, a talented young pro from Boston, who both overcame the lunchtime handicapper to play some clever tennis to win comfortably in an entertaining final. Special thanks to the pro’s for marking, Evie for cooking a delicious lunch, the Pro’s for providing a unique opportunity for us to play with them, and most importantly their ‘bidding’ partners for their contribution to the overall prize-pool for the Australian Open. Thank you,

Thank you to the helpers for the Australian Open. Especially our magnificent pro team – Frank, Jonners, Kate and John, who have been well supported by Graham Hyland and Colin Lumley. Thank you also to Philippa Howell for being our “gap student” assistant till end of February. Evie did a brilliant job catering for the Final Dinner ably supported and coordinated by our Head of Social committee member. Paul has done a brilliant job during this exceeding busy January and the sea of smiling faces is testament to his and our ‘team of helpers’ endeavours.

Thank you to Gary Lee and Peter Stanley for coordinating the billets. This is very much appreciated by those visitingfrom interstate and overseas, for both the players in the Open and Roo. To those magnificent hosts who make their homes available, thank you so much. It is this show of kindness that really makes the world of real tennis very special.

Vince Scopelliti did a superb job for his first role as the Open tournament director and it went without a hitch. This was the Second Roo for Greg Cornish. These events couldn’t be in better hands, so we sincerely thank you both for your excellent stewardship. A special thanks to Helen Pritchard in our admin office who has processed a huge amount of chits and kept the engine room humming. In the background Peter & Sandy worked tirelessly to clean the Club overnight. Mal has the garden and building looking magnificent. Thanks to Lizzie Brown and others for organising dinners etc to keep our guests well entertained through out the event. A huge shout out to Clive Smith from Fuzzy TV for streaming our matches to the world. We’ve received a lot of praise from our friends (and even strangers) from here and overseas for providing this service. Clive was ably supported by Jo Cee Tan, Paul Bollerman, Nick Jones and Fred Kininmonth switching, scoring and commentating with a cast for Pros and members willing to lend a hand.

Finally, thank you to the RMTC Benefactors for your contribution to the Australian Open prize pool. It is critical support that you provide to ensure that the Australian Open is financially attractive for overseas professionals to travel here to play. Please contact me if you’d like to do your bit behind the scenes by joining the Benefactors.

Fred Kininmonth – RMTC President
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ROO TROPHY 2017

The Roo Trophy was played at RMTC from Sunday 8 January to Saturday 14 January, alongside the Australian Open. We had 67 players in the tournament and it was a  pleasure to welcome not only RMTC members, but also 16 overseas players (including a return visit by the Dutch real tennis players) and 10 players from Ballarat, Hobart and Sydney clubs.

It was an incredibly active time at the Club: 155 Roo matches were played (doubles and singles), the Australian Men’s and Ladies’ Opens were held and a Pro-Am took place on Sunday 15 January. The Pros did an outstanding job marking all matches and helping to run the tournament. Our sincere thanks to Frank Filipelli, Jonathan Howell, Kate Leeming, John Woods-Casey, Graham Hyland, Colin Lumley and Phillippa Howell.

A feature of this tournament is that it attracts players of all ages and handicaps and the Roo format made sure everyone got to play plenty of tennis over the 8 days. It is a hallmark of this fine game (and the handicap system) that players young and not so young, on small or large handicaps can play competitively against each other, and thoroughly enjoy doing so. There were many close matches and all were played competitively to the very last point (but of course, it is real tennis after all!).

The Roo dinner was held at the Club on Saturday 14 January. It was enjoyed by some 95 players, partners, friends, the RMTC professionals and the professionals visiting for the Australian Open. It was a cool summer’s evening in Melbourne and the garden at the Club provided a perfect setting for the end of tournament dinner.

Thanks go to Paul Andrews for arranging all the catering and making sure everything was just right on the night, and to Evie Cartwright for the catering.

RESULTS

Roo Singles: Kim Kilgore def Jackson Brand 8/2

Roo Doubles: Paul Dunne & James Theodore def Saskia & Paul Bollerman 8/7

Roo Singles Semi Finals: Jackson Brand def Luke Piccolo 8/5; Kim Kilgore def Sav Cremona 8/6

Roo Doubles Plate: Michelle O’Rorke & Tim Raw def Ian Hamilton & Russell Middleton 8/2

The Roo Trophy tournament, first played in 2003, got a Roo Trophy board in 2015 (designed in the style of the Boomerang trophy). For this Roo, we introduced a Roo logo (a kangaroo with “attitude”) which was generously designed by RMTC member Mike Lindell.

Planning for this year’s tournament started in early October and the organisation, communication and smooth running of the Roo Trophy 2017 owes much to the willing  contributions of the following people – Vince Scopelliti, Paul Andrews, Julian Snow, Frank Filipelli, Jonathan Howell, and Helen Pritchard.

Special thanks also to Peter and Sandy, our cleaners, who made sure the Club was always clean and well presented each morning, no matter what time people left the Club.

Congratulations to everyone who played in the tournament and in particular to Kim Kilgore for winning the Roo Trophy 2017 Singles and Paul Dunne and James Theodore for winning the Roo Trophy 2017 Doubles.

Greg Cornish
Tournament Director

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SOCIAL

Kitchen Summer Break
Evie from the kitchen will be taking a well-earned summer break. RMTC lunches will resume on Wednesday 8 Feb.
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SAVE THE DATE
Women’s World Championship 2017 – 15-21 May 2017

The 2017 Women’s World Championship is to be held at the Tuxedo Club in New York USA from May 15-21, 2017. The event will encompass the usual level singles and doubles matches for the world’s top female players – but handicap events for ladies of all abilities will also be available for those that are keen to play. The Americans do an amazing job with these sort of events and for those interested in going – we are sure you will not be disappointed! The HRTC in conjunction with the Australian Real Tennis Association will be organising a “women’s tour” encompassing this event – with possible visits to other American clubs. If the idea of joining like-minded ladies on a fun trip to the USA interests you please contact Christine Stirling by email at christine.stirling@utas.edu.au

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JANUARY 3

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
28 December 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


JANUARY
  • 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
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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.

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Robert Fahey’s New Year Award
A FORMER world champion sportsman who coaches Feering has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

Robert Fahey, 48, is a real tennis player who won the world championship title an incredible 12 times between 1994 and 2014.

Mr Fahey, who coaches at Prested Hall in Feering and originally hails from Australia, will receive the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to sport in the UK.

He holds the record for the most consecutive defences of the real tennis singles World Championship and has won everything there is in the game, making him the most successful player of the game ever.

With partner Steve Virgona, Mr Fahey has also won the doubles championship five times since 2003.

Real tennis is the original form of tennis before the lawn variety became popular.

A portrait the player, painted by artist Rupert Alexander, was shortlisted for the 2012 BP Portrait Award.
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SOCIAL

Kitchen Summer Break
Evie from the kitchen will be taking a well-earned summer break. RMTC lunches will resume on Wednesday 8 Feb.
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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.

Contributions can be made by emailing Helen in our office  at admin@rmtc.com.au or calling on 03 9429 9009 or by filling out the contributions form by clicking <contributions form>

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
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SAVE THE DATE
Women’s World Championship 2017 – 15-21 May 2017

The 2017 Women’s World Championship is to be held at the Tuxedo Club in New York USA from May 15-21, 2017. The event will encompass the usual level singles and doubles matches for the world’s top female players – but handicap events for ladies of all abilities will also be available for those that are keen to play. The Americans do an amazing job with these sort of events and for those interested in going – we are sure you will not be disappointed! The HRTC in conjunction with the Australian Real Tennis Association will be organising a “women’s tour” encompassing this event – with possible visits to other American clubs. If the idea of joining like-minded ladies on a fun trip to the USA interests you please contact Christine Stirling by email at christine.stirling@utas.edu.au

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all members and friends of RMTC!

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – DECEMBER 28

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
28 December 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


JANUARY
  • 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
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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.

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SOCIAL

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 paul.timothy.andrews@gmail.com

RMTC gym
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.
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PRO SHOP
Frank Filipelli

New Year Court Availability
With the Australian Open running in conjunction with the Roo Trophy and the World Masters following that the courts are pretty busy in January 2017. There are, however, still some courts available particularly in the first week of Jan.

Kick off your new year’s resolution to improve your fitness and handicap with some tennis, book a court in the next two weeks to have a hit and take some time to watch the best in the world as they practice and then compete for the first Open of the year.

There are also still morning courts and some evening courts available throughout Jan so get give us a ring to get a couple of hits in to be in tip-top shape for the coming year.
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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.

Contributions can be made by emailing Helen in our office  at admin@rmtc.com.au or calling on 03 9429 9009 or by filling out the contributions form by clicking <contributions form>

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
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SAVE THE DATE
Women’s World Championship 2017 – 15-21 May 2017

The 2017 Women’s World Championship is to be held at the Tuxedo Club in New York USA from May 15-21, 2017. The event will encompass the usual level singles and doubles matches for the world’s top female players – but handicap events for ladies of all abilities will also be available for those that are keen to play. The Americans do an amazing job with these sort of events and for those interested in going – we are sure you will not be disappointed! The HRTC in conjunction with the Australian Real Tennis Association will be organising a “women’s tour” encompassing this event – with possible visits to other American clubs. If the idea of joining like-minded ladies on a fun trip to the USA interests you please contact Christine Stirling by email at christine.stirling@utas.edu.au

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all members and friends of RMTC!