July 2017

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JULY 26

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


JULY

  • 28-30            Victorian Open Singles & Doubles                                           Pros

AUGUST

  • 4                   First Friday of the Month Drinks 6-8pm
  • 5                   Quarterly Medal #3                                                                   Pros
  • 13                 Junior Clinics                                                                            Pros
  • 15                 C Special Pennant (h’cap 30-40)                                             Pros
  • 17                 A/B Doubles Pennant                                                               Pros
  • 18-20            Richmond Silver Racket                                                          K Booth
  • TBC              RMTC v The Jesters                                                               J Buckley
  • 26-27            Larwood & Eureka Cups (Ballarat v RMTC) (in Ballarat)        President
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Quarterly Medal #3 – Sat 5 August
As the end of financial year shenanigans is over the time has come to think about tennis in the second half of the year. Finals day is fast approaching and there are only two chances left to book your spot in the Medal of Medallists draw. Give us a ring or come into the club to put your name on the list.

Larwood and Eureka Cups (in Ballarat) – 26-27 August
Get your ski gear together, it’s time for the biennial RMTC roadtrip to that well known winter destination Ballarat. We will be sending both women’s and men’s teams and it promises to be a great weekend of tennis and merriment. Sign up early to make sure you don’t miss out on your spot in the team of the century.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JULY 19

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


JULY

  • 22                 RMTC v MCCRTS (away)
  • 28-30            Victorian Open Singles & Doubles                                           Pros

AUGUST

  • 4                   First Friday of the month
  • 5                   Quarterly Medal #3                                                                   Pros
  • TBC              North African Handicap Doubles                                              L Brown
  • 13                 Junior Clinics                                                                            Pros
  • 15                 C Special Pennant (h’cap 30-40)                                             Pros
  • 17                 A/B Doubles Pennant                                                               Pros
  • 18-20            Richmond Silver Racket                                                          K Booth
  • 25                 RMTC v The Jesters                                                                J Buckley
  • 26-27            Larwood & Eureka Cups (Ballarat v RMTC) (in Ballarat)        President
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Welcome Scott Girvan – RMTC Assistant Professional

It is with great pleasure that the Committee announces the appointment of Scott Girvan to our professional team. Scott commenced work this week, so please introduce yourself to him when you are next in the Club. He’s a bright and friendly addition to the team with strong background in tennis.  He has played high level tennis (grade 4) for Knox, coached for 5 years and worked for the Australian Open managing a team of ball kids.

Frank and Jonners are very impressed with his natural ball skills and believe he will be able to develop into a very competitive player in the future. He’s a natural competitor and eager to learn.

Like John Woods-Casey, Scott is in his mid-twenties and together they will be able to develop their game under the tutelage of our senior pro-team of Frank, Jonners and Kate. Having some great senior teaching pros in the Club, the Committee considers this a perfect time to invest in bringing more youth into the professional ranks of real tennis. RMTC and the other Australian Clubs have been a great source of real tennis professionals and we intend to continue this role.

Hobart is currently searching for an assistant professional (please contact Christine Stirling – President HRTC – if you know of any talent for this role). This is great news as it will provide more opportunities for our young pros to develop together and help generate more interest in the game amongst younger members.

It would be lovely to see Scott follow in the footsteps of many of our Aussie pros. As an example, years ago a youthful Andrew Fowler from Ballarat joined our professional ranks. We now welcome Andrew back this week to Australia having taken up the role of head professional at Ballarat Tennis Club. There is a dinner in Ballarat this weekend to welcome him back – see pro-shop for details.

Scott, we welcome you to RMTC and wish you a successful and enjoyable career in real tennis.

Fred Kininmonth – President
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Victorian Open Singles and Doubles – Fri-Sun 28-30 July
The premier event in Victorian tennis is coming up at the end of the month. There will be graded events run along side the Open for players under 30 handicap.

Quarterly Medal #3 – Sat 5 August
With the end of financial year shenanigans and insanity is over the time has come to be thinking about tennis in the second half of the year. Finals day is now fast approaching and there are only two chances to book your spot in the Medal of Medallists draw left. Give us a ring or come into the club to get your name on the list.
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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Christmas in July Mixed Doubles – 19 July
Ten brave pairs turned up to weather the wintry conditions on court at the RMTC on Sunday 16th July to play the Christmas in July Mixed Doubles – and believe me it felt every bit as cold as a winter’s day in England! Christmas spirit abounded though with Christmas music and a wonderful roast lunch with all the trimmings, cooked by Lisa and followed by, of course, the traditional plum pudding.

The tennis soon warmed us up and a fantastic day was had by all. It was great to see a few new faces and for some the stress of scoring was more of a challenge than the stress of playing!

Marissa Barter-Waters and John Link only lost one match all day (and that by only one game) and had a resounding victory over runners up Dominic Emery and Judy Collins to win 6 games to 1 in the Final. Congratulations too to the semi-finalists, Fiona Hewson and Charlie Wright and to Geoff and Annie Dempster, who all played some great tennis.
          
Many thanks to Fiona Hewson for all her hard work and the successful organisation of such an enjoyable day.
Judy Collins
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STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Be well, Move well this winter
If you’re like most people in winter, you’re feeling less motivated than normal.  Fitness regimes can seem stale & performance can be affected. If you’d like to enhance your time on the court or revamp your health generally, now is the perfect time. With spring just 6 weeks away, it’s a great opportunity to re-energize yourself & start preparing your body for the warmer months.
A few spots have just opened up over the winter months which I’d like to first offer to RMTC members. As RMTC’s own FMS practitioner/strength & conditioning coach/fitness trainer I offer a range of services for you to utilize.

Services available:

  • Instruction on correct use of gym equipment
  • Assistance in preparing programs
  • Nutritional advice
  • Goal specific fitness programs ie. Weight loss, strength gains, tennis specific, mobility/core stability
  • Pre & post op Rehabilitation
  • Injury management
  • Movement analysis & enhancement

Investment : 1hr / $99

Contact: Please call or email Honni directly on
ph. 0408 663 623 or email: honni.rooney@gmail.com
Honni Rooney
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PRO SHOP

Weekend courts available
Back to school means back in town, come back to the tennis club and reclaim your courts. Come in and have a hit to lighten the load or improve your game with a lesson with either Jonners on Saturday or Kate on Sunday. Have a look online or give us a ring in the pro shop.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JULY 5

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


JULY

  • 7                   5pm: First Friday of the month happy hour
  • 11&13           Junior Clinics (u16)                                                                  Pros
  • 16                 Christmas in July Mixed Doubles                                             F Hewson
  • 22                 RMTC v MCCRTS (away)
  • 28-30            Victorian Open Singles & Doubles                                           Pros
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SOCIAL

First Friday of the Month Drinks – Friday 7 July
The time has come again to gather the tennis clans for drinks and supper, but mostly drinks. With happy hour prices and a delectable spread at the absurdly reasonable price of $12 it is sure to be a great night. Please sign up ASAP so we can confirm numbers for catering.
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Junior Clinics (u16) – Tues & Thur 11 & 13 July
Junior clinics are back again this school holidays for those under 16. Help us grow the best game in the world. Grab your children and/or collar some passing stray on the street, let us work our magic and in 10 years you could be telling everyone that you’re responsible for the next world champion. Clinics will run in hour blocks at 9:30 and 10:30 on both days.

Christmas in July Mixed Doubles – Sun 16 July
It’s that time of year again, the weather is getting cooler and the days shorter. Time to bring the games indoors and join them with a nice warm fire (possibly digital) and a scrumptious roast feast (definitely not digital). Come into the club to sign up or contact the pro shop.

RMTC vs MCCRTS Pennant Match (Ballarat) – Sat 22 July
The away leg of the biannual competition between the RMTC and the MCC tennis club is coming up. This will be in Ballarat with a dinner to celebrate Andrew Fowler’s return as the rightful heir to the throne of ‘the Rat’. It should be a good day of tennis and even better night of food, wine and merriment. Currently both teams are looking for players, contact the pro shop to sign up.
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PRO SHOP

Weekend courts available
School holidays are upon us again so it’s a perfect time to take the courts of those regulars who are slacking overseas somewhere in warmer climes. Book your court online or with the pro shop to get some much needed practice or bring your own kids in to introduce the next generation of world champions to the game.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JULY 12

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


JULY

  • 11&13           Junior Clinics (u16)                                                                  Pros
  • 16                 Christmas in July Mixed Doubles                                             F Hewson
  • 22                 RMTC v MCCRTS (away)
  • 28-30            Victorian Open Singles & Doubles                                           Pros

AUGUST

  • 3                   Mixed Morning Winter Pennant
  • 4                   First Friday of the month
  • 5                   Quarterly Medal #3                                                                   Pros
  • 12                 North African Handicap Doubles                                              L Brown
  • 13                 Junior Clinics                                                                            Pros
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

RMTC vs MCCRTS Pennant Match (Ballarat) – Sat 22 July
The away leg of the biannual competition between the RMTC and the MCC tennis club is coming up. This will be in Ballarat with a dinner to celebrate Andrew Fowler’s return as the rightful heir to the throne of ‘the Rat’. It should be a good day of tennis and even better night of food, wine and merriment. Currently both teams are looking for players, contact the pro shop to sign up.

Victorian Open Singles and Doubles – Fri-Sun 28-30 July
The premier event in Victorian tennis is coming up at the end of the month. There will be graded events run along side the Open for players under 30 handicap.
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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Australian Junior Team at the US Nationals
It was a successful week at the US National Championships for our juniors in preparation for their matches against the US and UK teams. The U23 and U26 singles and doubles championships were held at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia with all five of our juniors entering. Our first and second players, Michael Williams and Will Hoskin, ensured that there was some Australian flavour in all of the finals coming away with both U26 titles. Michael won the U26 singles without dropping a set and he and Will repeated the dose in the doubles. Will made both U23 finals as well to be narrowly beaten by the US #1 in both. The rest of the team comprising of John Moran, Richard Pagone and Jackson Brand gained valuable competition experience on a foreign court.
          
G Moran (manager), J Brand, R Pagone, J Moran, M Williams, W Hoskin                                        U26 Doubles Final

The team will now travel to Boston where they will compete in the Clothier and Limb Cups, against the US and UK junior teams respectively, beginning tonight local time. We wish all of them luck, all of the matches can be viewed online live and in replay by clicking here.
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PRO SHOP

Saturday courts available
The final weekend of the school holidays is this weekend for most so make sure to get back in the routine with a return to the tennis club. Come in and grab a court on Saturday to get back in the swing of things. Book online or give us a ring to organise your court today.