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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.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JUNE 28

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
28 June 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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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 – JUNE 21

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


JULY

  • 2                   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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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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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Australian Ladies Amateur Singles and Doubles Championships and Judith Clarke Cup – Fri-Sun 16-18 Jun
Congratulations to all the ladies who made the trek to Hobart to contest the Judith Clarke Cup and the ladies singles and doubles, bringing back a significant portion of the silverware on offer. Particular congratulations to Jo See Tan for winning her first Australian amateur singles title and Rose Blanden for taking out the doubles with partner Jo Edwards.

The Judith Clarke Cup was won with a dominant showing by the whole RMTC team on the first two days, winning 7 of a possible 8 rubbers on Friday and Saturday. The final result was RMTC df. HRTC 8/5

                      
The leaders of the victorious Judith Clarke Cup team in their rightful place in front of the bar                                                      The group dinner
The Australian Ladies Amateur Singles Championship was won by our very own Jo See Tan who defeated Rose Blanden in a very tense and tight affair in the semi-final before going on to take the title in straight sets against Jo Edwards. It was a well-deserved reward for the hard work that she has been putting into tennis over the last 12 months.
JS Tan df. J Edwards 6/1 6/3

The Australian Ladies Amateur Doubles Championship was another close match with Rose Blanden and Jo Edwards finally taking the title having undertaken a immense comeback in the final set to get over Jo See Tan and Julianne Drewitt.
R Blanden/J Edwards df. JS Tan/J Drewitt 6/3 2/6 6/5

Australian Amateur Junior Singles Championship – Sat-Sun 17-18 Jun
Michael Williams won his third Australian junior title with a dominant display to win in straight sets over Will Hoskin from Ballarat.
M Williams df. W Hoskin 6/1 6/0

Alan Hamer Cup Club Doubles – Sat 17 Jun
Kieran Booth and Daniel Williams won their third club doubles title in a row beating the spirited pairing of Michael Williams and Paul Rosedale. There were many spectacular rests, particularly in the closely fought second set, but the class of Kieran combined with the calmness of Daniel was enough to see off any serious threat.
K Booth/D Williams df. M Williams/P Rosedale 6/1 6/4 6/3

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PRO SHOP

Courts available on the weekend
This weekend is a good opportunity to work on your game as we have courts, and pros, available through the day on Saturday and morning and afternoon on Sunday. Contact the pro shop by phone or email or book a court online to make sure you don’t miss out.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JUNE 14

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


JUNE

  • 17-18           Alan Hamer Cup Doubles Championship                                   Pros
  • 17-18           Judith Clarke Cup (in Hobart)                                                    J Tan
  • 17-18           Australian Amateur Women’s Singles and Doubles (Hobart)     J Tan
  • 17-18           MOFO Tournament (in Hobart)
  • 17-18           Australian Amateur Junior Singles and Doubles                        ARTA

JULY

  • 2                   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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REAL TENNIS INJURY SURVEY

Tennis elbow analysis and treatment, tennis racquet prize for participants!!!

Survey Website:  http://tinyurl.com/jn3366v

Reminder to members – if you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to do the survey whether you have injuries or not. There may be long term benefits for injury prevention and treatment for players in the future.

Also over the next few weeks if you have elbow problems, there will be physios (the survey organisers) at the club from time to time to learn more about them. Please help and maybe win a new racquet!

Paper version: at the pro office
Survey Website:  http://tinyurl.com/jn3366v

This survey is strongly supported by the Club Committee.

PS – feel free to contact Roland if you have any questions or issues. 0438 044 223. rolandgs1@gmail.com
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

CHANGE OF DATE – Alan Hamer Cup Club Doubles, Aus Amateur Junior Championship – Sat-Sun 17-18 June
The date of these tournaments has been changed to accommodate a large number of our top players including the current amateur world #1 Kieran Booth and the members of the Clothier Cup team. Both are leaving home the week after to travel to the USA to represent both Melbourne and Australia at major international tournaments. As such the local tournaments, which will present a good opportunity for competitive practice for the players, will be held on the weekend of the 17-18 June. Please come down to the club to witness high quality tennis and support all our players.

Junior Clinics (U16) – Tues & Thur 11 & 13 July
Junior clinics are back again this school holidays for all people under 16. This is your opportunity to 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 be 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 two Melbourne-based tennis is coming up. This will be held in Ballarat with a dinner to celebrate Andrew Fowler’s return as the rightful heir to the throne at ‘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, come into the club or contact the pro shop to sign up.
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PRO SHOP

Courts available on Saturday
Saturday will be a big day in Richmond, first up the Australian Amateur Juniors Championship gets underway with a semi-final at 9am, then the big boys play in the Alan Hamer Cup Club Doubles final kicking off at 11. Come into the club to watch some great tennis and get prepared to see the mighty Tiges take on the resurgent Sydney Swans. If one is not to your liking then the tennis club will still provide, we have plenty of courts throughout the afternoon to satisfy your cravings. Come in an have a game, lesson or just practice for the greatest physical and mental benefits. Give us a call or have a look online to get in before the rush.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JUNE 7

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


JUNE

  • 17-18           Alan Hamer Cup Doubles Championship                                   Pros
  • 17-18           Judith Clarke Cup (in Hobart)                                                    J Tan
  • 17-18           Australian Amateur Women’s Singles and Doubles (Hobart)     J Tan
  • 17-18           MOFO Tournament (in Hobart)
  • 17-18           Australian Amateur Junior Singles and Doubles                        ARTA

JULY

  • 2                   5pm: First Friday of the month happy hour
  • 11&13           Junior Clinics (u16)                                                                 Pros
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

First Friday of the Month

Were you one of the lucky ones to be at the club last Friday? If not, you missed out big time! The famous Lizzie and Frank ‘Pizza & Pasta’ night was a real treat. Delicious pasta (broccolini orecchiette) and home made thin based pizza (garlic potato, prosciutto & rocket, margherita, spicy salami) fed the hungry crowd there to see our resident ‘gappie’ Henry Batstone challenge Julian Snow off handicap.

Since his stay with us over summer plus a return visit this last month, Henry has improved his handicap from 29 to as low as 16.  We congratulate Henry on improving his court play and thank him for being such a great assistance to the pro-shop during his time with us. Henry is flying home this Friday night, so drop in to wish him farewell.

We also thank Jonners for coordinating our gap student program with Chris Ronaldson, the head pro at Radley College in the UK. As well as a special thank you to Julian for billeting fellow Radley alumni Henry during his stay.

For the record Julian maintains his unblemished record against the gappies with 3 wins. Henry pushed Julian early in the match with some excellent forcing and ground strokes, jumping to a 5/2 lead. Julian relished the challenge to storm home winning 9/6 in a very entertaining and skillful match.

To top off the night Tony Bafunno pulled out his guitar and played into the wee hours of the morning. Tony is a real talent with what seems an unlimited song repertoire. He particularly enjoys encouraging our members to sing-along, of which there was no shortage of willing back-up singers. Enthusiastic singing was ably assisted by a Frangelico ice & lime vocal chord lubricant (a Lizzie & Frank specialty) paired with tasty little almond biscuits from Bisetto Patisserie. What a fun night!
           

Fred Kininmonth – President
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REAL TENNIS INJURY SURVEY

Tennis elbow analysis and treatment, tennis racquet prize for participants!!!

Survey Website:  http://tinyurl.com/jn3366v

The previous run of the RMTC-based real tennis injury survey, being managed by sports injury physiotherapists from La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, achieved about 80 responses from about 400 active players (at RMTC, Hobart and Ballarat). It showed very clearly that tennis elbow (TE) is by far the most common injury (about 30% of responders had TE in the last 12 months, compared to 1-3% in the general community) and that TE and other injuries cause significant reductions in player time, bad for the members and the clubs.

The 80 responses are a great start but we are keen to hear from more members because elbow pain is such a problem.  The physios will also now be looking in more detail at TE among players, since it does come in a variety of forms. The main survey information is anonymous, but the detailed TE examinations will record your name, but be kept entirely private. Participation is of course entirely voluntary but outcomes may help future players prevent or repair injuries, so we strongly encourage participation.The whole survey program is strongly supported by the RMTC Committee!

The aim of the survey is to help recovery and prevention of the more common injuries for both existing and new players, starting with TE, the most common injury by far. By responding you may help reduce the injury and pain of players in the future.

So please note the following.

1. If you haven’t done it already, please do fill out the survey, at this website http://tinyurl.com/jn3366v, or on a paper version available from the pros. It only takes a few minutes. Even if you have no injuries, PLEASE FILL IT OUT, it will take almost no time in that case, but it is important to know the uninjured numbers as well in order to get a better measure of the actual injury frequency.

2. Several of the physios will be present at the club, in the bar area, at certain times over the next few weeks (including some pennant evenings) to encourage survey entries and to examine in more detail the types of TE that our players have. So if you have TE, please allow a few minutes before or after your games to talk to them and have them examine your problem or arrange a time to do so.  This will help in the design of new exercises aimed to reduce and prevent elbow pain.  Those who have TE and participate in this more detailed analysis by the physios will be placed on a list with potential to win a free racquet from the club.

Thanks to you all for participating.
Roland Scollay, RMTC member coordinating the survey with LaTrobe.
Survey Website:  http://tinyurl.com/jn3366v

PS – feel free to contact Roland if you have any questions or issues. 0438 044 223. rolandgs1@gmail.com
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

CHANGE OF DATE – Alan Hamer Cup Club Doubles, Aus Amateur Junior Championship – Sat-Sun 17-18 June
The date of these tournaments has been changed to accommodate a large number of our top players including the current amateur world #1 Kieran Booth and the members of the Clothier Cup team. Both are leaving home the week after to travel to the USA to represent both Melbourne and Australia at major international tournaments. As such the local tournaments, which will present a good opportunity for competitive practice for the players, will be held on the weekend of the 17-18 June. Please come down to the club to witness high quality tennis and support all our players.

There will be graded events in the Club Doubles held on the same weekend, sign up to get involved in the action on the court as well as off.
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PRO SHOP

Courts available
This weekend is a long weekend and there are plenty of free courts available for some practice. Take the opportunity to come in a have a hit or a lesson to improve your game or just earn/work off the spectacular feasts that will surely be forthcoming. Give us a ring in the pro shop or come in to book your court, get in quick before they all go!

Lesson Fees
As of 1 June RMTC will charge $25 for lessons with John Woods-Casey (+$40 for both ends of the court as usual).

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MAY 31

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


JUNE

  • 2                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 7                  Introduction Night                                                                       President
  • 17-18           Alan Hamer Cup Doubles Championship                                   Pros
  • 17-18           Judith Clarke Cup (in Hobart)                                                    J Tan
  • 17-18           Australian Amateur Women’s Singles and Doubles (Hobart)     J Tan
  • 17-18           MOFO Tournament (in Hobart)
  • 17-18           Australian Amateur Junior Singles and Doubles                        ARTA
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Recruitment of a second Assistant Professional

RMTC has a long history developing and enriching the world talent pool of real tennis professionals. The Australian Open this year in January was case in point, with the likes of Aussies Rob Fahey, Steve Virgona, Chris Chapman and Kate Leeming all featuring in semi’s or finals and all having stints working in Melbourne.

To keep this tradition running, the Committee is searching for a talented assistant professional to be part of our pro-team. Having excellent senior professionals in Frank, Jonners & Kate makes it the ideal time to add another junior pro that they can train and develop along with John Woods-Casey. Another sparring partner for John will also be good for his further development. It is our ambition to see our assistant professionals improve to the standard of touring professionals playing in the Opens and other events overseas.

If you know of anyone who is a talented ball sport, would be a great asset to our Club and may be interested in a career as a real tennis professional, please contact Frank & Jonners in the pro-shop or Julie Baker on the Committee.

For more information please see the ad which will be displayed on the club website from next week. The ad will be running is Seek and other employment platforms from 5th June.

Fred Kininmonth
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Annual “gappie vs J Snow” Championship – Fri 2 June
Henry Batstone leaves us on 9 June. Before that, at 6pm on 2 June, at first Friday of the month drinks, Henry will play a JPT format match against Julian Snow, hoping to succeed where his Dutch predecessors narrowly failed in 2015 and 2016. Unless Henry’s handicap recedes further before then, this match will be played off receive ½ 30, owe 30.

CHANGE OF DATE – Alan Hamer Cup Club Doubles, Aus Amateur Junior Championship – Sat-Sun 17-18 June
The date of these tournaments has been changed to accommodate a large number of our top players including the current amateur world #1 Kieran Booth and the members of the Clothier Cup team. Both are leaving home the week after to travel to the USA to represent both Melbourne and Australia at major international tournaments. As such the local tournaments, which will present a good opportunity for competitive practice for the players, will be held on the weekend of the 17-18 June. Please come down to the club to witness high quality tennis and support all our players.

There will be graded events in the Club Doubles held on the same weekend, sign up to get involved in the action on the court as well as off.
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PRO SHOP

Lesson Fees
As of 1 June RMTC will charge $25 for lessons with John Woods-Casey (+$40 for both ends of the court as usual).

Warm Up For Winter
Our resident international supermodel is back to demonstrate our terrific range of stylish and comfortable cold weather tennis clothing. The new RMTC Boast Zip Pullover is perfectly paired with our Babolat tracksuit pants to create the ideal state of warmth and comfort on court. Check in at the pro shop to get yours today.

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TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Quarterly Medal #2 – Sat 27 May
The north court, morning component of the Quarterly Medal #2 matches last Saturday was most enjoyable, with David Derham, John Hearst, Leo Murphy, Roland Scollay and Steve Ward playing lots of mostly close matches, ending up with three of us (David, Roland, Steve) winning three out of four matches, but David winning overall on the games ratio. It was very relaxed and congenial with plenty of chatting and joking on the court and a very good morning. Thanks to Frank for being a very good organiser as well.
Roland

Congratulations to the other winners on the day: newcomer Mark Beaumont, perennial tournament winner Tim Raw and quarterly medal stalwart Greg Moran.
            

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MAY 24

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


MAY

  • 26                Empire Day Breakfast Tournament                                            Jonathan Sear
  • 27                Quarterly Medal #2                                                                    Pros

JUNE

  • 2                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 7                  Introduction Night                                                                       President
  • 10-12           Alan Hamer Cup Doubles Championship                                   Pros
  • 17-18           Judith Clarke Cup (in Hobart)                                                    J Tan
  • 17-18           Australian Amateur Women’s Singles and Doubles (Hobart)     J Tan
  • 17-18           MOFO Tournament (in Hobart)
  • 23-25           Australian Amateur Junior Singles and Doubles                        ARTA
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

CHANGE OF DATE – Alan Hamer Cup Club Doubles, Aus Amateur Junior Championship – Sat-Sun 17-18 June
The date of these tournaments has been changed to accommodate a large number of our top players including the current amateur world #1 Kieran Booth and the members of the Clothier Cup team. Both are leaving home the week after to travel to the USA to represent both Melbourne and Australia at major international tournaments there. As such the local tournaments, which will present a good opportunity for competitive practice for the players, will be held on the weekend of the 17-18th June. Please come down to the club to witness high quality tennis and support all our players.

There will be graded events in the Club Doubles held on the same weekend, sign up to get involved in the action on the court as well as off.

Annual “gappie vs J Snow” Championship – Fri 2 June
Henry Batstone leaves us on 9 June. Before that, at 6pm on 2 June, at first Friday of the month drinks, Henry will play a JPT format match against Julian Snow, hoping to succeed where his Dutch predecessors narrowly failed in 2015 and 2016. Unless Henry’s handicap recedes further before then, this match will be played off receive ½ 30, owe 30.
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MICHAEL GARNETT AWARDED HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Michael Garnett has been awarded honorary life membership of the RMTC in recognition of his long service to the game and his exemplary representation of the values of the club here and around the world. The award was presented in a ceremony at lunch time last Wednesday, rather than the AGM later that evening due to travel plans by the recipient, by current president Robert Kininmonth with past presidents, members of Mike’s family and long-serving members of the club in attendance.
     
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PRO SHOP

Lesson Fees
As of 1st June RMTC will charge $25 for lessons with John Woods-Casey (+$40 for both ends of the court as usual).

Warm Up For Winter
The new RMTC Boast Zip Pullover, as modeled by our junior pro, has just arrived in the pro shop. Check in at the pro shop to try one on.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MAY 17

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
17 May 2017

Weekly News

Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: Kate Leeming


MAY
  • 17                6pm: AGM and Trophy Presentation                    President
  • 21                Junior clinic                                                             Pros
  • 26                     Empire Day Breakfast Tournament                          Jonathan Sear
  • 27                Quarterly Medal #2                                                  Pros
JUNE
  • 2                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 7                  Introduction Night                                            President
  • 10-12                Alan Hamer Cup Doubles Championship                                Pros
  • 17-18                Judith Clarke Cup (in Hobart)                                                J Tan
  • 17-18                Australian Amateur Women’s Singles and Doubles (Hobart) J Tan
  • 17-18                MOFO Tournament (in Hobart)
  • 23-25                Australian Amateur Junior Singles and Doubles                    ARTA
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Junior (U16) Clinics – 3pm: Sun 21 May
The next junior clinics of the year are coming up soon. Bring your, or anyone else’s,
young people and let us introduce them to our game and unearth their hidden potential.
Please ring the pro shop to let us know how many to expect.

Quarterly Medal #2 – Sat 27 May
The second quarterly medal of the year is coming up on 27 May. Get in early to book your spot.
We will have morning and afternoon sessions in the usual format.
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PRO SHOP

LESSONS
As of 1st June RMTC will charge $25 for lessons with John Woods-Casey (+$40 for both ends of the court as usual).

WARM UP FOR WINTER
The new RMTC Boast Zip Pullover, as modeled by our junior pro, has just arrived in the pro shop.
Check in at the pro shop to try one on.

COURTS THIS WEEK END
There are plenty of courts available this weekend so its a great opportunity to improve your game.
Please book or give the pros a call on 9429 9788 to arrange.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MAY 10

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
10 May 2017

Weekly News

Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: Kate Leeming


MAY
  • 17                6pm: AGM and Trophy Presentation                                  President
  • 21                Junior clinic                                                                           Pros
  • 26                     Empire Day Breakfast Tournament                                           Jonathan Sear
  • 27                Quarterly Medal #2                                                                Pros
JUNE
  • 2                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 7                  Introduction Night                                                          President
  • 10-12                Alan Hamer Cup Doubles Championship                                                  Pros
  • 17-18                Judith Clarke Cup (in Hobart)                                                                  J Tan
  • 17-18                Australian Amateur Women’s Singles and Doubles (in Hobart)               J Tan
  • 17-18                MOFO Tournament (in Hobart)
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Junior (U16) Clinics – 3pm: Sun 21 May
The next junior clinics of the year are coming up soon. Bring your, or anyone else’s,
young people and let us introduce them to our game and unearth their hidden potential.
Please ring the pro shop to let us know how many to expect.

Quarterly Medal #2 – Sat 27 May
The second quarterly medal of the year is coming up on 27 May. Get in early to book your spot.
We will have morning and afternoon sessions in the usual format.
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EXHIBITION STREET CUP SINGLES

The tennis sub-committee’s most excellent initiative of boosting the Exhibition Street Cup this year by providing upgraded prizes sadly lured only 11 entries. Included in these prizes were generously sponsored vouchers for dinner at The Piano, a Thai restaurant and bar nearby in Bridge Road where the very obliging staff always provide a warm welcome to RMTC members.

The event opened with a fantastic result: Annie Dempster (handicap 86.6) defeated Frank Filippelli (1) by the narrowest of margins. Having played one final backhand beyond the reach of the helpless head professional to win the match, Annie collapsed to her knees in triumphant disbelief, Nadal at Roland Garros style. I wish that I could still move around the court at the speed at which Frank fled the scene and disappeared upstairs to enjoy the remainder of his week-end off. Mrs Dempster then advanced to the semi-final by reasserting domestic dominance over her husband Geoff.

In the second quarter tennis sub-committee chairman Vince Scopelliti (35.8) benefited from Owen Guest’s Sunday unavailability to advance.

Below, the genuinely progressive Jackson Brand (38.2) outwitted the supposedly progressive Henry Batstone (16.1) and followed up with an equally meritorious win over president Kininmonth (30.6).

The fourth quarter-final match exposed the primary flaw in the RTO handicapping system: compression. Julian Snow (+0.3) and Paul Rosedale (9.8) are regular entrants in events of this nature, each with an established level of play, and have had a number of hard fought encounters. Now, though, with Paul’s handicap, though perhaps not quite yet his level, having reached single figures Julian had to concede only ‘receive 15, owe 15’. As every gambler knows, you can’t eat value but Julian nonetheless gobbled up this leniency with relish and came through 9-4.

On Sunday morning Vince showed great control off the maximum handicap difference to end Annie’s giant killing run. At the same time Jackson played really well to jump out to a 5-3 lead over Julian but this effort seemed to tire him, thereafter his technique in the backhand corner collapsed somewhat and Julian won 6 of the last 7 games.

The final took a predictable path: Julian, restricted to chase 3 & 4 or better, cutting the ball down into Vince’s backhand corner and Vince doing what he could to return sufficient balls to force a few errors. The former strategy prevailed 9-2.

The pros did well. Jonathan not only played doubles on the Sunday with Allan Willingham but also marshalled all the players with that mix of charm and persuasion that has served him so well for so long. Kate, refreshed and revitalised from her recent time away in Canada, marked flawlessly as ever.

I left the club not only with some elegant glassware, but also with a bottle of Louis Roederer which lasted no further than Lizzie Brown’s house and the aforementioned meal voucher at The Piano which will likely last only until Henry gets his hands on it.

Julian Snow

EXHIBITION STREET CUP DOUBLES

Congratulations to Steve Wood and Kathryn Arndt who won the Exhibition Street Cup Doubles by beating the spirited pairing of Dafydd Camp and Ann-Maree Lester. The handicap system once again worked well in the group stages with several pairs ending up on two wins and two losses. However, the consistency of Wood and the attacking flair of Arndt combined to great effect and they used their handicap wisely to take the prestigious trophy and vouchers generously donated by The Piano Restaurant.

Jonathan Howell

WARM UP FOR WINTER

The new RMTC Boast Zip Pullover, as modeled by our junior pro, has just arrived in the pro shop.
Check in at the pro shop to try one on.

COURTS THIS WEEK END
There are plenty of courts available this weekend so its a great opportunity to improve your game.
Please book or give the pros a call to arrange.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MAY 3

Off

The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
3 May 2017

Weekly News

Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: Kate Leeming


MAY
  • 5                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 5-7               Exhibition Street Cup                                                      W Cockram
  • 17                6pm: AGM and Trophy Presentation                                  President
  • 21                Junior clinic                                                                     Pros
  • 27                Quarterly Medal #2                                                          Pros
JUNE
  • 2                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 7                  Introduction Night                                                          President
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Exhibition St Cup – Fri to Sun 5-7 May

Open to players of any handicap, sign up to test yourself against the best players in the club.
Knockout singles with all first-round losers going into a doubles draw, or just sign up for doubles.
Sign up in the club or ring the pro shop.

This event has been selected as a major event to be promoted by the club. We are very keen
to restore the Exhibition Street Cup as a premier event in Australia. We are therefore offering
a range of prizes in addition to the usual trophies and winner board listings. This year’s prizes
will include quality French Champagne, wine, tennis lessons and other great prizes.
The event is handicap based and you can opt for singles and/or double so everyone is
welcome so please come along and help us make the “Exhibition Street Cup” great again!

Junior (U16) Clinics – 3pm: Sun 21 May
The next junior clinics of the year are coming up soon. Bring your, or anyone else’s,
young people and let us introduce them to our game and unearth their hidden potential.
Please ring the pro shop to let us know how many to expect.

Quarterly Medal #2 – Sat 27 May
The second quarterly medal of the year is coming up on 27 May. Get in early to book your spot.
We will have morning and afternoon sessions in the usual format.
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SOCIAL

FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH DRINKS – 5th May, from 6pm

Come and celebrate Australia’s win in the Bathurst Cup with special guests
Kieran Booth, Bret Richardson and Paul Rosedale
Light supper $15

RMTC v MCC
Last Sunday RMTC was challenged early by MCC and trailed 0-3 before Vince Scopelliti and Kathryn Arndt registered our first win. 
Stirred into action, obviously after some late Saturday nights, the RMTC team levelled the score at 5-5 prior to the scheduled
lunch break. While waiting for the shepherds pie to heat it was agreed by all that some wine be imbibed to the supplement the 
handicapping system. This clearly was to RMTC’s favour, romping home with a clear 9-5 victory. 

The RMTC team included Jo See Tan, Richard Simpson, Annie & Geoff Dempster, Fred Kininmonth, Alasdair Norton, Vince Scopelliti,
Kathryn Arndt and Annie McAuley. MCC was represented by: Wendy Whitehead, Tim Raw, John Mackinnon, Judy Collins,
Matt Downey, Mike Carroll, Yvonne Rout, Greg Henderson, Annie Strange, David Cutler and Vince Scopelliti 
(yes - he played for both teams!).

Thank you to Wendy for coordinating the MCC team, Liza for preparing such a delicious autumn lunch and of course the pro’s 
- Frank, Kate and Henry - for marking. It was a fun day.

Fred Kininmonth - President



NORTH COURT PAINTING 
by ARTIST JEFF MARTIN
  
A Club member has commissioned a well known Australian artist, Jeff Martin, to paint the North Court. Jeff has travelled the world’s
best restaurants capturing the workings of high profile kitchens on canvas. The artist paints his subjects in motion and morphs 
the walls and environment to convey movement and atmosphere.
Jeff’s work can be seen at www.jeffmartin.com.au
The work is available to Club members in a Limited Edition print at a cost of $480. Each work is printed on cotton Archival paper 
at 100% of the original size. The prints will be individually signed and numbered by Jeff Martin in a limited edition of 50 and each
work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from the printer. 

Prints can be ordered directly by contacting: Phillip Virgo. The Colour Factory, Fitzroy. Telephone: 9419 8756.
The original will be on display at the Club from Wednesday 3rd May until the AGM on 17th May.
 
Please contact Michael O’Neill for information about the original.
WONDER SERVE!
CONGRATULATIONS to Euahna Varigos, who during a doubles match, conjured up a drag serve that went directly into the winning gallery (the equivalent to a hole in one in golf). Those who don’t know what a drag serve is, she will be more than happy to explain it in person.