The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
135 Years
2 August 2017 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (
Editor: John Woods-Casey


  • 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

Quarterly Medal #3 – Sat 5 August
Tickets selling fast, only 3 spots left! Call the pro shop ASAP to make sure you don’t miss out.
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.

Club Etiquette
Could all members please be reminded that it is polite to not walk down the side of the court while play is underway but wait until the players are changing ends. This extends also to being stationary in the dedans during a rest. Many thanks for being courteous to all other players.

RMTC vs MCCRTS – Sat-Sun 22-23 August
A Wonderful Weekend In Ballarat

On Saturday 22 July MCC hosted RMTC in an annual tournament between the two Clubs in Ballarat. We enjoyed a great day of tennis. Although I have to admit we knew it would be a tough battle from the outset when we saw MCC had stacked their team full of Ballarat members! Local court knowledge proved decisive as MCC powered to a 5/3 victory.

Alan Willingham put in a best on court performance for RMTC with two wins, one with Vince Scopelliti and another with Fred Kininmonth. Annie & Geoff Dempster closed out the day with a fine win in the last match to finish on a winning note. Thank you to Roland Scollay and Ian Bull for also travelling up the highway to play for RMTC.

Congratulations to the MCC team consisting of Anne Strange, Jim Stephen, Greg Henderson, Jo Edwards, Stuart Strange, Greg Reid, Yvonne Rout, Rob Jolly and Tim Raw. Thanks to Tim & his helpers for arranging lunch. It was also good to see MCCRTS president Andrew Gould and Merrin Mackay supporting from the warmth of the club rooms with Nathan Baker, Cath Collins and Wendy Whitehead dropping in throughout the day.

The Ballarat Tennis Club shares the ground of the Mecure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre, where a dinner was held to welcome new professional Andrew Fowler and his partner Maria. Andrew has worked at RMTC, NYRTC and Queen’s Club amongst others in a fine career. He grew up in Ballarat and it was clear from the 60 guests gathered there that it was a hearty welcome for a returning favourite son. None were happier that evening than Andrew’s parents Graham and Cathy Fowler.

It was also announced that Stuart Strange would be handing over the presidency of BTC to Nathan Baker. Stuart has been a big supporter and promoter of tennis in Ballarat and a frequent visitor to play at RMTC in various inter club and Boomerang tournaments. Thank you Stuart for your contribution to the game and we welcome Nathan in his new role as president of BTC.

Victorian Open Singles and Doubles – Fri-Sun 28-30 July
The Victorian Open was held this past weekend with the first round matches played on Friday night. The semi-finals of the singles went as the handicaps suggested they should with Kieran Booth overpowering CJ White 6/2 6/0 and Andrew Fowler coming through a strong performance from the improving Paul Rosedale winning 6/5 2/6 6/2. In the doubles the local pair of Frank Filippelli and John Woods-Casey proved too consistent for the Ballarat pair of Fowler and White winning 6/4 6/2.

The finals went as scripted. Kieran and Paul were too strong for Frank and John despite a very close first set, after which Kieran took over the match and put the result beyond any doubt. The final score was 6/5 6/0. Kieran also took out the doubles in a dominant display over Andrew winning 6/2 6/0. Congratulations to Kieran on winning his fourth consecutive Victorian Open singles and doubles titles and fifth total doubles title.