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


  • 1                   First Friday of the month drinks, 6-8pm
  • 6                   Introduction Night                                                                    President
  • 9                   North African Handicap Doubles                                             L Brown
  • 15                 University introductory night                                                   Jo See Tan
  • 17                 Internationality Handicap Doubles                                          Mackinnon Family
  • 23                 Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC v Sydney)                                  V Scopelliti
  • 26&28           Junior Clinics (u16)                                                                 Pros
  • 30                 Grand Final Handicap Doubles                                              G Dempster

Spring Fling – Welcome Scott Edition – Fri 1 September
Along with the usual First Friday Drinks shenanigans, ie. happy hour prices at the bar, good company and engaging conversation, we will be taking the opportunity to welcome Scott Girvan to the social aspects of the club. Scott has been at the club for just over a month now so if you haven’t met him and introduced yourself yet this is your chance. Come and drown the sorrows of a weekend without football with 50 of your closest friends from the RMTC family.

Prospective members’ Introduction Night – Wed 6 September
The club needs good new members and we ask you to take this opportunity to bring a friend to the club and let us introduce him/her to our great game.

Internationality Handicap Doubles – Sun 17 September
The biggest club tournament of the year is coming up again. It’s your chance to dig out your long-lost family history in the jungles of Peru or wildest Siberia and join with someone with the same (or somewhat similar) connection for a fun day of handicap doubles. Wearing the traditional dress of your home country will garner bonus points and may even see you awarded the coveted “best dressed” prize. Find a partner and discover an interesting connection then come into the club and sign up. 

Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC vs Sydney Real Tennis Club) – 23 September
Sydney-siders don’t get many opportunities to play real tennis so on this weekend they make their annual pilgrimage to Melbourne for this big occasion. We need an enthusiastic and willing team to take them on and show them real tennis and real tennis hospitality. Sign up in the club or ring the pro shop.

Oversize racquets in the pro shop for trial
Oversize racquets from both Grays and Gold Leaf are now available for trial from the pro shop. All we ask is that you provide your feedback. These racquets will be available for use in social games during pro shop hours, please see the pros if you’re interested in testing one.

Eureka Cup (RMTC vs Ballarat) – 26 Aug
Last Saturday Fred Kininmonth, Vince Scopelliti, Geoff Dempster, Roland Scollay and Tony Miach ventured up the highway to challenge Ballarat for the Eureka Cup in a best of 10 sets tournament. RMTC surprised the locals with a fast start jumping out to a 3:1 lead with wins to Fred/Vince, Vince/Geoff & Fred/Geoff. The Ballarat team of Rob Jolly, Greg Reid, Stuart Strange, Rod Unmack, Ian Chambers, Rob Lagerberg, Nathan Baker and David Hay rattled off 3 wins in a row to lead 4:3.

A 9/7 win to Geoff/Roland levelled the score. The Fred/Roland combination put together a strong 9/4 win leaving our final pairing of Tony/Geoff to win just one game to seal the deal. They did better than that by pushing the BTC pair of Stuart Strange / Rob Jolly to a thrilling 8 all finish, going down 9/8. The end result was 5 sets all, RMTC winning by 8 games (76/68).

It was a fun day and we were well looked after by the Ballarat team. BTC professional Andrew Fowler coordinated the event extremely well and provided an excellent set of new balls to play with.

If you haven’t played the Ballarat court, or haven’t played there for a while, it is well worth the trip west for a hit. Simply contact Andrew Fowler at BTC on 0401856797 to arrange a game or lesson.