The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
18 January 2017 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (
Editor: John Woods-Casey

  • 16-29               World Masters                                                 ARTA


  • 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


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

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.


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


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