The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
28 December 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (
Editor: John Woods-Casey

  • 6-14       Australian Men’s & Women’s Open*                  O Guest
  • 8-14       Roo trophy                                                        G Cornish
  • 15          Pro-Am Doubles*                                               R Kininmonth
  • 16-29     World Masters                                                   ARTA


The 2017 tournament calendar is set to kick off with a bang here at the RMTC with the strongest draw in many years. The usual phalanx of Australians coming back for their Christmas holidays have been joined this year by the American contingent meaning we will have 9 of the top 11 players in the world competing on our court. In addition a few young pros from the UK and the US will be making their first trip to our shores for competition. Please come down and make them all feel welcome at our wonderful club.

The first round of the main draw starts Friday 6 Jan and the final will be played on Saturday 14 Jan. In addition there will be qualifying and practice beginning Wed 4 Jan. All matches, with the exception of the singles final, will be played during the day so please take any opportunity to come down to the club and support the competitors. With so many top players competing there will be much quality tennis to watch.

Matches to look out for:
First Round: N Howell (8) vs J Lumley – Sat 7 Jan 12noon
This first round should be one of the matches of the tournament with two up-and-coming young players looking for a good start of the year. This will of course be a return home for Nick so come down and lend him some support.

Robert Fahey’s New Year Award
A FORMER world champion sportsman who coaches Feering has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

Robert Fahey, 48, is a real tennis player who won the world championship title an incredible 12 times between 1994 and 2014.

Mr Fahey, who coaches at Prested Hall in Feering and originally hails from Australia, will receive the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to sport in the UK.

He holds the record for the most consecutive defences of the real tennis singles World Championship and has won everything there is in the game, making him the most successful player of the game ever.

With partner Steve Virgona, Mr Fahey has also won the doubles championship five times since 2003.

Real tennis is the original form of tennis before the lawn variety became popular.

A portrait the player, painted by artist Rupert Alexander, was shortlisted for the 2012 BP Portrait Award.

Kitchen Summer Break
Evie from the kitchen will be taking a well-earned summer break. RMTC lunches will resume on Wednesday 8 Feb.
Our club is very fortunate to have loyal and dedicated staff who pride themselves on providing the highest level of service to members and their guests.  The success and atmosphere of the club is no coincidence as it is perhaps the best and most enjoyable real tennis club in the world.

We urge all members to contemplate contributing to the annual Staff Gratuity Fund. The purpose of the fund is to enable members the opportunity to show extra appreciation for the efforts of the staff throughout the year.

This fund is the only source from which our staff can receive additional recognition from those who have enjoyed the club.

Contributions can be made by emailing Helen in our office  at or calling on 03 9429 9009 or by filling out the contributions form by clicking <contributions form>

I hope you will be able to show your appreciation of their efforts by giving generously.  You contribution will be very much appreciated.

Fred Kininmonth – President
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

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all members and friends of RMTC!