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


  • 30-1 Aug    Victorian Open Singles & Doubles                             Pros


  • 2               C Special Pennant (h’cap 30-40)                                Pros
  • 4               Boomerang style Doubles Pennant                            Pros
  • 4               Mixed Morning Winter Pennant                                  K Arndt
  • 5               First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 6               Quarterly Medal #3                                                    Pros
  • 7               Young Members (u35) Spring Pennant                     Pros
  • 13             North African Handicap Doubles                               L Brown
  • 19-21        Richmond Silver Racket                                            K Booth
  • 26             RMTC v The Jesters                                                 J Buckley
  • 28             Larwood & Eureka Cups (RMTC v Ballarat)             President

Frank Filippelli
Tournament Reports
RMTC vs MCCRTS – Sunday 24th July
22 players (including Professional staff Kate Leeming and John Woods-Casey) came together on Sunday to meet in battle for the ‘at home’ match between RMTC and the MCCRTS.

This tournament, which is held twice a year, has now been running for a number of years and is a reflection of the strong partnership established between RMTC and MCCRTS a number of years ago for the purpose of encouraging and facilitating players into the game of Real Tennis. It is also an opportunity for RMTC to display our Club’s wonderful facilities.

Of the 22 players, a number came from complimentary racquet ball backgrounds such as lawn tennis, badminton and squash (the later making the use of walls look easy – unfortunately for some of us with only a tennis background).

In the highly competitive and tightly fought battle, the two teams went into the final match of the day head to head at 8 matches all. The final match, played by Russel Howcroft and Jo See Tan (RMTC) against Matt Downey and Calum Munro (MCCRTS) resulted in a decisive victory in favour of MCCRTS (9/2). It was great to see the quality of tennis being played by all players, in particular Jo See and Matt – both relatively new members to the Club and both coming from squash. Calum’s badminton background and keen volleying skills secured the final win. Russel displayed his usual enthusiasm for the game, having rushed back from meetings for most of the day just to play this final match.

Thank you to Julia McCahey for organising lunch supplies which were then prepared by Jo See – with the role of supervising the heating of the quiches delegated to Andrew Gould as Jo See and I took to court for the pre lunch midday match.

The break for lunch at 12.30pm allowed for relaxed and enjoyable conversation before the afternoon battle began.

Thanks to Tabs, Kate and John for marking the day’s matches. Special thanks to Tabs for his mercy coffee pod supply run to Aldi – much to the relief of some of those players who arrived feeling somewhat worse for wear due to Saturday evening frivolities.

Kathryn Arndt

Upcoming Tournaments

Victorian Open Singles & Doubles – 30-1 Aug
The RMTC hosts The Victorian Open Championships with the Top 8 players going through to the main draw. Graded sections will also be played according to entries.
Singles Final – Sunday 12noon
Doubles Final – Sunday 3PM <—– CHANGE OF DATE AND TIME

Quarterly Medal #3 – Saturday 6th August
2 down, 2 to go! Your chance to get in on the action on Finals Day for 2016 is here again with the 3rd Quarterly medal of the year. There are plenty of spots still up for grabs in both morning and afternoon sessions for players of any and all abilities so come in and have some fun playing handicap singles. Contact the pro shop or come in and sign up on the board in the Club.

New Pennant Seasons in August
Interested in playing some weekly competitive tennis? We have a number of opportunities to get involved in pennants starting in August:
– 2 spots left in the C Special (30-40 h’cap) Pennant running Tuesday nights starting 2nd August
– 3 spots left in Mixed Morning Pennant (50+ h’cap) running Thursday mornings (9:30 – 12) starting 4th August

4 spots left in Boomerang Style Doubles Pennant (50+ h’cap) running Thursday nights starting 4th August
Contact the pro shop to test your mettle (among other things including your handicap and your culinary expertise) against other keen tennis players.

The North African Tournament – Saturday 13th August
The North African Tournament looms large. Dust the fez and get ready to sheik, rattle and roll in to what will be a fine day of handicap doubles with the menacing farouk and distracting outfits.
Stay on for a many layered feast extravaganza featuring sacred goat, Nefertiti’s favourite food and numerous other specialities. Entertainment will abound with the ever vibrating belly dancer Eugenia.
Dress: Anything North African or black tie will suffice.
Sign up sheets for both events are in the club.

See you on court

Paul Andrews

Save The Date!
First Friday of the Month Drinks – Friday 5th August 6PM onwards

Also from our friends down south:

The Main Committee encourages Members to bring guests into the Club. To ensure we comply with our liquor licence, please sign all guests into the visitors book located to the left of the pro shop.

2016/17 Parking Stickers
Your old green parking sticker is no longer valid, visit the pro shop next time you’re in the Club to get a current parking sticker, now in black.

Marking Shoes
Members are reminded to ensure that they are wearing non-marking shoes at all times when on court and to check the shoes of their guests.