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


• 20 Empire Day Breakfast Tournament J Sear
• 22 Junior Clinic (u16) Pros
• 28 Quarterly Medal #2 Pros
• 29 Women’s Handicap Doubles M O’Rorke
• 4 Squash and Tennis Tournament P Scally
• 8 Introduction Night President
• 11-13 Alan Hamer Cup Club Dbls Championship Pros
• 18-19 MOFO Tournament in Hobart ???

Frank Filippelli

World Championship Action – Live
Paul Andrews
The battle for the 2016 World Championship between Rob Fahey and Camden Riviere is being streamed on the big screen at the Club as you read this (probably):

Day 1 – Wednesday 18 May, 7.30am AEST
Day 2 – Friday 20 May, 7.30am AEST
Day 3 – Sunday 22 May, 9am (play starts at 3am….)

A replay of the action will also be screened on continuous loop at the Club throughout the day. Why not sign up to the Empire Day Tournament and enjoy morning handicap doubles tennis and hearty breakfast while you also watch the action live from Newport. Or round up some friends and watch the replay on Wednesday or Friday evenings in the bar.

UPDATE (Spoiler alert):
Riviere leads Fahey by 3 sets to 1 after the first day, 6/4 6/3 6/2 4/6

New Stock in the Pro Shop – Tracksuit Pants
The weather is cooling down now and the last of summer seems to have gone. The time has come for a change of tennis kit and we have the perfect solution, try out our latest addition to the Pro Shop. The tracksuit pants have been sourced from Babolat in France and will keep your legs toasty warm and looking trim, taut and terrific on court.

Junior Clinic (U16) – Sunday 22nd May
We still have a few spots available in the junior clinic at 4PM this weekend, bring any interested (or not so interested) young people down to the Club and let us introduce them to our game; we will play games and make merriment for the afternoon and hopefully they’ll enjoy it enough to want to come back under their own steam!

Tournament Reports

Australian Amateur Womens Singles and Doubles & Judith Clarke Cup
This weekend saw a busy two days of women’s tennis. The Australian Womens Amateur championships and Judith Clarke Cup were contested by an enthusiastic group of players. Rose Snell defeated Jo Edwards to claim the singles title then paired with Euanna Varigos to defeat Jo and a rapidly improving Jo See Tan in the doubles. The competition also included some closely fought graded matches ensuring lots of tennis for players of all standards.

The Judith Clarke Cup is the annual competition between Hobart and Melbourne women, with a small group of Julianne Drewwitt, Sally Crosby and Michelle Moores travelling from Hobart, joined by Ballarat based HRTC member Annie Strange putting in a strong performance to regain the trophy by winning four rubbers to two. Had I not served a double fault at 5 all advantage all it may have been a different outcome. I think I might owe the Melbourne ladies a drink!

The Hobart players brought an enthusiastic support team, which added to the atmosphere. Casual lunches both days and a relaxed dinner at The Piano Bar in Bridge road provided a great social side to the carnival, and we were priveledged to have Judith Clarke herself in the gallery during the competition. It was also nice to see a third generation real tennis player (Georgie Brand) taking part – and winning her doubles – reinforcing the wonderful traditional side of our game.

Aus Am Results
R Snell d J Edwards 6/1 6/3
B Grade: J S Tan d K Arndt 6/5 6/3
C Grade: M O’Rorke d J McCahey 6/5 6/4
D Grade: S Crosby d M Moores 6/2 6/2

R Snell & E Varigos d J Edwards & J S Tan 6/2 6/4
B Grade: L Gailbraith & S Strange d K Arndt & A Lester 6/3 6/2
C Grade: G Brand & S Crosby d C Miller & M Moores 6/3 6/2

Upcoming Tournaments

Quarterly Medal #2 – Saturday 28th May
The second Quarterly Medal of the year is almost upon us, come and partake in a fun day of handicap tennis and food and have a crack at earning your place in the Medal of Medallists draw for 2016.

Women’s Handicap Doubles 2016 – Sunday 29th May
An open tournament, we welcome women of any handicap and standard. We have two pairs signed up already so contact the pro shop to throw your name in the ring or better still find a partner and let us know who you’re playing with.

Introductory Evening – Wednesday 8th June
The Club is always looking for potential new members and this is a perfect opportunity to introduce someone to the Club and our wonderful game. Run in the evening from 6-8PM, this event is usually well subscribed with 10 or more new players all seeing the game with fresh eyes. Take this opportunity and bring someone new to the game in to experience our game under the guidance of the professionals.

See you on court

Finally, new safety glasses have been purchased for use by members. 4 pairs have been placed by each court and are recommended to all players for ocular protection.


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