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


• 4 AGM and Trophy Presentation President
• 7-8 Exhibition Street Cup Pros
• 14-15 Judith Clarke Cup M O’Rorke
• 14-15 Australian Amateur Women’s Sgls and Dbls*
• 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

Frank Filippelli

World Championship Action – Live
The battle for the 2016 World Championship between Rob Fahey and Camden Riviere will streamed live on the big screen at the Club:

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.

Paul Andrews

Upcoming Tournaments

Exhibition Street Cup – Saturday and Sunday 7th, 8th May
The Club’s Open Handicap tournament is on again, open to all members of any handicap sign up to come and test your handicap against the pros. Singles and doubles draws are open with all first-day losers eligible for the doubles on Sunday.

Judith Clarke Cup and Australian Amateur Ladies Singles and Doubles – Saturday and Sunday 14th, 15th May
Calling on all lady members, book the weekend of the 14th and 15th May as a tennis weekend. The Judith Clarke Cup, annual ladies Melbourne vs Hobart competition, and the Australian Amateur Ladies Singles and Doubles tournaments are being run all weekend. The Amateur singles and doubles will be graded to accommodate all standards so book the date in your diary and get involved. With the tournament only a week and a half away now it’s time to start looking at potential partners for the doubles otherwise you may get allocated one by the pros.

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.

Dark MOFO Tournament in Hobart – Saturday and Sunday 18th, 19th June
The Dark MOFO tournament is being held in Hobart again this year. It is set to coincide with the last weekend of the music and arts festival organised by MONA owner David Walsh and last year’s edition was a terrific success. We need a lady to champion the tournament in Melbourne so if you’re keen to play in Hobart and attend an exciting tournament and weekend please let us know.
See you on court
Paul Andrews

Lunch Special This Friday
There is a ‘Club Lunch Special’ this Friday 6 May: bring three guests for lunch at the Club and enjoy a bottle of RMTC Shiraz “for free and at no cost”. Bookings with the Pro Shop essential. (The RMTC ‘Dining Room’ is open for lunch on Wednesdays and Fridays, with scrumptious meals prepared by our Head Chef, Evie)

Match Report – Saskia’s Goodbye Party
On behalf of all present last Friday, a massive thank you to Lizzie Brown and Frank Filippelli for cooking up a Dutch feast to celebrate Saskia Bollerman’s time at The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club. Before the party kicked off, Julian Snow displayed glimpses of fine tennis from his younger days to narrowly beat Saskia in the Christa Abdallah Trophy – a trophy for ‘an occasional tennis match between a man and a woman’. We wish Saskia all the best for her studies back in Holland and we look forward to seeing her warm smile back in Melbourne in the not too distant future.

Tennis – From a Bygone Era
A reminder that this book will be published November 2016.
As a cost-saving effort, only the actual number pre-ordered will be printed.
Note deadline: Tuesday 17 May 2016.
For orders or queries please contact: Mike Garnett

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.