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

  • 19-20        President’s Cup                                                              President
  • 27             Parent & (16+) Offspring Handicap Doubles        Pros
  • 28             Gold Racket Qualifier 6pm                                         Tennis Cttee
  • 2              First Friday of the Month Drinks                                Social Cttee
  • 3              JB Box Trophy                                                                  A Schnaider
  • 4              Finals Day incl Gold Racket                                        Tennis Cttee
  • 10-11       Young Members (u35) Tournament & BBQ                                                                                                       incl Jim Bailey Cup (u26 Handicap Singles)      Youth Cttee
  • 14            Club Christmas Party                                                    Social Cttee
  • 23            Christmas Breakfast Tournament                          J Sear



President’s Cup – Saturday-Sunday 19-20 Nov
The annual Melbourne vs Hobart pennant match is in Melbourne this year so the Hobartians will be sending their team. Join our President Robert Kininmonth and sign up for the tennis for one or both days and for the dinner on Saturday night.

Alan Hamer Cup Club Doubles Championship Final – Saturday 26 Nov
The final of the Club Doubles Championship is being played at 11am on Saturday 26 Nov. Last year’s champions Kieran Booth and Daniel Williams are up against the 6-time champions Michael Happell and Bret Richardson. Should be a cracking match of quality tennis with Kieran tonight playing for a place in the quarterfinal of the British Open at 9pm (see the live streaming here: and Michael working hard in preparation for the World Masters in January 2017.

Parent and Offspring (16+) Handicap Doubles – Sunday 27 Nov
Pick your favourite child or parent and sign up for the 2016 Parent and Offspring tournament. The annual event of making domestic disputes public is a most entertaining spectacle so sign up and get involved.

See you on court

The World Masters in on at the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club next January. Entry forms are available at the Club so come in and grab your form to make sure you don’t miss out.
Entries close Friday 25 November!
SAVE THE DATE: Finals Day 2016 – Sunday 4 Dec

Finals Day is arguably the best day of tennis for the year. We have the final of the Gold Racquet, Women’s A Grade Club Champs and Ford Strachan Junior Club Champs as well as the Medal of Medalists and final of the John Poolman Trophy (club handicap champs). Come in and enjoy the day in the Club and support all the players.
All members, injured or not, please provide your injury experience to this important survey. Paper versions available from the pros, online version available here:
It only takes a few minutes! Thanks to all members who have already done the survey. Much appreciated. It may lead to potential benefits to players.

In September Real Tennis Magazine was launched ( My goal in starting the magazine was to create a digital publication for the international real tennis community filling a void. Real Tennis Magazine will be published 10 time per year. Each issue will contain a profile of a player from the professional side of the game; it will also contain a video lesson with a professional, training & nutrition advice with Michael Cecchi who has worked as World Champion Camden Riviere’s personal trainer. Additionally, the magazine will highlight a club in each issue, it will have articles on amateurs (male, female, senior and juniors), an international tournament & fixtures schedule, professional photography from Michael Do and Tim Edwards are showcased, and it will have timely articles on issues and opportunities that impact our sport.

Previous issues have profiled Camden Riviere, Claire Fahey and Andrew Lyons. The magazine has had video lessons with Leon Smart, John Lumley and Camden. We have spoken with the Founder of Gold Leaf Athletics, the CEO of the IRTPA about the 2018 World Championship bid and the role of increased advertising and sponsorship for professionals, we went behind the scenes with the production company that produced the high quality streaming at the 2016 World Championship and much more. Our club profiles have included The Tennis & Racquet Club (Boston), Prested Hall Racquet Club (UK) and The National Tennis Club (Newport). In each issue we are working to broaden the content and welcome submissions and story ideas.

Personally I am an amateur player who like many of you loves the game and who is always looking to lower that handicap. The magazine is a supporter of the USCTA National League for the 2016-2017 Season, I am a member of the USCTA Handicap & Ranking Committee and a member of The National Tennis Club. Our subscription price is $60.00 (USD) annually. I hope that you will take a few moments to check out our website and consider signing up for the magazine. The publication is digital but it is also available to print and download as a PDF.

If you have any questions or ideas for content, please feel free to contact me. Follow us on Facebook as Real Tennis Magazine and Instagram @RealTennisMagazine.

Play Well!
Bob Rulli Publisher & Chief Content Officer

You can view the first edition of the magazine without paying for a subscription on the website and all subsequent editions including the current edition can be viewed with a subscription.

The doubles pairings were quite varied in age as well as people who normally don’t play together; there was a father and son team, the shamateur (fast improver) and the rock solid 2015 Richmond Silver Racket winner taking on one of the Over 70’s Masters doubles teams. Even with all the different players on court the handicap differences weren’t that large with no serve restrictions or ban tambours to be seen. Therefore the full range of different styles of tennis were displayed without the better players having to restrict themselves too much to make up for the sheer amount of points required to win large handicap differences.

Despite a lack of sleep and a terrible start, being comprehensively beaten 6/1 by Paul and Dan Williams, Paul Rosedale and Jo See Tan managed to recover and not lose another match till 5 all, 40 all in the final. The victors were Graeme Holloway and John Faull who fought hard in the final and found weaknesses in a couple of crucial points.

The day was busy with a number of teams playing 3 or 4 matches back to back first to 6 game sets. Jo See Tan and the social committee took care of lunch which was amazing after playing so many matches, so thank you to her.

Paul Rosedale