The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
135 Years
6 September 2017 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (
Editor: John Woods-Casey


  • 6                   Introduction Night                                                                    President
  • 9                   North African Handicap Doubles                                             L Brown
  • 17                 Internationality Handicap Doubles                                          Mackinnon Family
  • 23                 Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC v Sydney)                                  V Scopelliti
  • 26&28           Junior Clinics (u16)                                                                 Pros
  • 30                 Grand Final Handicap Doubles                                              Pros


  • 6                   First Friday of the month drinks (6-8pm)
  • 7                   Quarterly Medal #4                                                                 Pros
  • 8                   Joan M Hayne Handicap Doubles                                          Pros
  • 14-15            Australian Masters Championships*                                      J Hamer
  •                      Over 50s, 55s, 60s, 65s, 70s & 75 Sgls & Dbls

Internationality Handicap Doubles – Sun 17 September
The biggest club tournament of the year is coming up again. It’s your chance to dig out your long-lost family history in the jungles of Peru or wildest Siberia and join with someone with the same (or somewhat similar) connection for a fun day of handicap doubles. Wearing the traditional dress of your home country will garner bonus points and may even see you awarded the coveted “best dressed” prize. Find a partner and discover an interesting connection then come into the club and sign up. 

Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC vs Sydney Real Tennis Club) – 23 September
Sydney-siders don’t get many opportunities to play real tennis so on this weekend they make their annual pilgrimage to Melbourne for this big occasion. We need an enthusiastic and willing team to take them on and show them real tennis and real tennis hospitality. Sign up in the club or ring the pro shop.

Junior Clinics (u16) – Tues & Thur 26 & 28 Sep
Junior clinics are back again this school holidays for those under 16. Help us grow the best game in the world. Grab your children and/or collar some passing stray on the street, let us work our magic and in 10 years you could be telling everyone that you’re responsible for the next world champion. Clinics will run in hour blocks at 9:30 and 10:30 on both days.

Grand Final Handicap Doubles – Sat 30 Sep
Join in the celebration of the biggest day of the year in Melbourne, the AFL Grand Final. Come into the club and start the day with some round robin tennis to be finished by 2.00pm, then stay around to watch the game at 2.30 on the TV at the club. Light lunch will also be provided. Ring the pro shop or visit us at the club to sign up and get involved.

It is time again this January for the Club to host the most prestigious team doubles tournament in the Real Tennis world open to all amateur players, the Boomerang Cup. Alongside the Boomerang Cup, we will hold the Handicap Doubles tournament open to all players so their will be plenty of competitive tennis.

Wonderful social events are being planning and several overseas teams have already registered their intention to join the competition.

We encourage RMTC members to get their teams together and all those wishing to play need to submit their individual Entry Form by 6 October 2017. Please find the entry forms by clicking here.

As an added bonus to get cracking, the Pros are arranging a Boomerang Pennant competition so your team can get match practice before the main event! This will be open to 8 teams – 4 playing Tuesday nights starting 17 October and 4 playing Thursday nights starting 19 October. The Boomerang Pennant will run for 7 weeks (so finishing first week of December). Those wishing to play should register their interest with the Pros ASAP.

Please direct any questions about Boomerang 2018 to Vince Scopelliti or Greg Cornish at

An opportunity to see Kate’s award-winning documentary, Njinga
Thursday 28th September, 6.30pm
Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton

The story of Kate Leeming’s astonishing 22,000-kilometre trek by bicycle across Africa. Dodging rebels, insurgents, Somali pirates, and exotic and dangerous wildlife all while battling extreme conditions. From desert to jungled terrain on non-existent roads and faint tracks, Njinga is more than a story of mental grit and physical endurance, it is a story of hope.

The film won Best Documentary, Best Cinematography and was runner-up for Best Director at the Action on Film International Film Festival in LA.

Introduction by Kate Leeming

“In partnership with Education Changemakers and it’s Educhange Film Fest, I will be screening my award-winning feature documentary Njinga, the story of my ten month cycle journey through 20 African countries from Senegal to Somalia.”

All members and friends welcome to attend, even if not a part of the Educhange event.

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