Tennis Finals Day Photos

Congratulations to all those who took part in this year’s tennis championships and particularly the winners:


Singles champion: Alex Tweedie

Handicap: Jack Galloway

Doubles: Al Humphery &  Fraser Maxwell


Singles champion: Morag Houston

Handicap: Pam Williams

Doubles: Morag Houston & Philippa McPherson

Handicap mixed doubles: Bill Saunderson & Moira Little

Veterans mixed doubles: Jack Galloway& Morag Torrance

Thanks to the tournament referee: Alastair Smith


Dean Annual Tennis Tournament 2018. Finals on Saturday 1st September.

Entries are invited for the 2018 tennis tournament, in the following categories:- • Gents Open Singles

• Ladies Open Singles
• Gents Open Doubles
• Ladies Open Doubles
• Gents Handicap Singles 
 • Ladies Handicap Singles 
 • Handicap Mixed Doubles 
 • Veterans Mixed Doubles

Entries are to be submitted by Sunday 29th July at 4pm. Entries can be made to Alastair Smith at (name, competitions to be entered, contact details by phone and email) – or by adding your name to the notice in the clubhouse.



Finals day is Saturday 1st September 2018, from noon;


All entrants must be playing tennis members of the club;


Ties can be arranged by either party but ultimately arrangement of each tie is the responsibility of the person who won the round before in the draw or the person on top – the Challenger;


The Challenger must offer at least two dates;


If the Challenger offers three dates and none are suitable, the Challenger may seek to claim the tie (although you should all make efforts to find a mutually convenient time). Please refer such situations to the tournament referee;


It is the responsibility of the Challenger to book the court for the tie. Competition ties take precedence for court time during the tournament period;


Competitors are reminded that they must scratch before reaching the final if they cannot play on finals day;


Ties should be commenced and completed promptly, within the timescale set out in the draw. Any need to extend beyond the last date for any round must be referred to the tournament referee;


Open ties are best of three sets; the first two sets are tie-break sets; the third set, if required, is a long set;


Handicap ties are the best of three long sets;


Entrants for the Veterans tournament must have a combined age of 100;


It is hoped that good sportsmanship and common sense will prevail! However if there are any difficulties please feel free to contact the referee. In all cases of dispute, the referee’s decision is final;

Tournament Referee: Alastair Smith (

Dean Ladies Team finish in 3rd place in East of Scotland League Division 7B.

Dean ladies tennis team (pictured) have had another successful year finishing a close third in their league.
16 ladies have played for the team this year and we have all enjoyed some competitive tennis and lovely weather!
Now the matches on Thursday evenings  have finished there will be a resumption of ladies tennis evenings – details from Emily Anderson.

New Block of Cardio Tennis With Strength & Conditioning starts Wednesday May 23rd

Cardio Tennis with Strength and Conditioning sessions. If you would like to attend please register your interest with Richard (email:

 Wednesday 7.30pm – 9.00pm (90 mins) on the following dates:

 Wednesday May 23rd

Wednesday May 30th

Wednesday June 6th

Wednesday June 13th

Wednesday June 20th

Wednesday June 27th

 These pay on the day sessions run for 1.5 hours.

Cost is £7 for members and £9 for non-members

and are run by cardio-trained coach, Richard Axton.

 Tennis at the Dean

The Dean has 4 all-weather sand-filled artificial grass tennis courts with floodlighting on two courts, to make tennis playable all year round. During busy times it’s advisable to book a tennis court: see booking section. There is also a mini-court for younger players. A newly repainted practice wall is also available for players to practice their strokes.

The committee have entered into a maintenance contract with a local company in order to keep the courts in the best condition possible and to try and ensure their longevity. However, please do use one of the drag brushes, after you’ve played, to help re-distribute the sand, remove leaves and discourage plant growth etc.

Tennis coaching sessions are available for groups and individuals with our professional tennis coach Richard Axton, see more below.

Club Tournaments

The tennis tournament is usually held on a Saturday in September. It’s a good excuse to get the BBQ going and enjoy  a drink or two as you cheer on the finalists. The following links show some photos from recent championships:


Team Tennis

If you would like to participate in the men’s team practice sessions or join the team competition please contact either Russel Whyte or Eric Cruikshank.

If you would like to participate in the ladies’ team practice sessions or join the team competition please contact  Liz Falconer.

Club Social Tennis

Mixed abilities ladies’ and gents’ social Tennis, Wednesdays 7-8:00 pm & Saturdays 5-6pm, until further notice. Please email Emily Anderson  or text her on 07799-893391 to be added to the mailing list.

Social Tennis is every Sunday 2-4 pm.

Dean organises events throughout the year, such as double tennis tournaments. These are open to all abilities and provide a great way to improve your tennis and meet other members! Please contact a committee member for details.

Tennis mini-leagues

Aim: The aim of the leagues is to provide tennis members with the opportunity of playing singles tennis with different players of a similar standard.

Commitment: Depending upon division size, players will have approximately 4 matches to play every month, but should play at least one match if they wish to be included in the next round.

Match Scoring: To keep matches short, the first player to win 9 games wins the match. The score, in games, should be entered as follows: e.g. If player ‘A’ beat player ‘B’ by 9 games to 8 then player ‘A’ gets a score of 9-8 and player ‘B’ gets a score of 8-9. A player’s own scores are entered on the horizontal (same general format as the squash leagues ie. symmetrical about a diagonal from top left to bottom right).

Points: To encourage people to play, points are awarded as follows: 2 points for playing a match 1 point for each game won and 3 points for winning the match ie. a maximum of 14 points per match.

Promotion/Demotion: Typically the two players with the most points will be promoted and the two with the fewest will be demoted. Some adjustments to these guidelines are often necessary as people join/withdraw.

Joining: Players wishing to join/rejoin should add their details to the current leagues sheet. Indicate which division you hope to join. Assume 4 divisions with division 1 being the strongest.

Walk-overs: Walkovers should be recorded as w/o in the challengers box and – in the box of the player who calls off.

If you’d like to sign up or suggest improvements to these rules contact Patrick Jones.


Coaching – Senior and Junior



Our coach Richard Axton is available for private and group coaching for members and non-members. Private coaching is £20 an hour (£25 for non-members) and £5 per person in group sessions (£7 for non-members).

Richard is an LTA Licensed Level 2 Coach, currently progressing to Level 3. Richard is a full time tennis coach, coaching at Craiglockhart and Dean. Available for Individual or group lessons of all ages and standards.

If non-members decide to join after they have had non-member coaching sessions; they will be reimbursed 5 sessions worth of additional fees paid for coaching.

Regular Coaching Times

Currently Dean has:

???? Junior coaching at the weekend & weekday evenings – Richard has various junior coaching groups depending on ability, please contact him if you would like junior coaching

More information

For information regarding booking our facilities, visit to our booking section.

For more information regarding coaching sessions, please feel free to contact us.