Tennis

Tennis Facilities

The club has 4 all-weather sand-filled artificial grass tennis courts which were replaced in June2017, have a consistent bounce and which drain quickly after rain.

Floodlights: The floodlighting on courts 1 & 2 (and part of court 3) make tennis playable all year round. The 2 light switches are located in the club house, next to  the telephone. Please remember to turn them off after play. To preserve the life of the bulbs please don’t switch them back on again until they’ve been off for at least 5 mins. If you are the last players on the courts in the day/evening, it is your responsibility to switch the court lights off. Do this even if they have already switched off automatically. If you don’t, they will come on again at dusk on the following day even if no-one is around.

The club has received (January 2022) a complaint from one of our neighbours about tennis court lights being left on when the courts are not in use. Please respect our neighbours (and minimise our electricity bill).

Court Booking: To avoid disappointment it is recommended that members  book a court before visiting the club: Booking

When booking tennis courts please try and book consecutive slots to maximise the availability of the courts. Please cancel bookings if you can’t use them.

Playing Times: Tennis may be played from 8am (10am on Sundays) and finish by 9pm during October to March, and 10pm during April to September.

There is a mini-court for younger players & a practice wall for all players.

Dean Annual Tennis Tournament 2022

Entries are invited and encouraged for the 2022 tennis tournament, in the following categories:

  • Gents open singles
  • Gents handicap singles
  • Ladies open singles
  • Ladies handicap singles
  • Ladies open doubles
  • Gents open doubles
  • Mixed open doubles
  • Veteran’s mixed doubles (qualification: combined age 100 or over, minimum individual age = 40)
  • Under-16 boys singles (16 or under on 10th September 2022)
  • Under-16 girls singles (16 or under on 10th September 2022)

Entries are to be submitted by 12 noon on Sunday 10th July 2022.

Finals day will be Saturday 10th September 2022 (weather permitting).

The tournament referees are Emily Anderson and Morag Houston. Please submit your entries to: deantennistournament2022@gmail.com Provide your name, event/s to be entered, and contact details (phone and email).

[For under-16 categories, please submit name of player, age of player, and contact details of parent or guardian].

For further info. & rules: https://thedeanclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/0Dean-Annual-Tennis-Tournament-2022-rules.pdf

Mixed Singles Tennis Box League & Doubles Tennis Box League

Aim: The aim of the Mixed Singles Tennis Box League(MSTBL) & Doubles Tennis Box League (DTBL) is to provide tennis members with the opportunity of meeting & playing singles or doubles tennis with different players of a similar standard.

Commitment: Depending upon numbers, the division/box size target is 6 for the MSTBL & 4 for the DTBL league. So, players will have around  5 (MSTBL) or 3 (DTBL) matches to play approximately every 6 weeks. If you play no matches, you’ve not logged into the BoxLeague.net A/C for 6 weeks or you’ve indicated in the Profile section of BoxLeague.net that you’re injured you will automatically be dropped from the league(s).

Match Scoring: The first player(s) to win 9 games win(s) the match. No tie-breaks. Login to BoxLeague.net and click on the ‘Standings’ tab, then the’Match Results’  text then ‘League Matches’ to enter the scores. Use the drop down arrows to select your match opponent. For example if player(s) 1 beat player(s) 2 by 9 games to 8 then select score 9-8 and press ‘Record Result’.

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. If you play all of your matches you will be awarded an additional 2 bonus points.

Promotion/Demotion: In general (assuming a box of 6), when an update to the league is made the 2 players with the most points will be automatically promoted, the 2 with the fewest will be demoted and  2 will stay. Some adjustment to these guidelines is almost always necessary as people join, re-join or withdraw. The consequence of adding more players to the higher divisions than withdraw means that the majority of players below them will be pushed down the league. However, a player’s position relative to their opponents should be maintained. Players who find themselves too high or too low on entering the league may be moved by more than one division, at the discretion of the organiser. Fortunately, this is not often necessary and although it can take a while to work your way up the league you hopefully have the pleasure of meeting many new friendly & interesting players on the way…

Cancellations/Injuries/Walkovers: If a match can’t be arranged or is cancelled for any reason you may feel justifiably frustrated. However, the organiser would like to remind players that the Box League(s) is/are intended as a medium for friendly competition. Claiming a walkover, for any reason is potentially controversial, so has not been facilitated. Those players who are lucky enough to remain injury free and who play most of their matches early in the round are more likely to move up the league(s). If you have to  cancel a match, at short notice (2 hours or less) then please don’t just rely on email to inform them (assuming that your opponent has disclosed their contact numbers). In addition, the onus is then on you to re-arrange the game!

Arranging Matches: Players should pro-actively arrange matches. Players often find that booking a court then sending an email to all of the players in their division, using the BoxLeague.net facility (https://boxleague.net/Email.aspx), is one way to arrange a match. If there are no immediate takers then the booking can be changed and another email sent. An alternative to email is the ‘WhatsApp’ app.  WhatsApp has the advantage over email in that you can speak to all players simultaneously in a group call.  The use of WhatsApp will require players to disclose their mobile numbers in the BoxLeague.net Profile and have WhatsApp on their smart phones. This facility could be particularly useful in arranging a doubles match. For more details see the link below:

WhatsApp. How to make a group voice call

Joining the MSTBL and/or DTBL: The BoxLeague.net database runs on an external website. To join, contact the administrator (via the contacts page) who will enter your email details into the BoxLeague.net system and allocate you a login name. Once you receive an email from BoxLeague.net  (check your spam and junk folders) follow the instructions on how to create a new password as you login to the boxleague.net system. Once logged in click on the ‘My Profile’ tab to add phone details to make it easy for people to contact you. Rather than expect everyone, including team-standard players, to start in the bottom division and work their way up, players wishing to join/rejoin should contact the administrator & indicate which division you hope to join/re-join. Assume 10 divisions with division ‘A’ being the strongest. There is scope by the administrator of promoting/demoting players who find themselves too low/high in the league e.g. if a player is winning most of their games 9-0. New players can be added in, mid-way through the leagues, provided there are at least 4 weeks left to run. Please only sign up to the league(s) if you’re going to be available & flexible in arranging matches.

Opting out of “BoxLeague Match Result” emails: You can opt out of receiving match result emails by logging into the BoxLeague.net/Profile and un-ticking the “Receive match result emails“. However, it is recommended that you tick the “Receive league level emails” so that you can be contacted by your opponents & the administrator.

Opting out of the league(s):  Provided you’ve played at least one game you will automatically be included in the next round. However, if you no longer wish to continue the easiest way to drop out of the league(s) is to login to your BoxLeague.net A/C and under the Profile tab tick the ‘I am currently injured and cannot play’ box under the Profile tab. If you’re participating in both the MSTBL & DTBL and want to drop out of only one league, contact the administrator before the next league update is made.

Changing Partners in the Doubles Tennis Box League: The DTBL is not restricted to male/female partnerships. If you have no partner the organiser will try and pair you up with a player of a similar standard. If you would like to change partners this should be done at the end of the league period.

Logging in & automatic emails from BoxLeague.net: At the start (and end) of a league you will receive an email from BoxLeague.net.  Login using your username & password and click on ‘Standings’ to see the details of your opponents. Player(s) order is initially by surname, until you have a results history.

League duration & next updates: The leagues run throughout the year. The duration of each round is typically 6 weeks but will be extended to accommodate the Tournament, the Winter weather and holidays. As of May 2022 the MSTBL comprises 79 players in 12 divisions and the DTBL comprises 17 pairs in 4 divisions. Record scores by 6 pm on the last day of the round.  The DTBL will be updated approximately 3 weeks after the MSTBL. For projected Box League round update dates see the Events Calendar page.

For further information please contact the MSTBL & DTBL administrator via the contacts page.

Other Tennis Events

Mixed abilities “Turn Up and Play” tennis every Wednesday from 18:30 to 20:00 & Saturday from 11:00 to 12:30.

For further information please contact the organiser via the contacts page.

Coaching for Seniors & Juniors

richard

Our full time tennis coach, Richard Axton (pictured), is available throughout the year for private coaching for members and non-members. Richard is a LTA licensed coach and qualified to run cardio tennis sessions.

Individual and group lessons for all ages and standards can be accommodated. There are adult group sessions open to members and non-members on weekday evenings. Richard also runs a junior tennis programme (5-18 years old) with sessions midweek and at weekends. There are holiday clubs during Easter and summer holidays.

For further information please contact Richard via the contacts page.

NB: 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.

Team Tennis

Team tennis in the East of Scotland leagues typically runs from April to June each year.

Ext URL: LTA Tennis Scotland

Ext URL: ESLTA East Of Scotland Tennis

Use Recycled Tennis Balls?

To save on landfill, consider using the PriceOfBath Phoenix recycled tennis balls: https://www.priceofbath.com/phoenix-recycled/phoenix-recycled-tennis-ball/phoenix-recycled-tennis-ball-from-price-of-bath.html

Footware & court maintenance

To avoid damaging the playing surface please only wear appropriate ( no heel) footwear on the courts.

The committee have entered into a regular 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.

Court Booking & Club Contacts

Book a court via the booking section page.

For further information please contact the organiser via the contacts page.