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. The floodlighting on courts 1 & 2 (and half 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.
Court Booking: Covid-19 social distancing requirements mean that all members must 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. Cancel bookings if you can’t use them.
Playing Times: Tennis may only be played between 08:00 (10:00 on Sundays) and 22:00.
There is a mini-court for younger players & a practice wall for all players.
Annual Tennis Tournament 2021
The 2021 annual tennis tournament will be held on Saturday 4th September.
There are 8 separate competitions:
- Gents open singles and handicap singles
- Ladies open singles and handicap singles
- Ladies and gents open doubles
- Mixed doubles (handicapped)
- Veteran’s mixed doubles (qualification: combined age 100 or over, minimum individual age = 40)
- Members in the intermediate category (14 to 17 years old) are welcome to enter.
- Members may enter as many competitions for which they are qualified as they wish.
Members who do not have a playing partner may put their names forward for doubles events and we will try to match them up with a partner.
The finals are also a good excuse to light the BBQ.
Team tennis in the East of Scotland leagues typically runs from April to June each year.
Mixed Singles Tennis Box League
Prompted by Covid-19 Dean has decided to move away from the paper based system (running since 1991) and use the BoxLeague software to help run the league. See below.
Aim: The aim of the Mixed Singles Tennis Box League 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 usually have 4 or 5 matches to play every 5 to 6 weeks. If you play no matches you will be automatically dropped unless you contact the administrator.
Match Scoring: The first player to win 9 games wins the match. No tie-breaks. Login to Box League and click on the ‘Standings’ tab, then ‘Match Results’ text then ‘League Matches’ to enter the scores. Use the drop down arrows to select your match opponent. For example if player 1 beat player 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, the 2 players with the most points will be promoted, the 2 with the fewest will be demoted and 1 or 2 (depending upon division size) will stay. Some adjustments to these guidelines are almost always necessary as people join or withdraw. The downside of this approach is that at the end of the approx. 6 weeks, players who have been promoted relative to their opponents may end up being pushed down by stronger players re-joining.
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 is intended as a medium for friendly competition. Claiming a walkover, for any reason is potentially controversial, so has not been facilitated.
Arranging Games: Players organise their own games. Players often find that booking a court then sending an email to all of the players in their division, using the BoxLeague facility (https://boxleague.net/Email.aspx), is one of the best ways to arrange games. If there are no takers then the court date & time can be changed and another email sent. The ‘WhatsApp’ app uses phone numbers instead of email & is another popular way of contacting players. Please always remember to cancel courts, if your plans change.
Opting out of emails & matches: You can opt out of receiving match result emails by logging in to BoxLeague/Profile and unticking 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. You can opt out of current and/or future matches by clicking on the ‘I am currently injured and cannot play’ box. Alternately, contact the organiser & ask to be removed or re-instated.
Joining the Dean BoxLeague: The BoxLeague database is website based as opposed to a phone app. To join, contact the administrator (via the contacts page) who will enter your details into the BoxLeague system and allocate you a login name. Once you receive an email from BoxLeague (check your spam folder) click on the link and login at BoxLeague . Click on the ‘My Profile’ tab to change your password & add your contact details. 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.
Logging in & automatic emails from BoxLeague: At the start (and end) of a league you will receive an email from BoxLeague. Login using your username & password and click on ‘Standings’ to see the details of your opponents. Player order is initially by surname, until you have a results history.
League duration & next updates: The league runs throughout the year. The duration of each round is typically 6 weeks but may be extended to accommodate the Tournament and holidays. As of June 2021 this comprises 67 players in 11 divisions. Record scores by 6 pm on the last day of the round. For projected BoxLeague round update dates see the Events Calendar page.
For further information please contact the Mixed Singles Tennis Box League 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
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.
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.
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
Court Booking & Club Contacts
Book a court via the booking section page.
For further information please contact the organiser via the contacts page.