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. 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.

Mixed Singles Tennis Box League & Doubles 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(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 division/box size (the target is 6 players per division), players will usually have 4 or 5 matches to play approximately every 6 weeks ( a bit longer in the Winter months & around the tournament). If you play no matches, you’ve not logged into the BoxLeague A/C for 6 weeks or you’ve indicated in the Profile section of the BoxLeague 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 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(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, 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 (assuming a division of 6) will stay. Some adjustment to these guidelines are 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 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 Leagues are 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. Arranging doubles matches will require players to be particularly pro-active. Please always remember to cancel courts, if your plans or the weather change.

Joining the MSTBL and/or DTBL: The BoxLeague databases run on an external website. 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 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.

Opting out of “BoxLeague Match Result” emails: You can opt out of receiving match result emails by logging in to BoxLeague/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 matches:  The easiest way to drop out of the league(s) is to login to your BoxLeague 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: 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(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 may be extended to accommodate the Tournament and holidays. As of Sept 2021 the (MSTBL) comprises more than 70 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 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

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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

Annual Tennis Tournament 2022

The 2022 annual tennis tournament will probably be held on a Saturday around the first week of September.

There will be 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.

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.

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