Boys road to Wimbledon

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Wythall held their annual R2W Boys 14U tournament on Sunday May 7th. Seven boys entered they included: Daniel, Thomas, Charlie, Lockie, Ethan, Alfie and Jacob.

The standard of pay throughout the afternoon was impressive with so many matches being decided on the last point. Although not everyone can win, there were notable performances from Ethan, Alfie, and Thomas who only just missed out on semi final places.

The first semi was between Daniel and Lockie. Daniel made a decisive break early in the match to qualify for the final. Jacob played Charlie in the 2nd semi with Jacob winning against a very determined Charlie.

As expected the final did not disappoint with high quality tennis throughout from these two talented players. So many rallies were 10 points but in the 3rd game Daniel broke Jacob’s serve and held his to take the title.

Both Daniel and Jacob now represent Wythall on the weekend of July 15th – 16th and everyone at the club wishes them well.

All of the boys at sometime have been part of our junior tennis academy and if anyone is interested in their child joining us details are on the coaching page of our website.

Girls road to Wimbledon

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The annual road to Wimbledon girls under 14 tournament took place Saturday 29th April 2017. We had a total of 7 young girls to have to opportunity to go on to represent our club in July. They were Boo, Mia, Elise, Isabelle T, Thalia, Nithusha and Isobel G. The day consisted of each player having 6 matches best of 3 sets, all games were well battled with many deuces.

There was 2 semi finals: Mia vs Elise and Boo vs Isabelle T. Mia and Boo won to play each other in the final. Boo won the final on a championship tie break 10-6. The final was brilliant to watch with many great shots by both players.

Both Boo and Mia will represent Wythall on 15th/16th July at Malvern and everyone at the club wishes them well.

All of the girls are part of our junior tennis academy and if anyone is interested in their child joining us, the details are on the coaching page of our website.

Come along to Saturdays pay & play

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A huge thank you to our Saturday Volunteers, the pay & play sessions wouldn’t be such a hit without you all.

Our thanks goes to Ryan Dougan, Cameron Garland, Liam Harris, Sam Cheal, Liz Weatherup and Ruby Lee.

If you would like to play some tennis then Saturday is your day…

  • 10am -11am – Juniors (5 – 11 years olds) – £2 a session
  • 11am -12.30pm – Improved juniors & adults – £3 juniors / £4 adults.

Wythall men celebrate the League & Cup double

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Wythall men did the double in the Stratford & District winter league.

They were champions of division 6 in the winter league. They played 12 matches over the winter, winning them all and only dropped 1 point in doing so. The captain was Tom Bick ably supported by Rob Turner, Oliver Howarth, Connor Williams, Ben Wheeler, Cameron Garland, James MacKinlay, Tom Suttle and Jack Suttle.

Wythall followed their league victory by winning the Floodlit Plate final. The format for the floodlit plate is on a knock out basis. Tom & Rob played 4 matches around the county before qualifying for the final at Littleton on Friday April 7th Wythall defeated Alcester in a close final 6-4 6-4. Considering Wythall was 1-3 down in the first set they recovered well.

Appreciation goes to Rob Spencer

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Rob Spencer has been a member for WTC for over 17 years. In those years he has been our: Secretary, Treasurer & finally Chairman since 2008. Rob has not played so often this year due to moving out of the area.

But Rob was determined to complete the project he started which was to see our 2 splendid artificial grass courts laid before he retired as Chairman.

Before our Christmas tournament, Rob was presented with an engraved pocket watch from our longest serving member Helen Hill. In recognition of his contribution to the club while being our Chairman.

Wythall Mini Green boy’s success

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Wythall 10U boy’s Charlie Spencer and Alfie Newbold enjoyed an excellent victory on Sunday 22nd in the first round of the Warwickshire league. Both Charlie and Alfie were unbeaten as a team in the tournament.

Against Sutton Coldfield Alfie won his singles but Charlie was beaten in a very close match. So the doubles would decide which team would win. Alfie and Charlie broke serve early in the first set and never looked back taking the match in straight sets.

When Wythall played Hall Green both Charlie and Alfie started their respective singles confidently and controlled the majority of the rallies. Both won in straight sets so Wythall they now qualify for the semi finals.

Play tennis on our artificial grass courts

Exciting times at Wythall Tennis Club as courts 1 and 2 have been converted to an artificial grass surface earlier this year. So anyone interested in taking up or returning to the sport over the winter months you have an ideal opportunity to enjoy our new surface or if you wish use are refurbished hard courts. The cost to hire a court is £7 per hour.

The new surface allows the club to extend its community court hire project through the winter. Balls and rackets are provided to visitors free of charge if required. Artificial grass courts will allow junior/adult coaching and Pay & Play sessions for the community to continue over the winter even in wet or frosty conditions. 3 of our courts are floodlit and are available from 7pm – 10pm on winter evenings. Normally courts are free most Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings. If anyone finds it convenient to play during a weekday morning or afternoon you will always find a court.

You will not be continually asked to join the club. This initiative is for members of the Wythall community to play on a regular basis. It has been proven tennis is an ideal sport to keep fit. If you find it more economical to join if you play on a regular basis but that would be your choice.

To book a court contact Kevin Turner on 07948 396618. Please book in advance though allowing someone to meet you at the court as you may be playing outside club sessions. You can find us on Facebook or our club website address is wythalltennisclub@gmail.com

Artificial grass courts at Wythall

new court surfaceExciting times at Wythall Tennis Club as we have had courts 1 and 2 resurfaced to an artificial grass surface which was completed in April.

So anyone in the community interested in taking up or returning to the sport pay us a visit and play on our new surface. You will find club nights or Sunday club afternoon times on our website.

Our thanks go to Chairman Rob Spencer, ably assisted by Chris Maggs who have spent many hours in bringing this plan to fruition.

Artificial grass courts would allow junior/adult coaching and Pay & Play sessions to extend over the winter months even in wet or frosty conditions. Courts identified for the new surface are already floodlit so are available in winter evenings.

New surface would allow the club to extend its ADULT community court hire project through the winter. Balls and rackets are provided to visitors FOC if required and if visitors play over the winter months there is a real possibility they will become club members the following year.

By providing tennis lessons and pay and play options for juniors through the winter will allow club coach to monitor their progress with the aim to enter more LTA winter events so introducing them to competitive side of the support.

Winter tennis will result in more junior teams entering AEGON spring and summer leagues as juniors have continued their technical and match play skills. Preparing juniors for external tournaments is vital as their initial experience may decide how they progress.

Family tournament 2015

P1020573On June 27th Wythall Tennis Club held its first Family Tournament. The idea was to encourage families to either continue to play tennis or try the sport for the first time.

A junior could be partnered with any adult or older family member. For instance a parent, step parent, older sibling, uncle, auntie or grandparent. The junior age groups were 8U – 10U – 12U. Court sizes modified for each age group.

16 pairs entered which the event which was encouraging for future tournaments.

Results:
8U
Winners – Lewis & Emily (older sister)
Runners up – Frankie & Chris (father) Christoforou
10U
Winners – Daniel Lee & Lisa Fitzgerald (mother)
Runners up – Jacob & Samuel (older brother) Cheal
12U
Winners – Harry & Jon (father) Clugston
Runners up – Elise Farrington Lloyd & Steve (uncle) Lloyd

All our events rely on volunteers to assist throughout the afternoon. So thank you to Alex Weatherup, Grace Turner, Ryan Dougan and Emily Harris.

Saturday Volunteers

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Our Saturday Community Pay & Play sessions remain popular and for many children it is their first experience of tennis. Without our three amazing volunteers who give up their Saturday mornings these sessions would not be possible.

Since parents don’t have to book but just turn up we never know how many children are attending and how wide their ability will be and our policy is to never turn anyone away.
Consequently our volunteers are always having to amend or modify tennis drills to suit their group on that particular morning.

Since these sessions run on a volunteer basis it allows Wythall Tennis Club to offer tennis to our community at competitive prices. If any children wish to move to structured lessons we run sessions on Monday and Wednesday nights.

If interested contact our website or Kevin Turner on 07948 396618.