Sad news - Oliver Sutton

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Oliver Sutton.

Oliver, with his wife Gay, was a member of Andover Tennis Club for many years, in particular enjoying playing day time tennis on the Astro courts at Brackenbury. Oliver was a great supporter of the club, loved our socials and, even when he was no longer a member, he was always keen to keep in touch.

We will remember him for his lovely sense of fun and his infectious laugh. We extend our sympathy to his wife, Gay, and all his family.

 

Club Night Social - this Friday...

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Every ‘first’ Friday of each month we plan to offer food during Club Night. There will be a different theme each month.

JUNE’s THEME is CURRY NIGHT

Friday 7th June

Chicken Curry and rice with naan bread followed by ice-cream

available from 7.30pm onwards

priced at £5 per head.

Please bring your own drink…

Why not enjoy a game of social tennis followed by food whilst watching the French Open. A great way to start to the weekend…

2019 Adult Club Championships – new tournament format...

***Entries now being taken. Closing date -31st May 2019***

  • The New Feature this year is the introduction of round-robin first rounds for events with more than 8 entries.

  • This will give everyone more tennis and make the championship more of a social occasion.

  • At the round-robin stage the top seeds will be absent and winners of round robin groups will progress to meet them in the final rounds.

  • Entrants must be available on the nominated days. These dates are all in June.

  • Seeded players will not need to be available on the round robin dates.

  • The Club Championship Committee; Trevor, Claire, Adrian and Josh will seed players…based on last year’s results.


Forms are also available at the Clubhouse.

If you have any queries, please contact any of the Club Championship Committee…

Please support this event - it is a great way to meet and compete against other members.

Good luck…

Great afternoon at the Tennis and Skills School Festival ...

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On Wednesday 22nd May, six Teams from four local Primary and Junior Schools competed in a Tennis and Skills Festival at the Club run by our Head Coach Josh.

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There were 10 stations testing various Tennis shots, ball skills, racket skills and team-work. The children collected points for their teams and each team had one of our fantastic new Tennis Leaders from John Hanson School to accompany them and help with all the various challenges.

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The festival was played in great spirits, even with a chance for the children to beat some of their teachers at the end in some fun matches!

Overall winners were St Johns Primary and everyone left with a smile on their face.

2019 Club Championships - Juniors and Minis

Entries are now being taken for the 2019 Junior and Mini Club Championships.

A few things to remember:

  •   All current members are eligible to enter.

  •   £5 per entrant.

  •   Completed entry forms and payment must be received by 8th June 2019.

  •   Finals Weekend – Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September - all finals must be played during this weekend.

Please click the button below to view more details/rules and an entry form.  Forms are also available at the Clubhouse.

 

Please support this event – it is a great way to meet and compete against other members.

If you have any queries, please contact Margaret .

2019 Adult Wingfield Tournament - entries now being taken...

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A ‘sliding handicap’ Mixed Doubles Adult Event

Sunday 2nd June 1:30 p.m.

 Enter Now!

Open to all Adult Club members, Students and Junior ‘A’ Members

Enter with a partner or request ‘partner wanted’. 

£6.00 per adult, £4.00 per Junior. Tea included.

 Sign up in the Clubhouse or text Margaret on 07951009329

This year the Wingfield Tournament is taking place during the French Open so the theme of the day will be French.

Tea will include some French delicacies both to eat and to drink.

Bon Appetit

The Summer season starts for the Adult teams...

ALTC have three men’s teams in the Basingstoke League and all of them started their summer campaigns at the club’s Balksbury home.

The winter season saw the Men’s A narrowly lose the Division One title; by one set. The B team consolidated their position in Division One and the C team won Division 4. 

Men’s C team; Darren King, Ben Mead,    Richard Shipway and Andy Taylor at Balksbury.

Men’s C team; Darren King, Ben Mead,

Richard Shipway and Andy Taylor at Balksbury.

For the summer season, Keith Robinson has taken over the B team. Richard Shipway is the new C team Captain and it was his team that were first to play. The opponents were Oakley C and although Oakley showed prolonged resistance, the Andover team was too strong all round and emerged victors by 8-0.

Shipway and Andy Taylor won both rounds 6-3, 7-5 and 6-3, 6-2, with superior shot making and movement.  Ben Mead and Darren King kept the rallies short with accurate volleying and won 6-3, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-1. The team aim to gain promotion and this was a great start.


The Men’s A team, sponsored by KJM this year, also had a first victory in a close match against the B team.

It was a new look A team with an average age under twenty and the B team were determined to put up a good show. 

The A team first pair of Gregor Corcoran and George Beare won against B team firsts, Dan DeMarco and Andy Snellgrove, 6-2, 6-2. They were playing with confidence and power, but found their second match against Keith Robinson and Harvey Stuart more tricky as Robinson’s accurate lobbing and sharp interceptions upset their rythym. Stuart’s strong backhand and sharp movement also made life difficult. They did emerge winners 6-4, 6-4, but it had been close.

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Kyrill Kennett, Myles Cole, George Beare, Gregor Corcoran, Harvey Stuart, Keith Robinson,

Andy Snellgrove and Dan De Marco, indoors at Balksbury

Younger pair, Kyrill Kennett and Myles Cole had ensured a win for the A team by beating Robinson and Stuart 6-4, 6-2 with a strong combination of power and movement.

The B team gained a consolation win at the end when De Marco and Snellgrove plotted a win by 6-4, 6-4 against the youngsters, taking the initiative with accurate, forcing net play.

The overall result was a 6 sets to 2 win for the A team; a good start for them and an encouraging one for the B team who had competed well.

Club Juniors perform at the Road to Wimbledon event ...

Ten boys and five girls competed this Saturday for the 14 and under Road to Wimbledon Singles Challenge at ALTC.

The Girls competition was played in one section with Egna Mutedzi coming third, Maria Sharova coming second and Flavia Zamfir proving too strong for the opposition as she emerged as the winner.

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The Boys competition had the first rounds played in two groups with Jack Murn emerging as the winner of Section A and Leshawn Clarke as the runner up. Third place went to Louis Tanner, who is developing his game well, with Toby Liversidge and Joseph Horne also playing confidently. In Section B Harri Putt was the narrow winner from Isaac Robinson in second place and Archie Stepney third. Mattie Cooke and Harry Richmond played very well within this group and, as they are much younger, showed great potential for the future. In the semi finals, Jack Murn had the greater physical strength against Isaac Robinson, a great retriever of the ball with excellent concentration. In the other semi final, Harri Putt had a tight contest against Leshawn Clarke, with both boys testing each other for every point. Harri eventually proving the winner.

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The final between Jack Murn and Harri Putt was a good match, both boys playing well and showing how much their game has improved through the club coaching. Jack was the winner 4-2. In the third place play off, Isaac Robinson beat Leshawn 4-2. Some really good tennis was played throughout the Afternoon with great sportsmanship between the players.

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Jack and Flavia now represent the Andover Club at the Hampshire county round where we wish them every success on the Road to Wimbledon!

 

ALTC supports 'A-Fest' ...

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A busy day in Andover High Street supporting A-Fest - Andover's Youth Festival organised by Andover Town Council to highlight youth provisions in the area.

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A special thank you to all the helpers during the event, Meredith, Sorina, Grace, Emma, Toby, Freddie, Jude, Elliot and Flavia. You were superstars!

Thanks also to Margaret, Mick, Martyn, Dan, Andy and Mark.


Local company KJM sponsors ALTC

At the start of the 2019 season, local company KJM agreed to become a sponsor of the club.

KJM were established in Andover in 1983 and have been supplying windows, doors and conservatories locally ever since.

Managing Director Mark Pearce was pleased to be able to support a local sports facility and agreed a three-year deal to have KJM's business promoted at the club premises as well as on team shirts.

The Club is delighted to establish this link with a prominent local company such as KJM and is very grateful for their sponsorship.


Youngsters do well for ALTC

The Club’s winter programme of matches has resumed after a short  Christmas break.

In the Basingstoke League the men’s A team had a straightforward win over Old Basing B. Shaun McDonald and Al Williams won both matches 6-1, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-2. John Cadwell and Gregor Corcoran also proved too strong for the opposition winning 6-1, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1.

 They then took on local rivals Goodworth Clatford. This was a closer match with Al Williams and Shaun McDonald winning three sets and Gregor Corcoran and Adrian Shapter winning two, to give them a 5-3 win overall.

 The men’s B team has relied on youth and has given first senior matches to several of the club’s talented youngsters. Brothers Tommy and Mark Mackie helped the club to promotion last season and Kyril Kennett has played a lot of matches. Myles Cole is the latest junior to join the team. Myles, Kyril and Mark are fourteen years old. They need to be consistent and strong to hold their own in a senior match as well as having to cope with styles less coached than their own.  Myles and Kyril played their part in beating Old Basing B at Old Basing. They won both matches 6-2, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-4. Gareth Banning and Jacob Webb halved one match 6-7, 6-2 and won the other 6-0, 6-0.

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Myles, Thomas, Kyril and Adrian

The team found it harder against Old Basing A at Andover’s Indoor centre, but they put up a good show. Myles and Kyril faced the Basingstoke Singles Champion in the first pair but had some superb rallies of professional quality. The Old Basing pair had more consistency at that level and won 6-0, 6-2. The boys were not downhearted, however, and had a close match against the second pair sharing the sets 6-4, 2-6.

Adrian Shapter and Thomas Foster did well against the second pair, winning 7-5, 6-2 and put up a good show against the firsts but went down 3-6, 3-6.  This was a loss by 3-5 overall, but a great effort against a good team.

The A team are due to play the Old Basing A team so this should be a good test for them.

Wimbledon 2019 Ticket Ballot

Each year, ALTC is allocated Wimbledon tickets which are balloted at a Club meeting, which normally takes place in April.

The registration process is now open for Adult club members (plus juniors aged 11 years old and above) to opt-in for the Wimbledon 2019 Ticket Ballot.

To be eligible to enter for tickets during the ballot meeting, you must:

  • be a current ALTC member at the time of the ALTC Ballot (all adults and juniors aged 11 years and above are eligible);

  • hold a British Tennis Membership*(free membership); and

  • OPTED-IN via the British Tennis/LTA website by 22nd February 2019

*Note - You must be a British Tennis Member as well as a ALTC Club Member to be eligible to enter the ballot.

PLEASE FOLLOW ONE OF THE OPTIONS BELOW TO ENSURE YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR TICKETS – IT ONLY TAKES A FEW MINUTES…


OPTION ONE

Once logged in it will automatically re-direct you to the Wimbledon Opt-in page and then follow the instructions.

IMPORTANT - Please remember to check your ‘Personal Details’ are up-to-date plus ensure ‘Andover Lawn Tennis Club’ is selected under ‘Your Venues’ otherwise you will not be eligible to enter the ballot.


OPTION TWO

This is a 2-step process - first you need to ‘Become a British Tennis Member’ which is free for the ‘Lite’ category as you are an ALTC member. Then you need to ‘Opt-In’ to the Wimbledon Ballot’.

IMPORTANT - Please remember to check your ‘Personal Details’ are correct plus ensure ‘Andover Lawn Tennis Club’ is selected under ‘Your Venues’ otherwise you will not be eligible to enter the ballot.


Remember if you want to enter the ALTC Wimbledon Ticket Ballot you must ‘Opt-in’ by 22nd February 2019.

It gives you a chance of being successful in the Club Ballot to watch the World's top tennis players at Wimbledon.

Further information regarding the ALTC Wimbledon Ticket Ballot evening will be published in March… In the meantime, if you have any queries or experience any problems registering or ‘opting in’, please contact/email Tina, Margaret or Linda .

 

Great wins for local club players at LTA tournament..

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Josh, our Head Coach organised a LTA Adult Tournament on 19th January. Entries were received from across many counties and competition was strong.

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Our talented junior, Flavia, who is a team player for the H&IOW County Under 14 Girls squad, competed hard and won the Ladies event.

Sam, one of our Club coaches won the Mens Event after a long hard fought final against his brother!! A great match played by both.

Thank you to all the players, supporters and the volunteers who prepared refreshments throughout the event.

More tournaments for all ages are planned throughout the year. Please contact Josh for more details or have a look on the LTA website for local tournaments.

Busy weekend planned at the Club...

Wow… another action-packed schedule is planned for this weekend.…

This Friday evening (18th January) is Adult Members Club Night. Social play starts from 6pm onwards. See you on the court…

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On Saturday morning the weekly Mini/Junior Coaching programme continues. All ages and abilities are catered for.  Have a look on our coaching page for more info. Adult Cardio Tennis is also available at 10.15am. Refreshments available too…

In the afternoon, why not pop along and support our Adult team who are competing against another local club. Play starts at 1.15pm. Refreshments available all afternoon… Alongside this, is an Adult LTA tournament being held from 2.30pm onwards – players from across the region are competing – some club members too… Apologies due to the busy court schedule, the afternoon member social play is postponed just for this Saturday.

On Sunday morning, another club team is competing – play starts from just after 10am. Pop in and support your fellow club members…

To complete the weekend, Club Member’s Social play is on Sunday afternoon from 3pm onwards…

It’s a great time to be a club member - if you know of a friend, family member or work colleague who would like to join please email Tina.

We look forward to seeing you at the club for a very ‘busy and active’ weekend…

Andover awarded H&IOW Club of the Year

The Club has been awarded H&IOW Club of the Year 2018.

A great achievement by everyone at the club - from members, players, parents, coaches, volunteers and the Committee.

Chairman, Margaret says “ this recognises the incredible hardwork put in over many years during our move from Brackenbury to Balksbury. All our members should be very proud of this achievement. We now go through to the Regional Round in the New Year. Good luck”.

Well done everyone…

The County’s Performance Manager, Chris Wilkinson (former British No1 tennis player) presenting Margaret with the H&IOW ‘Club of the Year 2018’ Award

The County’s Performance Manager, Chris Wilkinson (former British No1 tennis player) presenting Margaret with the H&IOW ‘Club of the Year 2018’ Award