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Opening dates announced for Summer 2018!

South Hants Lawn Tennis Club is pleased to announce its courts will be opening for play on Saturday 28th April 2018. Come on down between 2pm and 5pm, to experience the joys of grass court tennis, right in the heart of Southampton!

Beautiful grass courts in summer

We will also be open on Sunday 29th April, again between 2pm and 5pm. Our club nights are Tuesday and Thursday, with regular Mix-In Sundays organised throughout the summer months. Members also receive a key, so they can play at the club any time that suits them.

Non-members and potential new members are encouraged to come along on these days, to see our great courts. Non-member fees are £5 per day, and this will be subtracted from your membership fees should you choose to join.

Spring Greens!

In case you needed your appetite for the grass court season whetting, here is a photo of our freshly cut courts! Don’t they look marvellous? Many thanks as always to our groundsman, Geoff Prince, for keeping them in such pristine condition – next time you see him, why not tell him how great they look, I’m sure he’d appreciate it 🙂

B Team report – Winter Mixed League

Division 4

We’ve had a good opening first season in the new Mixed League and have thoroughly enjoyed the format. All our matches have been friendly and enjoyable, played in the usual mixture of rain, hail, wind and sun. In this division we played each team twice, which seems to have made it more intriguing and quite competitive for the second match! Also the ‘championship tie-break’ decider has been quite nailbiting at times! Fortunately, we seem to have secured enough points to move up a division next year, as with one match remaining we have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1.

Many thanks to everyone who has played in the team.

Social Summer Montage

social-2015-montage SHLTC have had a busy summer of social events beginning with a triathlon event which included open day tennis, rounders and a pub quiz. We then went to the cricket to watch our local Hampshire team in an entertaining T20 match. This summer also saw the return of the friendly matches with late summer evenings of tennis complete with delicious baked goods! We will say goodbye to the summer with an “International night” where you bring food from your local area, your signature dish or just a dish of your choice. We will also be having Christmas get together and will be emailing details soon, hope to see you there.

Family Coaching 2015

Following on from previous successful family coaching courses, we will again be running 6 week course to give children and their parents an introduction to tennis in a fun and friendly environment. The sessions will be lead by qualified coach David Macnab.

The course will begin on Sunday 17th May 2014, and will last for 6 weeks. Each session will start at 11am and last for 1 hour.

The cost is £2.00 per adult and £1 per child under 16, per session, which we think is an absolute bargain for an hour’s coaching. Please tell your friends and colleagues about this excellent way to have fun with their family while encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Wednesday Intermediate Coaching

These sessions will begin again on Wednesday 20th May from 7pm-8pm.

The sessions are aimed at intermediates. Complete beginners should attend the Sunday morning coaching which will begin on Sunday 17th May at 11am.

We will cover all the basic strokes, look at doubles tactics, serving and more.  The sessions are fun and relaxed with plenty of opportunity for play with tennis drills aimed at improving your all round enjoyment of the game.

Everyone is welcome, cost for members is £4.00 Non members £5.00.

I look forward to seeing you there

Club Tournament Finals 2014

The prizes the finalists were playing for.

The prizes the finalists were playing for.

Saturday 19th July saw the South Hants Lawn Tennis Club tournament reach it’s climax with Finals Day! This year, the finals were brought forward into the middle of the summer (rather than in September), and it resulted in a good turn out and a fun day.

The weather forecast predicted rain all day, but all we got was a short downfall early in the morning, which dried out before the first matches were played. All matches were played out in beautiful sunshine, while spectators snacked on cake and tea 🙂

The results from Saturday’s finals are as follows:

Ladies’ Singles

6-0, 6-0 (the score line doesn’t reflect the closeness of the match)

Men’s Singles

6-3, 6-1

Mixed Doubles

Jaco & Sanet
David & Ann
6-0, 6-1

Ladies’ Doubles

Kathryn & Ann
Sandra & Margaret
6-0, 6-0

Men’s Doubles

Paul & Graeme
Geoff & Isao
6-3, 6-2

Congratulations to this year’s champions and well done all who took part at any point of the tournament. We hope you had fun, and look forward to another excellent competition next summer!

2014 opening day postponed 1 week

Unfortunately, due to the recent bad weather and the forecast bad weather this week, our groundsman has decided to postpone the opening of the courts until next weekend: Sat 3rd and Sun 4th May 2014.

Mon 28th: rain. Tue 29th: rain. Wed 30th: rain. Thu 1st: sunny rain. Fri 2nd: cloud.

Weather forecast for 28th April to 2nd May 2014

The courts will be open from 2pm on Saturday. We look forward to you joining us then!

Obviously the weather may change, so please keep up to date through our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Ladies’ Winter League

Division 2

There are those who think that tennis is all about winning. And there are those who think that it’s all about running around, having a laugh and then eating a nice lunch. Those in the second group had a great winter season. In our six matches over six months, all 12 uninjured female club members played least once, which must in itself constitute a success. Playing tennis outside in the winter always brings a lovely sense of freshness and freedom – except for the two matches where it was a little too fresh and the rain predictably wet. But that meant we cunningly moved them to two gloriously sunny weekends in March, when all you wanted to do was get outside and escape from your kids (or maybe that’s just me). In terms of running, laughing and eating, we undoubtedly triumphed. Those mean enough to glance at the scores would note five losses out of six – but the victory, it was magnificent – epic poems will be told of it in years to come, handed down from generation to generation.

This year’s organisation was a truly egalitarian affair. The “captaincy” was split between three of us (Jenny Harding, Caroline Gamble and myself) and the need for any effort was further reduced by all our lady members being wonderfully responsive. Many thanks to all, both for replying and playing! I hope you’re not too bothered by the minimal results, but that instead, the few games have kept the coals glowing, ready to burst into a fiery enthusiasm at our opening weekend. See you there for the start.