Play Guidelines

Please continue to take precautions and be considerate to your fellow members who may be taking a slower approach to the lifting of Covid restrictions. Thank you in advance - your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

  • Please continue the basics: sanitising before and after play, wearing a mask if necessary, and adhering to social distancing. If you feel unwell with any of the Covid symptoms, please stay at home.
  • Courts must be booked in advance for singles and doubles; please use the online booking system (app also available). 
  • If you no longer need a court booking, you MUST cancel it. This will increase court availability at a time of high demand. If you waste a court by not cancelling/ playing, your booking rights may be removed for a week (i.e. you can still play, but someone else will have to book). This may seem draconian, but we need to ensure that we make full use of our courts. Please be considerate to your fellow members.
  • You can play one hour per day at peak times (after 5pm weekdays and before 5pm weekends) outside of organised activities.  You can still book two slots at off-peak times(before 5pm weekdays and after 5pm weekends). 
  • The clubhouse is open for general access after 5.30pm on weekdays and from 8am on weekends. Please be mindful of your fellow members and wear a face mask if appropriate.
  • We aim to open the bar Tues-Fri from 8.30pm (subject to volunteer availability) and variable times over the weekends (check the newsletter for up-to-date timings).
  • From 1st March 2022, the cost of floodlights will rise to £6 per hour (£1 for 10 minutes).
  • Members are welcome to bring visitors to the club. There is no limit as to the number of guests per year, but any one person can only visit three times. Visitors are allowed Monday-Friday until 4pm and anytime weekends. For insurance reasons, all visitors need to be signed in by a member. The sign-in book is located just inside the front door of the clubhouse (access is permitted for this purpose during the day. A visitor fee of £5 (adult) or £3 (junior) is payable in advance.

Grass Courts
To help keep the grass courts in the best condition possible, we ask members to keep to the following ground rules:

  • The surface playability is entirely weather dependent, so please keep a close eye on the forecast.
  • You must not play on the courts if they are wet (i.e. if it is raining, has rained earlier, or has lingering dew). It damages the surface and any moisture renders the court dangerously slippery - you can easily injure yourself.
  • Please wear only flat-soled tennis shoes (i.e. no aggressive tread patterns or sharp edges).
  • If you notice you are marking or damaging the courts in any way, please stop playing on them.

Organised Mix-Ins

  • These are facilitated social tennis sessions on selected weekday evenings and weekends.
  • Advanced booking is essential for all sessions (the organiser will have a list of confirmed players).
  • The Sunday mix-ins take place from 2pm-5pm.  Timings may vary occasionally due to matches, so please check your booking confirmation.
  • The weekday evening mix-ins are scheduled as follows:
    - Tuesday (Men): 19.00-21.00
    - Wednesday (Ladies): 19.00-21.00
    These sessions are for improver/intermediate and above (if you are unsure if you are of the right standard, please ask Tom Barton).
  • Format:
    - No cap on participant numbers.
    - Please bring your sanitiser and your tube of balls.
    - The facilitator will organise short (e.g. 20 minute) doubles matches to give players the opportunity to swap opponents and partners. If you aren't playing in one, you won't have to wait long for your turn.

Access to the Clubhouse/ Parking

  • The clubhouse will be open for general access at the following times: 17.30-21.10 (weekdays) and 08.00-21.10 (weekends).
  • If you are the last to leave the club, please put the bar across the double-doors leading to the terrace and close the gate.
  • A volunteer will be locking the clubhouse daily no earlier than 21.15.
  • The floodlight boxes are in the corner of the main clubhouse by the window and there are instructions there on how to use them. From 1st March 2022, the cost is £6 per hour (pound coins will be needed).
  • The main (top) car park can get congested at peak times. The overflow car park behind Courts 11 & 12 will be out of action from 20th June 2022 due to the court resurfacing work taking place. Members are encouraged to walk or cycle to the club. Alternatively, there is street parking available on Richmond Hill Road (5 minutes' walk from the club).