Ladies Tennis

Great news!  The second team has been promoted to Division 1 of the Birmingham League.  It has been a fine season for this team with excellent commitment and availability from the players - Tracy Buckton Brown, Kate Bell, Jo Franks, Vicky Cresswell and Ali Gledhill. Many thanks to Tracy  who has been a fair and thoughtful captain.   24/08/2019

The final league positions for the 2019 summer season are currently being decided.  The first definite result is a good one with the 4th team winning their league and gaining promotion to the 4th Division.  The 5th team (who were promoted last season) have done really well to come 3rd in their league.  08/08/2019


Photo shows the regular members of the Helen Cole Winter Team who are currently winning Division A.    From left to right - Jenni Hill, Andrea Bryne, Jess King and Nim Bhanabhai.

 Latest result:  Pleased to report that the Cup & Saucer team, captained by Helen Westlake and Claudia Wenk, finished third in their league just one game behind the runners up.  Well done to all those who represented the club in this day time competition.

Photo to the right  shows Helen Durrans receiving the Most Improved Lady Tennis Player 2018.  Nim Bhanabhai and Andrea Byrne were also nominted.



Four Oaks Tennis Club provides a wide range of opportunities for ladies of all ages and playing abilities to enjoy inter-club competition. During the summer we enter five teams in the Birmingham league and one team in the Metropolitan league. We also enter the popular Cup & Saucer league played in the daytime during the week. During the winter months we enter two veterans' teams in the Birmingham league and one team in the Helen Cole league.

Below are the results  for the summer 2018 season.

1st team - promoted -  Captain Kate Bell

2nd Team - 4th place  -  Tracy Buckton Brown   

3rd Team - 3rd place - Chris Clewer

4th Team - 4th place - Anna Foster

5th Team – promoted - Maggie Smith

6th team - mid-table - Maggie Smith

Cup & Saucer team - mid-table - Claudia Wenk and Helen Westlake

Thanks to all the captains for organising their teams so efficiently.

The captains for the 2018/19 winter season are:

  • Alison Gledhill - Ladies Vets 1
  • Sheila Ansell - Ladies Vets 2
  • Paula Maxwell - Helen Cole League


Team Selection Criteria

These criteria are to help you understand what is required of a team player.


  • Good level of stroke play – forehand, backhand, serve and volley
  • Ability to sustain a rally (steadiness can win matches!)
  • Willingness to improve your skills


  • Stamina to play four sets plus tie breakers without loss of form
  • Speed around the court


  • Good availability for both home and away matches
  • Willingness to take on some responsibility within the team
  • Willingness to try out new partnership


  • Previous successes will be taken into account
  • Players with little or no experience of match play will be advised on how to improve their game
  • Determination
  • Ability to play pressure points well
  • A good “want to win” attitude

If you want to track the progress of our teams throughout the season, please click on the link below: 


If you are interested in playing for the teams or would like more information, please contact our Ladies' Captain Paula Maxwell by email on


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