July Newsletter

We are delighted to report that 27 new members, and nearly 50 new coaching only members, have joined SHTC since the beginning of April.

SHTC is only as good as you are. We encourage & value your opinions, comments, complaints, and requests. So always feel free to get in touch. To direct your correspondence to the right place, here are some additions for your address book:
The final day of Wimbledon has become a fixture in the SHTC calendar, and this year is no exception. All are warmly invited to come along, watch the men’s final in good company, and enjoy the day with family and friends: we’ll be having a BBQ, which will start at 4.00. This means that if you prefer to watch TV chez vous, you can still come along and enjoy the club’s hospitality (and play tennis) later in the day. The BBQ will be free of charge: however – just as they do in SW19  – we will be charging for Pimms and strawberries.
Here’s how it works: we need 32 members to take part: with 256 players across the Wimbledon men’s/ladies draw, each entrant receives 8 players’ names (4 men, 4 ladies, one of which will be a top 16 seed).
To enter, please contact or put your name down on the sheet at the clubhouse by 6.00pm Sunday 2 July.
It will cost £20 per person (or syndicate) to enter. Sounds punchy….but so are the rewards!  The prize money at stake will be £640, to be split as follows:
£120 to winner of men’s / ladies singles
£60 to runner-up of men’s / ladies singles
£40 to beaten semi-finalists of men’s / ladies singles
£50 for the British player (other than Konta or Murray) who advances   furthest in the tournament AND past the second round; this figure will be split if more than one Brit progresses to the same round, or reassigned if no player gets beyond Round Two.
And finally, £70 for the tournament’s biggest loser - the first player to be handed a bagel (losing a match without picking up a game). If no player suffers this ignominy, the prize money will be reassigned to the tournament winners. Cash Prizes to be handed out at the club BBQ after the Men’s Final
Enough of the Grand Slams, we’ve got our own club tournament to plan. I don’t know about you, but has anyone else noticed a great leap forward in the standard of play at SHTC recently? So it is with much anticipation that we announce our annual championship. If you are playing member of the club, you should really enter. We’re starting round one at the beginning of August, so any talk of not having enough time to play, or being on holiday, will be banished. Book your place in the event now! Here’s how:
Or write your name on the sheet in the clubhouse. Entry closes 25 July.
(If you want to play doubles, and are too shy to ask a fellow member to join you, tell us and we’ll match you up accordingly)
And leave the rest to us. Coaches Marcus & Eladi are the seeding committee – the rest of you enter a random draw
Weds 26 July: draw takes place at the bar at 8.00. Join us for the thrill of hearing your name read out.
Sun 30 July: first round matches can begin
16/17 September: quarter-finals weekend
23/24 September: semi-finals weekend
1 October: finals day. All five finals to be played on this same day, with an exciting SHTC event to be announced. SAVE THE DATE!
Since the last newsletter, Sean and Ian have been busy helping to maintain the courts, repairing perimeter fencing, adding extra windbreaks, and applying moss & weed killer to patches of the courts. Daniele spent a whole day making sure all the nets were in good condition, at the right height and correct tension. A new net has been installed on court 4, and extra nets/winders have been purchased for future replacements. To make life easier for those in charge of grounds and general housekeeping, all members are encouraged to do their bit. It’s the routine tasks that help keep the place in order: court sweeping as often as possible, litter collection, bin emptying etc.
It’s peak season for inter-club tennis matches, and our three men’s teams and one ladies team have been busy. Men’s One have enjoyed some notable scalps recently, including victory against the mighty Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club. To keep up with the teams’ results, see

SHTC - Men's 1 Doubles - North East Division 3
SHTC - Men's 2 Doubles - North East Division 5
SHTC - Men's 2 Doubles - North East Division 8

SHTC - Ladies 1 Doubles - North East Division 3

If any members would like to be considered for one of the  SHTC teams, get in touch:
We are delighted to report that we have launched a Facebook page (with many thanks to Daniele & Fabio): so please like, follow and contribute as much as possible.
Ibby has been developing a fantastic new website, which will go live in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space.
Small things, big improvements: the ice machine at the bar has been fixed; a new fridge and new bin have been purchased for the kitchen. The committee are aware that the state of the clubhouse furniture and carpet leave a lot to be desired: and have suffered a few years of neglect. So we are planning a little bit of a makeover: if anyone has any opinions or advice, or better still an interior design qualification, please step forward now and get in touch with us.
The EPOS system behind the bar continues to be a welcome innovation: on top of drinks and snacks, you can pay here memberships and tennis balls: most cards are accepted. Jean-Louis & JFK are regularly ordering new products for the bar: whatever your preferred tipple might be, be assured that it can be ordered at the click of a button – so please let them know what you’re after: With Sky TV, we’ve been able to enjoy clay court tennis from Rome, Madrid and Paris; also the end of the football season, the start of the cricket season, various codes of rugby…Gaelic Football. All sport welcome at SHTC.
These took place on a glorious day at the end of May. We celebrate two new names on the champion’s board, alongside the habitual winners. Full Results as follows:
Men’s Singles: Canute Simpson bt Johan Witt 6-2, 6-2
Men’s Doubles: Graham Harvey & Johan Witt bt Shanks Putwain & Canute Simpson 6-7, 7-5, 6-3
Mixed Doubles: Sara Eames & Ian Manester bt Virginia Baron & Hunter Danskin 6-1, 6-1
Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up; thanks to Stephen Mackenzie for organising and umpiring. And many thanks to Juan Tuccio and team for another great barbecue plus supply of fresh scones, jam & clotted cream all afternoon.
We regret to report the theft of a member’s bicycle from the bike stands on the edge of the clubhouse. Unlike a single entry/exit club, we share our premises with SHCC and there is general access from Sidmouth Road: so, annoying as it is, we recommend locking up your bike. (PS: happy ending – the bike was recovered!)
Keep your comments and ideas coming. We also welcome interesting news, births-deaths-marriages, private landmarks, lonely hearts ads, and general gossip.


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