Social Tennis and Winter Leagues

Read on for information about changes to social tennis in the winter and the start of Winter Leagues

Saturday and Sunday social tennis changes to the winter timetable when the clocks change on 28th October, and will be at the earlier time of 1pm – 5pm.

From the beginning of October, Tuesday and Thursday evening social tennis will be replaced by our internal winter league doubles competitions on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. The first sessions will be held on Monday 8nd, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th November.

Each night is aimed at a different playing level, please note that the definitions below are not set in stone, but are broadly:

Monday nights

Men up to and including 6th team standard and women up to and including 3rd team standard.  Players must be of a standard that they can rally in a doubles environment.

Wednesday nights

The Highgate Winter Floodlit Tournament is now back! After the survey carried out by Richard Rogers last year to find ways to improve the format and participation, the vast majority of people have asked to play in a more competitive atmosphere and restrict the players to a higher and even standard of playing. We also took on board the suggestion to end the evening earlier and speed up the game. Here you go then…

Date: Every Wed, starting from the 10th of October

Time:  7pm – to 9pm (arrive at 6.45pm for a prompt start).

Eligibility: Men Team 1-4 and Women Team 1 (if you play in Teams) or Ladder 1 to 3 (if you do not play in Teams)

Format: Doubles sets ‘Fast 4’ (set is to 4 games, no lets, sudden death at deuce). Points are accrued over the whole winter period for the ultimate prize ‘Champion of the Winter League’. Not necessary to play every week but a certain percentage is needed.

Cost: £5 per session (this includes lights and balls) tobe  paid in cash on court before playing.

Please sign-up in the club house before the 4th of October. Once you sign-up, then you will be invited to a Whatsup chat group to organise each session on a weekly basis (number of players, pairs, etc…).

Contact Sergio De Gaetano (0776 9188442 or sdegaetano@thorntontomasetti.com) in case of any questions.

 

Thursday nights

Thursday winter league is for those who prefer a less competitive atmosphere, and is aimed at players from the men’s 6th team or higher, women’s 4th team or higher and ladders 1-8.

On a Thursday night players will play 4 x 30 minute timed matches, each with a different partner.  Points are calculated based on games won/lost on the night, and prizes are given at the end of the evening.  Sessions are often themed to spice up the winter nights!

Play starts promptly at 7pm, and players must arrive by 6.50pm so that the organisers can draw up the playing lists.  Play finishes at 9.15pm and players usually stay on to play social sets or have dinner/drinks in the clubhouse.

Sign up

Numbers are limited on each night, so to book your place you will need to add your name to the relevant sign-up sheet on the club noticeboard that goes up one week in advance. If you sign up but then cannot play please inform the session organiser so that a player from the reserve list can be added in your place.

Whichever night you play on you should get a good evening’s tennis, as everyone is given a ranking and your evening’s playing partnerships are based on pairing couples so that you end up playing against a similarly skilled playing couple.  Rankings are revised weekly and everyone moves up or down the ranks according to how well – or otherwise – they play.

New members please note – in some games you will be paired with players stronger or weaker than yourself, and an important part of the winter league tournaments is about developing your skills at supporting partners with different abilities.

Winter leagues cost £5 per person per night to cover lights and tennis ball costs.

If you have are uncertain as to whether you are eligible for a specific night, or have any questions about the winter leagues, then please speak to the organisers who are:

Monday – Roger Cowe
Wednesday – Sergio De Gaetano
Thursday –  Steve Scott Robson