Weekly Round-Up

Dear Members

We would like to host the Pro Singles again in October 2020.  The Pro Singles attracts the best players in the world to compete for the prestigious title and earn valuable ranking points to challenge for the 2022 World Championships.  Please follow the link to see 2019 Pro Singles final between Rob Fahey and Bryn Sayers- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLE_zwRREgU   To host the event we need to raise £14000.   We would like to invite you to consider being  part of the sponsorship programme.

Corporate package £3000-  3 available

  • Tickets for the entire event for 10 people
  • Lunch/ Dinner for semi-finals and finals
  • Advert in the brochure
  • Entry to the Handicap doubles event to win a  Grays rackets
  • Grill board  or banner advert.

 Gold Individual package: £250- 14 available

  • Tickets for the entire event including lunch and dinner for semi and finals
  • Entry to the Handicap doubles event to win a Grays racket
  • Message in the brochure to the players

 Silver Induvial package: £100  15 available

  • Tickets for the entire event including lunch and dinner for semi and finals

 If you would like to be involved on any level or pre book please contact me on dpj@wellingtonfitness.co.uk or call 07471905661 to find out more.

NEW COMPETITIONS:   Sign up now if you would like to take part!!

Easter Wellington Boot

On Good Friday 10th April we will be running a new H’cap singles competition for the Easter Wellington Boot! The format is to be decided depending number of entries, but likely to be a round robins going through to knock-outs. The winner will win a new Real Tennis racket!   If you would like to enter please email us back to put your name down.

 Box Leagues  We are looking to start some on going 2 monthly box leagues that will run all year round. Entrants will be put in box leagues of (usually) 4 players and will have 2 months to arrange the 3 matches between themselves. Unlike the club competitions you only need to book the one hour for the match, and you just take the score at the end of the hour. Winning a set gains an extra point. (Max of 2 sets count towards the score)  At the end of the 2 months 1 player will move up a league and 1 will move down.    There will be a prize for each league winner each time, the pro’s will supply the first round of prizes, from then on the winner of the previous cycle is to supply the prize for the next winner, this can be anything from a box of chocolates, bottle wine, or anything more creative.  Matches to be played off level if there is 5 points or less difference, if there is 6 points or more difference in handicap, match is to be played off half handicap (eg if 6 difference, you play off 3 differecne, rec ½ 15 – Love).. Matches are also to be self marked.

Pros will not be chasing for these matches to be played, although some gentle reminders might be sent out..The more matches you get played the more chance you have to move up the leagues.Please let us know by the 1st April if you are interested in joining the leagues.

 Ladies Handicap Singles

We are going to run our first Ladies Handicap Singles Championship, it will run in the same format (depending on numbers) as the main club championships. Once the draw is done, you will need to arrange a mutual time with your opponent for a 2 hrs slot. Where possible the matches will be marked by the pro’s. As like the club championships there is a £20 entry fee which covers the marking of the matches.

Please let us know by 1st April if you would like to enter.

National League: WRTC V Oxford Friday 13th

A great night at the club and our national league team was on fire against Oxford- A much needed win for the team.

  • Willem Sweet V Chris Lintott 3/6 1/6
  • SFR V Alan Oliver  6/2 6/4
  • Huw Thomas v Julian Fox  6/3 6/0

Category E competition:


  • 28th March TVL v Leamington home- We are looking for doubles pairs to play in this event with handicaps 30/40/50/60: We have three players in the team so far, please contact the team if you would like to play: We need a 30/40/50 players for this event
  • 29th March Prested Hall home friendly fixture- All standards welcome.  Please let the pro team if you wish to play in one or both of these fixtures: We currently have no one booked in for this fixture! Please let us know if you are available!!


Due to the current COVID 19 outbreak  the  College are implementing the following. – Access to the  Real Tennis Club via the main College West gate will be restricted to core educational activity only as from Monday 16th March up until Friday 27th March. This policy will be reviewed during the three week Easter break.

WRTC Members are requested to use the main members car park of Wellington Health and Fitness Club and to utilise the additional over flow car parking spaces behind the swimming pool which are now clearly sign posted.  Please use postcode RG45 7PT to be directed to the correct entrance from Dukes Ride.

Category E 2020

What a weekend of first class real tennis with the 40-49 handicappers across the country competing for the title.  In the 40-44 category Alex Brodie of Hatfield beat Charlie Foreman of Queens 6/3 6/1 to set up a final against Chris Manson of Radley who had come through as victor against Clive Turner of Prested 6/1 6/5 in a great semi final.  The final was played late into Sunday evening as almost all the previous matches have gone three sets or taken nearly an hour and half to complete which is a complement on the accuracy of the RTO handicap system.  Alex Brodie came out strong in the final attacking the serve and loose balls but Chris Manson just got better and better and soaked up all the pressure shots and played an attacking and consistent game himself to win the match and title 6/2 6/0. 

45-49 category.  WRTC’s Bill Sproul was on duty for the club and didn’t disappoint,  Bill won an especially tough two hour semi final against Ben Geyteenbeek of Cambridge 6/1 5/6 6/4 to set up a final with Tim Harper of Hatfield who had beaten Mark Piper of Holyport 6/4 6/3 in a great match.  Both players were feeling the aches and pains of playing two consecutive days of competitive tennis  but neither backed down- Tim won the first set 6/4 only for Bill to rampage through the second set 6-0 to level the match. The third set was nip and tuck but at 4 all Bill dominated the service end and served out the match 6/4 to win the title! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb6U78hpmwA 


Tues 17th             9am David Eld(88)

                              11am Simon Roundell (31)

Wed 18th             7pm Nick Grant (66)

                              8pm James Tipple (82)

Thurs 19th           9am David Eld (88)

Fri 20th                 12 Ed Nottingham (71)

                              1pm Simon Roundell (31)

Sat 21st                1pm Jan Vleck (52)

                              2pm Ed Nottingham (71)

                              3pm Algie Nottingham (75)

Sun 22nd              7-9pm Tim Peach

Not playing?? Then book a court and the pro team will arrange a match for you!