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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Category C Club Doubles Tournament - Season 2010-2011

Sunday 26th September and the Category C Club Doubles Tournament for the 2010-2011 season was played at the Oratory.

With some last minute drop outs we were down to 4 pairs. Competition for the all important semi finals places was tough….. It seemed that “the knockout” stages were used as a warm up as in the semi finals everyone stepped up their game!

The first semi final game saw Sarah Whittaker and Sarah Brownlee play Ian wood and Tim Tomalin. This game saw some superb tennis from the Sarah’s although it seemed that Ian and Tim were unable to miss a shot (as had been the way most of the morning!) and this secured their place in the final. The next match was Kevin McCourt and Brian Lambert against Pam Tomalin and Mark Lambert. With Pam barking orders and Mark running like a mad man they managed to gain the lead and close the set 6-3. This of course meant Pam and Mark would play Ian and Tim in the final. By this stage Pam and Mark were on form and they took the first game. From here they were level pegging all the way to 5-5. The game both teams played some truly superb tennis taking it right to the line with a 5-5, 3 deuce, 40-40 finale which ended in a brilliant cross court tambour which Pam and Mark were unable to return.

Congratulations to Ian Glyn and Tim Tomalin!

Catergory C Club Singles and Doubles competitors

Thank you to all players for an excellent day of doubles and look forward to seeing you all in this seasons tournament on the 11th and 12th of March 2012.


Wines for the Real Tennis Club


Due to popular feedback we will continue to stock our new wines. We will be selling some by the bottle only (you can take the bottle home with you) and others by the glass or bottle.

Here is the new Wine List:


  • Bourgogne Chardonnay “les chenaudieres” 2009 Cave de Lugny = £10.00
  • Wither Hills, Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand = £9.50

  • Santa Rita 120 Carmenere 2010 Rapel Valley, Chile = £9.00
  • Rioja Reserva 2005 Vina Equia = £9.50
  • Les Galets Cotes du Rhone = £9.00

  • Les Signatures de Mont Tauch Rose 2010 Cotes de Provence = £11.00


  • Wither Hills, Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand = £3.00

  • Rioja Reserva 2005 Vina Equia = £3.00


Real Tennis Introduction Evenings 2011-12

We have put 3 dates in the diary for our Real Tennis Intro Evenings. The idea of the evenings is to bring along a friend who might be interested in finding out what Real Tennis is all about, experiencing this wonderful game!

The 3 dates we have set in the diary are:
Tuesday 8th November 2011
Tuesday 24th January 2012
Tuesday 24th April 2012

The format for each evening will be 3 members bringing along a friend for 2 hours of Real Tennis (1hour lesson and 1hour of matches) with some social food and drinks.

All standards are welcome!

There is now a sign up sheet on the notice board for all 3 dates.

For more information please contact Liam or Andy.

Friday, September 23, 2011

T&RA Annual Dinner

The T&RA Annual Dinner is drawing near, all Oratory Members are invited.

Deatils are as follows:

The T&RA Annual Dinner 2011
Thursday 27th October 2011 – 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.
at The Queen’s Club

The T&RA Annual Dinner will be held at The Queen’s Club, preceded by exhibition matches played by some of the best Rackets and Tennis players in the world. The highly distinguished guest speaker will be Anthony Seldon, 13th Master of Wellington College.
Anthony Seldon is a leading authority on contemporary British history and one of the country's most high profile independent school headmasters. He took up his current role in January 2006, having been Headmaster of Brighton College since September 1997. He is also author or editor of 25+ books on contemporary history, politics and education.
Reservations are strictly limited to 120; places will be allocated strictly in order of application. I do encourage members to apply early.

The price of the dinner this year includes a three course meal with wine, and will largely cover the cost of the official guests. The majority of our guests to this dinner are the Tennis and Rackets professionals to whom the games owe so much.

The full cost of a ticket is £70 with a subsidy available to all members who are under 28 years old. The cost to members under 28 will be £40. 

Seats in the President’s Room will be reserved upon receipt of your application.  If members wish to reserve seats with particular friends, please make this clear on your application form, and every effort will be made to place you accordingly. Please complete the application form overleaf and send it together with your cheque to the address below. Alternatively, an electronic version of the form is available on the T&RA website ( where payment can also be made via the Online Shop. If you are unable to attend but wish to send a donation to support the professionals, please fill in the applicable box on the form. If you have any particular questions regarding seating or other arrangements, please contact

Dress code: Suits

I look forward to seeing you there!

Simon Mansfield

Please click on the link above for ticket application form or ask Andy or Liam at the club

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Oratory Hosts the Pro Certificate

On Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th September The Oratory hosted the final qualification part for Pros to gain their Real Tennis Professional Status. Reception was a hive of activity with ball making and racket re-string whilst the court was busy with lessons and game marking.

Thank you to all the Oratory Members who helped out with this by being ‘guinea pigs’ or having your games marked by the Real Tennis Candidates.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Baxter makes a fool out of our Pro!

Here's a snap shot of your Head Pro in action - go Andy!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rachel uses the blog!

Hi Everyone,

I'm in the process of updating and re-activating the Real Tennis Blog!

Coming soon will be all the upto date fixtures, club write ups, up and coming matches new playing videos and much more.

Anything you'd like to see on the Blog please let me know -



Sunday, September 11, 2011

Andy Chinneck has been awarded the Henry Johns Cup from the Tennis & Rackets Association

Dear Members, I’m please to announce that Andy Chinneck has been awarded the Henry Johns Cup from the Tennis & Rackets Association for the best all round performance by a young professional in 2010-11. He will be presented with his award at the T&RA Annual Dinner in October. I’m sure you will all join me in saying well done and congratulations to him!

Warm regards, Rachel