Playing Tennis

Social Tennis

Adult social tennis is played:

  • Tuesdays (1.30-3.30 pm) year round,
  • Saturdays (2.00-5.00 pm) year round,
  • Wednesdays (after 6.00 pm) in summer.

All players turn up and mix in. Doubles, preferably mixed, are arranged by those present.

Privately arranged games should not be played during the above times - they can be played any other time if courts are available, and have priority on Sunday mornings before 12 noon.

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Team Tennis

Watford League (summer doubles)

11 teams (4 ladies', 3 men's, 4 mixed)
- 3 pairs play 3 sets each
- weekday evenings.

Herts League (summer doubles)

4 teams (1 ladies', 3 men's)
- 3 pairs play 6 sets each
- Sunday afternoons.

Hot Rackets League (summer doubles)

5 teams (3 ladies', 2 men's)
- 2 pairs play 4 sets each
- Sunday afternoons.

AEGON Team Tennis (spring/summer)

4 teams (2 ladies', 2 men's)
- 4 players play 2 singles sets each & 2 doubles sets each
- Sunday afternoons.

Orchard League (summer doubles)

1 ladies' team (now defunct due to lack of captain)
- 2 pairs play 4 sets each
- weekdays.

Herts Veterans (winter)

6 ladies' teams (2-40+, 3-50+, 1-60+)
5 men's teams (3-45+, 2-55+)
- 2 pairs play 4 sets each
- Sunday afternoons.

East Herts Winter League

5 mixed teams
- 2 pairs play 2 sets each
- Sunday afternoons.

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Winter Leagues

From September to March two separate comeptitions are arganised - singles (open to men and ladies) and mixed doubles. In both competitions, players are arranged in divisions, or boxes, with up to six players or pairs in each box.  A round consists of each player/pair playing 2 sets against the other five players/pairs over a six-week period. Winners and losers are then promoted and relegated before the start of a new round. Four or five rounds are usually played over the winter season.

Nearly half the adult playing members take part, and the games are highly competetive, yet friendly, at all levels. There are currently 8 boxes in the doubles, and 14 in the singles.

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Club Tournaments

Several Club Tournaments are held during the summer months.

Club Championship

This is the main club tournament, held from April to July, with finals day in July (or September, if postponed by the weather).  There are many categories, including juniors, and it is free and open to all qualified members of the club.

Handicap Tournament

Played during September and October, this is another strongly contested tournment, in which stronger players are are handicapped by having to win extra points to win a game.  Finals are played on a Saturday afternoon in October.  There are several categories, including "pot-luck" doubles in which partners are selected by a draw at the start. It is also free to enter by all qualified members of the club.

American Tournaments

Several of these may be held throughout the year, but one is usually combined with the Winbledon Ballot in April or May.  A tournament consists of several rounds of mixed doubles in which a fixed number (usually seven) of games are played. At the end of each round, winners and losers split, so that players play with different partners against different opponents throughout the afternoon.

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Daytime Singles Ladder
If you wish to join the singles ladder, please email Singles matches against other members, both men and women, can be arranged privately to be played during the day.
Junior Tennis

We have a thriving junior section with many group coaching sessions, social tennis, mini-tennis, team tennis and tournamnets.


Many weekly group coaching sessions for all standards and ages from 5 and up.  We have tree full-time coaches helped by about 15 younger assistants. Individual coaching is also available.

Junior Club Night

Fridays (4.30 to 6.30 pm) are junior social evenings, with organised activities and fun competitions.

Team Tennis

Numerous junior teams are entered in County and National competitions, e.g. AEGON Team Tennis, Herts Summer Junior League, Road to Wimbledon, winter leagues, etc.


There are regular mini-tennis events, and the main Junior Club Tournament is run alongside the adult tournament in April to July.

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