Club Tournaments

We organise several tournaments during the season in which all playing members are encouraged to enter.

Annual Club Championship

[images/finals_2017] Finals Day 2017

[Photo:  Pidgeoni]

This takes place each year from April to July culminating in a finals day in July (or September, if postponed by the weather). The events are open to all members and there is no charge for entering. It covers the full range of singles and doubles events in all age and gender categories.

2018 Finals Day

2017 Finals Day

Recent winners

ROLL OF HONOUR 2018 2017 2016 2015
MEN'S SINGLES Andre Raath Matthew Hails James Wilkinson Martin Taylor
LADIES' SINGLES Jenny Stokes Cara Alexander Cara Alexander Cara Alexander

Tim Yates &
Jon Edgar

Ross Alexander &
Matthew Hails
Ross Alexander &
Alex Lester
Paul Haslam &
Edward Cozens
LADIES' DOUBLES Cara Alexander &
Jenny Stokes
Cara Alexander &
Jenny Stokes
Cara Alexander &
Jenny Stokes
Cara Alexander &
Jenny Stokes
MIXED DOUBLES Alex Headley &
Paul Haslam
Leo Broom &
Jenny Stokes
Paul Haslam &
Alex Hedley
Paul Haslam &
Alex Hedley
MEN'S VETS SINGLES Tim Yates Tim Yates Jonathan Milne Liam Adams
Naomi Shakinovsky
Naomi Shakinovsky
Jane Riding Jane Riding
MEN'S VETS DOUBLES Anthony Townsend &
Tim Yates
Jonathan Milne &
Martin Webb
Adrian Strain &
Tony Harriman
Jonathan Milne &
Martin Webb
Trish Poole
Alison Williams &
Jenny Stokes
Irene Peaty &
Margie Ward
Alison Williams &
Mel Spencer
Mark Harris
Richard Shaw &
Louise Wiltshire
Martin Webb &
Elaine Bolt
Jonathan Milne &
Gina Lee-Young
 David Smith &
Irene Peaty
David Smith &
Irene Peaty
Peter Gosbell &
Louise Wiltshire
Dmitri Vassiliev &
Sue Gosbell
10 and under boys Ethan Robertson      
12 and under boys Ben Turville      
12 and under girls Olivia Caswell      
14 and under boys Angus Houlahan      
14 and under girls Fabiola Lambert      
16 and under boys Louis Postema      
18 and under boys Alex Townsend      
18 and under girls Marelie Raath      
Girls doubles Hela Dimitrova &
Anneka Wrentmore
Boys doubles Ben Howells &
Oscar Drury
Experienced adult and child George and Sasha Goss      
Inexperienced adult and child Will and Ben Turville      

Simon Bird Memorial Shield: Andrew Ellis

The Simon Bird Memorial Shield is named in honour of the late Simon Bird, a respected and long standing member of the St Albans Tennis Club , who passed away in 2018.

This year the award recognises a player who has been an excellent, reliable and hard working member of the club. Who has, both on and off court, shown great attitude and outlook.

Handicap Tournament

A further strongly contested event each year is the Club Handicap Tournament where the better players are penalised in playing points to enable a more even playing field for all who enter. The competition ends in October each year and also culminates in a finals day together with a social event. The events are open to adults and there is no charge for entering. One of the most entertaining events here is the Pot Luck Mixed Doubles where playing partners are drawn out of a hat before the draw is made.

These were some of the finalists in the 2017 competition:

[images/ht-2017-finalists] HT - 2017 Finalists

[Photo:  Louise Wiltshire]

The 2017 winners were:

Men's Singles: Will Turville
Ladies' Singles: Alison Smith
Men's Doubles: Derek Peacock & Shane Ryan
Ladies' Doubles: Gina Lee Young & Mary O'Hare
Mixed Doubles: Alison Asplin & Mark Brailsford
Pot-Luck Mixed Doubles: Alison Asplin & Derek Peacock

American Tournaments

These are held throughout the year, one which is usually combined with the Wimbledon Ballot draw. Everyone plays a certain number of games (mixed doubles) and the winning men then move in one direction and winning women in the other. The losing pair split up and play opposite each other for the next match. The winners are the lady and gent who win the most games.

Winter Leagues

During the winter season (roughly October to April) the Winter Leagues have proved to be very popular. Singles and mixed doubles with 6 players/pairs in each of 6 or more divisions compete over a six week period. Promotion and relegation follows, before the start of a new round. Nearly 50% of the adult membership takes part and is highly competitive at all levels but at the same time very friendly. If you need a partner, don't be shy, put your name forward on the noticeboard and someone will pair up with you. For more information - see Winter Leagues.

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