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Tennis Racket and Ball

 Information for tennis players

This page contains additional information for all tennis players at Ryecroft.  




All members should familiarise themselves with the following information and conduct themselves accordingly at all times.


Older junior members may be recommended by the coach to join in with adult social play, practices and non-trophy tournaments. They may subsequently be invited to play on senior teams and enter trophy tournaments.


Recognised tennis attire must be worn. Tennis shoes must have non-marking soles and training shoes must not be worn. Tracksuits and sweatshirts may be worn in inclement weather: beach, cycling, football, jogging and rugby attire is not acceptable.


Information on court priorities at various times is posted on the clubhouse noticeboard and on the tennis page pf the website.  Courts are open for play all through the year but divided into two seasons. The summer season lasts from April to September and winter season comprises the remaining months. Please be aware of other uses and consider mix in or shortening games at busy times.


Members should drag the courts before play to remove debris and brush after play to maintain the surface. They should refrain from leaving litter, chewing gum, cans and glasses etc. on the courts or surrounds.  Please wind down the net and close the gates to the courts when you exit.  

All members are asked to make themselves aware of these details and to respect the rights of other members to play at the stated times. The rules on court priorities may be suspended, varied or added to at the discretion of the Tennis Committee.

SOCIAL TENNIS is played on Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings  when members are required to mix-in and doubles will normally be played. The order of play shall be in accordance with the time of arrival of members at the club, or the length of time players have been waiting between sets. 


These may be arranged at any time when there isn't a club social session or match scheduled. 


Floodlights are operated by a £1 coin meter in the corridor by the toilets. The current system gives 15 minutes of light for £1. A booking system may be brought in if necessary.


Three balls per court shall be provided, and must be returned to the ball box after use. Balls hit into neighbouring gardens should not be retrieved. Please do not climb over a surrounding fence to retrieve a ball.


The annual Senior and Junior tournaments are usually held in September. American and similar tournaments are held throughout the season for Juniors and Seniors when everyone eligible is invited to participate.


The LTA operate a ballot for pairs of tickets for the Wimbledon Championships for members of clubs affiliated to the LTA, which includes Ryecroft members,  who must have signed up to British Tennis membership and opted in for Wimbledon tickets.  The LTA will notify successful members directly and payment for the tickets is made direct to the LTA.   These are strictly for the personal use of members and cannot be resold. 


This is an organisation set up by the LTA to promote tennis throughout the country. Membership is currently free and entitles the holder to a monthly newsletter, LTA ranking, discounts on some event tickets and other benefits. To find out more look at the British Tennis website . We encourage members to sign up.

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