Big congrats in order for our home grown junior Louis Grieves who recently passed his LTA Level 1 coaching badge. Louis has been assisting me for a couple of years now and has developed into a great coach. He is planning to take his Level 2 this coming summer - Great stuff Louis!!
Despite the chilly weather it was great to see so many juniors out at the Junior Xmas Special. Huge thanks to Carolyn Everitt for once again transforming the Clubhouse with her amazing decorations - lots of wonderful touches! There were only 5 adults for the Davis Cup challenge, but an abundance of juniors, so we lent the adults some of the juniors. Perhaps we gave them to many of our top ones as the adults gained revenge from our last encounter, winning by 2 points! Huge thanks to all that played - it was a great spectacle and the kids loved it!
GET YOUR BAUBLES READY - SUNDRIDGE NEEDS DRESSING FOR CHRISTMAS!
Only a week to go before our Junior Christmas Special on Friday 8th December. Don't forget to get your Christmas inspired outfits at the ready, your decoration of choice for the tree and an item of non-perishable goods for our Foodbank Collection. (If you forget your bauble don't panic there will be decorations on stand by.)
Pizzas will be available but please ensure that you pre-order so we can ensure that we have enough to go round. We will have the usual selection of Margarita £6, Pepperoni £7 plus a Christmas Special, Camembert and Cranberry £7. So get booking!
Festivities will commence as follows:
5 - 6pm Tennis Family Night Special
6 - 7pm Squash Fun Night
7 - 7.30pm Dressing of the Tree
7.15 - 8.30pm Davis Cup Challenge Juniors Vs Adults
If you would like to play for the adults in the Davis Cup Challenge, do please sign up in the Club House - similarly if you are a "Full Tennis" Yellow Ball Junior and would like to play, do let Richard know.
Do bring your friends and family, they are more than welcome. There will be mulled wine behind the bar plus the usual assortment of beverages, so let's pack the Club House out and start the season's festivities in style!
I am still buzzing from a brilliant evening last Friday at the Clubs Halloween night! It was fantastic to see how many children and adults came in fancy dress....I even grew some horns and replaced my tennis racket with a trident! Our 2 winners (seen pictured below) of the best costumes go to Serena and Emily....don't they look awesome! The clubhouse was more like a haunted house....This was all down to Carolyn Everitt who spent most of Friday (and the days before) getting all the decorations in place, she certainly isn't short of creativity!....huge thanks to Carolyn!! Talking of other talents a big thank you must go to our amazing face painter Louise...we are so lucky to have her at our events!
And lastly a big well done to our Clubs juniors (pictured below) who narrowly got past our seniors in the Davis Cup challenge. Some of the tennis was breath taking and played in such good spirits...well apart from a few of Nick Lambrou's line calls! Thanks to all the adults that played and made it so much fun for our juniors....all of the children said they want to do it every week....winning is fun after all!! :-)
Well done to Matilda for winning the most improved player of the month. Her forehand and backhand swing shapes have gone to another stratosphere!! Pictured here last Friday at our Halloween event! Awesome ready position....onwards and upwards Waltz!!
Sundridge will get a ghoulish makeover this Friday evening, as we celebrate a special Halloween Family Night!
The evening will start with junior coaching as normal but juniors are invited to spook their coaches with their terrifying costumes. Prizes are in the offering for the best dressed!
Free junior coaching will follow at 5pm with Squash and then 6pm with Tennis. When the clock strikes 7pm adults are invited to join the festivities with a Davis Cup Halloween Special - Adults vs Juniors (starting at 7.15pm). Adults please register here if you would like to play - costumes are positively encouraged!
Who will terrorise the court?
Away from the court, the bar will be open and the tunes rocking. Pizza will be available from 5pm - pre-order yours now to beat the rush. And if you didn't have time to sort out your Halloween costume, do not fear, Lou will be in the house from 5-7pm to create makeovers of a life time.
We hope to see you there...
Ben Stringer and Jack Lockett both put in sterling displays in the LTA Kent Winter Junior 12's Inter Club competition beating Old Wilsonians this afternoon 3-0. Jack won his singles 6-0, 6-0 and Ben won his 6-1, 7-5 and they won the doubles 6-2, 6-2. Happy faces here!!
Sundridge Park hosted an LTA Team Challenge event this afternoon on our new hard courts and were blessed with lovely weather. We had teams from Bromley Cricket Club and Blackheath Tennis Club as well as 2 of our own. For some of the children it was their first tournament experience and I have to say everyone did incredibly well and I was very proud. All matches were played in great spirits and some of the tennis was outstanding! We had many parents basking in the sunshine with glasses on wine in hand - a great time had by all. Big thanks to Carolyn Everitt for helping me host the tournament. Pictured here are all the competitors and our own victorious team of Kush Ruparellia, James Kelly, Zahra De Souza and Anna Kamstrup....Well done you superstars!!
Who said anything about lazy Sunday afternoons...not for this lot! A great session was had by all on our lovely new hard courts. Blood, Sweat and Tears....you are all winners!!
The lovely weather certainly inspired our Tennis Xpress players yesterday at Sundridge Park. We worked on technical shape and grip changes on forehands and backhands. Due to their steep improvement curve we tried rallying and they were awesome! Marie had our top rally of 54, which miffed her husband Jon! We finished with 2 great games of wipe out and some of the fist pumping and wild celebrations when winning points made Rafael Nadal seem tame! Looking forward to mastering volleys and smashes next week!!
Well done to Serena McMillan for her amazing effort yesterday in her lesson. Serena beat her previous best rally of 104 by double with an incredible 208! We were both running everywhere! Onwards and upwards Serena!
A wonderful afternoon of doubles tennis was arranged between girls from the Under 12 and Under 14 squad and the Ladies First Team. It was hugely enjoyable and a tactically useful session for all involved!
Big thank you to Lisa, Anna, Suzy and Daria from the 1st Team and Annabel, Maria, Janani and Alice from the Girls squad. Now to round up the boys....
A big well done to everyone that played in the Midweek Improvers tournament. We had lovely weather throughout and fun was had by all. A special mention to Maureen Mcbain and Adriana Mirica who were playing in their first ever tournament! There was great tennis played by all, with interceptions, lobs, drop volleys, smashes and lots of laughter!! Congratulations go to our winner Ivonne Goffin and to the runners up Ian Dallaway and Lisa Cahill. A big thank you to my mother who helped organise it. Watch this space for further tournaments!
I ran a free trial Tennis Xpress class at the Club last Wednesday. We had a lot of fun and all the ladies did amazingly well....some future champions in the making! Just take a look at these ready positions!!
Congratulations are in order for Sundridge Park's Gaia Cawley who came 3rd in the qualifying event for The Kent Junior Championships. She then went on to win the consolation final. Fantastic news Gaia! Pictured here with her trophy....first of many I hope!
Whilst we had some crazy weather this week, Week 2 of the Summer Camps finished with some sunshine and lots of laughter!
We have two remaining weeks so don't forget to book in if you would like to take part.
We had another fabulous Leaders afternoon this week. This week we focused on feeding a variety of shots, starting with forehand and backhand and moving onto volleys and smashes.
There was general consensus that trying to coordinate feeding smashes whilst keeping yourself stocked with balls, was no easy task!
A huge well done to you all - looking forward to seeing you at the next session in a couple of weeks.
Huge congratulations are in line for Nico Papanicolaou for winning the most improved yellow ball player. His work rate in practice is second to none and boy can this kid move, he has rockets in his shoes!! Nico's game has just gone from strength to strength and I just love his "Juan Carlos Ferrero" (2003 French Open Champion) angled forehands....they rock! He is a smashing lad and deserves this award thoroughly. Unfortuantely Nico missed the awards night as he was at his schools end of year disco! Pictured here picking up his award last Friday with his proud coach!
Well done to Annabel Nuijens and Luciana Joy for winning the summer 12's mixed doubles competition beating Tommy Farmer and Nico Papanicolaou in a tightly contested final 7-5, 6-3. You will definitely be seeing more of these 4 gracing the courts at Sundridge Park in years to come!
Well done to Christian Nuijens and Luke Clifford for winning a thrilling final of the 16 and under summer doubles competition. They beat Janani Sivayogan and Annabel Nuijens 6-2, 4-6 and 12-10 in the champions tie-break. Some of the tennis was breath taking and was played in a wonderful spirit - well done to all!