In the blazing sunshine at Sundridge Park Aku and Miika played superbly to beat Beckenham Tennis Club 8-2 in the Inter County Club league. Aku won both of his singles, Miika one and then they teamed up in the doubles winning 7-5, 7-5. Huge congrats on a great victory boys! We will be seeing much more of these boys in the future!!
Despite the weather early in the week it didn't stop our juniors from coming in to the half term camps. The team competition came right down to the wire with the RED Team just nipping it in the last relay! It was also Luciana's birthday on Friday and captured a nice picture of her and all her friends at the end of the camps. I immensely enjoy the camps, we have so much fun and the children make many new friends....roll on the summer holidays, we have 5 more weeks of them!
Huge congrats in order for Daisy and Sadie for beating Sevenoaks in the girls 12 and under County Inter Club match earlier today. Sundridge Park won the match 2-1. Daisy won her singles and Sadie lost a close tussle against her opposite number, but then they both teamed up in the doubles to win the deciding rubber 6-2, 6-1. A huge thank you to Sadie's mother Jackie for standing in as Captain on the day and for keeping all the girls hydrated with water and filling in the match card! She said " It was a really long afternoon in the blazing sunshine, the matches seemed to go on forever and the level of tennis was quite something" She also complimented the Sevenoaks girls for the spirit they showed despite losing. Pictured below our triumphant girls and also alongside their opponents. Well done Sadie and Daisy, we are all so proud of our Sundridge Girls!!
In the glorious sunshine at Sundridge Park yesterday afternoon 8 children battled it out to qualify for the County Finals in July. There were some fantastic matches, all played in great spirit. The final was a total cliff-hanger with Hadi just edging out Torin in a brilliant final 7-6. Full credit to both of the boys for putting on a great final and to all the other children that played. We all wish Hadi the best of luck in the County Finals and who knows....could Wimbledon be the last stop on the line for him!
The Friday Improvers class were in fine form as we worked on serve and returning options. I had them coming in to the net behind a return (they now realise this works!) Jenny's new found ball toss has taken her serve to the next level! We finished off with our customary game of rotation and around the world....Liz taking the honours!
What a great morning we had at Sundridge Park running a MIni Red Timed Tennis session for the 9am group. Everyone played a minimum of 6 matches and proud parents (and myself) all looked on in amazement at how much they have all improved! Well done to you all!
On a very cold afternoon today 16 little Braveheart's graced the courts at Sundridge Park for the Mini Red Matchplay event. There were some great matches and all played in great spirits. You are all becoming fantastic little players!! Special mention to all parents that stayed and watched, I am sure a hot bath and hot chocolate was in order for you when you got home! Well done to you all, from your very proud coach - you rock!
Eleven of our little rising stars turned out this afternoon for the Orange Ball Matchplay. For three of the children it was their first competitive experience. I was really proud of how you all played and more importantly how you all carried yourselves. Well done to Rares for winning all but one of his matches! None of the children wanted to finish they were enjoying themselves so much! Everyone played a minimum of 8 matches, so watch out for some ratings going up! A good and committed turn out from their parents too as it was little bit chilly!!
The Yellow Ball class was on fine form on Thursday evening. We worked on some dynamic ground shots and then a volley, volley smash drill. We finished the session with a game of crazy wipe-out, which saw the girls come out on top! Next time boys!!
A wonderful afternoon was had by all at Sundridge Park in the Quorn Family Cup. For many of the children it was their first tournament experience and what better way to make it by partnering mummy or daddy! We had a total of 24 players and the final was an enthralling encounter between Elizabeth & Adriana against Arthur & Alex. Elizabeth and Adriana came through as victors 15-11. The whole event was played in great spirits (not too many parents hitting it too hard at the children!). A special mention should be made to my helpers. Grace, Lucy and Florence were amazing, running errands, playing some matches, emptying my sweet box and generally just being awesome! A huge thank you to Carolyn Everitt as well for all her help on the day. Can't wait for next years event!
It wasn't just the lovely weather that was hotting up yesterday morning! The Sunday Mini Reds were on fire. It was lovely to see how much all these children's games have flourished over the last 6 months. Personal bests getting beaten left right and centre! It was a very proud coach moment and it's onwards and upwards for these aspiring Andy Murrays!
We could have been in The Marbella Club in Spain, but instead the Friday Improvers were getting put through their paces in 27 degrees at Sundridge Park! We had a fantastic session and everyone was on fine form!
The Easter Camps had a nail biting finish with all teams still in contention coming into the final couple of events. Some sterling displays from the Red team edged them past the Gold team to take victory. I love the camps, lots of children coming together having fun and making new friends in the process. The picture of our top players taking a breather from their games really epitomises this! A big thank you to all of you that came in!
What a great day we had yesterday at the Sundridge Park Easter Camps. The Team competition is hotting up - Last day of the camps today, which team is going to come out on top!
Some great tennis was there to be seen at the Yellow Ball Easter Camp tournament. There were some fantastic matches throughout the tournament, but the final between Leon Goffin and Oliver Gower eclipsed them all. The match was decided on a tiebreak which Leon eventually won. Both boys should be commended on the level of play and they way they carried themselves - Well done to everyone that took part.
We had a great turn out for the Orange Ball tournament, with many of the children playing in their first tournament. It was great to see the little ones out there learning this great game and enjoying themselves. The final was contested between Oliver Graham and Chloe Graham, with big sister coming out victorious! Well done to everyone that took part - I was very proud of you all!
Our customary game of "Big Ball" went down a treat at the end of the little ones Easter camp session at Sundridge Park. 2 teams stand opposite each other and launch tennis balls at the Big Ball to try to send it over their opponents line! It got very competitive, especially with the parents! :-)
Sundridge Park staged a Mini Red Matchplay this afternoon for some of our aspiring Mini Red players. For most of the children it was their first match experience. The matches were all played in a great spirit and some of the tennis was breathtaking! Well done to all of you that played. I am sure your parents were all so proud of you....I certainly was! Well done to you all!
The Boys were in fine form after they challenged the girls to a Davis Cup match. The girls put up a brave fight before eventually going down! Matches were played as always in a great spirit....next time girls!
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Sports Relief Easter Challenge last night. A great time was had by all. The Adults and Juniors battled it out in challenges over 4 courts, while Steve and Sue cooked up a storm in the kitchen. The evening concluded with chocolate eggs and a spot of dancing!
Big thanks to Steve and Sue, all the assistants and Lou Anand for her amazing face painting!