Stansted Tennis Club

July 2016 enewsletter

Fish “n” Chip Adult Social Doubles Tournament:
This will take place at 3pm on Saturday 30th July. £10 entry fee per player which includes fish “n” chip supper. Please bring your own drink. The closing date for entries is this Sunday (24th July). Please sign up on the clubhouse noticeboard if you would like to play.

Wilby Tournament:
This adult doubles tournament will take place on Sunday 14th August starting at 1.30pm. The entry fee is £5 per player, plus a tea contribution. Please sign up on the clubhouse noticeboard if you would like to enter.

Stansted in Bloom:
Many thanks to everyone who helped with the planning, planting, weeding and watering to make STC’s entry for this year’s Stansted in Bloom so stunning. If you had not heard, we won 1st prize for the Organisation Garden. The trophy is now on display in the clubhouse.

Adult/Child Tournament:
This tournament took place on Sunday 3rd July. Six keen pairs took part. The mother and son team of Ginette and Tom Basten were crowned winners after beating father and son, John and Adam Nichol 6-1 in the final.

Wimbledon experiences:
Please see below to read the experiences of four STC members who very kindly wrote a few words about their experiences at this year’s Wimbledon. Many thanks to Kelly McBride, Flick Shakespeare, Daphne Lunnon and Pam Howley.

Hospital Cup:
We are still looking for donations for our STC raffle prize. So, if you have anything you would like to donate on a Brazil or sporty theme, please place in the box in the clubhouse. Thank you!

Next Committee Meeting
The rearranged date for the next committee meeting is Thursday 28th July at 7pm at Jan’s house. If you have any suggestions, please place them in the suggestion box in the clubhouse before the next meeting.

Ladies’ Night
The next Ladies’ Night will be on Monday 8th August starting at 7pm. All ladies welcome!

2016 Club Tournament:
Please could all members who have entered this year’s competition make sure they are arranging and playing all quarter final matches.

Essex Small Clubs Results:

Ladies’ Premier
Stebbing 7 Stansted 9
Dunmore 8 Stansted 8

Men’s 3
Stansted 7 Thaxted 9

Mixed 2
Stansted 4 Braughing 12
Stansted 7 Castle Hill 9

Ladies’ 2
Stansted 5 Henham 11
Harlow 16 Stansted 0

Best wishes!

Wimbledon 2016
I went on the first Thursday with my mother and we had a lovely day. The weather on the day was just right (and we were lucky because the weather the day before and the day after was pretty poor) and our seats were excellent. Right on the centre line but quite high up so we didn’t have to do too much head turning. We were also conveniently on the end of a row, so it was easy to get in and out, and we had a charming London Fire Brigade gangway supervisor to chat to right by us.
We were on Court 1, just under the half roof. We saw three matches and three seeds go out (this was the day 16 seeds got knocked out overall). Grigor Dimitrov beat Gilles Simon; Jana Cepelova beat Garbine Mugaruza (probably the biggest upset of the day); and Jiri Vesely beat Dominic Thiem. We saw some excellent tennis, with some thrilling rallies.
Daphne Lunnon

Archie and I were lucky enough to have centre court tickets for the first day and for our first time ever at Wimbledon… We saw Djokovic beat Ward, then Murguruza beat Giorgi, finishing off with Federer beating Pella.
The sun shone all day, but our seats were positioned perfectly within an excellent view and in the shade.
What a fabulous experience!
Kelly McBride

We went on the first Thursday, (probably the only dry day of that whole week!) and were on No 2 court. Had excellent seats, quite high up but on a ‘corner’ which saved our neck muscles!
Some very good matches, but particularly the 5-setter between Tomic of Australia (he brought his vocal fans with him!) and Albot of Modova. Another exciting match towards the end of the day, ladies this time, between Radwanska (Poland) and Konjuh (Croatia). We thought the 18-year old could have knocked the no 3 seed out if it hadn’t been for an unfortunate accident, where Konjuh tripped on a ball, leaving her only able to limp to the end of the match. A shame, but she will surely be back next year, as indeed shall I if I’m lucky enough to win some more tickets!
Flick Shakespeare

After being lucky enough to get tickets four years in a row I must say this was our best year. We had centre court tickets with a fantastic view. We watched with delight the Federer & Willis match. Atmosphere was electric with most of the spectators cheering Willis on, he played well but the mighty Federer was just too good for him. All in all another wonderful Wimbledon experience.
The Howleys