Social | Ham & Petersham Lawn Tennis Club
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Apart from the Wimbledon Draw (which in 2017 took place at our pavilion after an American social tournament on 22nd April 2017), our main social events are Tennis on Saturday mornings and American Tournaments.

For those who don't know, an American Tournament is just a sociable way of playing tennis whereby someone draws up a list of people (ideally 16 players: 8 men and 8 women) and then pairs them up to play each other.

Each set consists of 7 games and a tally is kept of the number of games won by each person.
You have a different partner for each set - it's all worked out rather randomly but we try to make it mixed doubles each time. The two winners at the end (one lady and one man) are those who have won the most games overall.

If a game goes to deuce there is a "sudden death" system whereby the winners are the ones who win the next point (no advantages). This means that the seven games last about the same time for everyone.

Basically, it's a fun tournament, not taken seriously, and we finish with a picnic lunch provided by all participants - everyone brings something edible and/or quaffable and spouses/partners are invited to join us if they wish.