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Our President arrives for Social Tennis.

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General view of the four courts.

Welcome to Ham & Petersham Tennis Club - Richmond’s best kept tennis secret

Not many people know that Ham & Petersham Tennis Club exists; not many people walk past it, and even some of those who have will not have noticed it, behind the trees, as they go by. The courts are not easy to find; our membership has developed mainly through word of mouth.

Whilst, given our location, we are proud to maintain our low profile, we are, however, a flourishing club. We have 2 experienced LTA Licensed coaches, a very strong Junior programme and highly successful Men’s and Ladies’ teams. We also value our strong links with the community, including local primary and secondary schools.

We built and use 4 macadam courts located in quiet rural surrounds between Ham Common and historic Ham House. Our members are all ages and standards; currently we have around 120 adult members and 80 juniors.

April 2018: The courts have just been cleaned and repainted. They look fantastic, drain very quickly and are great to play on..

We have regular Social Tennis all year on Saturdays 10.00 - 12.30, and in summer Thursdays from 7.00 pm onwards. All members are welcome. There are regular American Tournaments and matches with other Clubs.

Court bookings are made through our online court reservation system; please see the Court Bookings page for details.

There are no entrance or guest fees; membership is £150 a year for families, £120 a year for couples, £90 a year for adults, £45 a year for members between the ages of 19 and 28, and £35 a year for juniors and students. Please see Join Us section for exact fees payable.

We have regular social tennis (turn up and play), American Tournaments, matches against other clubs, and a singles ladder.

Our club is LTA Tennismark accredited; this means that LTA have recognised that we have good standards and best practice. It shows that the club has the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.

Opened in 2014, the Pavilion has a loo and washroom accessible at all times, where a defibrillator and first aid kit are available for emergency use. The main room has a kitchen, fridge, cooker and comfortable seating area and also a changing room. Outside is a large lawn with picnic benches.

Our courts are shared with Grey Court School. We have an arrangement with them under which they have priority use of the courts at weekdays during the school term up to 5pm (please see Links section for school term dates), and we have the use of the courts at other times, subject to coaching reservations (please see Coaching section) and Matches and other Events (please see Matches / Events section).

20th October 2018: updated

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EASTER CAMP - Monday 8th to Friday 12th April 2019

Sign up for our Easter Camp! Full details are on our Easter Camp form, click HERE to see a copy.

As the warm weather approaches and the nights become longer it is time to start thinking about Ham & Petersham Lawn Tennis Club's famous and very popular Junior Easter Camp for 2019 run by Kober 10S Academy.
This year the dates are :
Monday, April 8th - Friday, April 12th.
The camp will, as usual, be
open to members and non-members and of course will have all your normal favourites with plenty of drills, fun games, matches, competitions, prizes and of course awards in special categories!!!
Please remember...we are VERY FLEXIBLE and you can come as many or as few days as you can!!!
All is listed in the attachment and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail or on 07466-808515.
Please feel free to share this e-mail with all your friends and remember...the camp fills up fast so do not delay in signing up!
We very much look forward to seeing many of you on the courts soon!
All the best,
James, Mark, Katrina & Terrina.

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Our head professional, James Kober, and his son, Jamie Kober, played in the LTA Quorn Family Tennis Cup National Finals on the weekend of 13th/14th October 2018.

The Kobers had already been crowned County and then Regional Champions, to advance to the National Finals. On the Saturday they navigated their way out of their group with 3 wins to advance to Sunday's knockout stages.

First up on Sunday were the No. 4 seeds in the quarter-finals from Hertfordshire who the Kober beat in a tense final tie break.

Next up in the semi-finals were the No. 1 seeds from the Midlands who were dispatched in straight sets!

Unfortunately the final was one step too far and the Kober lost a close match to the No. 2 seeds from Leicester.

All in all, a very successful weekend and national runners-up on a prestigious LTA tennis event.

Congrats to Team Kober.

Mid Summer Newsletter - from our Chairman

Nothing but good news to report and lots of thank
yous. In no particular order:

Our first ever Club Tournament:thanks to the initiative and persistence of James Kober this is proving a great success, with some excellent competitive matches. James and Terrina are planning an all day barbecue on Finals  Day Sunday 22 July-details to follow but put the date in your diary. The very popular Junior Summer Camp starts the next day. Details on the website.

Ball machine: we now have a fully operational machine available through the coaches (names and contact details on the website). Thanks are due to Steve Tyrrell (who also ran the Wimbledon Draw) who took the machine to the supplier in Hertfordshire but also collected it and negotiated a remarkably low price for the work involved.

The excellence website, constantly updated by Steve Hayes. Book a court early as they are very busy at this time of the year.

Clive Clavering has done a huge amount to maintain the Clubhouse, and following the break-in last Autumn has increased the security.

Sally Bruce has set up a group to improve the interior of the Clubhouse. It now looks great inside.

TV   The original TV was stolen during the break-in. James Kober has acquired a replacement, and it has been installed single handed by Terrina Kober. It is now up and running, just in time for Eastbourne, Wimbledon and the World Cup. 

Ladies Team. Marcia has assembled a good group of players who are doing well in the Wilson Surrey League. Terrina organised another team that is playing in the Surrey Team Tennis League and they have this season already won three matches against bigger Clubs already, including the League leaders.

Junior teams. We have 10 Team Tennis teams this year, all doing very well. A big thank you to the parents who run the teams.

Mens Team  Lead by James they are powering through the leagues, and already heading both the Surrey and the Team Tennis League this summer, with several defeats of big Clubs.

Floodlights. We are going through the early stages of a project to install floodlights on the courts. This can be a tortuous process. We will keep you informed. The Committee taking this forward is led by Terrina Kober. 

Fence  We have now placed a contract to replace the storm damaged fence with stronger posts, work to be carried out soon. This may involve some disruption. Most of the work is covered by Insurance

This list is not comprehensive, and there are a lot more things to do: we are always looking volunteers to get involved. Great to hear from you with any comments or offers of help

Amazing weather forecast: enjoy your tennis.


June 2018


The weeks of July 23rd and July 30th brought with them our now famous H&P Summer Camps 2018!
Unprecedented hot weather and numbers were recorded for both weeks.
Week one saw a total of 87 children aged from 4 to 16 enjoy loads of great tennis with drills, games and competitions featuring highly all week.
Week 2 saw more of the same with 84 children aged between 2 to 17 enjoying the weather and the tennis.
Great memories were shared and new friendships were forged which is what the camps are all about!
Fun was had by all and we look forward to our next camp at this space for more info!!!

See all our pictures below!

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Summer Camp 2018 pictures

H & P Junior and Senior Club Championships 2018

Club Championships Finals Day:
Sunday, July 22nd marked the culmination our 1st annual Adult & Junior Club Championships and what a day it was! The weather was glorious, the tennis fantastic and the BBQ delicious!
We started back in June with over 60 entrants in 13 divisions who were whittled down to the finalists on the 22nd. Spectators enjoyed some high class tennis with the marquee men’s and ladies open singles being contested by Jamie Kober, Charlie Kober, Sarah Jackson & Elizabeth Kober. In the men’s final it was a family battle with Jamie Kober prevailing over Charlie Kober 6-2,6-0.
In the ladies final, Sarah Jackson overcame Elizabeth Kober in a tight first set, 6-4 and then captured a more one-sided second set, 6-1 to seal the victory.
Jamie & Charlie then sided with each other to win the men’s open doubles over Rod Smith & Will Jackson, 6-4,6-1. Sarah & Elizabeth also teamed together to win the ladies open doubles over Jennifer Dobson & Miranda Stibora, 6-0,6-1.
In the mixed open doubles Elizabeth & Jamie Kober overcame Sarah & Will Jackson, 6-2,6-2.
Many age group categories were played as well and the tennis was highly competitive.
In the ladies over 45s singles Marcia Stibora beat Jane Butcher, 6-3,6-3 and Steve Tyrell won the men’s over 55s singles.
The ladies over 40s doubles was won by Jane Butcher & Jo Sayer.
The men’s over 55s doubles was won by David Guest & Tony McLay who beat Martin Adams & Steve Tyrrell, 6-0,6-1.
The mixed over 45s doubles final was a thoroughly entertaining affair and had a first set that lasted over one hour! After a very heated battle, Marcia Stibora & Tony McLay held on to beat Jane Butcher & Steve Hayes, 7-6,6-1.
In our junior finals the 10 & under girls event was won by Olivia Woolner who beat Molly Stewart in a hotly contested final, 4-3,2-4,10-8.
In the 14 & under girls final, A-M Anderberg beat Lois Hunt, 6-1,6-2.
Rounding off the results, Charlie Kober made it a fantastic day for the Kober family by capturing the 14 & under boys final where he beat Toby Davis, 6-1,6-1.
During the finals, a BBQ was ongoing and the food and drink flowed all afternoon!
Around 75 people attended our finals day and we want to thank everyone that played in the tournament and all the spectators for making it such a great overall event and especially a great finals day.
Hopefully next year the tournament will grow from strength to strength and more players will participate and this will become a favourite date on the H&P Tennis/social calendar...roll on next year!!!

H&P Club Championships 2018 Results:
Men’s Open Singles: Jamie Kober bt. Charlie Kober 6-2,6-0.
Ladies Open Singles: Sarah Jackson by. Elizabeth Kober 6-4,6-1.
Men’s Open Doubles: Jamie & Charlie Kober bt. Rod Smith & Will Jackson 6-4,6-1.
Ladies Open Doubles: Elizabeth Kober & Sarah Jackson bt. Jennifer Dobson & Miranda Stibora 6-0,6-1.
Mixed Open Doubles: Elizabeth & Jamie Kober bt. Sarah & Will Jackson 6-2,6-2.
Men’s Over 55s Singles: Steve Tyrell bt. David Guest w/o.
Ladies Over 45s Singles: Marcia Stibora bt. Jane Butcher 6-3,6-3.
Men’s Over 55s Doubles: David Guest & Tony McKay bt. Martin Adams & Steve Tyrrell 6-0,6-1.
Ladies Over 40s Doubles: Jane Butcher & Jo Sayer bt. Marcia Stibora & Sophie Davidson w/o.
Mixed Over 45s Doubles: Marcia Stibora & Tony McLay bt. Jane Butcher & Steve Hayes 7-6,6-1.
14 & Under Boys Singles: Charlie Kober bt. Toby Davis 6-1,6-1.
14 & Under Girls Singles: A-M Anerberg bt. Lois Hunt 6-1,6-2.
10 & Under Girls Singles: Olivia Woolner bt. Molly Stewart 4-3,2-4,10-8.

See our photos below!
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Photos from the Club Championships 2018


Anyone with Juniors aged 4-11 who would like an introduction to tennis should go to where they have just announced TENNIS FOR KIDS. Terrina and Katrina will be holding sessions starting later in April on our courts. Cost for 6 lessons is only £25, and everyone keeps a new racquet and T shirt afterwards. Book quickly as the courses are filling up fast.

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April 2018:
1st opening win of the new Ladies National Club League season!
Well done & CONGRATS ladies!!!
From left to right:
Elizabeth Kober, Sarah Jackson (captain) & Sanne Fauser. Not pictured : Isla Holley.



Thanks to Matthew Carlton for setting this up.

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27th February 2018: British Airways cancels more than 60 flights from Heathrow today. Several trains from Liverpool Street to Stansted cancelled. A Met Office yellow weather warning in force all today. But we don't let a bit of snow stop us playing!