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Our President arrives for Social Tennis.

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General view of the four courts.

Club opening

We are delighted to tell you that as of Wednesday 13th May the Club is back in business.

We are strictly following guidelines from the LTA to ensure a safe environment for our players.

The Committee decided that we would alter the subscription year so that members get full use of their membership. The new subscription year will be 1st May 2020 to 30 April 2021, so we now ask that you pay as soon as possible by direct bank transfer to reduce the need for our Membership Secretary to visit the Bank to pay in cash or cheques at the moment.
Full details of how to pay are shown on the current membership form which can be seen and downloaded from our site, under the Join Us page.
We have been inundated with court bookings, and at the moment we are restricting court bookings to 1 hour, singles only (except families who are allowed doubles). To be fair to others no guests are allowed, and you must be a paid up member to book the courts (or intending to pay in the next 7 days) Both names are needed on the booking so we have traceability during the virus crisis.

A few rules:

Booking for one hour only.
Both names playing (or all four when a family doubles booking) to be included in the Hold My Court system-surnames and initials fine. This gives us traceability.
Members only at the moment.
All balls used to be clearly marked.
Basically a sensible approach is needed-no turning up without a booking and leave promptly after playing, and keep 2 metres apart (except family members). Bring hand sanitiser if you have it available, and wear gloves if you feel more comfortable.
Not back to normal, yet but a huge step forward.

We look forward to hearing from you, and of course seeing you back on the 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.

We are also a safe play to play, with our coaching team well-versed in first aid, a defibrillator on site and a Welfare Officer keeping a close eye on both safeguarding and health & Safety.
In fact, it’s a great place to play – secure and accessible at all times – and whatever your standard, you will find plenty of opportunity to join in.

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).

19th March 2020: updated

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Summer Newsletter 2019

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

Our second 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 held an all day barbecue on Finals  Day Sunday 30 June which was a memorable event very well supported by members and guests.

Ball machine: we now have a fully operational machine available through the coaches (names and contact details on the website).

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

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

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 which involves both singles and doubles.

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.

Men's Team  Led by James they are powering through the leagues, and already heading both for the Surrey and the Team Tennis League this summer, with several defeats of big Clubs.

Sophie Davidson is organising a Mixed Doubles team; please contact her by emailing me if you are interested in playing, and I will forward your email to her.

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. 

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

Enjoy your tennis.

Martin Adams - Chairman

March 2019

Another Accolade For Ham & Petersham LTC : Winners of the Prestigious 17U Boys Surrey Team Trophy!

Since September 2018, the Ham & Petersham LTC Boys 17U team has been competing in the Surrey Team Tennis Championships.

At the back end of 2018, Jamie Kober & Charlie Kober of Grey Court School and Tom Luca Reinhardt of the German School went through as winners of Group 1A, winning all 3 matches of the team championships to land themselves in the knockout stages of the competition.

In the quarter-finals of the knockout, Jamie Kober & Tom Luca Reinhardt beat Downswood LTC in Epsom quite convincingly moving onto the semi-finals against local rivals, Hawker Tennis.

Jamie & Tom Luca came through a tense affair eventually prevailing 6-2, 6-2 in the deciding doubles.

This all culminated in the finals being played at the Sutton Tennis Academy. Here, Jamie & Tom Luca came up against Bourne Tennis Performance Academy. Jamie, playing in the No.1 position played his opposite number in Bourne's Justin Worthy and prevailed in a tense match, 7-5,1-6,10-4 and Tom Luca, playing No.2 singles overcame Bourne’s Sam Scott, 6-4,7-5 with Tom Luca playing very well on the big points. Having won both the singles, the boys were the champions and all their hard work and perseverance through freezing temperatures and rain in the winter and sleet and strong, gusty winds in the spring had paid off.

Huge congratulations go to all 3 boys on an outstanding season and ultimate victory and another trophy coming to Ham & Petersham Lawn Tennis Club.

Head Professional at Ham & Petersham, James Kober said that he was extremely proud of the boys and really admired their commitment and passion for bringing the trophy home. He stated that it is a testament to their great work ethic and commitment to the game that they prevailed to be 17U Surrey Champions continuing on from lifting the 15U trophy last year.

Pictured below are, from left to right: Jamie Kober, James Kober (coach) & Tom Luca Reinhardt.

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Thanks to Matthew Carlton for setting this up.