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    TERRY MARSHALL HANDICAP SINGLES COMPETITION 2019

    For 2019 this competition was renamed in honour of our President Terry Marshall, who sadly passed away in 2019. Terry had been a member and stalwart of the club for many years, and for most of those he had been our go to maintenance man. As a result of Terry’s hard work and constant reminders to the club, our facilities have remained in good order. It was Terry who introduced this event, recognising that there was a lack of singles play within the club. Terry will be sorely missed for all his work, for his overall contribution to the club and for his friendship over this period.

    This year’s competition started off with 11 entrants. At the top of the draw the competition got off to a high octane start with the clash of Simon Kitching and David Butterworth. In this energetic and exciting match Simon took the first game, then David levelled the match taking the second set 25-24. The struggle continued with Simon eventually winning the final set 25-17. In the next round Simon played Tom Johnson and another close and exciting match ensued, with Simon prevailing in 2 closely fought sets.

    At the bottom of the draw, Hannah Bowe and Katy Foxford met in this their first match in this competition. The match went to 3 closely fought sets, with Hannah prevailing in an enjoyable and well contested match. Hannah then met our Team Captain, David Miller and after some fine play from both David and Hannah, Hannah managed to claim the win. Elsewhere in the draw Michelle Clyde was drawn against the 2018 winner, Frank Kucera, and with some excellent hitting and good defensive play was able to secure the first set. Frank then started to apply more pressure and after some solid hitting from both players Frank ran out winner in 3 sets. Frank and Hannah met in the next round in a match of heavy forehands and energy sapping defence. After an enjoyable match for both, Frank secured the win and moved into the final to meet Simon.

    T he final was played on a cool and slightly blustery Thursday evening in early September. The first set was neck and neck and was eventually claimed by Frank 25-23. Simon then fought back and took the second set 25-16. The final set continued in a similar fashion, with lots of close and energy sapping rallies. In the end Frank ran out winner and thus retained his title for another year.

    Frank can be seen accepting the trophy from our Chairman Tom Johnson.

    SEASON 2021

    The latest regulations allow us to re-open the courts on Monday 29th March 2021.

    Internal and external competitions will be arranged, details to follow.

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE OF THE COURTS DURING COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS
    We hope you enjoy your tennis, but please make sure that you play in a safe and responsible manner at all times.

    ALL PLAYERS USING THESE COURTS MUST READ AND FULLY COMPLY WITH
    THE LTA GUIDELINES WHICH CAN BE FOUND DISPLAYED ON THE TENNIS HUT
    SECTION 1: BEFORE & AFTER PLAY STAY UP TO DATE
    Carry out your own self-assessment for covid 19 symptoms. Do not participate in tennis if you have any of the covid 19 symptoms, or you subsequently develop them. Instead, you must follow the Government’s “Test and Trace” guidelines without delay.
    Before you leave notify the Club (email to: mashamtennisclub@yahoo.co.uk) of the names of your group who are using the courts and the date and time of your visit. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible). Use your own equipment where possible. Take your own hand santizer and use this before and after touching the keysafe, court gate and padlock and before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required). Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court.
    TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE COURT
    Avoid using public transport. Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can. Allow others to leave before you enter the court – if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and clear of the gates. Arrive changed and ready to play. Shower at home. Do not congregate after playing. No extra-curricular or social activity should take place
    SECTION 2: DURING PLAY COURT LIMITS
    Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, meaning that four people from different households can now play doubles. For informal casual play group sizes must not exceed 6 players. Group sizes can exceed this limit for Club Sessions, but only if all participants strictly follow
    these guidelines. All courts are now open for play, but players must avoid chasing a ball onto another court if others are using that court.
    MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
    Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play as far as possible, when taking breaks and before and after play). Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five). Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net.
    EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES
    Be aware that nearby toilet facilities may not be open. Where they are open, players are advised to take particular care when using them.
    HYGIENE
    If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve. Avoid touching your face.

     

    Version 7 – 29th March 2021