LTA Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekend – Open Day Sunday 19th May

For the third year running Mashamshire Tennis Club opened its courts to the public for a free of charge sampler day. As before the event was part of the UK wide LTA sponsored event and as in previous years the sun once again duly turned up and shone on our event.

On the day we were visited by a number of families and both adults and children enjoyed their time on court being engaged in a variety of activities, ranging from being fed the ball on a one-to-one basis, through to some rallying and points based fun games.

We also took the opportunity to use our Tutor Pro Ball Machine. This machine can feed a tennis ball in a variety of speeds and spins and is especially useful for perfecting new shots or refining old ones. It can be used individually or by a pair of players.

Our thanks go to Hannah, Michelle, Lara, Norma and Tom, club members who supported the event and who also enjoyed a sunny afternoon of tennis with some very enthusiastic and promising children and adults. We do hope we’ll some of these on our courts again in the future.

If you would like any information regarding playing tennis at Masham please contact the Chairman, Tom Johnson on 01765 603593, or any member of the committee. Details and contact forms are on our website


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.