Bramford Tennis Club

Words By Mick Russ

As the Caribbean gets acquainted with the sort of weather that our winter and floodlit teams have to contend with, on a weekly basis, it makes me realise that the rest of the world have never spent a wet week in Clacton in August. I have played in gales, where the wind was so strong that when I served,  I managed to ace myself! (Nick still managed to hit his serves out though)

The summer season has finished and the teams are getting their survival suits ready for the start of the winter season. Winter leagues are Sunday mornings (when if you finish in good time the pub has just opened) and the midweek floodlit leagues (when if you finish in good time you can get a good hour in the pub afterwards). We usually enter two or three sides in the Sunday morning league and one men’s side in the floodlit league.

The annual Maureen Sillett trophy match was played on Sunday 3rd September versus our neighbours Sproughton. Sproughton ran out winners in the American Mixed Doubles tournament. The teams had an enjoyable time and look forward to next year’s match at Sproughton.

If you think I haven’t a clue about tennis you should see me at a quiz! I’m pleased to announce that there will be a quiz on behalf of Bramford Tennis Club at the Sports Pavilion on Friday 17th November start 8pm with teams of four.

Why not come along to our ladies only tennis sessions at Bramford Tennis Club? The aim of these sessions is to encourage more female players to engage or re-engage with the sport of tennis through a friendly non-competitive and supportive coaching environment.

The sessions are suitable for all levels of ability and will concentrate each week on a particular stroke or tactical aspect of the game using a mixture of shot progressions, drills and fun tennis related games (racquets and balls provided, all you need are trainers, comfortable clothing and a willingness to take part and have some fun).

The sessions start the week commencing Monday 11th September and the times are as follows; Mondays from 9:30am to 10:30am, Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Each session is run on a pay and play basis (members £3 / non-members £4) so just turn up five minutes before the start time.

More guff next month.

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