Presidents Newsletter - November 2021

President's Newsletter (November 2021)

Christmas Drinks and nibbles at the club on December 18th from 4pm. All members are invited to come along although this year it may be dependent on your vaccination status.  The committee will be sending out details about our proposed policy on this in the next few days.  

Summer tournaments

These are all listed on our new website and you can enter on-line through the new website.


The Stonewood Homes Wanaka Open is scheduled for the 2-4 January.


The Craig's Investment Partners Wanaka Junior Open dates are as follows:

Under 12 and Under 16  singles and doubles - 5,6 January

Under 10 and Under 14 singles and doubles - 7,8 January


The Quartz Reef +35 Tournament - 

Doubles 9th January

Mixed Doubles 10th January.


We are hoping to have the new gate system installed next week on Wednesday but this has been delayed so many times I am wary of announcing this.  I will send out a separate email to go through the process of getting into the courts.  If you have an Apple device there is a great app called Clubspark Booker but there is no equivalent app yet for Android devices - despite Android users being 73% of the mobile market. Go figure!  On the gate there will be a barcode to scan or you can book though the new website from your phone or computer. Once you have booked a court you will get a code that will let you into the courts.  


Wednesday night team social tennis has been running for 3 weeks now and with the amazing spell of weather we have had such glorious nights for our tennis.  The lights were used on the dull evenings to help out for the last half an hour.  It was great to have them. The competition is fierce and the dinners amazing.  Thanks to Jan Grant for all her organisation.   


At Labour Weekend the players who went to Oamaru for their grass court tournament came home with medals.  Congratulations to Robbie Julius, Allen Martin, Barbara Provan and Daphne Ledgerwood. 


The Southern Lakes Junior Tournament held at Wanaka Tennis Club was played on a wet Sunday- the only wet day in weeks of great weather.  The kids did not let this stop them and many of them played on in the rain on wet courts.  Matches were shortened and some cancelled but tennis was a winner on the day and there were some amazing matches played.  Well done to everyone who participated. 

Our junior representative squads are away in Dunedin this weekend representing Southern Lakes.


The lino has been finished in the bathrooms and is looking great.  More improvements are on their way in the New Year.  


Our new website is up and running and we have had a lot of new members who have found it very easy to join up and pay their subs.  This has been mostly seamless and has saved our treasurer many hours of time.  There have been a few hitches which we are working through.  Welcome to all our new members.  


Rule for today:

If a ball is going out then you need to let it bounce as if you catch it, the point goes to the opposition.  

Two of the etiquette breaches I continue to see is that players return a fault instead of letting the ball go and also they are not calling the score.  Sometimes you need to return a serve as you can't always call it immediately.  With tournaments coming up remember to wait until the end of a point or a game to cross or walk beside a court.

Another note : if there is doubt whether a ball is in or out it is IN.  


Hope you are all enjoying your tennis with this great weather we have been having.


Regards Jeanette Hatten