Entry for Club Championships 2017 now open

Due to our Tennis Manager Martin Coates leaving in early September the Club Committee has taken on the role of Club Tournament Organiser. In order to have Club Champions in 2017 at all we have decided to change the format slightly from last year. On a positive note we have reduced the entry fees to £3 per event but, unfortunately, we will have to go without the Over45s Vets Mixed Doubles for 2017. The tournament will be held over ONE WEEK (starting Sunday 17th September) only and please note the tournament schedule. In fairness to the organisers please do not enter the tournament if you are not available on the weekends/evenings stated. Should numbers be so large that the organisers have to amend the schedule we will let you know in good time. An entry form is attached (click here) and there are copies of the entry form in the spinner in the club’s foyer. As always please stick to the closing date and do not enter without payment. Many thanks and good luck with your...

Read More

WONDERFUL OPEN FOR CLUB’S 70TH YEAR

Having just celebrated its 70th birthday Penzance Tennis Club staged its 68th Penzance Senior Open Tournament from Sunday, 30th July to Saturday, 5th August. As always the popular event attracted a great number of players from local clubs as well as from other parts of the country. Referee Steve Wynn from Essex who has been overseeing the Penzance Open for 22 years now successfully managed to run the 16 competitions without a hitch. The weather was fine for most of the week – apart from Wednesday when rain made play difficult and unpleasant. However, in true British style, competitors braved the elements and got on with the matches. A number of highly rated players competed in the main events. The top seed this year was last year’s mens singles winner James Hardiman (Avon). While locals were backing Penzance Tennis Club’s Ben Lakeman James proved again too strong. In the final he constructed his points well forcing Ben into the defensive. James seemed never in trouble and eventually won in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. The ladies singles final was an all-Cornish affair. Truro’s Clare Hudson played a steady and accurate game beating last year’s champion, India Rojano from Padstow in a close match 7-5, 7-6. Clare had not won the Penzance Open since 2006. She teamed up with Hayle’s Zoe Lee in the Ladies Open Doubles. The pair won the first set 6-3 against Truro’s Emily Wicks and Claire Tresidder but then ran out of steam and lost the second set 6-0. The deciding championship tie-break also went to Wicks and Tresidder after a most entertaining battle. The Mens Open Doubles was won by the strong Peters brothers from Redruth. Penzance’s Ben Lakeman and Janner Bindiren put up a great fight but Nick and Chris Peters came through 6-0, 1-6 1-0 (6). The Mixed Doubles Open champions of 2017 are Emily Wicks and Charlie Newman. They beat Clare Hudson and James Bassett 6-2, 6-4. Altogether eight members of Penzance Tennis Club made it to Finals Day. Daphne Luke won the Ladies Handicap Singles for the fourth time beating club mate Dawn Roberts 6-3, 6-2. She then teamed up with Jackie Rice from Penzance to win the Ladies Handicap Doubles. Daphne’s mother Helena also played with Jackie. They won the Ladies O55s Doubles in straight sets 7-5, 6-2. In the Mens Handicap Singles Tomasz Helman (Penzance) lost to young Essex star Aaron Hilsum. Penzance’s Sam Wardman and doubles partner Cesar Monteiro from Southampton narrowly lost to the Oxford pairing of Duncan Todd and Kim Buffham in the Mixed Seniors Doubles. Chris Birchley and doubles partner Nick Williams (London) comfortably won the Mens O55s Doubles. With over 270 entries the 2017 Penzance...

Read More

70 Years at Penzance Tennis Club!

Heavy Rain could not dampen the Party Spirit Last weekend was party time at Penzance Tennis Club. The club has been celebrating its 70 th birthday on Saturday, 29 th July. This date was chosen to coincide with the start of the club’s 68 th Open Tournament so that not only club members but also old friends from afar could take part in the celebrations. Naturally, the club’s organising committee had been hoping for good weather but it was not to be. In typical Cornish fashion the 100 guests carried on regardless, at times queuing in the pouring rain to collect their dinner from a marquis outside of the clubhouse. Inside the crowd was entertained by Kris Gayle and Friends who supplied the right music to lure members, friends and family onto the dance floor. Club Chairman Trevor Newborn reminded everyone present that the club has come very far in the last 70 years. After humble beginnings with courts near the Penzance promenade the club moved to Penlee Park. Over the years an old pavilion and red clay courts gave way to the superb large clubhouse of today, with four artificial grass courts, three hardcourts and a mini tennis court. Trevor also mentioned how modern technology has taken over. The club now has an electronic court booking system and solar panels on the clubhouse roof. Although the club is still run by a traditional committee there is a manned office (part-time), and the bar/cafe known as the First Service Cafe is open to the public. Among the guests of the 70 year celebrations was also open tournament referee Steve Wynn from Essex. He and his wife Hazel always bring a large number of tournament competitors from their club in Southend. Steve has been refereeing the Penzance Open for 22 years and is looking forward to a successful 2017 event. As always the tournament started with the traditional President’s Reception on Sunday evening. During the day the first singles matches of the 68 th Penzance Open were completed, and from 7pm onwards all competitors, tournament sponsors and club committee members were invited to a buffet and a few welcome drinks. The Open Tournament will continue all this week from 9.30am. Spectators are welcome. Finals Day will be Saturday, 5th...

Read More

Great day at the Liley Young Over 35s Mixed Tournament!

A wonderful day was had by all participants of the Lylie Young Over 35s Tournament. The event was run by Di Hillage (who even stepped in to play later in the day!) and we are very grateful to her and Brenda for giving up their Sundayto support this. After many tight round robin matches Richard Forbes and Elaine Bassett were the eventual winners beating Tomasz Helman and Helena Luke in the...

Read More

Penzance Youngsters achieve the Double again by winning the Aegon Mini Tennis Team events

Congratulations to Penzance Mini Tennis Red and Mini Orange teams for winning both County events again this year in Cornwall. This is a fantastic achievement for the club again and shows that every year we are dominating Mini Tennis in the County. The first success came on home ground at Penzance beating all the other Orange teams in the County. Congratulations go to Jake Moore, Jacob Allan, Emma Brown and Archie Stirling. The Red team then travelled to Bodmin and put on a fine performance winning this event as well. Congratulations go to Freddie Millard, Oscar Ward, Camilla Bennie and Amelia Botterell. I am very proud to have such a great team of coaches that are doing a wonderful job at developing these players. Thank you to all players for their continual loyalty to the club and especially the parents for all their support. Martin Coates – Head...

Read More

Penzance Tennis Club’s 70th Birthday Party – Tickets available

PENZANCE TENNIS CLUB WILL CELEBRATE ITS 70TH BIRTHDAY WITH A PARTY ON SATURDAY, 29TH JULY 2017 FROM 6PM   DRINKS ON ARRIVAL, FOOD AND LIVE MUSIC Tickets will be available from tomorrow morning (Wed, 31st May) 9am onwards. The adult tickets (yellow card) are £22.00 and the Under 16s tickets (blue card) are £15.00 each. Please note that the tickets are numbered and we are taking your names – your ticket serves as your voucher for a welcome drink and the hot food – so please bring your ticket to the party! THE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE FROM THE OFFICE ONLY (CASH OR CHEQUE) – PLEASE SEE JOYCE OR BIRTE (please contact the club if you are not able to collect your tickets in person). This is the week of our Open Tournament and non member players/visitors are very welcome!   Cheques to be made payable to Penzance Tennis Club...

Read More