Tennis Events

Calendar of Events (2017/18)

Vets Open sponsored by Cornish Locksmiths of Penzance – April 2nd

Wimbledon Ballot 7.30pm – April 21st

British Tennis Weekend – May 13th

Liley Young Over 35s Tournament – June 11th

The 68th Senior Open Tournament – Sunday 30th July to Saturday 5th August 2017

Penzance Junior and Senior Open – Sunday 20th August to Friday 25th August 2017

70 years Penzance Tennis Club Celebration – Saturday 29th July

Penzance Club Championships – September 17th to 23rd

Over 50s Tournament – October 15th

Penzance Junior Club Tournament – Starting October 23rd to Saturday 28th October

Aviva Awards public vote open (to raise £5k for court 6&7 renovation) – Starting Tuesday 24th October to Tuesday 21st November

Junior Club Tournament Finals day – Saturday 28th October at 12 noon

Junior Awards Night – Saturday 18th November at 6.30pm

AGM – Monday 4th December at 7.30pm

Race Night and Christmas Party – Saturday 9th December

Board Game Night – Saturday 13th January at 6.30pm

Music Night with young band “Two Seconds to Penzance” – Saturday 3rd February at 6.30pm

Junior/Parent Fun Tennis Tournament – Saturday 10th March

Junior Awards Night – Saturday 18th November

Junior Awards Night – Saturday 18th November at 6.30pm
The coaching team would like to invite you to come and celebrate the achievements of our junior players in 2017.
There will be food, games and the awards presentation.

Fantastic finals day for Junior Club Championships

The Junior Club Championships was run over a week commencing on Monday 23rd October and concluding in a fantastic finals day on Saturday 28th October. A good entry saw multiple events running and some superb tennis throughout the week. The spectators on finals day were treated to several great games including mini Green, Orange and Red and under 16s and under 18s categories. Well done to all our competitors and thanks goes to Sammy Bassett and Robert Hepworth for the organisation and running of the event throughout the week.

Mini Orange

Winner – Freddie Millard

Runner Up – Reggie Roynon

Mini Red

Winner – Jacob Clemens

Runner Up – Gabriel Phillips

Under 18s Girls Singles

Winner – Zoe Body

Runner Up – Ellie Boase

Mini Green

Winner –  Joe Kereama

Runner Up – Freddie Millard

Under 16s Girls Singles

Winner – Zoe Body

Runner Up – Kelly Laing

Under 18s Girls Doubles

Winners – Zoe Body and Faith Matthews

Runners Up – Kelly Laing and Maddie Bennie

Under 16s Boys Singles

Winner – Stan Roynon

Runner Up – Jacob Savage

Under 18s Boys Doubles

Winners – Stan Roynon and James Harvey

Runners Up – Jacob Savage and Adrian Bottrell

Great entry for Over 50s Tournament

The weather stayed kind for our Over 50s tournament today. A good entry saw all 5 courts being used and unusually the male entry of 13 was almost double that of the ladies entry of 7 (due to illness and injury 2 ladies had to withdraw on the day).

After some excellent play the top scoring man, David Reynolds was partnered with the second placed lady, Suzie Sinclair (who drew on points with Jenny Turner but won her finals place on the toss of a coin!). They took on 2nd place Brett Dye and 1st place Elaine Bassett in the final.

The watching spectators were treated to some fantastic rallies and the victors were Suzie Sinclair and David Reynolds winning by 6 games to 2.

Thanks go to Lis Jenkin and Brenda Charlton who ran the tournament.

Penzance Ladies D win West Division League!

Penzance D has had their best result ever finishing at the top of the league by some margin. They won 10 games, drew 1 and lost 1 scoring 97 points. Their nearest rivals were 2nd place Redruth B on 82 points and Truro C on 75 points. Year on year the team has made real progress with all players improving their games considerably.

Ladies D Team

The core team were (l-r) Suzie Sinclair, Sam Wardman (captain), Elaine Bassett and Dawn Roberts. They would also like to thank other players that filled in for the team – Victoria Nash, Elaine Trethowan, Jenny Turner and Sara Allison

Fantastic Finals to end great week of Club Championships!

The Club Championship finals took place on Saturday and the spectators were treated to some fantastic tennis! Well done to everyone that took part this year and to our winners and runners up.

Men’s singles
Winner Sam Newborn, Runner Up Viv Heale

Ladie’s Singles
Winner Frances Heale, Runner Up Helena Luke

Ladie’s Doubles
Winners Bryn Heale and Frances Heale, Runners Up Helena Luke and Jackie Rice

Men’s Doubles
Winners Sam Newborn and David Murthwaite, Runners Up Viv Heale and Martyn Cripps

Mixed Doubles
Winners Frances Heale and Viv Heale, Runners Up Jackie Rice and Tomasz Helman

Tennis Matches/Leagues Winter Singles Ladder

Entry for the singles winter league is again £10.00 starting in the week of the 30th October. Please add your name to the sheet on the noticeboard.

County Winter League – we are hoping to enter at least 2 mixed doubles teams so please add your name to the sign up sheet on the noticeboard.

Penzance hosts county over 70s match featuring former UK no 1!

There was excitement at the club on Thursday morning as Penzance Tennis Club were hosts to a county over 70s match – Cornwall vs Leicestershire, with former UK number one Mark Cox playing. Leicestershire were the victors and are top to the leader board but Cornwall put up a brave battle with two Penzance players representing Cornwall.

Playing for Cornwall:
Andrew James
David Balow
David Todd
Mike Keat

Playing for Leicestershire:
Mark Cox
Richard Tutt
John Walworth
Richard Marn

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 matches.


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 Senior Open was one of the most successful tournaments in Penzance Tennis Club’s history. Referee Steve Wynn has already announced that he will be back next year and it is hoped that all competitors will do the same. The club would like to thank its two main sponsors Truro & Penwith College and Christopher Rowe Insurances as well as all the smaller sponsors, donors of raffle prizes and everyone who helped to make this event such a great success.

Full Results:

Mens Singles Section 1: S Cannon (Kent) bt L Hilson (Essex)

Ladies Senior Doubles: C. Hudson & J Chappell (Cornwall) bt E Symmonds & K Buffham (Oxford)

Ladies Handicap Singles: D Luke (Pz) bt D Roberts (Pz)

Mens Handicap Singles: A Hilsum (Essex) bt T Helman (Pz)

Ladies O55s Doubles: H Luke & J Rice (Pz) bt W Bristow & D Watt (Essex)

Mixed Seniors Doubles: D Todd & K Buffham (Oxford) bt C Monteiro (Hants) & S Wardman (Pz)

Mens Handicap Doubles: P Willson & L Hilsum (Essex) bt G Nicholls (Essex) & A Wingent (Devon)

Mixed Doubles: C Newman & E Wicks (Cornwall) bt J Bassett & C Hudson (Cornwall)

Mens Senior Doubles: D Lambe & B Roberts (Essex) bt C Monteiro & M Wilkinson (Hants)

Mixed Handicap Doubles: S Cannon & M Cannon (Kent) bt A Hilsum & W Bristow (Essex)

Ladies Open Singles: C Hudson bt I Rojano (both Cornwall)

Mens Open Singles: J Hardiman (Avon) bt B Lakeman (Pz)

Mens O55 Doubles: C Birchley (Pz) & N Williams (London) bt P Heckford (Berks) & J Colman (Essex)

Ladies Handicap Doubles: D Luke & J Rice (Pz) bt F Harcourt & L Gaze (Essex)

Ladies Open Doubles: E Wicks & C Tresidder (Cornwall) bt C Hudson & Z Lee (Cornwall)

Mens Open Doubles: C Peters & N Peters (Redruth) bt B Lakeman (Pz) and J Bindiren

Special Awards: D. Luke, T. Helman, P. Uren and D. Hillage



Ladies Team Tennis Success!


Four players from Penzance Tennis Club travelled to Bath last Sunday to compete in the AEGON Ladies Regional Team Tennis event held at Bath Tennis Club. Having left Cornwall early in the morning the Penzance team duly arrived at the beautifully located Bath Club for 12 noon to play four singles matches. In the searing Spring heat all four Penzance players won their singles in straight sets. In the two doubles matches that followed the singles the Cornish contingent did just as well, again winning in straight sets. Not having lost a set all afternoon the Penzance team left Bath victorious with an amazing score of 12-0.

Team captain and driver for the day Helena Luke was delighted, particularly as the team had lost the first match of this season’s AEGON Regional Ladies competition versus Knowle at home. This away win was a great achievement. The next AEGON Regional Ladies match will take place at East Dorset (Bournemouth) on 21 st May, followed by a home match versus Taunton on 4 th June.