Tennis Events

Calendar of Events (2017)

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 – date to be fixed

Penzance Club Tournament – September 8th to 23rd

Over 50s Tournament – October 15th

Penzance Junior Club Tournament – October 28th


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.


It’s been a fantastic week of tennis due to our involvement with this amazing initiative linked to the LTA. We have visited over twenty schools this week with the LTA Tennis Roadshow in the Penwith area. This led to a great opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate the event with a Big Festival Weekend being delivered at Penzance Tennis Club on the Saturday and Sunday.

It was game set and match to the sport with a record turnout of over 300 children and adults visiting the club, spending hours on court and hitting hundreds of tennis balls. This has gained many new members for the club as people signed up for membership and coaching courses on the day.

Sunny weather blessed us throughout the week and Phil Leighton at the LTA, working with Penzance coaching team, did an amazing job. They were supported by the club’s tennis leaders and parents keeping everyone active and having FUN.

We were all very grateful for the wonderful refreshments provided by Mel and his team at the Cafe. 

The Club would like to thank everyone in the community who joined in on the day and especially the support of the local schools that made this such a special event. 

This was a great week for the club offering free tennis to everyone and it was a great way to encourage more people down to Penzance to take up the sport and hopefully stay involved.

In all my time at the club I have never seen so many people on our courts having fun at one time.


A fantastic day of tennis was enjoyed by all as Penzance Tennis Club staged the 28th Veteran Mixed Doubles Open Tournament on Sunday. The popular annual event, sponsored by Cornish Locksmiths of Penzance, regularly attracts competitors from all over the country as well as local clubs.

Play at Penlee Park got under way at 10am. Originally a record number of 52 players were to take part but due to illness one doubles pairing had to withdraw. This left 2017 referee Di Hillage with 50 players in two age groups. Matches took place in glorious sunshine on all seven courts. As always the tournament was divided into two age categories with the first one being the “combined age 80” (no player under 35 years of age) and the second “combined age 110” (no player under the age of 50). The two age groups were then put into two sections and the winners of each section played each other in the final.

This year’s chosen format was a match of 8 games, with each couple collecting as many points as they could. Both age groups were tightly contested until the very end. The 80s final featured last year’s champions Carolyn and James Brown from St Ives Tennis Club and the new doubles pairing of Samantha Wardman (Penzance) and Cesar Monteiro (Southampton). A very close match, watched by a large number of spectators from the club’s patio, ended in the St Ives pair winning 5-3 to retain their 80s group title.

In the older age category Penzance Tennis Club stalwart Elaine Bassett, partnered by Rod Maskrey (Derbyshire), took on a formidable St Agnes pair in Bernard Hoskins and Sallyann Homer. The visitors proved to be stronger in the end, winning 7-1 to become the new 2017 champions.

A wonderful day of tennis finished around 5pm when sponsor and club member Steve Francis of Cornish Locksmiths presented the prizes. The club is very fortunately to have such a dedicated sponsor and he has already confirmed his commitment to the tournament for 2018.

Both referee Di Hillage and the club’s Vice Chair Joyce Taylor did a brilliant job running the event and getting the many players organised. A big thank-you to all who helped with the tournament and supported it on the day.


Enter now – Penzance 68th Open Tennis Tournament – 30th July to 6th August 2017

Entry is now open for the 68th Open Tournament taking place from Sunday 30th July to Saturday 5th August. Thank you to our sponsors Truro and Penwith College and Christopher Rowe Insurance Brokers.

This is an LTA Official Grade 3 Tournament incorporating:-

  • 15 different events
  • Competition number COR17SO666

President’s Reception on Sunday, 30th July, 2017 at 7.00pm – all competitors are invited.

The Gold Award winning ‘First Service Cafe and Bar Is open throughout the tournament.

The Officials:

President – Melville Jones, Club Chairman – Trevor Newborn and Referee: Steve Wynn Tournament Organiser: Des Hosken, Northstoke, Hendra Vean, Carbis Bay, St Ives TR26 2LQ Telephone 01736 798408.

Entry form and full details – click here


V1 Truro and Penwith logo colour

Still time to enter – Cornish Locksmiths 28th Open Veteran Mixed Doubles Tournament

Sunday 2nd April 2017 10am start

Entry Fee £5.00 per player – Prizes for all sections

Round Robin Age Groups

Combined ages of partners 80 yrs any time in 2017 (neither less than 35)

Combined ages of partners 110 yrs any time in 2017 (neither less than 50)

Players must be prepared to play on both court surfaces


Please find entry form here.

New Adult Activities at the club:

We have started some new adult activities over the last week at the club which have been well supported. These have included some Adult Coaching sessions for new members and some Cardio Tennis sessions.

Cardio tennis is a fun social group fitness session on the tennis court. You will hit lots of balls and have a great Cardio workout at the same time!

We have a new female personal trainer from Oxygen Gym who is working alongside the coaches on court to deliver these sessions.

If you fancy having a go please check the notice board for further updates or contact me on 07787124003.




Penzance Tennis Club held their 4th Junior Awards Evening at the weekend. Martin Coates Tennis Manager and Anna Clemens Junior Committee Representative were delighted to see an even bigger turn out this year and it was wonderful to have so many families coming along to celebrate another amazing year of tennis at the club.

The evening started with a big thank you to our teenagers at the club who recently completed an LTA Tennis leaders course. The players have been working with some of our Mini tennis juniors and have committed to coming along every Saturday morning to complete the course.

Well done to Jack Herrick,Finn Stanton-Nadin, Jacob Savage, Stan Roynon, Ellyn Calveley, Adrian Botterel and Owen Smith.

We are very proud of all our juniors at the club who have worked hard throughout the year. Congratulations to everyone but especially to those who have received a special award.

Aegon Team players:

Each year our Mini Tennis players battle it out as a team Representing Penzance and play against the other clubs in the County.

We have a fantastic track record having won all the team events over the last few years and this year again our players did us proud winning the Red and Green Team Events.

Well done to: ( Green) Will Stirling, Jack Wright, Oliver Hall and Ted Kullich

( Red) Jake Moore, Emma Brown, Freddie Millard and Archie Stirling.

County Team players:

As well as the players who have represented themselves in the PZ teams we also wanted to thank those players that were privileged enough to represent their County in their respective age groups. Well done to the following players:

Arielle Fitkin,Ellyn Calveley, Joe Williams, Holly Drew, Will Stirling, Oliver Hall and Jack Wright.


Dedication to tennis award: Stan Roynon

Tennis assistant award: Adrian Botterell

Fair play award: Ben Jones

Most improved player: Jacob Savage

Junior Player of the year: Will Stirling

Ellie Williams Award: Emma Brown

Martin Coates Tennis Manager said ‘ We have had another great year at the club and everyone has worked so hard. We feel very fortunate to have such an abundance of juniors at the club and a thank you to the parents for supporting them. Thank you for coming along and supporting another very successful Junior awards evening’.

Special thanks to Anna Clemens and Jenny Boase for all their help with organizing the event.


Great tennis at over 50s Tournament!

The odd heavy shower could not dampen the spirit of 16 senior tennis players who competed in the Liley Young Over 50s Tournament at Penzance Tennis Club on Sunday.

Play took place on all four artificial grass courts and the format of the tournament was a six-round timed round-robin where players scored individual points for every game won.

The four players with the highest score competed in a thrilling final which could not have been any closer. According to Club Coach Keith Songhurst the final was “amazing, just unbelievable”.

Eventually, Helena Luke and Bruce Smith won 9-7. They beat last year’s winners Elaine Bassett and Chris Cox-Webber.

Off the court the popular First Service Café provided refreshments for both competitors and spectators, and a big thank-you must go to the two organisers who also ran and refereed the event, Sue Nash and Lis Jenkin. Keith Songhurst presented the prizes at the end of the day and he commented on the “friendly and good spirited nature of the competition”.




Fun and Games at Lylie Young Tournament!

Penzance Tennis Club’s adult members had a wonderful Sunday competing in this year’s Lylie Young American Tournament. The event was open to all members over the age of 35 years. With perfect weather conditions and new referee Di Hillage overseeing the smooth running of the tournament the day turned out to be a great success. Having been drawn at random a total of 26 entrants played four games in pairs and four games with changed partners in each round.

The final match ended up being a very close affair. Steve Cox and Sara Allison managed to beat Chris Cox-Webber and Elaine Bassett 7-5 to win the Young Shield for 2016.
As usual the club’s popular First Service Café provided a good choice of food and drinks and an enjoyable day was had by all.

Winners – Steve Cox and Sara Allison with referee Di Hillage


Runners up – Chris Cox-Webber and Elaine Bassett




Lylie Young Over 35s Fun Tournament, 11th September


American Mixed Doubles – OVER 35’S


£5 Entry

The sign-up sheet is on the noticeboard in the clubhouse
Each player to enter individually
Each round consists of 8 games, swap partners after 4 games (partners are drawn by the referee)
Prizes for winners and runners-up

First Service Café and Bar will be open

Finals at 3pm