Entries and payment must be received by midday on Wednesday 24 January.  The entry fee is £4 per event or £10 for 3 events.  (If you enter 4 events, the cost is £14.) Please indicate if you wish to be entered into the Plate should you lose your opening match (free of charge).
Finals Day is Saturday 17 March 2018.
How to enter:
1. Click on ‘Online Entry Form’ link below, fill it in and click ‘Send’ or 
click on ‘Printable entry form’, print and complete it and leave it in the tournament envelope on the board in the hut (Please do not leave cash).
(For doubles – please note that both you and your partner must submit entry forms)
2.  Pay by online transfer or cheque to CSLTC.  If payment is not received by the due date, your entry may not be included in the draw.
(The draw will be sent out by email, put up in the hut and posted on this blog.)
  1. Eligibility – Entrants must be annual members with paid-up subscriptions.
  2. Availability on Finals Day – Players unavailable to participate on finals day must scratch at match point in the semi-finals.
  3. Deadlines
    a) Deadlines will be set based upon the number of competitors in the different tournaments.
    b) All competitors should make contact with their opponents as soon as possible to fix dates for matches by the due date.
    c) If a match is not expected to be played by the due date for whatever reason, competitors should contact the tournament organiser
    d) Players must scratch if injured or unable to play matches by deadlines. The organiser may grant an extension due to bad weather or short-term injury or sickness.  Any extension will normally be of no more than one week (or to the end of the next week-end if an extension is granted mid-week).
    e) If a match cannot be played by the deadline or extended deadline, the player(s) to scratch will be the person(s) who were unavailable to play. If there is a dispute, the Tournament Committee will have the final decision.
  4. Changes of Doubles partners – If a partner withdraws, another partner can only be substituted if no matches in that specific event have been played by the partnership.
  5. ‘T’ bookings – may be made for all matches subject to existing club rules re court usage. Please note that there may well be a restriction on the number of T-bookings at any one time especially during times for mixing-in.
  6. Match format– All matches shall be the best of three sets. The first two sets will be tie break sets to 7 points (2 points clear from 6 points each) with the third set being a long set.
  7. Tournament format – All tournaments are knockout, with a plate tournament for those who lose in the first round. Depending how many entries we receive in each tournament, the organiser may amend the format, e.g. to a round robin for tournaments with low entries.
  8. Playing mid-week – it should be possible to get these tournaments played at week-ends. Playing mid-week is only permitted if both competitors/ teams agree.

Tennis trip to Alicante and Madrid for the Madrid Open

May 6th-12th. 2018

Our super-coach Dani has organised a wonderful tennis excursion to the Madrid Open, a Masters 1000 event. Not only will you see the top professionals in action during the closing stages of the tournament but you can rapidly improve your own game through coaching at the prestigious Arena Alicante, the base of many ATP and WTA players. If you want to take a break from the tennis you can relax at the luxurious Hotel Alicante Golf – perfect for unwinding after a morning on court.
AlicantePanoLgOn top of all this you can explore the intriguing cities of Alicante and Madrid (tours of the old part of the cities will be laid on) and eat in local restaurants, including on the beach, just 500 metres from the training centre.
The price for this trip, which includes everything except flights and transfer between Alicante and Madrid is £1,350 but if you book before 31st. January a 15% discount will reduce this to £1,150.

Direct flights from Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton currently 
start at £54 return. Click here to book

To reserve a place on the trip please download the form by clicking below, print it out, fill it in and email it to info@smashtennisacademy.co.uk


CSSC Christmas presents

As a member of Thameside Tennis you must join the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC). This is not a chore but a great opportunity to access all sorts of bargains as well as opportunities to try various sports and pursuits. They have just introduced taster activity vouchers which will get you substantial discounts on anything from archery, sailing and clay pigeon shooting to Indian cookery and bread-making. The vouchers can be given to anyone as a gift and last for twelve months.

To find out more click hereCSSCseasonsgreetings

Tennis Clinic – no.26 – the long follow-through


Thameside Tennis blog’s new series continues to try to help you to improve your weekend’s tennis. We will provide links to good videos and tips on strokes, footwork, warm-ups and practice.

Not just for show – following through on your ground shots will improve your accuracy and control.

From Feel Tennis Instruction

‘Battle of the Sexes’ – film opens on Friday, previews on Monday

Would you believe it? Two rare events in three months: another tennis film!

The 1973 challenge match between Wimbledon champion and World no.1 Billie-Jean King and former Wimbledon and U.S. champion Bobby Riggs is the subject of ‘Battle of the Sexes, details below.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Writer: Simon Beaufoy
StarsEmma StoneSteve CarellAndrea Riseborough

The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) became the most watched televised sports event ever. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past.

Show times here


Tennis Clinic – no.25 – relax and hit the ball hard

tennis-cliniclightredlineThameside Tennis blog’s new series continues to try to help you to improve your weekend’s tennis. We will provide links to good videos and tips on strokes, footwork, warm-ups and practice.

Relaxation and firmness might not seem to go together but if you can combine the two you will improve both the power and accuracy of your shots

From Feel Tennis Instruction