Tennis Clinic – no.11 – grass v clay v hard, what’s your favourite?

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.

More on surfaces as the grass court season gets into gear (when the rain stops).

From Unibet


Tennis Clinic – no.10 – those crazy grass courts

tennis-cliniclightredlinesmallThameside 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.

Why exactly is playing on grass so different – a scientist explains

From BBC Earth Lab

Weekday tennis comes to Thameside

KHSSunsetNo, you don’t need to wait until sunset any more, for the first time we are offering court time during the day between Monday and Friday. The exact hours of access are given below:


Weekends Weekdays
Saturday & Sunday 0800-2200 Monday to Friday 1800-2200 PLUS
Outside school holidaysMon & Wed 0800-1430Tue, Thu, Fri 0800-1530During school holidays

Monday to Friday 1200-1530 & 1800-2200


Weekends Weekdays
Courts 3&4

Saturday & Sunday 0800-2200
Courts 5&6

Saturday 1800-2200

Sunday 0800-2200

Courts 3&4

Monday to Friday 1800-2200
Courts 5&6

Monday to Friday 2000-2200

GRASS COURTS – from 1st May through the summer season.  
Courts available conditions permitting: courts not to be used when wet, courts not floodlit

Weekends Weekdays
Saturday & Sunday 1100+ Monday to Friday 1800+ PLUS
Mon & Wed 1100-1430 & 1600+Tue, Thu, Fri 1100+

New CSSC web site – same great offers

The Civil Service Sports Council, our parent body, has launched a new web site. With an updated design and a more efficient search function it will be even easier to find the offer, discount or activity that you’re looking for. If you have already registered you just need to click on the blue ‘Existing Members Password Reset’ link in the middle of the homepage at You will then be sent an email to reset.

Entry to historic gardens, holidays, gyms, insurance, supermarket shopping, sports and travel are all free or discounted if you use your CSSC card that comes with Thameside Tennis membership.


We will highlight offers that sound particularly good on the blog. Let’s start with family holidays in a French chateau: Chateau de La Baudonniere provides clean, basic family rooms. It is located in 100 acres of beautiful countryside, close to Mont St. Michel and offers a range of activities for those wanting an action-packed holiday.

Adventure Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation, full board
  • Limited wine, cider & beer with evening meals (adults only)
  • Range of age-specific daily activities including:
    • Canoeing
    • Archery
    • Climbing
    • Breadmaking
    • T-shirt making
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Mini Farm, Astroturf pitch, tennis courts, games room, table tennis, basketball and more!
    • Complimentary tea, coffee, squash and water.



  • Normal price £490 per adult, CSSC price from £300 per adult
  • Normal price £435 per child (aged 6-16 years), CSSC price from £260 per child (aged 6-16 years)
  • From £170 per child (aged 2-5 years)
  • Free for under 2-year-olds


  • 10th – 17th August 2019
  • 24th – 31st August 2019

How to book:

To book, please contact Phillipa Giles or call 01273 020 528.

Offer subject to availability – book by 30 June 2019 to secure your place.


Open Day – Saturday June 1st.

COME TO OUR OPEN DAY between 12 and 4 and:Open Day

  • Find out more about the club.
  • Join-in a free group coaching session.
  • See the facilities available.
  • Talk to us about why we play here.
  • Just come along in your kit and bring a racquet.
  • No joining fee if you sign up on the day

Our friendly club has excellent grass, astroturf and acrylic courts, welcomes all standards and ages, and is open to people from the local community as well as the public sector.

Our ground has a car park, is close to the 190 and E3 bus stops, and is only a short walk (over the footbridge) from Barnes Bridge train station at Kings House Sports Ground Dukes Meadow Riverside Drive W4 2SH

If you would like more information email, visit or phone Annette Mathers on 07967 376083

‘In the realm of perfection’ – McEnroe film opens today

We break into our coaching posts to alert you to that rare event: a tennis film! Two years after ‘Borg v McEnroe’ and ‘Battle of the Sexes’  another portrayal of our sport will appear on a screen near you.

‘In the realm of perfection’ is based on court-side film shot by Gil de Kermadec, a former technical director of the French Tennis Federation, of the French Open final of 1984 between John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl. De Kermadec’s close-up footage captured McEnroe’s volcanic rages at the umpire and the uncoiling whip of his stinging left-handed serve. Director Julien Faraut was entranced: “When you look back at old tennis matches, it’s always poor-quality video. Always the same boring edits, the same boring angles. But this felt dramatic, grainy, cinematic. When you focus on one man, it creates a kind of empathy.”

John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl and Mathieu Amalric (narrator)

Trailer at:

Director: Julien Faraut.
2018. 95 mins. English and French with English sub-titles.

Show times here


Tennis Clinic – no.7 – ‘lifting’ the ball


Every Friday the Thameside Tennis  blog’s new series of posts will 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.

Do you hit too many balls into the net? Try ‘lifting’ your shots.

From Feel Tennis Instruction