Albany LTC celebrated the re-opening of the three newly resurfaced outdoor courts last Saturday afternoon when everything went according to plan.
A shower of rain shortly before the official ceremony gave a good demonstration of how quickly players can be back on court again as playing conditions quickly dried on-court.
His Excellency, Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood, had agreed to play a few games as an official christening. His Excellency first watched the club’s top under-eight squad on a coaching session with Martin Feely. The children impressed him with their skills and court movement.
After cutting the ribbon, His Excellency was joined on court by Katie Harris (15), Jay Skelcher-Maxwell (13) and club president Bryan Sharp. They played four games, ending amicably 2-2 with approximately 35 spectators applauding the rallies.
Everyone adjourned to the club lounge to enjoy champagne and a splendid cocktail buffet prepared by Sean Maxwell. A cake decorated with a tennis court was cut by the chairman and club secretary Pat Sharp.
Chairman Stuart Colligon thanked His Excellency and everyone else for attending, making particular mention of those who had made generous donations and loans towards the heavy cost of relaying the courts. The Lieutenant Governor said the courts were extremely good, the surface gave sure-footing and actually felt springy so it should be kinder to the joints.
Members can now look forward to playing outdoors more often all-year round.
The next social/fundraiser will be the annual quiz night early next year. The date has not yet been fixed.
l A few more results from the Albany/Auxesia Junior Open – Under-18 mixed singles semi-final Adam Pyatt-Coppell beat Jay Skelcher-Maxwell 6/1 6/2, Max Walker bt Katie Harris 7/5 5/7 (10-7). Final Adam bt Max 6/2 6/2. U12 mixed singles – q/f Oliver Wait bt Oliver Dean 4/2 4/1; s/f Jack Christian bt Zac Walker 4/1 3/5 (12-10), Oliver Wait bt Patrick McCord 4/1 4/2; final Jack bt Oliver 4/1 4/1. U10 mixed singles round-robin winner Roch Mirski (four wins); 2, Jayden Go (three); 3, Charlotte Clarke (two).
l All Albany members aged nine and older are advised that if they wish to be entered in the ballot for Wimbledon tickets they must have a British Tennis membership number. Those who have should have received an email inviting them to opt into the ballot. Those without a BTM number can register online via the LTA website. The more BT members the club has the better the allocation of tickets.
l Junior member Roch Mirski (10) played grade 3 tournaments in West Bridgford at half-term, winning two of his four matches while finishing third in the consolation event.
At the Riverside Junior Open in Bedford he played eight matches, winning three.