Tennis club to trial Wednesday night comp

John Piper (second from left) hopes local tennis players jump at the chance to play some Wednesday night tennis.

Tumut Lawn Tennis Club is eyeing an early return to the court in 2021, and will hit off their next season on the first Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in February. 

Commencing on February 2, Tuesday and Thursday night competitions will run as per usual, but the club is currently seeking expressions of interest in running Wednesday night tennis. 

“We are trying Wednesday evenings this year and wish to place expressions of interest,” said Tumut Lawn Tennis Club president, John Piper.  

“All ages (and) abilities are welcome to join and become financial members to take advantage of all competitions on offer to maximise their memberships.”

The three competitions will run for eight weeks, and registered players need to be in to John Piper by January 28.

To play, adults registrations fees are $50 for one night, $80 for two nights or $120 for three nights, while juniors will pay $25 for one night, $40 for two nights or $60 for three nights.

Piper explained that Wednesday night tennis would include singles play, which differs from the doubles played on Tuesday and Thursday nights. 

“Well, the Wednesday night tennis is one set of singles and two sets of doubles,” Piper said. 

“On Tuesday and Thursday nights we just play doubles and some people have expressed the interest of playing singles and because they only have three sets each night, it’s not as late of a finish.”

At this stage, the Tumut Lawn Tennis Club is trying to find at least two or three more players to get their Wednesday night competition off the ground. 

“We have about nine or ten at the moment, but we need at least a dozen and that gives us four teams of three,” Piper said.

Piper hopes a successful end to their 2020 season brings more tennis players to club, especially after early 2020 was impacted by bushfire smoke, fires and then the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“It was a very good end to the year; people enjoy their tennis and they were really glad to get back to it,” Piper said. 

“We had Covid restrictions and we limited our numbers of players and it worked well and this year, I don’t believe we have those same restrictions, so anyone is welcome to try anytime, and just give me a call.”

The Tumut Lawn Tennis Club also has a men’s competition running on Tuesday afternoons, while their women’s competition kicks off on March 1.

Any interested tennis players wanting to get involved this season are encouraged to follow updates on the Tumut Lawn Tennis Club Facebook page, or call John Piper on 0423957917.