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Our big match of the year takes place on the same day as Tilford Fete.


For those seeking a bit of relaxed fun in the morning there are Social Mix-In sessions every Sunday morning - starts at 10.00am. Just come along and mix in!


Junior & Adult coaching sessions are being run by Prime Tennis throughout the year. The Adult sessions are for all abilities and include pay and play or pre-booked lessons. To find out more about coaching see Coaching page.

2017 Newsletter

Some of our Special Events from 2017


Nail Biting Mixed Doubles Final on Tilford Fete Day
The Crowd settled in hushed expectation of a titanic battle on the famous 'Royal Bank' at the Tilford & Rushmoor Tennis Club and they were not disappointed. It was a beautiful Summer's day, sunny, warm and perfect for tennis. On one side of the net were the formidable Anglo Italian husband and wife pairing of Nina and Anthony Cerullo, the 2015 champions. Facing them, a new pairing of Claire Bertram and Rory Caffyn-Parsons.


The first set went to Claire and Rory 6-2 though the score belied the battle with many games going to deuce, the deciding factor being that Claire and Rory were clinical in winning the important points. Rory, upsetting Nina’s normally beautiful and powerful ground stroke game with looping lobs. Claire started tentatively before such a large crowd, uncharacteristically struggling to hold her serve.

The second set was a different kettle of fish, that's the beauty of the game of tennis, you are only as good as your next point, the game can change and it did. Rory and Claire edged ahead in a much tighter set, with Nina and Anthony sussing out their opponents and upping their game they pulled it back. Nina and Anthony edged ahead 6-5 in what was an intense battle, the crowd were on the edge of their seats but Rory dodged the volleys, held his nerve and serve, and forced the tie break.


Claire having got over her nerves was now on song and playing the great tennis she is capable of, she dominated the play in the tie break, conquering Nina and Anthony 7-4.

Many thanks to Lord Coe who presented the winners with the magnificent Crystal Smiths Rose Bowl trophy during the Tilford Fete on the green.

The tennis club had a stand at the fete and signed up some new members, while existing members and members of the public tried their hand at ‘short tennis’ with a giant tennis racquet.

Tilford and Rushmoor Tennis Club is a wonderful asset to the village, two lovely courts in a glorious woodland setting, complete with mini club house. The club organise roll up social tennis, coaching for children and adults, drill sessions, social events and competitions. It cost about a £1 a week for family membership or 50p a week for individual membership, what a bargain!


A Report by Fiona Wragge-Morley
The Tilford and Rushmoor Tennis Club are affiliated with the Lawn Tennis Association. TRTC decided to enter into this affiliation as the LTA offer advice, coaching opportunities, insurance and…. the biggy for many of our members, the annual opportunity for free entry into the Wimbledon ballot.

TRTC runs this ballot each year and how many of our members log on for it determines how many pairs of tickets we receive. For the championship this year we were allocated 8 pairs of tickets, thus enabling at least eight of our members and their chosen friend to attend on one of the day’s play.

By a stroke of luck the tickets for Mens’ Finals Day came to my husband and he invited me along with him to the tournament! It was day 13 and we already knew that a series of unfortunate events had conspired to strip the tournament of some of the top seeded men. This meant that my dream combination of Roger Federer versus Andy Murray was not to be. But nothing could dampen the wonderful atmosphere and excitement of the venue.

The organisation of the event is superb, the site is very easy to access by mainline train from Farnham. Visitors were welcomed at Wimbledon Station and guided by staff to the shared taxis and buses waiting there. Once inside, the history and magnificence of the club were gently on view. Nothing was brash or overstated, the environment was beautifully maintained and the care given to the excellence of the experience was not stinted. I would really urge all free-thinking men and women to join our tennis club and put in for the Wimbledon ballot, for a chance of this experience. (There is a public ballot held by the L.T.A. for tickets as well – do both)!

For myself, a self-confessed tennis aficionado, to be within touching distance of the grass courts and to see the beautifully polished wooden tennis posts was a great feeling. To then walk just a few metres and see one of my tennis legends Martina Navratilova on the practice courts, only added to the magical feeling of the day.

We were able to wander into court no 3 to watch some of the Ladies’ Wheelchair Doubles. Here my love of tennis was further increased, as I could see how adaptable a game it can be, enabling enthusiasts of playing to reach the highest of levels. The Wimbledon champions, our own Jordanne Whiley playing with her partner Yui Kamiji, demonstrated all the virtues you would expect of top flight sportswomen.

However, all of this brilliance was eclipsed by the thrill of entering the Centre Court. A most wonderful stadium, the spectators were joined in their excitement by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Duke of Kent and Sir Cliff Richard. Of course, the highs and lows of playing at this level became apparent when Marin Cilic was nearly broken by physical injury. He determined to battle on and gave Roger Federer the chance to show his mastery and athleticism, as well as his command of the game of tennis. And to go on to win his eighth Wimbledon final. If this was not enough, after refreshments of strawberries and Pimms, we were privileged to attend the mixed doubles final. A wonderful way to spend a day and become immersed in a truly English tradition.

NEWS - JUL 2017

We hope that watching Queens and Wimbledon has inspired all renewed and new members to pick up their tennis rackets and make the most of our lovely tennis courts. The pavilion is looking fantastic and the compostable loo should be up and running soon! The committee are also hard at work landscaping around the courts.

After speaking to many members at our successful key exchange day it was felt that there would be enthusiasm for an evening drills session at the club. This is suitable for all abilities and all paid up members will be very welcome. The session runs from 7pm – 8pm on a Monday evening and costs £10. Full details of all the coaching sessions are on the website.

Wimbledon Ballot
There was a good turnout on Friday May 5th at the Barley Mow to see who were the winners of our 8 allocated pair of tickets. We would love to hear from any of the lucky members about their day at Wimbledon and who they saw. Last year one of our members watched Murray become Wimbledon Champion for the second time!

Tilford Fete & Smiths Super Bowl Mixed Doubles
Championships Finals

The Club will be at the fete on Saturday 8th July come along and visit our stall where there will be fun and games and you can also join if you have not already done so. Also on the 8th the Smiths Super Bowl Mixed Doubles Championship Finals will be held at the courts at 11.30 am. If it is anything like last year’s final it should be a great match (who needs Wimbledon). New members are always welcome and more information about joining and coaching sessions can be found on the membership page.


The TRTC Committee are very happy to announce the exciting news that the club has been granted planning permission for a lovely pavilion with a compostable loo. The committee hope it will be in place early spring. The pavilion and toilets will not only be a huge benefit to all the members of the club but also to the local school children who have tennis coaching once a week with coaches from Prime Tennis. Thanks must go to TARNS who have kindly volunteered to help walk the children to and from the courts.

Prime Tennis
Prime Tennis are very involved with the tennis club as well as coaching the school children during the week they run Saturday morning coaching for children aged 6+ and Monday mornings for ladies coaching 9.30- 10.30am pay and play. All the lessons are taken by LTA qualified coaches For more information please contact David Gill at primetennis@hotmail. co.uk

On Saturday 4th February the TRTC held its first quiz night in the Tilford Institute. The Quiz Master was Rory Caffyn-Parsons and his technical assistant was Neil Conniff. It was a true village turnout, all ages from 18 to 80. With 8 highly competitive tables, the quiz kicked off with a general knowledge round and covered a huge range of subjects. The break in the middle allowed quizers to enjoyed a delicious curry made by the Islamabad Community, followed by a pudding auction, the most spectacular of which, a fresh fruit pavlova donated by local caterer, Humble Pie which sold for £50. The raffle was drawn with prizes generously donated by the Barley Mow, Donkey, Bourne Buildings, Prime Tennis, Clare Laughland Interiors and other local businesses. The second half was closely fought and the evening closed with a very tight finish, the Google McDougal pipped Trez Perez for the first place and a bottle of wine each! Quizers agreed that the evening had been a great success and over £1000 was raised for the Tilford and Rushmoor Tennis club which will help to contribute to the cost of the pavilion. Many thanks to all those who contributed towards the evening and with a special thanks to Rory Caffyn- Parsons and Neil Conniff, without whom the evening would not have taken place.

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