Monday, 10 June 2019 11:19

Fun, games and charity cash

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PLAYERS from all four clubs joined together to raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. The annual tournament is held in memory of Marie Dixon who coached at the local clubs.

The mixed doubles tournament at the Helensburgh club saw Bobby Kerr and Frankie Hanmer of the host club beat Cardross’s Graham Court and Helensburgh’s Anne McKelvie in a thrilling final. A total of £418 was raised through entry fees, donations and a raffle.

Helensburgh club president Keith Love said he was delighted with the turnout and thanked everyone who had helped make it a special day.

Marie Dixon’s children, Angus, Eric and Maeve and their families were on hand to present the prizes to the finalists, and Maeve is pictured with Bobby and Frankie (click on the picture to enlarge).

A very special handmade quilt donated by Libby Crossan was one of the prizes up for grabs and was won by a delighted Anne McKelvie.

In match news the mens 1st team travelled across the river to Greenock to play Ardgowan. Fraser Fulton and Kevin Stephen at first couple were very unlucky losing the opening set 7-5. They went up 3-0 up in the second but they lost their rhythm and struggled to hit winners and their opponents clawed their way back to take the next two sets.

At second ouple David McCowan and Stephen Lewis were in great form taking all three sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.  At third couple 2nd team captain Keith Love, brought in for the injured Bobby Kerr, and partner Alastair Hope narrowly lost the opening set 6-4 and saw the second set slip away from them 6-3. They almost took the final set as they led throughout, but a break of serve at the vital eleventh game saw them losing it 7-5, so the final score was a 6-3 defeat.

The ladies 1st team travelled to Titwood for their penultimate match of the 2019 season on an extremely wet and miserable night. With conditions making even half decent tennis almost an impossibility, it was a frustrating evening.

At 3rd couple Alison Fotheringham and Gay Black put up strong resistance but narrowly lost the first two sets. Their opponents then could not stand the conditions any longer and conceded the final set to Helensburgh.

Liz Wylie and Suzanne Marshall faced a very strong 2nd couple but, despite their best efforts, they were unable to make much impression on the home pair losing out in all three sets.

The match between the 1st couples mirrored the one between the 3rd couples, with Katie Hope and Ann Morison fighting hard but not quite able to secure either of the first two sets.

However, when it was becoming almost impossible to hold the racquet and the courts were very wet, the Titwood duo decided that they had had enough and conceded the final set to Helensburgh, giving Titwood an overall 7-2 victory.

Sunday, 09 June 2019 18:10

Gordon loses Paris final

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HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid is looking ahead to an exciting summer of wheelchair tennis after the 11-time Grand Slam champion and Saturday’s French Open runner-up contested his first men’s singles final at one of the four majors since Wimbledon in 2016.

The world no.8 lost to no.2 Gustavo Fernandez 6-1, 6-3 as he met the Argentinian in the final in Paris for the second time since 2016 — a year in which the Brit also won his first two Grand Slam singles titles and became Britain’s first Paralympic mens singles gold medallist.

Despite missing out on a third Grand Slam singles title, the former Australian Open and Wimbledon champion is now focussed on a string of major events this summer.

At the end of an encouraging week that saw Reid beat world No.1 Shingo Kunieda in the semi-finals, he said:There are a lot more positives to take away than negatives this week. Obviously, you come into every tournament trying to win it and when you don’t do that it’s disappointing. Today I played some good tennis, I just didn’t do it consistently enough to win the title.

“These are the kind of matches you want to be involved in. That’s what you train for and work hard for. So it’s good motivation and inspiration for what’s to come. It’s given me a lot of confidence this week and hopefully I can take that on to the grass now."

Gordon and fellow Roland Garros semi-finalist Alfie Hewett are among a field of eight players for the wheelchair tennis event at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club from June 21-23.

He added:It’s the first time we’ve had an official world ranking tournament at Queen’s this year and that’s really exciting. Last year’s exhibition singles and doubles tournament was great, but it’s exciting to have a ranked tournament this year.

“Of course, Wimbledon is the highlight of the year for us British players, so I can’t wait to be back there, hopefully. And then we’re back on hard courts in Nottingham for our home Super Series, the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships.”

Gordon will need a wildcard for Wimbledon before he can aim for more Grand Slam success and he and Hewett can target a fourth men’s doubles title.

But in the more immediate future the focus for him and some of the other leading Brits on the LTA’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme is the BNP Paribas Open de France, the fourth wheelchair tennis Super Series event of the year.

The tournament begins on Tuesday in the Parisian suburb of Antony, some 20 minutes by car from Roland Garros.

Friday, 07 June 2019 17:34

Gordon in French final

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HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid produced a sensational comeback in blustery conditions at Roland Garros today to reach his second French Open mens singles final.

He beat world no.1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan 2-6, 7-6(2) 6-2 and will now face Argentina’s world no.2 Gustavo Fernandez in tomorrow’s final.

In a rematch of his 2018 semi-final in Paris against Kunieda, Gordon narrowly missed out in a succession of long and close games in the opening set.

Although he broke the defending champion’s serve at the start of the second set it was not until the tie-break that the world no.8 started to show signs of getting on top with a series of clinical points that earned him a 5-0 lead.

After earning the first hold of the final set to take a 3-1 lead he never looked back and broke Kunieda to love for 4-1. A crisp forehand winner set up match point and after two hours and 45 minutes Kunieda sprayed a service return wide to send Gordon into his fourth Grand Slam singles final.

The 2016 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion said: I think yesterday — beating world no.3 Stephane Houdet in the quarter-final) — almost took it out of me more, emotionally. Today I was more focused and a little more calm, so I don’t feel as drained as I did yesterday.

"I’ve played in wind nearly as bad, or worse, but it was difficult today when the clay is going in your eyes half the time. It was tough, but I used the wind to my advantage and it became a weapon for me rather than a hindrance.

I wasn’t taking my opportunities on the bigger points at the start of the match, but as the match went on I became more clinical with my depth. I got more depth on my ground strokes and my serve and return were more solid and were going into areas he doesn’t like, so it was a combination of all those things.”

Gordon will play Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez, conqueror today of Alfie Hewett, in a French Open final for the second time. Fernandez won their meeting in the title decider in Paris in 2016.

A second British win on the day proved elusive as three-time Wimbledon and two-time US Open champions Hewett and Reid bowed out to Fernandez and Kunieda 6-2, 7-5, despite having beaten them in all five of their previous Grand Slam doubles semis.

Friday, 07 June 2019 10:47

Gordon in French semis

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HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and team-mate Alfie Hewett both booked a place in a Grand Slam singles semi-final for the first time since the 2017 US Open yesterday after they triumphed on the opening day of wheelchair tennis action at the French Open.

Hewett beat world no.3 Stephane Houdet of France 6-2, 7-6(4), while Reid earned a steely 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over world no.4 Joachim Gerard of Belgium on a remarkable day for the top two men’s players on the LTA’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme.

Gordon, the mens singles runner-up in Paris in 2016, gathered some welcome momentum to break Gerard’s serve and lead 4-3 in the second set of his quarter-final. He carried the momentum into the final set and could do little wrong as he opened a 3-0 cushion. The Rio Paralympic champion dropped just one point in the final two games, with Gerard serving up a double fault on match point.

The 27-year-old now plays defending champion Shingo Kunieda of Japan.

Former Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Gordon said: I feel quite drained. It was quite a tense match — I was nervous going in, and my timing was a bit off in the first set, while he was serving and returning well. I’m glad I found my way into it in the second set, scrapping a bit, and in the third set I played some good tennis.

“Shingo’s no.1 in the world right now, and he’s back to what I would say is his best form. He’s always a tough opponent to play against, but I know I can beat him — I’ve beaten him in the past, and I’ve got the game to beat him. I’ll go away, prepare, and try and do that.”

With Hewett and Reid in opposite halves of the draw, an all-Brit singles final remains a possibility. Meanwhile, today’s second day of play in Paris also sees Hewett and Reid bid to reach the mens doubles final together.

The three-time Wimbledon and two-time US Open champions play their singles semi-final opponents Fernandez and Kunieda in their doubles semi-final. Hewett and Reid have played Fernandez and Reid in five Grand Slam doubles semi-finals since 2017 and have so far won each one.


Wednesday, 05 June 2019 16:54

Gordon confident for Paris

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WITH 18 Grand Slam titles between them, including three on the clay courts of Roland Garros, Helensburgh's Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett bid to add more major success when they contest the French Open wheelchair events from tomorrow (Thursday).

Hewett and Reid will be looking to build on their part in last month’s record World Team Cup performance by Great Britain players on the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme. Both players were unbeaten in singles competition in Israel as they led Great Britain to a second World Team cup mens title, each defeating players that they could well be drawn against this week in Paris.

Roland Garros holds very special memories for Hewett, who won his first Grand Slam singles title in Paris in 2017, coming from a set and 2-0 down to beat Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez. He added his second major singles title at the US Open last September, beating world no.1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan in the final and recently gained his first win over Kunieda since their New York meeting.

World no. 5 and seven-time Grand Slam champion Hewett said: “You could see my reaction at the World Team Cup as to how much that meant to me to beat Shingo again and going into Roland Garros unbeaten in my last three matches against Joachim (Gerard), Shingo and Stephane (Houdet), three of the world’s current top four players and three players that I could potentially meet at Roland Garros is, of course, very pleasing. Roland Garros is obviously a different event and a different surface, but it’s the same for all of us.”

Fernandez and Kunieda have played a part in Reid’s past Roland Garros successes, too. The 2016 Australian Open and Wimbledon mens singles champion and current world no.8 played Fernandez in his first Roland Garros mens singles final in 2016, the same year that he claimed his second mens doubles title in Paris partnering Kunieda.

Reid, Rio 2016 Paralympic men’s singles gold medallist and 11-time Grand Slam champion, said: “I’ve have had some really good results in patches this season but found it difficult to put together a string of results to collect any titles. Training’s been going really well, so it’s about moving that into matches at the bigger tournaments now.

"Clay’s a surface that I feel my game can be really effective on and I’ve got to the final in Paris before, as well as winning the two doubles titles with Shingo, so I can take plenty of confidence from that as well as from my World Team Cup performances.”

They will not find out their first round singles or doubles opponents until this evening in Paris, with singles matches getting underway tomorrow.

While both players will be looking to build on past singles successes,they will also be aiming for their first Roland Garros doubles crown together, having won the last three Wimbledon and the last two US Open titles.

Monday, 03 June 2019 09:46

Ladies 1st couple on form

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HELENSBURGH Tennis Club 1st Ladies played hosts to Thorn Park on Tuesday, and ended up on the losing side.

Liz Wylie/Suzanne Marshall and Gay Black/Alison Fotheringham at 2nd and 3rd couples respectively fought hard in their matches but were up against strong opposition and, despite their best efforts, were unable to collect any sets.

However the tie between the 1st couples was a much closer affair with many long, hard hitting rallies. Katie Hope and Ann Morison were a little slow off the mark in the 1st set and suddenly found themselves 4-1 down,but once they had settled into their rythmn, they managed to work their way back and take it 6-4.

The next set was equally close, with one of the Thorn Park pair unleashing numerous aces, but the home pair, thanks to their greater consistency and Katie's sharp volleying, were able to just keep their noses in front and collect it 6-3. The final set saw the visitors tiring a little and with their increasing error count, Katie and Ann were able to take charge and run out the winners 6-1, giving an overall victory to Thorn Park by 6-3.

On a very wet afternoon, Helensburgh 1st Ladies 60+ team's unbeaten record came to an end against a very strong David Lloyd Hamilton team.

Because of the weather the match was played on the indoor courts which immediately put Helensburgh at a disadvantage as they struggled to adjust to the bright lights, fast surface and the heat.

Janette Howieson and Fiona Maclaren faced a strong 2nd pair who had played together for years and despite their best efforts, they were unable to collect any sets.

At first couple Jackie Hunter and Ann Morison were up against a hard hitting couple who were very consistent and made good use of the lob on many occasions.

Having lost the first two sets 6-3, 6-2 Jackie and Ann were getting used to the courts by the final set but, despite being ahead for the first few games, they just could not maintain their momentum and the Hamilton pair eventually ran out the winners by 6-4, giving the Glasgow  side a 6-0 win.

In their final match the 2nd Ladies 60+ team experienced a virtually identical afternoon to the 1st team, when their match against Nuffield Milngavie was also moved to the inside courts. Although the team of Phyllis Fullarton, Carol Young, Janette Green and Trish Schooling gave it their very best, they were unable to make much impression on the Milngavie quartet and lost 6-0.

The men’s 1st team match fell victim to the weather on Friday. They travel to Greenock this week to play Ardgowan.

Monday, 03 June 2019 09:35

Annual charity tournament

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HELENSBURGH Tennis Club members are invited to the club this Sunday (June 9) at 1pm for the annual Marie Curie charity tournament with players from across the district.

Cost is £5 per person, and seniors and juniors aged 12+ are welcome.

Please bring some food and prizes for the raffle. You can drop off prizes anytime this week — just put behind bar or give to a committee member.

Monday, 27 May 2019 09:33

Mens 1st team triumph

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HELENSBURGH Tennis Club's mens 1st team played host to Glasgow University Staff on Friday and came away with a narrow win.

At 1st couple Fraser Fulton and David Reid were in commanding form taking all three sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

At 2nd David McCowan and Kevin Stephen struggled with the dominant play of the opposition as they were outgunned almost from the start. They lost the opening set 6-2 and things went downhill as they lost the next 6-0. They did make a recovery in the final set but a break of serve in the ninth game saw them finally lose the set 6-4.

At 3rd couple Bobby Kerr and Phil Hamilton started well but Phil was having problems adjusting to the courts as he had been playing recently on artificial clay which is far slower than the synthetic grass of Helensburgh.

They lost the opening set 6-3 but the pair soon got into their stride and took the next two sets 6-3, 6-3, resulting in a 5-4 win for Helensburgh.

The men’s 2nd team continue to struggle in division 5b as they are yet to field a full strength squad. Team captain Keith Love is currently relying on 3rd team players to boost his team because of a number of absences from his regular squad. They lost 9-0 to Hillhead and currently sit second bottom of the division.

The men’s 3rd team were up against an in-form Stepps team last week. Mike Bews and Maurice McIntyre failed to make an impression at 1st couple as they lost all three sets.

It was a similar story at 2nd couple for Clive Charters and Ralph Ward who also lost all three. Mike Wright and Raymond Mathers at 3rd manage to salvage something for the team as they took the first two sets 6-2, 6-1 before narrowly losing the final set 6-4.

The ladies 2nd team travelled to Bishopbriggs and found that their hosts were one of the few clubs left in the region who have blaes courts.

Val Pace and Jackie Hunter found the transition hard and lost all three sets. Joanna Crumless and Ann Sills lost the opening set 7-6, and the second set was almost as long but once again they narrowly lost it this time by 7-5. The home team were now in command and took the final set 6-2.

Janette Howieson and Fiona McLaren at 3rd couple lost their opening set 6-4 but took the next set 6-4. In a marathon final set the Helensburgh pair fought all the way only to lose the it 8-6 in the tie break. It was an exhausting evening for the ladies with only one set to show for a hard fought match.

The ladies 60+ team drew with Kilmacolm 3-3 with Trish Schooling and Phyllis Fullarton winning 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, and Carol Young and Ann McKelvie narrowly losing 2 sets to 1.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:44

Time to enter championships

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THE entry lists for the Helensburgh Tennis Club 2019 Club Championships are looking very sparse so far.

Please enter for the events of your choice before the extended closing date of Saturday June 1 at 8pm.

The championship committee will not accept entries after this date otherwise there will be insufficient opportunity for ties to be played before finals days.

For the over 40s/50s doubles event there are singleton names on the entry sheets. Unfortunately, in order to arrive at a balanced draw for these events, pairs of entrants are needed, bearing in mind that this partner will not necessarily be the eventual partner with you on court.

Singleton entrants are asked to confirm their doubles partner.


Monday, 20 May 2019 16:13

Gordon helps team to World Cup

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BRITAIN'S mens wheelchair tennis team, including Helensburgh's Gordon Reid, became world champions on Saturday after winning the BNP Paribas World Team Cup title, beating France 2-0 in the final.

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid both produced sensational straight sets victories in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, to claim what is Britain’s second ever mens title.

The success of the British team of Hewett, Reid and Dermot Bailey follows on from the silver medal won by the Great Britain junior team and the bronze medal won by the women’s team on Friday. This was Britain’s best ever performance at a World Team Cup in the event’s 35 year history.

Saturday’s victory for the mens team had more than an air of familiarity about it as Hewett and Reid also won both singles rubbers against France when Great Britain won the title for the very first time in 2015.

This time both players produced clinical first set performances before holding on in their respective second sets, Reid beating Nicolas Peifer 6-1, 7-6(3) before Hewett defeated Stephane Houdet 6-0, 7-5.

Hewett and Reid are also both former members of Great Britain junior gold medal-winning teams at the World Team Cup, in 2013 and 2007 respectively. 

Reid set Great Britain well on the way to victory in the final, winning six games in a row to take the opening set.

The Rio Paralympic champion said: It feels great. It’s been a long time since the last one and we’ve come close a couple of time since, so it’s amazing to get over the line today and to do it in convincing style, too.

"Nico wasn’t really giving me any rhythm today and was pretty unpredictable, so I was happy with how I moved around court and how I approached it, how I focussed and how I stepped it up towards the end.”

The World Team Cup is held on an annual basis and is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event — the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Fed Cup and Davis Cup competitions. Teams from 23 nations qualified to compete in this year’s finals.

Players in the 14-strong British squad for the tournament are part of the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme.

Monday, 20 May 2019 14:55

Another narrow defeat

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FOR THE second week running Helensburgh Tennis Club 1st Ladies were on the receiving end of a very frustrating 5-4 loss, this time against a team from David Lloyd West End.

Gay Black and Alison Fotheringham at 3rd couple put up strong resistance in the first two sets but just could not quite impose themselves enough and then faded slightly in the third set to give the  visitors a winning start to the match.

The 2nd pair of Liz Wylie and Suzanne Marshall also battled hard against consistent opponents, and having lost the first set,6-4, regrouped to take the second set by the same margin. However their opponents then upped their game to collect the third set decisively by 6-1.

The contest between the 1st couples was an extremely hard hitting affair, with many long demanding rallies, but Katie Hope and Ann Morison just managed to keep their noses ahead thanmks to their slightly higher consistency level and collect the first two sets, coming from behind in the second to take it 7-5.

The third set was slightly easier as their opponents became a little more error prone and disheartened, allowing the Helensburgh duo to run out the winners 6-1.

The ladies 2nd -3team suffered a 6 defeat at home to Lenzie. Val Pace and Fiona Chalmers were completely outgunned by their very powerful opponents. Joanna Crumless and Sue Macrae won a vital set at 2nd couple, but the real battle was at 3rd couple where Janette Howieson and Jackie Hunter came back from a 6-1 first set loss to take the next two sets 7-5, 7-6 in a brilliant display of grit.

The ladies 3rd team were beaten 8-1 by Westerton, but team captain Fiona MacLaren praised her team as many of the games went to deuce and the score could have been much closer.


Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:17

Gordon's team in World Cup final

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THE Great Britain mens team, including Helensburgh's Gordon Reid, will play for a second ever title at the wheelchair tennis 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup today (Saturday).

Britain are guaranteed to return from the event in Ramat Hasharon, Israel ,with three medals after the juniors won silver and the womens team claimed bronze on Friday.

The mens team of Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid and Dermot Bailey secured their spot in the final with a stunning win against top seeds Japan in Friday’s semi-final.

Britain had lost to Japan in last year’s final and went into the match determined to reverse that result. Gordon set things up with a classy 6-4 7-5 win against world no.9 Takashi Sanada, before Hewett produced a sensational performance to defeat world no.1 Shingo Kunieda by the same score.

Speaking after the match, Alfie said: "It's been some time since I've won against him and he's been such a strong competitor in the last five to six months. Today was a big step for me and you could see how much it meant to me at the end.

"We lost to them in the final last year and we really believed we could have won that. Today Gordon had a stunning performance too and we showed what we can do.”

They now take on France in today’s final in a match that will be streamed live on the LTA’s Facebook page.

It will renew what is one of the biggest rivalries in the sport with the French team including Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer — the duo who defeated Reid and Hewett in an epic Rio 2016 Paralympic final.


Saturday, 11 May 2019 11:09

1st men in top form

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HELENSBURGH Tennis Club’s mens first team were in great form on Friday, hammering David Lloyd Renfrew 2 by eight sets to one.

At first couple Fraser Fulton and David Reid destroyed their opponents 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in under an hour. The pair never put a foot wrong as they dominated the match from start to finish, with David’s penetrating ground stokes and Fraser’s accurate winners from the net.

It was a similar story at second couple for Kevin Stephen and Stephen Lewis. They cruised to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 win, with both players in complete control.

At third couple Alastair Hope and David McCowan secured the opening set 6-3 but lost focus slightly in the ninth game of the second set when the visitors broke their serve to take the set 6-4.

The home pair dug deep and led throughout the final set as each player managed to hold their serve. At 6-5 to Helensburgh, Alastair and David knew they had to break serve to avoid the tie break and with a series of deep attacking shots forced the visitors to the back of the court where they could not hit the winners they needed.

Both teams had points to win the match but it was Helensburgh who finally broke the deadlock with a deep topspin forehand to the baseline from Alastair forcing the visitor to hit a limp return straight to David at the net who hit it for a winner.

It was a similar story for the mens second team who were also up against David Lloyd, this time their third team.

Bill Ram and Allan Adam at first couple won their opening set 6-4 but just missed out in the second, going down narrowly 6-4. They soon bounced back to take the deciding set 6-3.

There were no problems for Iain MacLaren and Stephen Humphreys at second couple as they hammered their opponents 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. At third couple it was a case of youth and experience as club president Keith Love teamed up with top intermediate Archie Russell to secure a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 win for an 8-1 victorey overall.

Sadly it was not to be three out of three for the men this week as the third team came up against a very strong Glasgow University Staff team and went down 8-1 with only Clive Charters and Ralph Ward securing a set on the very fast surface.

The ladies 60+ team travelled to Glasgow’s leafy suburbs last week to play Weir Recreation and came away with a great 6-0 win.

Jackie Hunter and Ann Morison were never troubled in their 6-2, 6-0, 6-1 win. Janette Howieson and Jane Carroll nearly lost their opening set as it went all the way to the tie break.

The ladies had worked very hard to stay in the set and were determined not to lose it. They both agreed to concentrate on playing a mixture of deep and short shots to make their opponents run around the court. The plan worked, and they secured the tie break 7-3. They continued the plan and won the next two sets 6-1, 6-0. 

Thursday, 09 May 2019 15:45

Club Update 09.05.19

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A WARM welcome to all new members of Helensburgh Tennis Club — we hope you are enjoying your tennis with us.

Our first social event is the Chinese evening on Friday May 17. Some social tennis will be followed by tucking in to a Chinese meal.

Please arrive at 6.45pm for a 7pm tennis start. The tennis normally takes 60-90 minutes. Please bring your own refreshments.

The costs are £10 for tennis and food, £7 if only for the meal!

It is always a fun night. There is a list for names on the noticeboard, or email Bobby Kerr.  

For the yellow ball juniors (ages 12+), Bobby has a 90 minute match play session starting this Saturday through till June from 11am.

This session is for members only and is free of charge.

Monday, 06 May 2019 17:59

Tough start for ladies 1st

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HELENSBURGH Tennis Club 1st Ladies kicked off their 2019 summer campaign with an away trip to Strathgryffe last Tuesday evening.

Having lost three members of last year's team, playing in West League Division 1/1 is going to be a challenge this year but the ladies were in a positive frame of mind and, on a lovely evening, they competed well.

At 3rd pair, Gay Black and Alison Fotheringham had a close match, losing the first two sets but coming back strongly to collect the 3rd one 6-4. Suzanne Marshall and Carol Bews at 2nd faced a strong couple who only got better as the match went on, giving the home side victory in all three sets.

Katie Hope and Ann Morison took a little while to find their form but, having lost the 1st set, they  got their act together and won the remaining two sets 6-4, 6-3 to produce an end result of a 6 - 3 win for Strathgryffe.

What a difference a week makes. The second league match for the 1st Ladies was played in continuous rain and unfortunately the result rather reflected the conditions — miserable — with the team going down 9-0 to a very strong David Lloyd Renfrew side.

However, the 1st 60+ Ladies team redeemed the week for HLTC by notching up a hard-fought win 4-2 against Milngavie in the first of their five matches.

The 1st pair of Gay Black and Ann Morison quickly raced through the first set 6-0, before their opponents got themselves together and started to put up a much tougher fight. But Gay and Ann were not to be denied though and their greater consistency and depth of shot allowed them to collect the remaining sets 6-3, 6-3.

At 2nd couple Jackie Hunter and Janette Howieson also won the first set but their opposition went from strength to strength, improving all the time, and eventually managed to overhaul the home pair 6-2, 6-2.

The 2nd 60+ team also enjoyed an encouraging start to their season, with Phyllis Fullarton, Janette Green, Frankie Hanmer and Carol Young recording a 3-3 draw against the East Kilbride/Busby team.


Tuesday, 30 April 2019 16:18

Louise wins again

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SHANDON musician Louise Burnet has done it again — winning the Helensburgh Tennis Club Lotto for April.

She is the club's most prolific winner, having topped a month's draw in 2015, 2016 (twice), 2017 and 2018.

Organiser Gay Black says that her cheque for £20 is on the way.


Monday, 29 April 2019 15:32

Tough trip to Hamilton

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HELENSBURGH Tennis Club ladies 3rd team travelled to Hamilton at the weekend and found the home team too strong on the day.

At first couple Carolan Dobson and Jane Carroll (right) lost the opening set 6-3 despite having a number of break points which they failed to convert.

In a very tight second set with almost every game going to deuce they lost serve at 5-4 which seemed to rattle the Helensburgh pair as they lost the next two games to lose the set 7-5.

However Carolan and Jane soon got their act together and went on to take the third set 6-4.

Anne McKelvie and Susan Russell at second couple were no match for the powerful Hamilton pair and lost 3-0.

At third couple Ishbel Dival and Cathy Gemmell lost their opening set 6-2 but came back to take the second 6-4. The pair were very aware that the team was struggling on the other courts, dug deep and made their opponents run for every ball which caused them to make more and more errors, and they finally took the deciding set 6-2 to make the final score a 6-3 defeat.

The mens 2nd team were without a number of regular players as they travelled to Kelvingrove for their first match of the season.

The team suffered a 9-0 defeat but team captain Keith Love was upbeat and praised his team for giving their all under difficult circumstances. Their next match is away to David Lloyd Renfrew next Wednesday and Keith is hoping to field his full team.

Sunday morning saw a men’s friendly 1st and 2nd doubles team match against neighbours Cardross. Helensburgh just managed to win 3-2 in a very tight morning's tennis. All 20 players found the session very useful and both clubs hope for more matches in the future.

The new coaching programme starts this week with both junior and adult sessions taking place. 

Thursday, 18 April 2019 10:11

Classes update 18.04.19

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THANKS to all those who have booked on the Helensburgh Tennis Club junior coaching classes.

There are still places on Monday and Wednesday. Bobby Kerr had a couple of replies for Wednesday afternoons pre-5 classes but would need a few more to make it viable.

Anyone interested should This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

Don't forget the adult beginner and improver classes starting Wednesday May 1. Beginners start 7pm, improvers start 8pm. Email Bobby to book your place — it is free to members.

Bobby said: "We hope to see everyone at our new season welcome evening next Wednesday (April 24) at 7pm. Come along for some friendly tennis and refreshments — see you there."

Friday, 12 April 2019 12:38

April-June Coaching Classes

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A FULL list of the coaching classes available at Helensbuirgh Tennis Club from April to June can be downloaded from the Downloads area of this website.

Monday and Wednesday application forms for the next two blocks of junior coaching can also be downloaded.

Red, orange, green and yellow ball classes start week commencing Monday April 29 with Katie Hope on Mondays and Shaun MacDonald on Wednesdays — full details on the forms.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 10:19

Adult classes begin soon

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GET READY for the new season at Helensburgh Tennis Club with adult beginner and improver classes.

There will be two blocks with block 1 starting on Wednesday May 1 for 4 weeks. Block 2 starts on Wednesday May 29 for 4 weeks. Beginners are 7-8pm and improvers 8-9pm.

One block is free to members and £5 per class for non-members and those who take a second class. A sign up sheet will be on the noticeboard in the next day or so — if you wish to register please add your name.

If the classes are oversubscribed an additional 4 week block combining both beginners and improvers will be held on Saturday mornings starting on Saturday May 11 from 10-11am, same conditions as above.

Junior Classes

The next blocks of junior coaching starts week begin on Monday April 29, and again there will be two 4 weekly blocks.

Members will receive a 20% discount off the standard charge, taking it from £20 to £16. If you book both blocks you can receive an additional discount, meaning members only pay £28 instead of £32 and non-members £35 instead of £40. Booking forms will be issued shortly.

From Saturday May 11 Bobby Kerr will be holding a yellow ball match play session for juniors from 11am-1pm — ideal for juniors to get some practice in playing matches along with some drills.

These sessions are free to members, but please note they are not suitable for beginners.

Tell your friends about the discounts and the many other benefits membership brings by joining the club. An application form can be downloaded from the Downloads section of this website.

By joining as a family both mum, dad and the children receive a block of coaching free. 

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