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TENNACE NEWS

Great British Tennis Weekend over 35 guests enjoyed great coaching and fun play. Parent child tournament attracted more than 20 pairs:

Aegon Team Tennis 22 teams competing in County and Regional leagues. Good luck to all the teams - have fun ad try to play your best tennis!  

Summer Term squads started from 21st April for 10 weeks to 7th July.

Good luck to our 22 teams in the Aegon Team Tennis!

Join the fun with Friday Junior Clubnights from 5pm to 6.15pm for 9 & under, 6.15pm to 7.30pm for 10 and overs.

Three weeks of Awesome Camps in beautiful weather. Great fun was had by all! BBQ team tennis and extra fun sports

Tennace GXLTC Academy and Mini Tennis Awards Saturday 28th January 5pm 

Six one day tournaments over Xmas Holidays were played in heavy frost but all players thoroughly enjoyed themselves

October Half-term Camp over 50 players had a great time with Tennace coaches Dan Peter and Nick.

New coach Matt Clark has been appointed from September 2016. He is an ex GXLTC Academy player and is a LTA Level 2 coach; taking his Level 3 in January 2017.

Peter Bresnen passes his LTA Level 3 course with distinction!

Gerrards Cross Junior Open LTA grade 3 was a huge success with just over 200 players competing aged from 6 to 30 years. Please see Tennace facebook for all the photos.

We have just completed eight weeks of exciting Summer Holiday Camps 2016 which included three weeks of High Intensity. See some more photos in Tennace facebook.

Delighted to announce the promotion of Alex Allen as Head of Mini tennis Performance

2014 CONGRATULATIONS Red under 8 B Team won the County Aegon Team Tennis Division 1B. Unbelieveably it was an all girls team which I believe is a Aegon Team Tennis record since the competitions inception 10 years ago. Normally the boys are stronger than girls teams or winning teams are mixed.
Red Girls Team Tennis Champions May2014

The Girls beat teams from Chesham Bois, Little Chalfont and Beaconsfield.Also five girls represented GXLTC on the day !They lost no matches having played 12 opponents each. Congratulations to Team Captain Martin Carby. The girls are all in Year 3 at School so will move up to under 9 Orange next year.

Congratulations Red under 8 A Team won the County division 1 with three brothers playing in the team. Zac Orr-Ewing (8), Elijah Orr-Ewing (8) and Benji Orr-Ewing (5) beat Halton and Beaconsfield with the loss of only a couple of matches. They were joined in the four player team by Tom Line (8).

Red Team Tennis Champions May 2014 Band of Brothers
Each player competed in four matches against each of the other teams The brothers attend Gayhurst School and regularly train and compete in tournaments. Tom attends Thorpe House School. Head Pro Andy Scholfield says ‘They love playing tennis and are making very good progress ! Of course Benji has the benefit of learning from his brothers. Zac s favourite player is Rafa, Elijah prefers Andy Murray and Benji is a Federer fan so there is a lot of competition in their family !’

I’m delighted to introduce our NEW Tennace Coach Dan Shepherd. He has coached full-time for the last seven years

I’m delighted to introduce our NEW Tennace Coach Dan Shepherd who started April 2014. He has coached full-time for the last seven years at The Garden Court in Richmond.

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He is very experienced having coached all ages and standards of player. He is very passionate about developing a pupils individual technique. He has a calm disciplined approach. At The Garden Court he had a progressive performance programme in place which ran alongside the development/ recreational players programme. Dan replaces Alison Sharp who left in March. He will be undertaking most of her squad and group work and will be delighted to continue her individual pupils. He will be available for individual lessons from next week 14th April and can coach any day of the week. Please contact Dan on 07734683596 Danshep1977@yahoo.co.ukOther things to know about Dan: He is left-handed Oliver Golding (21) ex US Open Junior Champion also trained at The Garden Court. Dan lives in Iver. He loves tennis and after regularly competing as a junior his ambition was to become as good a coach as he possibly could.He only missed three days of coaching through ill-health in seven years ! We now have an even better team of Tennace Coaches !!!

- Alex Tom James Andy and Paul. Tom, James and Alex also have some individual coaching slots available.

GXLTC Academy Awards 2013 Staged 25thJanuary 2014

The Eleventh Academy Awards were presented in the Clubhouse to the junior players involved in Tennace GXLTC Bull Lane’s Academy and Tennace Performance Mini Tennis. Everyone had a great evening; celebrating 2013 and re living the tumultuous final game of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win! Whilst watching the video Andy emphasised certain tactical, technical and emotional elements.

Director and Head Professional Andy Scholfield thanked treasurer Amanda Hobbs, parents, players, and tennace Coaching Team James Martin, Alex Allen, Tom Smith and Alison Sharp; an excellent tennace coaching team available to all levels of players. Tennace GXLTC Acadedemy continues to help subsidise younger performance players with a new Aspirantes Programme initiated in September 2012. GXLTC Academy and Mini Tennis Performance Squads offer a great opportunity for players to progress to a higher level but they must have the desire to seize the opportunity to play as often as possible. It was not coincidence that the main awards went to players who compete and train the most ! This is the 12th year of the Academy and has been a year of re-growth, with more playing opportunities many more tournaments and an exciting new Coaching Team. The new Junior Ambassador is James McCord (18 John Hampden school). He is an excellent role model for the club having trained at the Club for over 9 years. He has represent the Club at all levels from Aegon Team Tennis, Bucks County Shield and junior age group teams. He now assists with coaching and is currently taking his level 2 LTA course. Henry Hunt (11, St Marys Beaconsfield), Manasi Kumar (11 St Joseph’s School), Aisling McCarthy (14 Dr Challoners High School) and Richard Biondini (17 Wycombe Grammar School) won ‘Best Intensity in training’. The more intense players are in training the quicker they will improve !

Male Player of the year was Dan Buckeldee who played consistently well in all tournaments during 2013. Molly Hawker was the female player of the year. The Best Team Category was outstanding this year with TEN teams becoming County division winners: under 18 boys, under 14 girls, under 12 girls, under 12 boys, Green (under 10), Orange (under 9 two teams) and Red (under 8) teams: Hari Middleton (14) achieved most improved player; Aneka Patel (Maltmans Green) competed in 199 matches and Louis Basnayake competed in 215 matches won Tournament most committed performers. Mini Tennis awards were presented to over 18 players in categories for ‘Most Committed’, Best Effort in training’ and Most improved. However andy emphasised the coaches were delighted with all players efforts ! Tennace GXLTC Academy will continue to evolve with many tournament tours organised for 2014, at Easter players will compete in Grade 3 tournaments Maidenhead and Rickmansworth. The tennace at GXLTC club opportunities have also increased with the Aegon Team Tennis starting in April, One Day tournaments, Road to Wimbledon and Club Championships starting after Easter.

All players were presented with free T shirts at the end of the Awards.

AWARD CATRGORY Winner Other nominees
Junior AmbassadorThe junior who has given most to the club. James McCord Jack Savage, Louise Barrett, James McCord, Matt Clark, Richard Biondini
Female player of the year . Based on results. Molly Hawker Molly Hawker, Olivia Mason, Sasha Southgate, Imogen Scarles
Male player of the year . Based on results. Dan Buckeldee Dan Buckeldee, Louis Basnayake, Alex Hattam, Nick Rennie
Best intensity in training under 12 Henry HuntManasi Kumar Sam Hirst, Henry Hunt, James Eykyn, Wiehan Van Wyk Sarah Ewart-Smith, Manasi Kumar, Lavinia Champion, Ingrid Ravagnan
Best intensity in training over 12 Aisling McCarthyRichard Biondini Aisling McCarthy, Carys Evans, Laura Wilson James Cairns, Matt Clark, Richard Biondini, Ragul Sudhaker, Hari Middleton, Oli Ryan
Team of the year : U12 Team Boys U18 Jack Savage, Matt Clark, James Cairns, Nick Rennie, James McCord, Boys U12, Rory Marshall, Ed Crowston, Elliot Hobbs, George Emmins, James Eykyn A Sam Hirst, Henry Hunt, Lucas Batty, Theo Grant. Orange A Will Mercer, George Coomber, James Mason, Will Evans, Ed Hunt
Most improved player Hari Middleton Sam Grafham, Tom Packman, Hari Middleton
Most improved attitude Sam Grafham Theo Grant, Sam Grafham,
Tournament Players x 2 Louis Basnayake Aneka Patel Dan Buckeldee, +tbc
Mini Tennis Most Committed Green x 2 William EvansInge Du Toit William Evans,Lucas Batty, William Mercer, George Coomber,Freya Sherlock, Inge Du Toit,
Mini Tennis Most Improved Green Max BinningtonFreya Sherlock James Mason, William Evans, Max BinningtonInge Du Toit, Emma Hobson, Freya Sherlock
Mini Tennis Best Effort Green x 2 William EvansZoe Peters William Evans, Lucas Batty, James MasonFreya Sherlock, Ella Taylor, Zoe Peters
Mini Tennis Most Committed Orange x 2 Louis BasnayakeJacob Mellows Jacob Mellows, Charlie Goutkin-Smith, Edward Hunt, Louis Basnayake, Robbie Spittal, Poppy Hinds,
Mini Tennis Most Improved Orange x2 Sonny DalstonPoppy Hinds Louis Basnayake, Charlie Goutkin-Smith, Sonny Dalston, Rob Spittal, Zac Orr-EwingPoppy Hinds
Mini Tennis best Effort Orange x 2 Elijah Orr- EwingRobbie Spittal Jacob Mellows, Robbie Spittal, Jonty Hughes-Penny, Ross Sinclair, Evan Thomas,JJ Orr-Ewing, Sonny Dalston
Mini Tennis Most Committed Red x2 Seb MellowsAneka Patel Seb Mellows, Alex Thomas, Benji Orr-EwingAneka Patel, Ella Carby, Rebecca Nash-Steer,
Mini Tennis Most Improved Red x2 Tom LineAshni Sangha Tom Line, Alex Thomas, Benji Orr-EwingElla Carby, Tilly Nagra, Amber Razzaq, Aneka Patel, Ashni Sangha, Acada Lue-Fong
Mini Tennis Best Effort Red x 2 Danny ThomsonElla Carby Seb Mellows, Danny Thomson, Dan Topliss,Argia Servaes, acada Lue-Fong, Aneka Patel, Amber Razzaq, Ella Carby
Up and coming All Alex Thomas, Benji Orr-Ewing, Aaron Gladman, Dexter Dalston, Helena Ullyatt, Izzy Goutkin-Smith,
Assistant Coaches Alex Onn, James McCord, Freddy Crooks, James Cairns, Mark McGuinness
Most helpful Parent Captain Rob Clark, Clare Barber, Anne Eykyn, Patrick Onn, Sheila McCarthy, Matt Hunt, Emma Marshall, Katy Crowston, Amanda Champion, Sue Cheshire, John Pearce Mel Brough, Will Coomber, Neil Mercer, Rachel Mellows, Marianne Ewart-Smith, Tanja Spittal Amanda Hobbs, Sandra Buckeldee, Debbie Dalston, Simon Sherlock, Paul Sinclair Juliette Canney, Eamon Connolly, Jas Uppal, Carrie Grafham, Martin Carby

Aegon Team Tennis Champions

Gerrards Cross Bull Lane claimed the 18&U Boys Aegon Team Tennis Bucks title following an unbeaten season. Nick Rennie at number 1 and Matt Clark at number 2 both won all their singles matches, and also combined to win all their doubles matches in straight sets.

Jack Savage, James McCord, Tom Devoy, Daniel Moss and 12-year-old James Eykyn (who stepped in at the last minute in the win over Beaconsfield) also represented the successful side. Only against defending champions Great Missenden did the result appear in doubt, until Tom Devoy snatched a 10-8 tiebreak set victory in the number 4 singles match, giving GXBull Lane a 3-1 lead and the confidence to go on and dominate the two doubles rubbers.

Nick Rennie, who last year became one of the youngest players to win the men’s singles title in the GXBullLane club championship, was the class act in the competition and showed why he was selected for the Bucks 18&U county side earlier in the year.

With Matt Clark, Jack Savage and James McCord all eligible for another year in the competition, Tennace Director and Head Pro Andy Scholfield will be hoping for a repeat in 2014.

GXLTC Club Championships Finals Day

In blistering heat many finals were played on the clubs’ seven grass courts; and many matches went to three sets with players taking on lots of fluid and drinking the bar dry. Inspired by Andy Murray…………

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The 44 years old Dave Sellers is still improving his tennis performances and put on a great show against 18 years old and defending champion Nick Rennie. He dominated with his forehand and used his slice backhand to good effect. On the big points, when once he used to get tight, he now remains consistent and calm. The match lasted for almost 3 hours Nick won the first set but Dave came back strongly to lead 4-1 in the second set closing it out 6-2. The third set was very close, Nick saving 3 match points and at 6-6 there was a 3rd set tie-break. Dave serving with better authority advanced into a 4-1 lead and at 6-4 hit a big forehand return which needed a hawkeye before he was crowned champion for a second time (last won in 1997 !!).

Dave then immediately returned to the court with partner Steve Thompson to win the mens’ doubles 6-1 6-1 against tennace coach James Martin and groundsman Gary Hales.

James and Gary were then on opposite sides of the net in the mixed doubles partnering Kelly Walsh and Jo McInerney repectively. Despite some outstanding shots by Gary he could not stop the formidable play by Kelly and James who won 6-2 6-2.

Derek Baker (>70 years) out-ran and outlasted Bernard DelaHaye in the mens’ B event. At 0-6 6-0 4-0 Bernard was forced to retire. Derek however ran out of steam himself in the mens’ super vets doubles with partner Chris Wood they dominated the first set 6-1 before their opponents Richard Stewart and Alan Sealey hit back to win 7-5 10-8.

The junior events saw many great performances. Isabella Jackson became a triple champion winning the girls green under 10 against Manasi Kumar then upsetting top seed Olivia Scarles in the Road to Wimbledon Green tournament 4-1 4-1. Her third match of the day was the girls doubles where she teamed up with her Maltmans Green school friend Ingrid Ravagnan to just beat Manasi Kumar and Sarah Ewart-Smith 5-4 5-4 in another 2 hour match. However it was not all good news in the Jackson household because father / coach Graham was leading 2-0 in the vet mens’ singles against Gavin Ballance before tearing his calf muscle.

Henry Hunt won two events beating his friend Sam Hirst in both the U10 Club Championships and the Green Road to Wimbledon 4-1 5-3 and 4-2 5-4. They surprisingly lost in the doubles semi final to James Mason and Dominic Ritchie who were then beaten 4-2 5-3 in the final by Will Evans and Will Mercer.

The under 9 boys singles was a very high standard with any one of six players who could have won the event. After many gripping matches the top two seeds met in the final with Will Evans just edging out Will Mercer 7-2 5-7 7-5. Edward Hunt lost 7-6 in the third set to Louis Basnayake in the consolation final.

Alex Hattam also won two events beating Dan Buckeldee in a 3 hour match on the hard court 7-6 4-6 6-3. They teamed up later on to play on the same court to beat Ragul Sudhakar and David Green 6-0 6-7 6-0.

Twins Zac and Elijah Orr-Ewing won through to the under 8 Red final overcoming stiff opposition from Seb Mellows, Jonty Hughes-Penny and Oliver Evans. In the morning they had watched a video documentary of Venus and Serena Williams which really helped them understand their own rivalry.

A great final saw Zac just win 10-7. Aneke Patel has really improved her tennis in tennace squads and individual coaching and this showed when she beat Alice Crowston 10-8 then beat top seed Argia Servaes 10-6 in the final.

Edward Crowston was in good form defeating Harry Jordan (who had earlier won the Road to Wimbledon B event against James Eykyn) 6-2 6-1 then with partner Rory Marshall overcame the stubborn resistance of Jack Carling and James Eykyn in the u12 doubles final – another 3 hour grass-court match 7-6 4-6 10-8. Olivia Mason won the girls u15 singles and doubles. She beat Amy Pearce in another marathon match 6-2 3-6 6-4. Late in the day Jack Savage won the boys’u18 in a very entertaining match against James McCord. Lavinia Champion won the girls u12 singles against Carys Evans but then lost to Carys and super sub Theo Grant with partner Lara Stalder.

Andrew Jackson after long injury dictated play in the mens vet doubles and with partner Gavin Balance they beat County captain Pete Savage and ex top national junior Stuart Taylor 6-3 4-6 10-8.

Antonia hadfield won the ladies vets against Sally Cakebread and Alison Leah fought back to beat defending champion Bronwen Cannon 6-3 3-6 6-2.

The Club are looking forward to their tennace Camps for juniors aged 3 to 15 throughout seven weeks of the holidays and their grade 3 LTA Junior Open Tournament. For more information on any of these call 07791 912490 or mail info@gxltc.co.uk.

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GXLTC Red A Team storm to aegon team tennis triumph

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Gerrards Cross LTC bull Lane Red under 8 'A' team swept all opposition aside to become County champions 2013 in the Aegon team tennis inter club compettion.

Beat Gxltc 'B' 22-10
Chesham Bois 'A' 26-6
Halton A 28-4
Halton B 28-4
Chesham 1879 26-6

Four players in a team play against all four players in the opponents' team.
Robbie Spittal and Zach Orr-Ewing were undefeated in all of the matches they played in.
They all train as the Aspirantes with tennace at Bull Lane with Andy Scholfield.

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GXLTC Orange Under 9 Team crowned County Champions

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An absolutely commanding performance gave Gerrarrds Cross LTC (Gxltc) the LTA Aegon Team Tennis County Division 1 championship.

The team was captained by Will Coomber and Neal Mercer. The boys train at tennace at Gxltc with head Pro Andy Scholfield and his team of coaches Alex Allen, Alison Sharp, Sam Scowen , James Martin and Paul Davey.

Each player played two singles matches and one doubles against the best opposition in the County. Four players played in the team using the following squad who come from different local schools: Will Marcer (Davenies), George Coomber (Caldicott), Will Evans (St Joseph's), Edward Hunt (St Mary's Bfield), James Mason (Davenies)

Chesham Bois 18-2
Chesham 1879 20-0
David Lloyd Milton Keynes 14-6
Halton Tennis Centre 14-6

As you see these results are overwhelming and the players deserve all the credit with great support from their parents !

photo 2013 l to r james Mason Coomber andy scholfield will Evans Will Mercer Edward Hunt

2019 Will Mercer 2022 james Mason 2042 Ed hunt 2063 George Coomber 2032 Will evans
Photo 493 l to r Evan Thomas Robbie Spittal Elijah Orr-Ewing andy scholfield Zach Orr-Ewing Seb Mellows Jonty Hughes-Penny

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Tennace at GXLTC Inter Schools Team Tournament 2013

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23 School Teams competed in the annual tennace Inter School Tournament held at Gerrards Cross LTC Bull Lane in the sweltering heat. Schools included Gerrards Cross C of E, Stoke Poges, Chalfont st Peter Academy and Infant, Beaconsfield, Gayhurst, Maltmans Green, Thorpe House and St Joseph's. Each team consisted of 3 or 4 players competing against their opposite number; with the match going to a shoot-out up to 3 points if the overall score was level at 2-2.

Year 1: Maltmans Green represented by Phelix Butler, Alexandra Gola, Emma Servaes and Georgia Lynch won against Chalfont St Peter Dexter Dalston, Aaron Gladman, Matthew Ziegel,and Matthew de Carvalho 3-1.

Year 2 was very closely fought. gayhurst were defending champions from 2012 and seeded 2 they beat Gerrards Cross C of E 'B' 3-1, in the semi-final they defeated Thorpe House pre Prep 'A' 3-1. in the other side of the draw Maltmans Green 'A' beat Thorpe House 'B' 4-0 then beat a strong Gerrards Cross C of E 'A' team 3-1. Maltmans Green represented by Aneke Patel, Ella Carby, Rebecca Nash-steer, and Acada Lue-Fong surprised Gayhurst in the final with their determination and ability to scramble every ball. The Gayhurst team of Robbie Spittal, Matt Doraisamy, Jake Kearns and Verity Misselbrook competed very well but lost 3-1.

The year 3 competition was extremely competitive with two very strong teams Chalfont St Peter Acadmey and Gerrards Cross C of E who were the defending champions and they both reached the final without losing a match despite Gayhurst fielding a strong team. Chalfont's Joshua Gibb lost to William Stubbs 10-2, however Charlie Goutkin-Smith and Sonny Dalston won at number 2 and 3 against Charlie Hewson and Luke McGarvey. Jacob Mellows making very few unforced errors just edged Louis Basnayake out 10-9 to set up a shoot-out to decide the winners. Jacob beat Louis again 3-1 to crown Gerrards Cross C of E champions again !

Year 4 Chalfont St Peter Academy (Marcus Los, Seb Los, Jacob Hallam and James Gibb) beat a strong Maltmans Green 'A' team (Annalise Greenway, Inge Du Toit and Freya Sherlock) 2-1 in the semi final. They were then facing Beaconsfield (combined Davenies and St Mary's schools). Despite great play by the Los twins they both lost 10-8 to Edward Hunt and Will Mercer. James mason sealed victory with a 10-5 win against Jacob.

Year 5/6 Four teams competed Gerrards Cross C of E, St Joseph's, Thorpe/Gayhurst and Chalfont st Peter / Maltmans Green. The matches were fought on the full size court both singles and doubles. The Thorpe House Gayhurst (Harry Peters (G), Ben Derry (G), Yash Belur (G) and Shabarish Ketheeswaran(TH) combined team eventually beat St Joseph's (Theo McGirr, Manasi Kumar, Harry Finn, Sam Nightingill) 4-2 in the final.

The day was completed by a Parent and Child tournament as part of the Keep the Dream Alive Open Day. Graham and Isabella jackson (10) beat Chris and William Evans (9) in the final.

All juniors wishing to follow in the steps of new Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray have a great opportunity with Tennace at Gerrards Cross LTC Summer Holiday Camps.
They start from 15th July and run from monday to Friday each week of the holidays.There is Tots tennaces for 3 years old from 9am to 10am; 4 and 5 years old can come either 9am to 10am or 2pm to 3.30pm, 6 and 7 years old from 9 am to 12 noon 8 to 15 years old come from 10am to 1pm or all day from 10am to 4pm. All they need to bring is water, snack or packed lunch (although BBQ lunch will be available) and appropriate clothing. All camps are directed by Andy Scholfield with his LTA qualified tennace coach team on hand to teach 'Andy Murray,s skills' and to organise loads of fun competition to help develop tactics and mental toughness. For an application form call 07791912490 or email andy@new.tennace.com

photos left to right 669 Year 2 players with medals and certificates 671 Danny Thompson (GX Cof E) shakes hands with Eva Watson (Stoke Poges) Eva won 10-8 669 year 3 Charlie Hewson (GXCofE) v sonny Dalston (CSP) in final

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