Brian's Newsletter - 3rd March
After a week off from my newsletter I have hardly been able to contain my excitement for everyone getting back onto the hallowed clay. I've just been listening to a heated debate on the radio that tennis is a middle class sport. And I thought it was upper! It is interesting that tennis and golf still battle with the stigmas of these views and does beg the question... Will they ever change?
Andy Murray wins in Rotterdam. Tough match against Rublev in the next round. Djokovic equals Federer's record of spending 310 weeks at world number 1. Norrie also in the 2nd round v Khachanov
The news we all wanted and it's probably better than expected!
All being well the club will reopen it's gates on March 29th where singles and doubles and groups will be allowed. The coaching team will be ready to get back to normal schedules in the sunshine.
The club tournament will be running this year and you will be receiving details very soon. FINALS DAY SATURDAY 26TH JUNE. Get it in the diary!
Remember you can only enter the tournament if you are a paid up member!!! Hopefully you will all be rejoining our great club.
The box leagues will be on hold while the tournament is running, but will continue straight after the tournament.
Obviously squash/racket ball is still not allowed but we welcome all our squash members to the tennis courts and look forward to a few giggles seeing the tennis balls fly over the fence or into the gardens. I'll stock up on balls! In fact that will probably go for you tennis players after a few months of nothing too!
Remember there will obviously still be social distancing restrictions in place on return, which we must still obey as best we can!
From a coaching point we will be running easter camps throughout the easter holidays. We will have tots, 4-11yr olds & teenage sessions running. A great chance for kids to get some much needed exercise and fun!
Please see the attached flyer for Easter Camps Info and forward it on to anyone you know that might be interested.
We will be in touch soon with coaching opportunities and schedules nearer our start date.
Try and stay connected with the club on social media. Remember the club has a facebook/instagram/twitter page and there is now a monthly club newsletter to keep members connected.
Strangest Point Ever??
You must watch this video from the past. It is a "you've been framed" of vintage tennis.
Thought of the Week
Don't Waste Time When You are Back on Court.......
• Getting frustrated that you are not playing as well as you want to...
• Questioning tight line calls..
• Wishing you'd handled lockdown differently...
• Moaning about restrictions...
• Worrying that you are playing too much tennis...
Cocktail of the Week - A special 14 day treat!
Coaching Tip of the Week
Getting back on court does have it's risks after a long time of not playing. Remember to warm up and stretch more than you may normally. Your muscles will not be used to tennis movements unless you have been a freak and practising your swings in your lounges! Remember your heart and lungs are super important so maybe a little bit of an exercise build up before you return!
• Alcohol free craft beers
• Canva pro
• Gin & tonics are quite healthy
• Married at First Sight
• Temptation Island
• Long dog walks and Reigate Hill sunsets
• No one can really be arsed keeping in touch after 3rd lockdown
• Banana on salt & pepper flatbreads
At least we have something to look forward to although it still feels a long way off. It will be worth the wait and it will be really nice to see you all again. We have missed all those smiling faces and mishits!
Have a good week and look forward to the build up to our return.
Dorking Lawn Tennis & Squash Club