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News and views from around The Seniors' Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain..........

Tennis Fixture in the USA

We are planning a tennis fixture in Florida, more specifically The Windsor Club, Vero Beach, during the first couple of weeks of May 2017 (to be firmed-up) against a competitive team of players from the USA.

Please see the Factsheet for more detail but it will involve a 3-day tennis event that you may want to combine with an extended stay or even family holiday.

This will be an inaugural event so we intend to send a team, limited in numbers, to play and hopefully we can offer a reciprocal arrangement in the future.

If you are interested in finding our more and/or wish to indicate your participation then please contact the Hon. Match Secretary Andrew Soul either by phone or email. Andrew's contact details can be found on our Member List.

For the Factsheet - CLICK HERE.

Posted by : Webmaster at 13:58:PM on Wednesday 28 December 2016
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Hard fought victory vs Netherlands VLTC

In a closely contested match we managed to edge our home fixture against the Netherlands VLTC 12 1/2 to 9 1/2.

Played over 3 days, Friday - Sunday, the singles matches were very tight but we dropped only one doubles rubber to ensure victory on the final day.

Once again a good mix of competitive tennis and socialising with friends and we very much look forward to our match next year in the Netherlands.

Match Report - CLICK HERE.

Posted by : Webmaster at 16:15:PM on Tuesday 6 December 2016
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Defibrillator Opportunity

Dear Member

The Seniors' Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain is an organisation promoting high quality competitive tennis for our membership across all senior age groups 35 and over.

We have decided to contribute to the health and safety of the tennis community by providing a defibrillator for a deserving tennis venue. It is well documented that use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) can dramatically increase the chance of survival for a person in cardiac arrest.

As a valued member of our Club, if you have a deserving venue in mind, please email the Club Chairman Graham Neale with the name and a summary of the venue you are proposing. The Committee will then consider the request in the context of our Club resources and let you know if your application has been successful.


DS6"I'm alive! Thanks to The Queen's Club having a defibrillator on hand. Here I am several years later seeing my family and friends - and still playing tennis! Every day I savour continuing life and my extraordinary good fortune. 

Serving at 5 - 3 in the final set, I'm told that I had a cardiac arrest. It was just as well that my tennis partner was a past Chairman of The Queen's Club and knew that they had a defibrillator.

However, it was not luck, but due to the foresight of the club that one was available to give me the chance of life - and a few extra sets! I just pray that others unfortunate enough to have a cardiac arrest on court are given the same chance of another innings and having another go at this truly wonderful life." 

David Straker, aged 79 - SLTC of GB

David points out it was knowledge and resource that saved him. It is intended that The Seniors' Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain will make a donation of a defibrillator to a deserving venue from time to time.

Graham Neale, Chairman SLTC of GB -

Posted by : Webmaster at 16:04:PM on Monday 5 December 2016
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Super Seniors success for Club members

Our congratulations go to the following Club members who achieved medal success at the ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships held in Croatia in September:

  • Women's 70 - GOLD: Jenny Waggott with team colleagues Christine Lockhart, June Peck and Frances MacLennan
  • Women's 75 - BRONZE: Ruth Weston, Felicity Thomas, Jean Porter with team colleague Joan Hassell
  • Men's 75 - SILVER: Henk Nijeboer, Roger Taylor, Bob Milner, Roy Henderson

The GB Women's 80 team also took SILVER.

GB Teams continue to be successful at each of the age group World Team Championships, which is testament to the popularity, structure and organisation of Seniors tennis in the UK.

Posted by : Webmaster at 11:38:AM on Tuesday 29 November 2016
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Wimbledon Ticket Ballot 2017

The Championships 2017: 3rd - 16th July

British Tennis Members (BTM's) have the opportunity to purchase tickets in the Wimbledon Ticket ballot.

The Ballot is now OPEN so please OPT IN if you want to be included.

Go to the LTA Website, click 'OPT IN' then log into your account and select OPT IN - you will receive an email confirming your request.

Club ticket allocations are based on the number of BTM's linked to their venue (SLTC of GB is affiliated to Midfdlesex LTA) and have opted 'IN' as at the Ballot closing date. Once we have received our allocation, and if you have opted in, we will publish the tickets available and invite you to enter our own Club draw.

Please direct any issues or concerns to Robin Smith.

Posted by : Webmaster at 12:38:PM on Monday 28 November 2016
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Narrow win against Fitzwilliam

Once again our fixture against Fitzwilliam LTC proved to be competitively fought with SLTC of GB narrowly winning 5 - 4.

Played annually for the Ivar Boden Trophy, it was a particularly poignant match this year due to the recent passing of Ivar, which was recognised by both captains and teams post match.

Thank you to Fitzwilliam for their generosity and hospitality.

Match Report - CLICK HERE.

Posted by : Webmaster at 15:31:PM on Sunday 27 November 2016
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Narrow defeat vs UK Armed Forces LTC

This was a very closely fought and exciting match with the result hingeing on the last rubber of the day.

Format 2 sets each rubber and after the first round of matches the score was 1.5 each, extended to 3-3 in the second round. After sharing two of the last three rubbers, and at 4-4, it was left to SLTC 3rd pair of Phil Tovey and Declan Power to try and overturn the UKAF 2nd pair of Ged Doherty and Miles Edmeston. In two tight sets we fell just short resulting in an overall 5-4 defeat. 

Many thanks to the SLTC players who gave up their time and social commitments to play in this match, which I am sure can also be said of the UK AFLTC players. Keenly contested, good tennis and sportmanship. 

Match report and results - CLICK HERE.

Posted by : Webmaster at 17:20:PM on Tuesday 8 November 2016
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Condolences - Eric Allan Crump

We would like to acknowledge with great sadness the death of Eric Allan Crump on 26th October, aged 89 and a member of our Club since March 1972.

Allan was a fine tennis player and played at Wimbledon on two occasions, 1957 & 1958, in mixed doubles.

Our thoughts at this time go out to Eric's wife Barbara, family and friends.

Posted by : Webmaster at 14:21:PM on Wednesday 2 November 2016
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Win for Miraflores

Our annual match against Miraflores Tennis Club, played on the Costa del Sol over the weekend of 1/2 Oct, proved to be a challenge against strong opposition. The tennis, as usual, was competitive but played in a fair and friendly atmosphere.

Thanks once again to Ashley and Jeremy for organising the weekend and also the Mirflores Club for hosting us.

Match report and individual results - CLICK HERE

Posted by : Webmaster at 10:33:AM on Friday 7 October 2016
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Condolences - Ivar McGrath Boden

The Seniors' Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain would like to acknowledge with great sadness the death of our Life Vice President Ivar Boden on the 8th August, aged 93 and a Club member since 1975. 

Ivar was a charming and approachable man. His rational thinking always influential at SLTC Committee meetings and specifically during his tenures as Chairman (1994 - 1995) and President (2005 - 2014). He became Life Vice President and Patron in 2014.

He will be lovingly remembered, sadly missed and our thoughts at this time are very much with his close family and many friends.

Mass in celebration of Ivar's life will be held in Dublin on a date to be announced.

Posted by : Webmaster at 14:27:PM on Wednesday 14 September 2016
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