2020 has certainly been a year that we could never have envisaged. Even at our AGM and dinner on the 9th March (a successful event attended by 63 club members and their guests, with John Inverdale delivering an amusing after dinner speech) where we had a couple missing due to worries about coronavirus, I don’t think that anyone thought that the pandemic was about to take hold and plans for 2020 including tennis matches and the Wimbledon Championships amongst other things would be cancelled.
The SLTC match managers did a great job to support two matches being played in September; the popular mixed match vs the AELTC and a ladies match vs Hurlingham. A small bit of normality in what’s definitely not been a normal year.
One thing this year has highlighted is the important role tennis (and all sport) plays in our physical and mental health. Even when we haven’t been able to get out onto a tennis court, there have been many initiatives based from home, activities involving forms of online competition (quizzes, remember the toilet roll challenges?! cake baking with a tennis theme ....). The friendships and community spirit inspired by our sport has been a strength to many.
The Club is making plans for 2021 with a full fixture list. In addition to the many matches vs UK clubs, the schedule includes matches vs Norway, teams from the USA, Dublin and Holland. We will be closely monitoring the guidelines and will adjust the schedule accordingly, so please do keep checking the website. The match managers welcome expressions of interest if you would like to be considered for any particular matches.
As we come to the end of our 2nd 'lockdown' and move into tiered levels of restriction, the LTA has updated their advice - CLICK HERE for the latest guidance.
On behalf of the SLTC of GB I would like to wish you and your families a very peaceful, happy and safe Christmas as we look forward to a much busier (tennis-wise) 2021.