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The Martinborough Lawn Tennis Club is a well-established and much-loved hub for our local community and visitors.  

With six grass and two all-weather floodlit astroturf courts on the Oxford/Regent Street corner, the club offers many levels of organised tennis through the summer. There are two nights a week of business house, plus junior and senior interclub and midweek tennis, and Club Captain and coach Marco de Groot runs weekly active tennis and junior coaching sessions. 

Throughout the year, weather permitting, members make good use of the courts on Sunday afternoons (followed by a well-earned beer at the Brewery) and on the occasional Tuesday evening. 

The highly popular and hotly contested ‘Over the Hill’ tournament takes place annually and the 26th event is to be held on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January 2021. 

Making good use of the facilities, the Martinborough hockey and netball clubs train weekly on the astro courts, under the floodlights.  

The tennis club was well represented at Senior and Junior interclub level last season, with four senior teams playing in regional competitions. With a strong pool of 40 junior members, four junior interclub teams also played on Friday afternoons.

The club has been very well supported over the years by many willing hands and minds. We thank the many who have helped with working bees, run tournaments, catered, provided sponsorship and prizes, and cared for the grounds and garden areas. 

At the upcoming AGM on Wednesday 16 September, Life Memberships will be awarded to outstanding contributors.  More details in the October Star.   

Looking Forward 

Recently we held preliminary discussions to consider the possibility of moving the tennis club to the site of the Martinborough Golf Club. These initial exploratory discussions highlighted how passionately club members and locals felt about the current site.  Therefore, the focus for the future now rests on plans to upgrade and revamp the existing tennis clubhouse, so we can all continue to enjoy one of Martinborough’s best community assets.  For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact us on martinboroughtennis@gmail.com 

On behalf of the Martinborough Lawn Tennis Committee. Jane Cooke

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