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Latest news

  • WDC racket auction
  • Member Get Member wrap-up

Upcoming events

  • Cartledge Doubles
  • First Friday Drinks
  • Percy Finch & Aus Am Doubles
  • Ladies Champagne Doubles
  • Young Members Evening
  • Quentin McDougall Singles
  • HRTC v Sydney
  • First Friday Drinks & KOH
  • Handicap Club Championship
  • International events

Recent results

  • Australian Open
  • US Open
  • Boomerang Cup
  • Ladies Championship Final
  • Ladies Handicap Singles

Pennants

From the committee

Editor: Tom McAuley
Contributors: Brett McFarlane, Tim McAuley, Graham Flower

Latest news

Take home a piece (or two) of real tennis history

Two World Championship-winning rackets are up for auction to support our juniors getting to the World Junior Championships in the USA.


In January of 2019, Camden Riviere and Tim Chisholm generously donated two rackets that they used to win the 2019 World Doubles Championship to the club to help fund our juniors to travel to the World Junior Championships in Tuxedo Park, New York.

The proceeds of both auctions will go, in their entirety, to getting our qualified under-19 members to the event.

Find out more about the Junior World Championships.

A live auction will be run at the Cartledge Doubles dinner on Saturday 22 February at the club. If you won't be attending the dinner, you can bid via email directly to events@hobarttennis.com.au or by the button below or by phoning Tim McAuley (0403 653 101) on the evening of the auction. Each racket has a reserve of A$500. But, be warned, we've already received a couple of opening bids above the reserve.

The rackets will be on display in the club lobby until the auction and we encourage you to come in and take a look while you have the chance.
I'd like to make a bid

Member Get Member wrap-up

The Member Get Member campaign wrapped up in December and the winner of the $1500 Cruise Travel voucher was announced at the Annual Dinner: congratulations to Ange Green.

Thanks to Cruise Travel for their support, including more than 20 vouchers for members introducing new members and the new members themselves.  Keep the introductions coming; the club is all the better for our new members, and we’d love to see another 15 members joining in 2020. 

Upcoming events

Cartledge Doubles

22-23 Feb

Handicap doubles, open to all members including a tournament dinner on Saturday evening.
I'd like to play

First Friday Drinks

6 Mar

A BBQ, happy-hour tended bar and some amazing tennis to keep you entertained. What more could you want form a Friday evening? 

Percy Finch & Australian Amateur Doubles

6-9 Mar

The best that Australia and RMTC have to offer are in town for the long weekend to compete in the Percy Finch and Australian Amateur Doubles. Don't be a stranger; come in and have a look. There'll be great tennis all weekend.
Entries closed

Ladies Champagne Doubles

15 Mar

The club will run a series of champagne doubles for women throughout the year on selected Sunday afternoons from 3-5 pm. All women are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend and introduce them to the game and club. The afternoons will be made up of two hours of doubles with rotating pairs, drinks and a cheese platter to keep you all going.
I'd like to play

Young Members Evening

20 Mar

The club is putting on a social and tennis event from 6 to 8 pm for all members aged between 18 and 35. Invite your friends and family to join you for a free BBQ and a hit on court. This is a great opportunity for anyone who hasn’t played before to have a hit under Brett’s professional guidance. We’re planning a 30-minute exhibition match between a couple of our younger members at 6 pm followed by an informal hour or so of rolling doubles.
I'll be there

Quentin McDougall Singles

21-22 Mar

Handicap singles for members over 55 years of age.
I'd like to play

HRTC v Sydney

28-29 Mar

The annual Hobart-Sydney tournament is always a well-attended, spirited event. Represent your club in a fun weekend of handicap doubles and enjoy the tournament dinner on Saturday evening.
I'd like to play

First Friday Drinks & King of the Hill

3 Apr

Watch Jeremy Rackham attempt to hold onto his KOH crown at 6 pm then scoot upstairs for a BBQ. All while taking advantage of a happy-hour, tended bar of course.

Handicap Club Championship

10-13 Apr

It's back! A three-day, all-classes, handicap singles, elimination tournament to crown the Handicap Club Champion and get a new name on the board for the first time in years. The tournament is open to all members and all handicaps are encouraged to enter.

Let's kick off this revived major tournament with a bang, see you there.
I'd like to play

International events

Tournois des Trois Tripots

8-13 October, Bayonne, France.

The Tripots is back again for 2020 in sunny south-west France. Hobart and Melbourne both had strong contingents in France for the 2018 event, and we're expecting to see a similar turnout for 2020. If you want to find out more, have a chat with a member who's made the trip in the past. It's an amazing experience and definitely one for the bucket list.
Talk to the organisers

Recent results

Australian Open

RMTC

The dust has now settled after another amazing Australian Open, following on from Hobart’s Governors Cup. The club was well represented by our own Becca Lunnon and by Graham Hyland as well as a slew of interstate members. Well played to all that participated and congratulations to RMTC on another great Australian Open.

Open singles
Chris Chapman def Kieran Booth
6/0 6/2 5/6 6/2
Video link
Open doubles
Chris Chapman & Nick Howell def Kieran Booth & Bret Richardson
6/2 5/6 6/3 4/6 6/4
Video link
Women’s singles
Tara Lumley def Kate Leeming
6/0 6/1
Video part 1 Video part 2
Women’s doubles
Penny Lumley & Tara Lumley def Kate Leeming & Saskia Bollerman
6/3 6/0
Video link

US Open

Racquet Club of Chicago

The US Open has just wrapped up in Chicago. We hope you've had a chance to check out the stream but if not, the final results and stream replay links are below.

Singles
Riviere def Howell
6/1 6/1 6/1
Video link
Doubles
Riviere & Chisholm def Virgona & Taylor-Matthews
6/5 6/5 5/6 6/3
Video link

Boomerang Cup 2020

Thirty-three teams and 180 players from five countries contested the RMTC Boomerang Cup in January. After two intense weeks of handicap doubles, the Brigands Wood is Good team from the UK came out on top, beating the United States Secret Service in the final. It was the Brigands' seventh attempt at Boomerang glory, and they won convincingly throughout the round robin and finals series.

Hobart was well represented by the Fugitives, the reigning champions, and the Hobart Devils. The Fugitives made it to the quarter-finals, going down narrowly to Leamington's Pot and a Card by 2 games in four tight sets. And the Devils made it through to the round of 16, going down by just one game in four incredibly close sets. 

In the parallel handicap doubles event, Simon Westlake and his cousin Annie McAuley came ever so close, losing in the division 2 semi-finals, taking the ultimate tournament winners to 7-all advantage-all. Honourable mentions go to Tom McAuley and Justin Legg, who made it to the division 1 quarter-finals, and Paul Dunne and Bob Brewer and John and Michelle Moores, who made it to the division 2 round of 16.

A special mention goes to the players who generously pitched in over $4000 ($2000 of which was from the Manchester club) at the tournament dinner towards the Bushfire Appeal.

The scheming and planning for the 2022 Boomerang has already started. If you've never participated, you don't know what you are missing: it is the ultimate real tennis handicap event. There are many teams who return again and again, every two years in search of that elusive title. It's definitely one for the bucket list.

Ladies Championship Final

The much anticipated final of the 2019 Ladies Championship saw Becca Lunnon defend her title against challenger Kate Brown. Both players started a little tight but settled into their stride in the second set with some great rests and combative tennis. Becca eventually came out victorious, but Kate had her chances and was very competitive right to the end. 

Final
Becca Lunnon def Kate Brown
6/2 6/3

Ladies Handicap Singles

The Ladies Handicap Singles was played at the start of February. Christine Stirling came out victorious, undefeated in her group. The afternoon session saw another four ladies doing battle, with Charlotte Toates coming out on top and advancing to the final. Both finalists pulled out their A-game for the final but Charlotte emerged victorious.

Final
Charlotte Toates def Christine Stirling
8/4

Pennants

Class 1-2

Pending

Opens soon.

Class 3-4

Running

Pos Team Pts
1. Mark Bell & Stuart Mitchell 8
2. Nicholas Rooke & Nick Stenning 6
3. Justin Legg & Jesse Greenwood 5
4. Tom McAuley & Nicholas Youl 0
5. John McCormack & Sam Legg 0

Class 4-5

Starting

Pos Team Pts
1. Nicholas Youl & Philip Bowe 5
2. Alex Rackham & Xavier Herbert 2
3. Helen Rackham & Hans Drielsma 0
4. Stephen Pinkus & Andrew Brough 0
5. Rod Tabor & John Davis 0
6. David Gadsby & Robert Brewer 0

Social

Running

Pos Team Pts
1. Fishwick, Graddon, Graddon & Davis 25
2. Burnett, Hamilton & Ritchard 23
3. Crellin, Monckton, Boyles & Gadsby 15
4. Stirling, McLean, McLean & Wynhoven 15
5. Wigmore, Moores & Moores 10
6. Brewer, O'Toole & Westlake 8

From the committee

Welcome Becca Lunnon

The club is delighted to announce the hiring of a new part-time assistant, Becca Lunnon, to help the pros with the day-to-day running of the club. Her role is not an on-court one but she is looking forward to assisting with women's development at the club. Please make her feel welcome.

HRTC Committee

President: Andrew Brough
Vice-President: Tim McAuley
Secretary: Al Ramsay
Treasurer: Hans Drielsma
Julianne Drewitt, Graham Flower, Jeremy Rackham
Graham Hyland, Justin Legg, Elle Davis

Subcommittees & chairs
Finance & Risk: Hans Drielsma
Tennis: Jeremy Rackham
Building & Grounds: Justin Legg
Marketing & Membership: Graham Flower
Events & Hospitality: Julianne Drewitt
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