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Latest news

  • Summer of Tennis wrap-up

Upcoming events

  • Womens Handicap Singles
  • A-grade squad training
  • Ladies Champagne Doubles
  • Widmer Bradfield
  • Cartledge Doubles
  • Tournoi des Trois Tripots

Recent results

  • Class 2 singles final


From the committee

  • Complaint-handling policy
Editor: Tom McAuley
Contributors: Brett McFarlane, Esther Wynhoven, Tim McAuley

Latest news

Summer of Tennis wrap-up

Summer Cup

By all reports from the players, Hobart's inaugural Summer Cup was a huge success. Eight teams comprising 32 players, including a Melbourne and a Dutch team, competed over five days in a handicap team doubles tournament. Individual handicaps ranged from 26 to 77, ensuring a highly competitive and entertaining event.

At the end of the round robin, By Hook or by Crook (G Flower, N Rooke, D Hook, S Legg) and Court Rules (H Drielsma, R Brown, R Brewer) came out top of group A and Kildare (A Brough, N Stenning, M Bell, S Mitchell) and the Moore Faheymous Longshots (C Stirling, L Kent-Fahey, M Moores, J Oxley) topped group B. The top four teams then played off for the cup, and the other four teams, Dutch Courtiers, Wendy and the Rawketts, The Fugitives, and Home Devils, played off for the plate.

In the plate semi-finals, The Fugitives defeated the Home Devils 2 sets to 1, and the Dutch Courtiers defeated Wendy and the Rawketts 3 sets to nil. The Fugitives went on to defeat the Dutch 3-0 in the plate final.

In the cup semi-finals, the Moore Faheymous Longshots defeated By Hook or by Crook 2 sets to 1 and Kildare defeated Court Rules 2 sets to 1, setting up an exciting final between the Longshots and Kildare. In the first set, Mark Bell & Stuart Mitchell defeated Christine Stirling & Lindsay Kent-Fahey 8/6 in an impressive display of controlled tennis from a handicap of owe 40 rec 30. Michelle Moores & Jonty Oxley squared the final, taking the second set 8/3 from Andrew Brough & Stuart Mitchell. The Longshots clinched the final, with Lindsay & Jonty defeating Andrew Brough & Nick Stenning in a closely fought 8/5 decider.

Well done Moore Faheymous Longshots on their popular and well-deserved win!

Governor's Cup

Hobart had the privilege of hosting some of the best real tennis players in the world during the Summer of Tennis. Five professionals and three amateurs competed in the prestigious Governor's Cup over three days in a five-set elimination singles tournament. Summer Cup players and Hobart members were treated to some truly spectacular and keenly contested tennis matches.

In the first match on day 1, world no. 6 John Lumley from The Racquet Club of Philadelphia defeated Ballarat's Andrew Fowler 6/0 6/1 6/1. Local amateurs Kieran Booth and Michael Williams then played out a closely fought match, with Tassie boy and no.1 world-ranked amateur, Kieran Booth, prevailed 6/5 6/5 6/0 after nearly two hours of exciting tennis. In the third match of the day, the number three seed and world no.10 Darren Long from Manchester Tennis and Racquet Club defeated Melbourne's John Woods-Casey 6/2 6/3 6/3. And in the last match, top seed and world no. 3 Chris Chapman from the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club defeated valiant Hobart amateur Al Ramsay 6/1 6/1 6/1.

On the second day, John Lumley was pushed hard Kieran Booth in a feisty four-setter, winning 6/4 2/6 6/0 6/3. Chris Chapman then turned on a masterful display, defeating Darren Long in three sets, 6/4 6/3 6/3. The final between Chicago's John Lumley and Melbourne's Chris Chapman, watched by Her Excellency Prof. Kate Warner and Mr Richard Warner and a packed gallery of 80 spectators, was a five-set thriller. The final see-sawed, with Chris taking the first set, John the second, Chris fought back in the third, and then John levelled in the fourth and clinched the final set and the Cup 2/6 6/3 5/6 6/3 6/4.

Congratulations John Lumley on a tremendous tournament!

Her Excellency and attending members were treated to a fabulous display of first-class tennis, played in the best of spirit by both finalists. In fact, all players deserve congratulations for their good-natured attitude and sportsmanship displayed throughout the event.

Hobart looks forward to welcoming the world's best players back to the next running of the Governor's Cup in 2022.

Upcoming Events

Womens handicap singles

1-2 Feb

This event is open to all female members 
I want to play

A-grade squad sessions

The club will be running a series of A-gade squad training sessions to develop elite tennis in Hobart.
  • Tue 4 February
  • Tue 25 February
  • Tue 10 March
  • Tue 24 March

Champagne doubles

Selected Sundays, 3 to 5 pm

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.
  • Sun 16 February
  • Sun 15 March
  • Sun 19 April
  • Sun 17 May
  • Sun 14 June
  • Sun 26 July
  • Sun 27 September
  • Sun 1 November
  • Sun 6 December


15-16 Feb, Ballarat

This event is open to all members 
I want to Play

Cartledge doubles

22-23 Feb

This event is open to all members 
I want to Play

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

Class 2 singles final

The Class 2 Singles Club Championship final was played recently between Graeme Bradfield and Jeremy Rackham. It was a great match, going the full three sets with Graeme coming through victorious by the barest of margins.

Graeme Bradfield def Jeremy Rackham 2/6 6/5 6/5


Class 1-2


Opens soon.

Class 3-4


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

Class 4-5


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



Pos Team Pts
1. Alex Crellin / David Monckton / Miriam Boyles / Matthew Gadsby 0
2. Simon Fishwick / Dave Graddon / Jo Graddon / Zac Davis 0
3. Christine Stirling / Stuart & Lee McLean / Esther Wynhoven 0
4. Peter Burnett / Duncan Hamilton / Ian Ritchard 0
5. Robert Brewer / Dan O'Toole / Simon Westlake 0
6. Tim Wigmore / John Moores / Michelle Moores 0

From the committee

Complaint-handling policy

The Hobart Real Tennis Club has a great reputation around the world as a friendly and inclusive club. The Committee is eager to ensure that we stay that way. With that in mind, the Committee has established a Complaint-handling Policy, which provides a straightforward mechanism for fairly dealing with complaints about the behaviour of members, both on and off court.

Please note that complaints concerning employees of the club or the decisions or actions of the Committee and its various subcommittees should, as before, be directed to the main Committee using the button at the bottom of each newsletter.

Under this new policy, a two-person Complaints Panel, appointed by the Committee, will deal with all breaches of club rules, from minor infringements to more serious matters, as and when they arise. The Committee emphasises that this policy is a preventative measure, designed to ensure that all members are provided with an equal opportunity to participate in club activities regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, or seniority in the club.

If you wish to make a complaint about the on- or off-court behaviour of another member, please email your complaint to or write a letter to the President c/o HRTC. All complaints are confidential: your name will not be disclosed without your permission to anyone other than the Complaints Panel. The complaint should contain:
  • Your name (anonymous complaints will be rejected)
  • The name of the member the complaint concerns
  • A description of the alleged breach of the Rules or incident
  • The date and time of the incident
  • If available, the names of any witnesses e.g. pennant team members or dedans spectators.
There are no time limits on when a complaint can be lodged, but because any assessment necessarily relies on the memories of others, the sooner you make the complaint, the better.

The complaint-handling policy can be viewed at:

If you have any queries, please direct them to the complaints email above. All enquiries will be handled with the strictest confidence.


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
Suggestions & feedback
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