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Latest news

  • Summer of Tennis sponsorship
  • January billeting

Upcoming events

  • Summer of Tennis
  • Boomerang Trophy
  • Tournoi des Trois Tripots

Recent results

  • Class 1 Doubles
  • Presidents Cup
  • Finals Weekend
  • HRTC vs Jesters
  • Handicap Mixed Doubles
  • Toates Class Doubles


From the committee

  • Bar chit reminder
Editor: Tom McAuley
Contributors: Brett McFarlane, Esther Wynhoven, Tim McAuley

Latest news

Let us spoil you royally at Hobart’s premier event of the summer

SOT sponsorship packages available

Join Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania and other VIP guests at Hobart Real Tennis Club’s Summer of Tennis 3-5 January 2020. The world’s best real tennis players are descending on Hobart to do battle for the prestigious HRTC Governor’s Cup. 

Picture yourself with a party of your most valued clients or staff: after enjoying a gourmet lunch in the historic Trophy Room, you are seated in front row seats of the dedans, sipping French champagne, entertained by some of the best tennis you’ll ever see. The field includes four of the top-10 players in the world, including Camden Riviere, the no.1 ranked player in the world, and Melbourne’s Chris Chapman, the no.3 ranked player in the world.

In addition to some cracking tennis, you and your partner get to attend the players’ reception by Her Excellency at Government House and the tournament dinner at the Athenaeum Club. Corporate sponsors will also get great exposure to the highly influential international real tennis community. 

But you’ll need to be quick because seats are strictly limited. There are three sponsorship packages to choose from, starting at $300. 

To find out more, contact Tim McAuley at
Download the prospectus

Can you help with billeting this January?

We have amateurs and professionals from across the globe coming to Hobart for the first week of January. One of the great traditions of the international real tennis community is the hospitality extended to visiting players. If you are able to help, we'd love to hear from you.
I can help

Upcoming Events

Celebrate the New Year at your club

We’ve got a busy program of tennis and social events organised for you in the first week of January, starting with the New Year’s Eve bash on Tuesday night and culminating with the Summer of Tennis finals on Sunday. Members are encouraged to pop in at any time during the week to watch the tennis, grab lunch and enjoy a drink. It’s also a great time to bring along friends, work colleagues and introduce potential new members to the club.

Play starts at 9 am each day, except New Year’s Day, which kicks off at noon (a small mercy for NYE revellers). Dedans seating is reserved during the Governor’s Cup, but the galleries and standing area behind the dedans are free. This is a rare opportunity to see some of the world’s best real tennis players in action and enjoy the hospitality of your club with your fellow members and friends.

Tuesday 31 December
  • New Year’s Eve at HRTC (dress casual), buffet meal (roast chicken, pulled pork sliders, salads, dessert, cheese) served from 6 pm, come early or late, stay as long or as short as you want, eat or just drink, it’s all up to you — open to all members and their guests. $25 per person (only if you are eating).
Wednesday & Thursday 1–2 January
  • Summer Cup qualifying round runs over two days with the top four teams going through to semi-finals and the remaining four teams to the Plate.
  • Lunches available every day, Happy Hour bar open 5–7 pm both days.
Friday 3 January
  • Governor’s Cup quarter-finals from 9 am.
  • Reserved seats available in dedans just $20 all day, standing room and galleries free
  • Lunches available
  • Reception by Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania at Government House 6–7 pm (lounge suit) — restricted to players, sponsors, officials and their partners
Saturday 4 January
  • Summer Cup finals from 9 am
  • Governor’s Cup semi-finals from 1 pm
  • Reserved seats available in dedans just $20 (1–5 pm Governor’s Cup only), standing room and galleries free
  • Lunches available
  • Tournament Dinner at the Athenaeum Club from 7 pm (lounge suit) — open to players, sponsors and their guests (one ticket is included in the player registration)
Sunday 5 January
  • Finals day, open to all members, sponsors and their guests.
  • Summer Cup finals from 10 am
  • Buffet lunch in trophy room served with complimentary French champagne $50 per person
  • Governor’s Cup final at 2 pm
  • Seating in dedans is reserved for Her Excellency and party, officials, and sponsors
  • Presentation of the Governor’s Cup by Her Excellency (around 4 pm)
  • Summer Cup grand finals follow presentation (around 5 pm)
  • Summer Cup presentations follow the finals (10 pm estimated finishing time)
For bookings and all enquiries, contact

Boomerang Trophy

11-25 January 2020

Signups have now closed. Good luck to the two teams from Hobart representing us this January: the Fugitives and the Devils. Let's see if we can take the trophy for Hobart two years running!

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 1 Doubles

The Class 1 Doubles final is always an incredible spectacle and this year’s event was no exception. The match was played out over four tight sets, but it was Al Ramsay and Will Priestley that came out victorious.

Al Ramsay/Will Priestley def. Tony Blom/Jeremy Rackham
3/6 6/1 6/5 6/2

Presidents Cup

The annual HRTC vs RMTC match, the Presidents Cup was played on November 16/17 between the two President's teams. It was a great weekend of friendly rivalry with our Hobart team doing us proud and retaking the Cup that RMTC held in 2018.

The Events & Hospitality subcommittee put on a fabulous spit-roast dinner on the Saturday night to give the opponents a chance to lick their wounds before play commenced the following day.

Thank you to RMTC for joining us for the weekend and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

HRTC defeated RMTC 12/3
The 2019 Club Champions wrapped up in late November on Finals Weekend with an amazing weekend of tennis. Thank you to all that participated over 2019 and congratulations to the finalists and champions.

Finals Weekend

Class 6
Alex Crellin def. Colin Houston – 5/6 6/5 6/5
Class 7
Matthew Gadsby def. Esther Wynhoven – 6/2 4/6 6/4
Class 4
Sam Legg def. Alex Rackham – 6/4 6/5
Class 3
Oliver Pridmore def. Becca Lunnon – 6/2 6/2    
Class 1
Al Ramsay def. Tony Blom – 5/6 6/3 6/1 6/2
Class 5 Club Championship    
Tim McAuley def. David Gadsby – 6/3 5/6 6/3

HRTC vs Jesters

The annual HRTC vs Jesters match was played just before our Annual Dinner this year and went right down to the final match of the day. The Jesters sent down a strong team of enthusiastic players, providing for a great day of tennis. After the dust had settled, it was the Jesters that came out victorious by the smallest of margins.

Well played Jesters and see you next year.

Handicap Mixed Doubles

The Handicap Mixed Doubles was played on December 8 with eight pairs taking to the court over two round robin groups. It was a great day of competitive, closely matched doubles. The Sunday morning session was won by Peter Burnett and Martine Heilman.

The afternoon session was hotly contested, with plenty of close matches but it was the mother and son duo, Helen Rackham and Alex Rackham that took the spot in the final with a 7-all adv-all win over Tom McAuley and Becca Lunnon.

The final was hotly contested, going game for game until the Rackham’s finally drew ahead and won 8/6.

Thank you to all that came out to play and congratulations to Alex and Helen Rackham.

Toates Classic Doubles

2019 finished with a bang with the Toates Classic Doubles. It was a great weekend of handicap doubles with three groups battling it out over the weekend. Jo Graddon/Dave Graddon, Charlotte Toates/Beth Schiwy and Peter Burnett/Dan O’Toole who had all won their groups progressed to the final showdown on Sunday.

Congratulations to the 2019 Toates Classic champions, Charlotte Toates and Beth Schiwy.


Class 1-2


Signups will open shortly.

Class 3-4


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

Class 4-5




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

Bar chit reminder

We still have a small number of members filing incomplete or illegible bar chits. The club pays our bookkeeper by the hour and any additional time spent investigating chits adds expense, which in the end is paid for by you, the members.

Please ensure your chits are clearly filled with:

  • Your first and last name
  • The date
  • All purchased items
PS The bookkeeper does not know your nickname.

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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