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Latest news

  • First Friday BBQ and drinks
  • Club championships
  • 2019 events calendar

Upcoming events

  • Class 7 Doubles
  • Australian Amateur Doubles
  • Percy Finch Trophy
  • HRTC vs SRTC
  • Junior Handicap Singles
  • Interclub and international events

Recent results

  • 2019 World Doubles Championship
  • WDC Handicap Doubles
  • WDC Pro-am
  • WDC Night Pennant
  • 2019 Australian Open
  • 2019 Women's World Championships
  • Pennant ladders

Latest news

Don't miss out on all the fun

The next First Friday event is Friday 1 March. These hugely popular events are a great way to catch up with friends, watch some great tennis, enjoy a BBQ and get the cheapest drinks you'll find anywhere in Hobart on a Friday night. There's an exhibition match from 6 to 7 pm, and the Happy Hour bar opens at 6 pm until late. To help with catering, please use the link below to let us know if you'll be attending. The BBQ costs just $10 a head. Guests are very welcome.


2019 club championships are underway

The 2019 singles club championships started last weekend. Seven grades of singles events will be run throughout the course of the year, culminating on Saturday 23 November. All matches will be arranged around member availability. All members are automatically entered in their respective class unless notified otherwise. Please contact the club or use the link below to abstain from these events. Cost of entry is $20 plus court fees per match. Members should make themselves aware of club championship rules prior to their first match. 

2019 events calendar

The 2019 events calendar is now available on the website. Make sure you put the 2019 HRTC Annual Dinner on Saturday 30 November in your diary now. Details of the venue and tickets will be announced later in the year.
2019 events calendar

Upcoming events

Class 7 Doubles Championship

Saturday 23 February

Open to members with handicaps of 70 and above.

I'd like to play

Australian Amateur Doubles

9-11 March

Open to all amateur players. Contact Brett for further information.

Percy Finch Trophy

9-11 March

Annual A-grade and B-grade interclub event. Contact Brett or Jeremy Rackham for further information.


2-3 March

Click the link below if you are interested in joining the Hobart team. Members of all ages and abilities are welcome.

I'd like to join the team

Junior Handicap Singles

17 March

Open to members aged 26 or younger at 1 February 2019.

I'd like to play

Interclub and international events

Event Date Location
Cherry Blossom 4–7 April 2019 Washington
World Amateur Masters 14–19 May 2019 New York, Newport, Tuxedo

Recent results

World Doubles Championship

The 2019 World Doubles Championships held in January provided some of the most spectacular doubles play from the best players in the world in front of near sell-out crowds. Nearly 50 players played in the accompanying handicap doubles tournament on top of a successful pro-am event and short-run night pennant season.
The American team and reigning champions, Camden Riviere and Tim Chisholm, took out the 2019 title, but not before the conclusion of some epic battles.

Chris Chapman/Steve Virgona def Pete Boyles/Al Ramsay 6/2 6/1 6/1
Ben Taylor-Matthews/Matthieu Sarlangue def Tony Blom/Graham Hyland 6/4 1/6 6/3 6/3
Camden Riviere/Tim Chisholm def Andrew Fowler/Darren Long 6/2 6/1 6/0
Rob Fahey/Nick Howell def Brett McFarlane/Frank Filippelli 6/0 6/2 6/4
Rob Fahey/Nick Howell def Chris Chapman/Steve Virgona 6/5 4/6 6/0 0/6 6/5
Camden Riviere/Tim Chisholm def Ben Taylor-Matthews/Matthieu Sarlangue 6/0 3/6 6/2 6/2
Riviere/Tim Chisholm def Rob Fahey/Nick Howell 6/4 6/5 6/5 6/1 4/6 6/1

WDC Handicap Doubles

With six separate round robin groups and nearly 50 players, the accompanying WDC handicap event proved loads of fun for those around during the week. At the end of the round robin matches the six top pairs vied for top spot in a finals play-off.


Group A: Justin Legg/Tom McAuley
Group B: John Moores/Michelle Moores
Group C: Nick Rooke/John McCormack
Group D: Johnson Koay/Tony Barrett
Group E: Christine Stirling/Michael Walker
Group F: Daf Camp/David Hook

It was a vigorous finals series, with Justin Legg and Tom McAuley being crowned our WDC Handicap Doubles Champions. Congratulations boys!

WDC Pro-Am 

With ten pairs and two round robin groups, WDC Pro-Am event provided our members with a once in a lifetime opportunity to mix it with the world’s best and get some great doubles advice along the way!


Graham Hyland/Nick Stenning def Andrew Fowler/John Herbert 9/8

WDC Night Pennant

After a month of World Doubles night pennant matches and some terrific tennis along the way, two teams battled it out in our first WDC night pennant final. The evening went down to the final match, but it was Bob Brewer and Esther Wynhoven who would come out on top by the narrowest of margins defeating David Gadsby and Matthew Gadsby two matches to one. Enjoy the spoils of your victory Bob and Esther.

2019 Australian Open

By Greg Cornish

The Club was delighted to host the Australian Open and Australian Ladies Open and we were treated to a week of superb singles and doubles tennis by the world’s elite players, played before large and very appreciative audiences of members, friends and players. Also, a feature of the week was the fine sporting conduct shown by players at all times.

Australian Open Championships

The 2019 Australian Open singles champion is Camden Riviere, who defeated Nick Howell 6/2 6/0 6/1. The 2019 doubles champions are Camden Riviere and Tim Chisholm, who defeated Chris Chapman and Steve Virgona 6/2 6/2 2/6 6/2.

As you might expect from such a talented field, there were many brilliant passages of play with some outstanding matches enjoyed by the large galleries.

Camden Riviere, who was playing his first tournament back after time off for Lyme disease, looked in top form. Camden was clearly relaxed and happy to be back on court after a tough year.

Nick Howell had a fine tournament beating Chris Chapman and Rob Fahey to reach his first major singles final.

All were impressed with the perseverance and match play shown by our young professional John Woods-Casey in making it through the qualifiers and then beating Andrew Fowler.

The doubles final provided an exhibition of explosive tennis, partnered with remarkable shot play over the four sets. It was highly entertaining and a treat for the large number of spectators.

Australian Ladies Open Championships

The 2019 Australian Ladies Open singles champion is Claire Fahey, who defeated Tara Lumley 6/1 6/2. The 2019 doubles champions are Claire Fahey and Tara Lumley, who defeated Penny Lumley and Kate Leeming 6/0 6/0.

Claire showed the class and shot making talent that has made her the most outstanding woman real tennis player in the world, as she defended her singles and doubles titles, partnering with Tara Lumley in the doubles.

It was great to see the improvement of Tara Lumley and Isabel Candy, who had spent some months in Australia at RMTC and HRTC.

Perhaps the tightest match was the doubles semi final involving Penny Lumley and our own professional Kate Leeming against Isabel Candy and Jess Garside. This match was enjoyed by a strong spectator group.

It was great to see Kate back competing, and to welcome Sian Medlow (UK) and Edwina Happell (Aus) for their first Australian Open appearances.

Despite full pre-testing, there was a technical fault with the streaming system which took time to be rectified and meant we could not live stream some matches.

Our thanks and appreciation to Vince Scopelliti and the organising team, to Helen Pritchard in accounts services, and the fine RMTC Pro team for their planning, hard work and contributions to the success of the 2019 Australian Open. The RMTC looks forward to welcoming back the world’s best real tennis players in early January 2020 for the 2020 Australian Open.

2019 Women's World Championships

A special mention goes to club members Becca Lunnon and Kate Brown and our adopted intern Isabel Candy for their great performances in the recent Ladies World Championships held in Ballarat.

Becca had her best win to date, overcoming RMTC Ladies club champion Jo See Tan, winning the right to play World number one, Claire Fahey in the semi-final.

Kate Brown partnered Isabel Candy through to the doubles semi finals where they were narrowly defeated in three sets by Penny Lumley, a former World Champion and her partner Kate Leeming, a full time professional at RMTC.

Isabel Candy also had her best win to date, defeating world number two, Tara Lumley, in straight sets in the singles semi-final, reaching her first major singles final. Well done ladies, you did us proud.


LWC 2019 Singles: Claire Fahey def. Isabel Candy 6/0 6/0
LWC 2019 Doubles: Claire Fahey/Tara Lumley def. Kate Leeming/Penny Lumley 6/0 6/2
LWC 2019 Handicap Doubles: Jo See Tan/Jo Edwards def. Penny Lumley/Tara Lumley 6/3 2/6 6/2
LWC 2019 Plate Singles: Jo See Tan def. Cath Faull 6/2 6/2
LWC 2019 Plate Doubles: Jo See Tan/Izzy Hunt def. Jo Edwards/Cath Faull  6/1 6/3

Pennant ladders

A-Grade Doubles Pennant

Pos. Players Pts
1. Al Ramsay & Alex Fahey 11
2. Tony Blom & Justin Legg 9
3. Graham Hyland & Greg Kerin 3
4. Pete Boyles & Jonathan Isles 2
5. Brett McFarlane & Jeremy Rackham 1

B-Grade Team Pennant

Pos Team Pts
1. Will Priestly & Jesse Greenwood 8
2. Graham Flower & Mark Bell 8
3. John McCormack & David Gadsby 5
4. Justin Legg & Sam Legg 4
5. Alex Fahey & Helen Rackham 4
6. Becca Lunnon & Alex Rackham 3
7. Tom McAuley & Tim McAuley 1

Junior Pennant

Pos. Team Pts
1. Xavier Herbert & Tom Roberts 9
2. Alex Rackham & Darcy Webster-Jones 6
3. Nick Stenning & Ben McTaggart 4
4. Sam Legg & Colin Smith 4
5. Oliver Pridmore & Ronan Pritchard 4

Night Pennant

Pos. Team Pts
1. Bob Brewer, Phil Bowes & Chris Middleton 13
2. Tony Barrett, Peter Burnett & Jo Graddon 10
3. Hans Drielsma, Lee McLean & Esther Wynhoven 8
4. John Davis, Ellen Davis & Zac Davis 8
5. David Gadsby, Alex Crellin & Matthew Gadsby 7
6. Andrew Brough, Dan O'Toole & Darren Poon 5
7. Rod Tabor, Duncan Hamilton & Ian Ritchard 3
8. Paul Dunne, John Moores & Michelle Moores 3

HRTC Committee

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

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