Amongst the wide range of sports offered in Oundle, the Oundle Tennis Club has been a force in the community since the 1920s. With five floodlit, full size asphalt courts and two mini tennis court, it is well placed to offer both training and competitive opportunities for young and old, and experienced or novice players.
The club is affiliated to the Lawn Tennis Association and coaching is provided by James Muir Tennis Coaching for all abilities. Alongside the tennis courts is a clubhouse with changing rooms and facilities, a kitchen and a large meeting room.
“Tennis is a great sport – it is good exercise and events like the club tournament provide excellent opportunities for social and serious play,” said club chairman, Jason Atkinson.
In line with government guidance the club opened on 13 May with social distancing rules in force. Eager to find opportunities to exercise, fifty new players signed on as members following the announcement.
The new regulations allow singles tennis to be played against people who are not from the same household, while a doubles team must be from the same household.
Four courts are open and must be booked online. During this time, the clubhouse remains closed.
The head coach James Muir publishes a coaching schedule with opportunities for players of all ages and abilities to make improvements to their play. Currently, only 1:1 coaching is allowed. Those wanting coaching must be signed up as a coaching member. They can contact James directly to arrange sessions.
Junior players are normally in action throughout the summer and junior players of all ages take part in club competitions throughout the year.
The Oundle Tennis Club’s summer-long tournaments climax in a finals day and BBQ lunch at the end of August. Last year, a record 65 participants entered across five competitions, which were structured so that each player or pair could play in several matches.
The end of the summer also brings the club’s participation in the East Northamptonshire tennis leagues to a close. Oundle’s men’s, ladies’ and mixed teams perform well, usually ranking second or third in their division. This year the fixture season has been postponed and will be reviewed at the end of June.
In the autumn, there are plenty of chances to play tennis regularly. A men’s and ladies’ singles ladders, the weekly club nights and entry in a local winter league provide club play opportunities.