Lockdown Message from St Ann’s Tennis

Well, things certainly are bleak at the moment and it’s really disappointing that tennis is now off the agenda for a while, especially when the courts are in tip top condition. When will we be back? Can we hope for Mid-February? Is that too optimistic?

Before Lockdown III, it was great to see the courts used from dawn to dusk even on these cold winter days. We’ve been especially pleased by the number of new players who are getting involved, including parents with children.

The online booking system seems to be working, so that courts are full but the benches are empty. Hopefully that saves you all a good deal of time – no more hanging around hoping for some tennis – guaranteeing the court time you need. Any problems or feedback, please get in touch.

We have been unfortunate that appalling weather has also scuppered so many of our plans for club activities. The Autumn half-term coaching programmes were unfortunately battered by rain – not helpful!! Members club sessions were also rained off. We were expecting to get competitive tennis up and running, and we have a whole raft of exciting coaching initiatives coming up.

You can support our coaching team by booking lessons just as soon as we get the green light.

For now, it is our sincerest wish that all of you – and everyone in our local community – gets through this pandemic safely.

We will be posting a quixotic collection of YouTube tennis highlights in the next few weeks, just to keep this great game in the forefront of your mind. (If you’ve got any favourite tennis videos of your own, get in touch.) We’re looking forward to a time when we can all get back on court at St Ann’s Well Gardens! In the meantime, take care, be safe.

  • St Ann’s Tennis

THE LOBSTER: Andy Murray’s top lobs from Wimbledon. Different class.

One minute and forty six seconds of absolute perfection, a serve described by John McEnroe as the Greatest Shot In Tennis. Look at how still her body position is through the toss – none of that bobbly, jerking around we see so much on court. Simple. Beautiful.

THAT SHOT BY DAN EVANS: What the actual…GB’s Dan Evans pulls off the rarely spotted 360 swing in qualifying match for Australian Open.

MAGICIAN: Hsieh Su-wei, from Taiwan (pronounced Shay-Sue-Way) has the best balls skills of just about anyone out there. Ranked World #1 in doubles, she has a very decent singles record that includes 3 titles and wins over Mugaruza, Konta, Halep, Wozniacki etc. If she’s playing live at Eastbourne 2021, beg a ticket.