Members' doubles at St Ann's Tennis

St Ann’s Tennis is delighted to introduce weekly club sessions starting starting soon at St Ann’s Well Gardens. The sessions will take place every Sunday, 2pm-5pm, on courts 1, 2, 3 & 4. Club sessions are open to all St Ann’s Tennis members.

Please follow LTA Covid-19 hygiene regulations:
Maintain social distancing
Use hand sanitiser frequently

Do not come to the courts if you feel unwell
Do not gather in groups on or off court.

Club sessions are fun, social tennis gatherings, an opportunity to enjoy tennis doubles competition with fellow St Ann’s Tennis members. Here are some frequently asked questions about club sessions.

Who can attend St Ann’s club sessions?
Club sessions are for registered St Ann’s Tennis club members only – so full adult, or student or junior members. If you’re a Club member and interested in joining in, please let us know in advance by emailing admin@stannstennis.co.uk and we’ll add you to the list. If you are interested in joining St Ann’s Tennis Club, please click here. Annual membership at St Ann’s Tennis offers unbeatable value enabling you to play on all eight courts free of charge, with seven-day priority booking for Courts 1-4 and four-day booking on Courts 5-8. If you play tennis once a month or more, joining the Club is a no-brainer!

What do we play?
Club sessions are all about doubles, with semi-random pairings chosen according to availability and standard. Just show up and you’ll be paired with someone. There will usually be someone on court to “supervise” – matching up players so everyone gets to play and each doubles ‘team’ is as balanced as possible.

How does it work?
Each doubles ‘set’ is seven games in total, regardless of the score. So it could be 0-7, 1-6, 2-5, 3-4 etc. We start with a brief warm up, and a spin to determine which side serves. Pairs switch ends after 4 games (after each player has served once). Whatever happens, the set is only over after seven full games. As a general rule, you will only play one set with a particular partner so that you get a chance to play with and meet other members. You can play as many sets as you like. Remember – it’s just for fun!

Is there coaching?
No. It’s just about taking part. But you’ll probably learn a lot about doubles play the more you play. Please see our Coaching page for information about lessons.

What if I am not very good?
The basic level at Club sessions is “improvers”, so not beginners but intermediate and advanced players who enjoy half decent doubles competition. Remember that pairings will be made (informally) to ensure that – where possible – not-so-good players are paired with stronger players so that each pairing is as even as possible. And if you lose 0-7, who cares? If you’re not sure what standard you are, don’t be shy – come along and give it a try!

What about tennis balls?
St Ann’s Tennis will provide tennis balls. Just bring yourself and a racquet.

Are Club sessions like team sessions?
St Ann’s Tennis is planning to enter a team in Division 4 of the 2021 Brighton & Hove Parks League. We’re actively seeking interested players to take part: four men and four women for each team. Anyone hoping to take part will be encouraged to attend club sessions. The Parks League, first established in 1930, is a fantastic local community tennis competition. Find out more here.