Ashbourne Tennis Club – Benenden Tennis Festival Summertime Slam

9 Jul 2017 10:00

Ashbourne Tennis ClubBenenden Tennis Festival Summertime Slam – Sunday, 9th July


For the attention of All Members of Ashbourne Tennis Club, including Parents of Juniors, and Coaches


Ashbourne Tennis Club has teamed up with British Tennis and Benenden Personal Healthcare to host a Tennis Festival Summertime Slam on Sunday 9th July


The Ashbourne event will include a junior fun tournament in the morning for those aged 12 and under from 10am. In the afternoon a men's and ladies team event will be organised for those aged 13 and over and for those U13's who have represented the club in the Derby Area League.


Junior Fun Event

The Junior event will be for ages U8 to U12 and is planned to start at 10am and finish around 1pm.


It will be a team format comprising all age groups, but competing at their respective mini tennis level (full yellow ball for U12s). Matches will be between players of the same age group and will be a mixture of singles and doubles if time permits. The exact match format will be decided when the number of entrants are known.


There will be a nominal entry fee of £3 to cover costs and prizes. Further details will be provided later, but please reply to Aiden Robson (, (07772 215832) or Frank (below) so that we can assess interest and numbers.



Men's and Ladies Team Competition

The Men's and Ladies Team Competition will commence at around 1.30pm and we shall aim to complete the event by 6pm depending on entry levels. It will be open to all members who are 13 years of age or over and for those U13's who have represented the club in the Derby Area League.

Each team will consist of a Top, Middle and Lower ranked player. Teams will be formatted by a seeding committee and each team member will partner each other against similar pairings in opposing teams. e.g. 1&2 v. 1&2, 1&3 v. 1&3 and 2&3 v. 2&3.

Captains of each team and court supervisors will be appointed to help the smooth running of the afternoon.


The Fast Four Format, which the club used successfully in previous years will be adopted. The significant differences to a normal tennis match are as follows:-


1. Lets are played. If the serve hits the tape and lands inside the box, it's a legitimate serve.

The non-receiver may return a legitimate net cord serve.

2. No advantage scores when deuce is reached. Instead, a 'PowerPoint' is played. The receiving doubles pair decides the service side for that point.

3. If the set reaches three games all, a tiebreaker game is played. First pairing to five points wins, with a 'PowerPoint' played at 4 points all.

4. First pairing to four games wins the set.


Teams will be split into groups of at least three teams thereby giving each competitor at least 4 sets of tennis. We shall attempt to have four matches running simultaneously.


As is normal for competitions of this type there will be a entry fee. On this occasion it will be £5.

Please let me have your entry as soon as possible but at the very latest by the evening of Thursday 23rd June - or by text to 07831518382


Entrants, their families and spectators are invited to bring their own picnics, mobile BBQ's, seating and of course Fizz.


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