Cottesloe Tennis Club: Jan 2021

Happy New Year - Here's to a 'Good' 2021!
I would like to wish all members a 'Happy New Year' and thank you for your support during 2020. Thanks especially to ALL the committee members, our administrator and Club Patron, Allan Wall, who help make my life as President a pleasure and the club the wonderful success it is. Their dedication and professionalism is second to none.

We are looking forward to 2021 and are hoping that we will indeed be able to welcome the National Junior Grass Court Championship players and their families back to Cottesloe in October.

Anne Williams
  • Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 January, 2.00pm - 5.30pm: Organised Social Tennis Recommences
  • Thursday 7 January, 6.00pm: 1st Thursday BYO Barbecue
  • Saturday 16 January, 6.00pm: 3rd Saturday BYO Barbecue 
  • Tuesday 26 January - Australia Day: Morning Social Tennis followed by Flag Raising Ceremony and Refreshments (specific details to be provided closer to the event) 

As per the WA Government COVID-19 contact tracing requirements, members and visitors to CTC who are using the clubhouse for any purpose other than briefly using the changerooms or toilets, must register on arrival. There are two options for registering:

Use the SafeWA App on your phone, scan the club's QR code on the posters at the club 
Register your contact details in the CTC manual register.

If members and visitors are only using the tennis courts, or only briefly using the changerooms or toilets, registration is encouraged but not mandatory. 

Thank you for your co-operation. 

Paul Oen, Secretary:

Our grass courts are perhaps our most precious asset. Our grass courts are living things, and each court needs care and attention, including periods of restoration. This means that in each season there are times that some grass courts are unavailable.

The following chart shows the expected grass court availability for the current season (mid-December to end of January). We hope that this will help you plan your playing schedule.

To view this schedule and all the grass court availability schedules for the year in summary and in detail, click on this link to the CTC Policies:


Katrina Chisholm - Mid-Week Pennant Co-ordinator:

Our pennant teams are enjoying a well-earned break in the WA Tennis League until the season resumes on 30 January 2021. With five rounds still to play before final positions are decided, nine of our 18 mid-week teams are holding onto a ‘top four’ ladder position in their respective competitions.  You can follow the progress of all Cottesloe teams through the following link:

There was a festive air for the last round of the year in the 'Tuesday Twilight Women’s' competition with two Cottesloe teams competing against each other. This is a new competition for our club and the format, with an early evening start time and the opportunity to play both singles and doubles, is proving popular. Team Knapp was victorious on court but Team Hannaford has set a new benchmark for hospitality and gastronomy in the Cottesloe clubrooms. Word filtered through that the spinach pie of John Zendler’s 'Wednesday Night Men’s Doubles' team and the ‘plateau de fromage à la Frederic’ from the 'Tuesday Night Mixed Doubles' team had both home and opposition teams salivating - nevertheless the ‘champers’, crackers AND candles really made a fitting finale for 2020.

'Tuesday Twilight Women's Division 1' teams celebrating their last match for 2020: 
Lt to Rt: Emma Hannaford, Delia Monti, Ariane Harold, Capucine Flipo & Wendy Yeo
(photographer - Katrina Chisholm)
Cottesloe Tennis Club is already seeing the benefits of a four year tennis scholarship to the United States granted to outstanding local talent and CTC member, Scott Jones, by the University of Tennessee.

Scott, who won back-to-back club singles championships as a teenager in 2015 and 2016, returned to WA from the US in May after graduating in Recreation and Sports Management, along with Business Administration. Whilst he has come back to WA well equipped for a career in sports management, it’s his maturity as a tennis player that has had an immediate impact on the State Grade pennant competition over recent weeks.

During his time in the States, Scott was put through an intense training program, including almost full time coaching, along with being a key player in the highly competitive varsity competition, representing his university in the US South East Conference.

Winning a sought-after US varsity scholarship came as a result of Scott’s successful junior career at national and international levels. This included winning the national U18 championship that made him eligible for qualifying events for the ‘Australian Open’. He won WA underage championships in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and represented Australia, alongside Alex de Minaur, at age 14.

Scott’s US experience has built on his early introduction to tennis, learning the fundamentals when hitting up with his parents. Since his return he has been coached by his former CTC teammate Andrew Roberts, also a past club champion.

A competition-hardened Scott has made a solid start to this season’s ‘State Grade’ competition with Cottesloe sitting in the middle of the field behind the powerful Peppermint Grove and Dalkeith teams, and looking capable of finishing the season strongly. His immediate goal is to be part of another Cottesloe ‘State Grade’ win by summer end - as a 17 year old he, along with Joel and Mitch Pleydell and Brett Patten, was part of the club’s 2015 championship winning team.

Scott has not given up on an international career and plans to play on the international ‘Challenger and Futures’ circuit in Australia, Asia and Europe. In the meantime Cottesloe club members will get to see plenty more of Scott representing the club over the coming summer months.

Time Out for Some of the Helpers

Another fantastic turnout at the club for the regular CTC busy bee, this one on Monday 14 December. All the usuals plus a few more, were working at what they do best to keep CTC looking amazing. This included scrubbing the kitchen floor, the men’s and ladies bathroom floors, general clean-up of the clubhouse, the Napier road entry path and garden, edging and whipper snipping, lawn mowing, top dressing, shifting sand and edging existing tree planters - plus plenty of leaf blowing, digging, cutting, mopping, cleaning, and general great stuff.  All of this was combined with magnificent house preparation for Tony Hope's wake later that day.
I cannot thank the crew enough. I know you are all seasoned for this event but for me it is a knockout to see the effort and enthusiasm. See you all again in February.
Regards – the House & Grounds Team - Chris, Pam (Morley) & Nancy (Harrison)

The Winter 2020 edition of the International Tennis Federation’s official magazine, ITFWorld, has been published and can be read here
The latest issue features, as its cover story, an exclusive interview with Iga Swiatek in which she talks about coping with fame following her life-changing Grand Slam triumph in October, being Rafael Nadal on her PlayStation and how she hopes to unite people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The online magazine includes a series of digital enhancements and a host of exclusive interviews including stand out stars of 2020, Hugo Gaston and US Open quad singles champion, Sam Schroder, reflecting on their careers so far.
ITFWorld also takes a look at the sport's emerging talent with a focus on the future of Swiss tennis as well as getting to know two players making their presence felt in junior tennis and beyond - Juan Bautista Torres and Priska Madelyn Nugroho.
Elsewhere in the 44-page magazine, ITF president David Haggerty uses his ITFWorld welcome address to review the last 12 months and look ahead to 2021. The magazine also revisits the historic rebranding which saw Fed Cup become Billie Jean King Cup, previews the launch of the ITF World Tennis Number and takes a look at tennis participation in the Pacific Oceania region. 
On behalf of the Hope Family and personally, I would like to thank everyone for helping to make Tony's 'Celebration of His Life' at the club on 14 December, such a successful day. I cannot tell you how much it was appreciated - all the things that were done to contribute. You know who you are - thank you so much, I could never have managed without your help. Jane
From Tennis Approach:
Junior Club: Our last junior club for 2020 was on 5 December with the kids enjoying a sausage sizzle and drink. Thanks to Alpa Myers, Georgia Culley, Karen Parfitt, Rick and Garry Bretnall for your ongoing support with Junior Club.

Junior Pennants: Junior pennants concluded on 6 December. Well done to all of our juniors who played hard and fair during their fixtures. Thanks also to all of our team managers for their help each week with their respective teams.

Holiday Clinics: Tennis Approach held three holiday clinics leading up to Christmas, culminating in our final clinic where the kids enjoyed a visit from Santa.
Holiday Clinics recommence on 11 January through to February.

Tournament: Tennis Approach held a tournament on 13 December. It was a great success with over 50 of our juniors participating.
We hope all juniors had a great Christmas and we wish you all the best for 2021!
Callum Ross and David Culley
...and what a night it was for 120 club partygoers at the club's fantastic Christmas party. From yummy nibbles, fire eaters and acrobats, to a scrumptious dinner and great music by the "'Inflicters", we loved it. Thanks Judi Coffey for all your creativity and organisation, and support from your band of helpers.

If you have a story to tell, or an interesting photo, for possible inclusion in Top Spin, please send these to Judy, the Editor at 

Top Spin is distributed on the 1st of each month - items for inclusion need to be received by the 27th of each month.
  • COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Members and visitors to CTC who are using the clubhouse for any purpose other than briefly using the changerooms or toilets, must register on arrival, either using the SafeWA app. OR manually. If only using the tennis courts, or the changerooms briefly, registration is encouraged but not mandatory. 
  • Use of Courts 6 & 7: Courts 6 & 7 are not to be used unless the nets are fully up. If the nets are not fully up, these courts are only to be used if there are no other courts available. 
  • Bookings for CTC Hard Courts, Day or Night: These have to be made via the on-line system of 'Book a Court' for both members and non-members. A log-in is required. For assistance:  
  • Court Hire Payment for Guests: All guests must pay their proportion of court hire.
  • Club Membership Shoe Tags: Tags must be worn at all times when playing tennis at CTC.  


Thank you for all your support. We look forward to working with you in 2021 for our mutual benefit.