Cottesloe Tennis Club: Nov 2020

  • Weekend Tennis: Start - 2.00pm / Afternoon tea – 3.30pm / Finish 5.30pm 
  • Mid-Week Tennis: Start - 9.00am / Morning tea & Finish – 11.00am
  • Thursday Afternoon Self-Organised Tennis: Courts open at 3.30pm
  • Mondays, 6.30pm - 8.30pm: Evening Social Tennis 
  • Tuesday 3 November, 11.30am: CTC Melbourne Cup Gathering 
  • Thursday 5 November, 6.00pm: 1st Thursday BYO Barbecue 
  • Saturday 7 November: Club Championships - Men's Division 2 - Finals
  • Sunday 8 November, 2.00pm: '3 Grassycourts Tournament' hosted by CTC against Peppermint Grove & Dalkeith Tennis Clubs
  • Saturday 21 November, 6.00pm: 3rd Saturday BYO Barbecue 
  • Saturday 12 December: CTC 'Knees Up' Christmas Party  


In CTC's usual fashion, we turned on the sunshine, great tennis - about 100 playing on both grass and hard courts - plus watching the Division 1 finals of the club championships, an afternoon tea worthy of top caterers but contributed by members, and plenty of comradery. 

Patron, Cottesloe Mayor Phil Angers, officially opened the tennis season, acknowledging CTC sponsors who provide key support to the club, and emphasising the value of our club as a community asset - one area being the number of non-members who are registered with 'Book a Court' to use our hard courts. 

President Anne Williams also welcomed Celia Hammond MP, Member for Curtin, and Dr David Honey MLA, Member for Cottesloe. Anne noted that though the past 12 months provided many unforeseen challenges, club tennis is actually thriving, and a plus is that CTC will host the 2021 National Junior Grass Court Championships for the second time. 
Jane Ward - Club Captain:

Thank you, Liz Peterson, for your superb organisation of about 70 entrants in Cottesloe’s Club Championships in Divisions 2 & 3. Most of the semi-finals and finals are being played this weekend - good luck to all players, but with so many entries in the Men's Division 2 events, their finals will be played on Saturday 7 November.

Check results, and schedules in case they change, via this link: 
Cottesloe Tennis Club - Club Championships 2020

Georgia and David Culley organised the Division 1 Championships on Opening Day - thanks for doing this. Congratulations to the winners, Luka Brown and Jessie Culley. Their matches offered spectacular play for our spectators.


President Anne Williams with Jessie Culley

Mother (Jo Keaney) & Son (Luka Brown)
It was great to see the courts full for the championships, and more to come - thanks to everyone for participating.

Ken Everett - Vice President:
With the summer pennant season now underway, our ‘show’ courts 6 & 7 get a lot of wear and tear. In order to allow them to recover during the week we ask that during the week players do not use courts 6 & 7 if the nets are not fully up. If the nets are up, only use these courts as a last resort if there are no other grass courts available. If in doubt speak to POD. Thanks.
'Book a Court' is the online court booking system that we use to book our hard courts. If you plan to use our hard courts during the day or night, you will need to use ‘Book a Court’.  As a member you will not be charged for the courts or the lights at night, but you need a 'Book a Court' login that recognises that you are a member of Cottesloe. If you don’t have your login, or need help creating one, please contact Paul at  
The 2020 / 2021 membership shoe tags have finally been delivered! Tricia and I will start giving them out to members this weekend. If we don’t catch you when you are at the club sometime during November, please contact me to arrange to get your tag: Amy Oen, Membership - 

When you're at the club please have your shoe tag with you - on your tennis shoe or tennis bag where it can be easily seen. Thanks.


Cottesloe Tennis Club has a thriving Junior programme, as well as a high level of participation by older adults. However like many clubs, we see a drop-off in participation from young adults, who have many competing demands on their time.  

We are seeking volunteers of any age to join a working group to help develop and promote tennis activities aimed at young adults. If you're willing to help out, please contact Amy, our Membership Director: 

Thanks to Kim for putting up her hand to take on the role of Mid-Week Tennis Captain, having only joined CTC earlier this year. This is really appreciated. A profile on Kim will be in the December issue.
Kim's email: 

A support team has been formed to both assist Kim and be mid-week tennis Duty Captains - thanks. 



Despite no 'fashions in the field' to watch and no punters at the track, the race is still on and members are invited to join tennis friends in watching the race at the club.
Anyone intending to come along is asked to bring a plate of savoury or sweet finger food for the communal Munch (morning tea / lunch) table. This will be served following the finish of organised tennis from 9.00 - 11.30am, and Suzanne Lemmey has offered to open bar - so bubbles will be available!


Cottesloe will host the '3 Grassycourts Tournament' against Peppermint Grove and Dalkeith Tennis Clubs on Sunday 8 November, 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start. The tournament will be played over four sets.

A few women and men are needed to complete the Cott team of 16. Please chat to Jane Ward, Club Captain or email

Nibbles and drinks will follow the tournament, along with the trophy presentation.
Keep 12 December free for our Christmas Party. Let's say goodbye to this gloomy year and make it a night to remember! Fabulous three course meal, live music and an evening with a twist!!
We hope LOTS of members will come along. Update and payment details to come. Attendance registration lists will be on the noticeboard soon.
Enquiries: Judi

Chris Hoath - House & Grounds Director:

I'd like to extend my sincere appreciation for all those volunteers who were amazing on the day of the pre-opening busy bee and leading up to the day. The busy bee was so successful in my new opinion and I loved how the grounds and house turned out.

I'm also keen to make sure our potted plants get watered over summer and would appreciate anyone's help (watering and dead-heading the plants). Anyone who is keen to help out (several people), please talk to Nancy Harrison and Pam Morley (House Sub-Committee).
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Libby Mussared - Weekend Pennant Co-ordinator: 

The Saturday and Sunday season kicked off on 17 October 2020 and most of our teams are off to a winning start.
  • Those at the club last weekend were treated to a fabulous match in the Men’s State League between Cottesloe’s Scott Jones and RKPTC’s Jake Robinson. Whilst Cottesloe went down in a tight finish, the team comfortably won the day overall.
  • Our Women’s State League team had a comprehensive 5-1 win, also over RKPTC, who last year were placed top of the ladder. 
It was great there were many at the club yesterday watching our Men’s State League playing against Hensman Park. Then next week the Women’s State League have their first home game against Peppermint Grove. 

Our other weekend pennant teams this year are:
  • Men’s Division 1: Captained by Damian Kestel / Tim Wood
  • Men’s Division 2: Captained by Dan Marshal
  • Men’s Division 4: Captained by Peter O'Dea (POD)
  • Men’s Division 10: Captained by Ed Grayling
  • Men’s Division 13: Captained by Augustine Boima
  • Women’s Division 1: Captained by Libby Mussared
  • O50s Division 1: Captained by Craig Palmer
  • O50s Division 2: Captained by Laurence Pace
  • O60s Division 1: Captained by Vic Bruce 
Thanks again to the captains, and numerous others, who have helped coordinate the teams again this year - very much a team effort! A huge thank you also to club sponsor, Rob Prouse, who has again ensured that our teams look the part! 
Daria Gavrilova, Storm Sanders & Maddy Inglis 

It was great to see these girls training at Cottesloe Tennis Club after completing their 14 days quarantine. They had all returned to Australia after competing in Paris at the French Open. They have now all left Perth for their home towns, however they would have all loved to make Cottesloe their home! 

Katrina Chisholm - Mid-Week Pennant Co-ordinator: 

It’s now week 3 of the 2020 / 21 Summer Pennant season and it’s really gratifying to see so much activity on our hard courts in the evenings during the week with 18 teams competing in the following competitions:
  • Monday Evening Women’s Fast4 (singles and doubles)
  • Monday Evening Men’s Fast4 (singles and doubles)
  • Tuesday Twilight Women (singles and doubles)
  • Tuesday Night Mixed Doubles
  • Wednesday Morning Women’s Doubles
  • Wednesday Morning Women’s 55+ Doubles (grass court)
  • Wednesday Night Men’s Doubles
  • Thursday Night Women’s Doubles
You can follow the progress of all Cottesloe teams through the following link: 
From Tennis Approach:

Crazy Sock Day for the Junior Tennis Kids

Junior Club: Opening Day for the Junior Club was a big success!. We had many of our new junior members come along and enjoy a great morning of tennis and a sausage sizzle. It was great to see our regular juniors again after a long break from junior club. We encourage our juniors to come along to Junior Club on a Saturday from 10.00 - 11.30am to get some match practice.
Alec & Juliette looking fabulous in their tennis whites
for the opening of Junior Club

Junior Pennants: We are now up to round 3 for junior pennants. The new addition of team shirts has been a big hit!
Lt to Rt: Phoebe, Genevieve & Isadora all smiles in their new playing shirts!

UTR Junior Tournament: On 11 October we ran a junior tournament from 8.30am -1.00pm. About 40 kids entered and the atmosphere was fantastic with matches played in great spirit. The tournament was run by Tennis Approach in conjunction with the Kent Yamazaki & Bob Brett Tennis Foundation (see separate article). This is a not-for-profit organisation that supports opportunities for all levels of junior tennis, including tournament planning and management. This Foundation was set up in honour of Kent Yamazaki, a WA junior tennis player who tragically passed away in January this year, see below:

The virtues of grit, passion and friendship were evident throughout the Cottesloe event. Tomio Yamazaki, Kent’s father, stayed and ran the tournament and was so pleased with the attitudes, competitive spirit and etiquette of our players. Ben Roberts was the winner of the 'Grit Award'. Ben is a new junior member who is playing his first season of pennants - congratulations Ben!


A big THANK YOU to Tomio Yamazaki for his hard work and his passion to the sport.

Event winners (Lt to Rt): Mollie, Izzy, Thomas, Tom, Isadora & Brendan 
(Front): 'Grit Award' winner - Ben Roberts 

There are some amazing professional photos from the event which can be purchased through or 0402 341 148. 
Kent Yamazaki & Bob Brett Tennis Foundation 
Kent Yamazaki (2004-2020): Kent was born in Subiaco in 2004, and at a young age developed a passion for tennis. His love of tennis opened his eyes to the world, encouraging him to excel at school and embrace many travel opportunities to
compete as a tennis player.
Still only 15, Kent died suddenly in January this year while on court in Nepal playing the game he loved. In his short life he touched many players’ lives because he embodied the virtues of grit, passion and friendship, which allowed him to be the
ultimate competitor whilst always showing sportsmanship. This is the legacy Kent gifted to all those around him.
Bob Brett: Bob is an Australian tennis coach who spent 35 years on the ATP circuit coaching the world’s top ranked tennis players such as Boris Becker, Goran Ivanišević, Johan Kriek, Andriy Medvedev, Mario Ancic, Nicolas Kiefer and Marin Čilić whilst they were at the top of their sport.

History: Bob Brett first met Kent Yamazaki at the 2018 'December Showdown' at Melbourne Park, and became a mentor and a friend. Bob quickly realised that Kent was a rare junior player motivated to excel in both tennis and in his academic school life where he loved maths and science.
To pass on Kent’s spirit of sportsmanship, academic effort and tennis achievement, Bob offered to establish the Kent Yamazaki Foundation, which Kent’s family amended to the Kent Yamazaki and Bob Brett Foundation Trust, due to their respect for Bob and their appreciation for his support for Kent.
The beneficiaries of this Foundation’s charity efforts will be selected from young Western Australian players who are seen to be hard-working both on the court and at school. 
After 35 years at the helm, Ruth Luyer made the decision to step down from her role to just enjoy her tennis. On 13 October, at a delightful lunch and wonderful fare, organised by Judi Coffey and Jane Hope, over 50 current and past members turned out to acknowledge Ruth.

Ruth’s dedication and commitment to tennis - along with her capacity to be in charge and keep mid-week players in line! - was noted by many who made speeches - President Anne Williams, Kevan Snowball, Sally Eyres, Thelma Furlong, Allan Wall and POD. Her dedication was also acknowledged in 2006 when CTC appointed Ruth as a life member.

Ruth thanked everybody for their kind wishes and said how much she has enjoyed her time as mid-week captain, and what a great group the mid week players are.

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