Steeped in 26 years of herstory this July tennis tournament boasts one of the largest lesbian tennis line-ups in the history of tennis. This year we return to the fantastic Paddington Sports Club in the heart of Maida Vale, London. Yes the tournament is back and so is the summer party, all on Saturday July 25th. This year the top prize is ......it's a surprise.
Players come for miles, camp out, to play in this competition that originally hailed from Clissold Park, North London. The tournament is team based and each team must have eight players to play doubles. Each doubles couple will be of similar standard, and although it is not a requirement, in the past the teams have met, played and practised in the run up to the tournament. At the very least, the team meets to discuss the outfits and name in the bar. The spirit of the tournament is fun, friendly and aimed at getting women playing tennis. Yes, there are some head-band wearers, yes there are some dodgey second serves, yes there are net demons, and yes they are all welcome! The round robin tournament is aimed at gettting you all to play, socialise, grunt and have some fun.
All girls-teams come together on the courts in order to compete for the hallowed 'Dame Dallow Cup'. Each team should have 8 players, that are placed in four doubles partnerships. The doubles team must be 1 'school girl' level, the second and third doubles couples should be 'intermediate' players and the fourth team 'county/advanced'. Players should expect 3 hours of doubles play on court during the day. Each team is required to have a name and a team colour to be worn by all your team members whilst on the court. If you get the outfit right the tennis will take care of itself. Previous teams have been inventive 'Sets In the City', others cheeky 'Clitty Pink' and plain throwing down the gauntlet team 'Kiss My Ace' . If you would like to play but have no tennis pals, sign up and we will help put a team together. To help you find your right level for this tournament here are our definitions.
School Girl: Anyone who loves tennis but doesn't play regularly, owns their own racquet, can hit the ball back into court and serve.
Intermediate: Anyone who has played regular tennis in the last five years, with regular on target serve and can rally.
Advanced: Anyone who has played for their club team, county team or national team in the past five years.
We encourage anyone interested in the day to come along and support the players, it is an extremely fun day and the bar and restaurant are open all day! Traditionally there is a good crowd spectating, and the venue has a great lawn to watch the sport. Our spectator tickets allow you entry to spectate the days events and gives you a ticket to the Citypink summer party. Our players like an audience, so please come along and support!
Your Tournament Day Looks Like This
10.30 Team Registration and Team Photographs
11.30 First Matches Begin
17.00 Final Match
17.30 Players BBQ in the Club House
19.00 Winners Presented with the Dame Dallow Cup
19.00- Midnight Citypink Summer Party
The Summer Party - Let's Do It
After the presentation to the lucky winners the evening entertainment will begin. We will have music, a dance floor, a bar and a lot of women ending a brilliant summers day. The venue for the Summer party is the Paddington Sports Club House, where wide open doors open onto the lawns infront of the tennis courts for early evening. The line up is TBC shortly and tickets for the summer party will go on sale soon.
The Prizes - Are Yet to be revealed
All we do know is the runners up will be comforted with a 5 pack of Curly Wurlys.
The Tournament Venue - Paddington Sports Club
Paddington Sports Club (PSC) is right in the heart of Maida Vale and welcomes members of all standards to its various facilities. Its location and appeal draws members from a wide social mix. Athough members can play to high competitive standards, emphasis is on the club atmosphere and the enjoyment of tennis, squash, bowls and fitness training, at any level, throughout the year.
Paddington offers ten all-weather courts. Seven courts are surfaced in acrylic and three are artificial grass. Five courts have floodlights. The Club operates various leagues for all standards throughout the year, and from day one, even beginners can find an appropriate league. The Club also has six teams, which compete - and win - up to and including County standard. Additionally, the Tennis section operates a Club Ladder and the Tennis Committee arranges various tournaments throughout the year.
Even if you just want to learn, PSC can accommodate this with a number of skilled and qualified coaches who can help you start off.
You can find PSC onFacebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Paddington-Sports-Club-Tennis/194351540609819
How Do I Get There?
There is no parking at the venue for non members of PSC, however the club is a five minute walk from either Warwick Avenue or Maida Vale Underground Stations. Please plan your journey wisely (the entrance is where Castellain and Lauderdale Road meet) to ensure the tournament runs smoothly.