Court Resurfacing to Artificial Clay

Exciting news on our court resurfacing, we now have provisional dates for the work to take place to resurface courts 1-4 with artificial clay.

Work is currently scheduled to start the week beginning 26th February and take approximately 3 weeks. This work is weather dependent and so the dates may change slightly, it may be finished early or could overrun.

Artificial Clay is an excellent surface for UK weather conditions with many top clubs now using the surface. They remain playable in more weather conditions, holding up well in wet and frosty weather, as long as you’re willing to go out and play in the cold or wet. The surface is considered a performance surface. It’s great fun to play on and slide if you so choose. It is also excellent surface to learn on, making it a masses plus for our coaching program. This will be a great development for the club and alongside our high quality LED floodlight and beautiful clubhouse this gives us a standout facility in the area for outdoor tennis.

Successful Intro Session with the Juniors

It was a beautiful Winters morning for our free intro sessions for the Juniors on Saturday 13th January. A good turn out for both age groups has seen some new signups onto our new coaching program. Our Head coach Simon Grassi had some fun games and drills for them to play in the taster session.

New coaching program

Our Spring 2024 coaching program starts this week (week beginning 15 January) and runs through until Easter. It’s a short term this time around due to Easter being early and also we’ve allowed a couple of weeks for Court Resurfacing work to take place at the club. It’s not too late to book on to the classes and more details can be found here:

Junior/Mini Coaching

Adult Coaching

Simon Grassi

Bracknell Lawn Tennis Club’s New Coaching Team

We are excited to welcome our new coaching team to Bracknell Lawn Tennis Club. With 4 great coaches in the team we can deliver a quality program for all ages and abilities. Our Spring Term Coaching is now available to book:

Simon Grassi

Simon Grassi (Head Coach)

I am a Level 4 LTA accredited coach, Tutor and USPTR Professional and have 35 years tennis coaching experience working at many venues including my present position at Charters School.

I will be managing our team of coaches and the coaching programme for all adults and juniors at the club.  I am presently coaching all age groups including 5 yrs to 82 years!  I enjoy playing as well as coaching and look forward to  meeting you all and catching up with lots of past coaching clients who are currently at the club.

Lewis Sullivan

Lewis Sullivan

I am a Level 4 accredited coach and have 10 years of experience in the UK and abroad coaching all ages and abilities.  I play for the Bracknell 1st Team in the Berkshire leagues and I am looking forward to coaching more often at the club.

I will continue the team practice and will be available for coaching on a Wednesday.

Sinisa Dimic

Sinisa Dimic

I have 35 years of experience in playing & teaching.  I was Top 20 Junior in former Yugoslavia and played against great players such as Goran Ivanisevic & coaching Filip Krajinovic ATP Highest ranking 26 (when he was junior).

What am I bringing to Bracknell Tennis Club.
3E's - Entertainment/ Education / Exercise

Professional approach and great coaching quality sessions. I am passionate about tennis. Whether I am coaching performance junior or adult beginner makes me equally focused as I will be changing their tennis game for better. Looking forward working with adults & juniors team player in future. Be part of the club in general and joining social mix ins whenever available. Technical elements of coaching & footwork drills are my main strengths.
I look forward to working with Simon and delighted to be part of his team.

You will see me at the club on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s

Dan Rippon

Dan Rippon

I am a level 3 accredited tennis coach and have been coaching for 5 years for all ages and abilities.
I play for Bracknell in the teams and also compete in the box leagues. I have been running a disability session at the club on Tuesdays since May and look forward to being more involved in the coaching program.

I will be coaching at Bracknell on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

8U Berkshire Grand Prix at Bracknell Lawn Tennis Club

On Sunday 9th July Bracknell Lawn Tennis Club hosted the 8U Berkshire Grand Prix. The Club entered as part of 6 clubs in the county to help develop the events available for mini Red to try and encourage more entries for Berkshire county championships.

We had 28 players from various clubs, 9 from Bracknell. They played in round robin groups. Everyone loved the club and the ability to be able to view the children playing. We had around 90 people on site watching and playing.

At the end of the matches we had a presentation on court where all children received a medal with the Bracknell logo on it. It was a great atmosphere.

It was very rewarding occasion,  it’s great to see young players playing tennis matches on a badminton size court. Special thanks to Will, Elana, Jordon, Chris HT, Julia and Andy Wilson and one of our young leaders Sam for scoring whilst Trevor ran the time clock and managed the parents expectations and questions. Feedback was awesome so many lovely messages afterwards on how well run and organised the event was.

Lewis Sullivan joins our coaching team

We would like to welcome Lewis Sullivan on board as one of our coaches. Lewis is a Level 4 LTA Accredited+ Coach with extensive experience in adult and junior coaching, as well as Cardio Tennis. Lewis has over 10-years experience in the UK and abroad, coaching all ages and abilities. Lewis still competes when he can, playing for Bracknell 1st team in the Berkshire leagues, he won the Mens Singles and Doubles in our Club Championships last year and the adult Berkshire County Closed.

Lewis has already started running team coaching sessions for our match players. Run on a fortnightly basis at Ladies and Mens team practice sessions, where he runs two sessions for 4 players on doubles match play. These sessions are organised by our Mens and Ladies Captain.

Lewis is available for Private Lessons with Members only.

We think Lewis is a great addition to our club coaches.

Covid-19 Update – 05/03/2021

The Club will be re-opening on Monday 29th March 2021 assuming the government’s criteria for releasing lockdown continues to be met.

At this time we expect to be able to play singles and doubles tennis. We will restart our organised sessions that maintain the rule of 6. Coaching will also be able to resume at this time.

The bar will remain closed and the clubhouse will be accessible for floodlights and toilets (to be confirmed) only.

Spectating will not be permitted but 1 adult/guardian may supervise a child in 1-2-1 coaching.

More details can be found on the LTA summary grid.

We look forward to getting back on court,

Covid-19 Update – 20/12/2020

Bracknell Forest has been moved to Tier 4 as of 20/12/2020

So, what does this mean for the tennis club:

  • Singles only is permitted unless all players are from the same household/support bubble.
  • All our organised club sessions are now suspended until further notice.
  • Spectating is not permitted (except in the case of one parent/guardian supervising a junior)
  • Socialising after play is not permitted.
  • Travel into and out of a Tier 4 area is not permitted except for essential travel.
  • Box leagues can continue but please advise us if you are not happy or unable to continue playing in the box league.
  • Berkshire league matches will currently not be possible.
  • The bar will be closed
  • The clubhouse will be restricted to use of the toilets and to get drinking water.

Enjoy your Tennis

Passing of Dr. John Crispin Dixon

John was an intensely private individual and despite many people having many years of association with him, it is poignant that we know very little about his background.  He went to Cambridge to study medicine and whilst there was a keen rower.  He went on to be a GP.  He later became a tennis player, only taking up the sport well into his adulthood, and became passionate about all aspects of the game; the top players and tournaments; identifying new exciting young players; how it should be played; how a tennis club and tennis leagues should be run.

His other great passion was skiing and for a number of years he rented a small flat in Zermatt, Switzerland so that he could spend a whole season out there.  He even took the opportunity to visit Roger Federer’s old tennis club to see how it was run.  Amazingly he bumped into an ex Bracknell Tennis Club member whilst there.

He loved to visit Wimbledon and the French Open every year.  He also initiated an annual trip to the Monte Carlo Open every April, a tradition that is still going strong with some club members.

John wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea.  He couldn’t do small talk and if he didn’t agree with you on something, you’d probably know it.  But if you spoke with him about his theories on tennis, skiing or medicine, you could talk for hours.

One of John’s great achievements was what he did for Bracknell tennis club.  He was a driving force behind setting up the structured playing arrangements of weekly match practice coupled with the more traditional club sessions.  Not to mention his expertise at barbecues following our Finals Days and laying on a delicious spread for the men’s teams at Christmastime.  John spent many years on the committee, as Captain in 1989, Vice-Captain from 1990-1992 and as Chairman from 1993 until October 2002. During his chairmanship, he was the driving force in replacing the club house from a rather sad Portakabin arrangement to the superb building we have today.  This not only gave the whole club a lift for current and prospective members but has become the heart of the social side of the club too.  His single mindedness got the job done, but probably lost him a few potential friends along the way too.

Despite not taking up tennis when he was younger, John played to a high level, representing Bracknell Men’s 1st team in the late 1990s, helping the team win Division 2 of the Berkshire summer league.  He also made appearances in the Club Championships finals of the Men’s Doubles and won the Mixed Doubles title in 2003.  He was excellent at analysing both the singles and doubles game and was ready with a plan of action to win, even though realizing it was not always possible.

John had lymphoma this year and that made him rather ill.  He had a course of chemo through the summer and he came through that with flying colours.  His doctors were very pleased with his blood test results and declared him better, before he succumbed to a heart condition.

Those who have known John for many years agree that we are fortunate to have had him as a friend. We will miss you, John.