In our second year of club champs members turned out in numbers shattering last year’s entry.

Legends such as Tony Fawcett entered the men’s singles event carving out textbook groundstrokes to get to the quarter finals of the tournament. He then met up with Chris Betteridge, a new member and coach.  With youth on his side Chris proved too powerful for Tony closing him out in an entertaining two sets.

 From left: Tony Fawcett, Chris Betteridge

Next up in the semi-finals, another new member Rich Mellon ended Chris Betteridge’s tournament hopes on a very breezy day which made for some creative shot making by both players.  Rich came through with a little more fitness and strategic play forcing Betteridge to make a few too many errors on the day.  In the other semi, Dan Joustra who won last year’s singles event without breaking much of a sweat met another new member David Gerhardi.  Dave showed his lightening pace around the court retrieving unbelievable shots, forcing his opponent to play another ball.  Daniel’s relentless baseline offense was too much to defend however and Dave gave way but not without a good fight.

Daniel Joustra and Rich Mellon put on a great display of tennis on the final day.  With opposing styles of play the match was to be a crowd pleaser.  Both camps came out in full force with their supporters rallying behind their player.  Mellon with an all court type style trying to get into the net against big groundstrokes from the attacking baseliner style of Joustra.  Joustra takes the first set quite easily leaving Mellon wondering how to get in to the net.  Second set Mellon improves his first serve percentage and storms to the net with every opportunity which works well.  He gets a good lead in the second set.  Joustra however raises his game and a tired Mellon starts to falter to the relentless baseline attack. Joustra once again takes the men’s singles title.  This year required a lot more effort.  Well done Daniel!


From left: Richard Mellon, Right: Daniel Joustra

The ladies doubles was won by the experienced duo of Nelene Gold and Shirley Larsen.

The Mixed Doubles won by Rich Mellon and partner Eden D’ Oliveira (Kelvin ladies premier league player) beat Chris Betteridge and Jackie Booth in the finals.

The men’s doubles event saw newcomers Tim Mitchell and Graeme Dorrington smash their way through the early rounds taking no prisoners and causing a bit of a stir. A thrilling quarter final match went down to the wire against another experienced team Trompeter/McGaw.  Fantastic net exchanges finally saw the underdogs Mitchel and Dorrington through to the semi’s.  They met up with Lewis and Gerhardi another experience league team but once again the underdogs prevailed making their way to the finals.  Their opponents in the final, Mellon and Betteridge managed to get the win in the end in a crowd pleasing match.

From left: Betteridge/Mellon vs Dorrington/Mitchel

Club champs is not just about the winners.  A huge thank you to all the participants who played in such amazing spirit and left it all out there on the court.  Tournaments are all about testing yourself against stronger players, so well done on your courage to get out there and improve your tennis!  It is also about comeraderie and meeting new players and I know a few more social four balls are being enjoyed now.


Parent/Child social mixer “FREAKY FRIDAY” OCTOBER 12 from 17:00-18:30 Come dressed as your favourite Halloween character.  Members may bring guests (father/mother and child).  R50pp for members and R75pp for non-members.  Prizes for best dressed and best tennis.  Limited space so book to avoid disappointment.

If you recognize the two tennis players here dressed in 80’s gear played earlier this month, you stand a chance of winning a can of Tecnifibre tennis balls.


All Kelvin teams entered won their leagues!  Congratulations!

Men’s doubles 4th league promoted to 3rd league (Graeme Trompeter, David Gerhardi, Grant Mcdonald, Mark Ferrao, Pierre Taljaard, James Lewis, Craig Seigal, Rob Nathan)

Men’s doubles 5th league promoted to 4th league (Bokkie Du Plessis, Marc Moore, Danie Appel, Burger Dreyer, Ken Gliddon, Bob Hughes, Shaun Harris, Tony Bredenkamp)

Mixed Doubles 1st league promoted to Premier league! (Athol Hoets, Rich Mellon, Nick Kershaw, Daniel Joustra, Jackie Booth, Eden D’Oliveira, Shani van de Merwe, Julie Staples, Ronel Pieterse).


Kelvin has entered 4 singles teams and one Vets team.

Our ladies play their first season in Premier league. Our first men’s team start out in 3rd league and have something to prove this season. Our second men’s singles team was promoted to 5th league and our 3rd men’s singles team promoted to 8th league.

League matches are played every Saturday afternoon from 1pm.  Come out and support our Kelvin teams when they play at home.  A copy of the schedule will be up on the notice board.


Numerous Kelvin members will be participating in this competition displaying some excellent tennis from the best players representing their Provinces.  The 45 age group will be based here at Kelvin. Our tennis manager is the captain of her WP team.  They hope to win their section on home turf.  Please come out and support.

OCTOBER 1-3 JUNIOR TENNIS CLINIC 9-12 daily for juniors aged 6-16 all levels welcome.  Bring a friend, non-members are welcome.


With over 16 years of overnight camp experience your child is in safe hands and will make lifelong friends. Safety is our prime concern and our experienced Councillors remain with the kids 24/7 ensuring camp rules are abided by at all times.  The days are packed with professional tennis instruction and evening activities such as movie night.  Accommodation, breakfast, and lunch at nearby school hostel just a short walk from Kelvin. All dinners remain at Kelvin (burger night, pizza night and braai night). Limited to 24 pupils, so book early to avoid disappointment. Non-members welcome.

CARDIO TENNIS: A popular fitness based tennis class designed to keep you active while having fun hitting some balls and getting the heart rate up.

Sign up for a free 45minute cardio tennis class THURSDAY OCTOBER 4TH 9-9:45AM.  Limited to the first 8 people who book.  A certain level of fitness required, all tennis levels welcome.


We feel it necessary to remind our tennis members of a few rules so we can continue to offer affordable membership rates and continued use of the best facilities possible.

Non-members: A member shall only be entitled to introduce a non-member to the Club for the purpose of playing tennis once a month. To clarify, a non-member may only play tennis once a month with any member. To keep in mind some of our members paying full rates only play once per month. The member shall ensure that the non-member’s name is entered in the visitor’s book and signed by the member.

Court bookings: Our courts are in high demand most days from 16h00.  As courtesy to fellow members please cancel bookings as soon as you become aware that you will not be able to utilise the court.  The committee has the right to ban Members for 30 days should they not adhere to this rule.

Floodlights: Unlike most other tennis clubs, Kelvin does not charge our members for the use of floodlights.  Floodlights are expensive to run and it is unfortunate on numerous occasions our duty managers have had to turn off lights which have been left on.  It is also unacceptable to ask players using the court next door to leave their court lights on for you to see better while on your court.  Unless someone is waiting to use your court please turn off the floodlights before leaving the court.


Tennis is a game of ERRORS.  As tempting as it is to go for the impressive rip roaring winner, the more consistent player wins. Tennis skills should be acquired in this order:

  1. CONSISTENCY- rally, keep the ball in play
  2. DEPTH – playing deep shots puts your opponent under immediate pressure
  3. PLACEMENT – keep your opponent on the move and off balance by placing the ball in the corners
  4. Lastly, POWER – once you have developed consistency, depth and placement add some zip to your shots but be selective so as not to succumb to too many unforced errors!

Happy tennis to you all

Tennis Manager

Jackie Booth