About St Albans Tennis Club

St Albans Tennis Club is the oldest tennis club in St Albans. The club was incorporated in November 1904 as St Albans Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club and play started in June 1905.

Club History

Kay Stammers

After 64 years at Hillside Road, the club was forced to move when the council compulsorily purchased the site, in order to build Maple Primary School. For a couple of years the Club used hired courts in Clarence Park, until it was able to move into its current "rather rural" premises in Jersey Lane in 1971. It was only in 1999 that the "& Croquet" was dropped from the Club's name, even though the game had died out in the 1920s. The Club has served an enthusiastic tennis playing community for over 100 years, and has often enjoyed great success in both the men's and women's local Hertfordshire leagues and competitions. We can even boast having had a Wimbledon Ladies Singles finalist, and Doubles Champion Kay Stammers, who won our ladies singles tournament some years earlier.

Simon Bird (a previous club chairmand) has documented in much detail the clubs history, and you might like to explore History of Kay Stammers and Complete 100 Year History

The club organises many social events all year round ranging from a quiz night to summer barbeques and Christmas Parties. Details are advertised on the club notice board as well as this web site.

We have an increasing membership and excellent facilities so why not join us?

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Social Events

Photo of Jubilee Tournament

St Albans Lawn Tennis Club is a friendly and welcoming club. We offer a number of social activities throughout the year

Wednesday Suppers: During the summer months Wednesday evening suppers are organised in conjunction with Wednesday evening social tennis. A couple of members organise a main course and a desert for about £5 each, ready to be eaten after playing tennis. T here will be a list in the foyer for volunteers (including a barman) to add their name to the weekly rota. (No volunteers, no supper!) If you wish to eat a supper, when one is organised, there will be another list at the kitchen serving hatch, where you should add your name and make your choice of main course before playing tennis. For more information, watch the foyer notice boards.

The Bridge Section: meets in the clubhouse on Monday evenings at 7.30 pm from October to March. If you have some experience of playing and would like to join, please contact Keith and Janet Eaton phone: 01727-852 339 / 07719-978 622. We play friendly, Chicago bridge for about 2½ hours each week. The first meeting of the season is usually on the first Monday of October and is will be an Open Evening especially for new members to meet us and play a few hands in a relaxed atmosphere. Members must be at least Social members of the club

Club Winter Leagues

Flood lit tennis

During the winter months two internal club competitions are arranged for club members - singles (open to both men and ladies) and mixed doubles. Players are arranged in (usually six or more) divisions according to their level of play, with normally six players or pairs per division.

Each player/pair plays the other five in their division, with one match per week plus a catch-up week for rearranged matches. This constitutes a round, after which winners and losers are promoted or relegated to the next division for the next round.

Four or five rounds take place each winter. Singles are played on Monday evenings, and mixed doubles on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Please note, although the occasional match may be rearranged for another time, players should be prepared to play the majority of their games on these evenings, when they have priority over all other players on the courts.

To enter either competition enter your name on the entry list in the clubhouse foyer. These are usually put up just prior to the beginning of the winter season. The singles normally start in September, and the doubles in October. If you wish to enter a new round later in the season, please contact the organisers

Singles - Tim Yates & Robert Blythe
Mixed Doubles - Alison Asplin