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Play Tennis

The club provides a variety of social and competitive play, from turn-up-and-play where anyone is welcome to join in, to regular and one-off organised events.

Social Tennis

Organised Social Tennis

Organised turn-up-and-play sessions are held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from about 18:30 onwards and Monday and Friday mornings from about 10:00. These sessions are open to any member; no booking is necessary. These are the best sessions to attend if you are thinking of joining the club and would like to meet some members and play a few games. Note that Wednesday evenings are also used for Winter Ladder and City & Suburban League matches, so you are best checking the Diary to check court availability. Occasionally there are special club events organised on these days, but nearly every week you can just turn up and join in the play.

Saturday Morning Social Tennis

Since 1960 there has been a weekly organised arranged-play event, known as the Saturday Morning Group or SMG, for play on Saturday mornings between 9:00 and 11:00. Unlike other social tennis at the club, play at this event must be pre-booked and is arranged so that there is an even number of players with no-one waiting to play. There are generally players who like to continue playing after 11 o'clock and non-booked members are welcome to turn up from 10.30 onwards to mix-in. Each week’s play is advertised in the Events section of the club web site approximately two weeks in advance. Members wanting to play must register an account on the club web site, and use this to indicate the SMG events in which they would like to participate. They must also subscribe to the SMG email list, which is used to send out information about who is scheduled to play. Further details about it can be found in the SMG Organisation page.

Informal Social Tennis

Informal social tennis can be played at any time when the courts are not booked for matches, tournaments, team practices, coaching or organised social play. The club does not operate a court booking system, and expects members to offer the court to any waiting players after one set has been played.

Competitive Tennis

City & Suburban Tennis League

In the spring and summer, Basford enters several teams into the City & Suburban Tennis League. In 2008, Basford entered three men's teams, a ladies' team and the mixed doubles, winning both the ladies and the mixed doubles. In 2007, Basford entered two men's teams, a ladies' team and a mixed doubles team. Both the men's teams and the ladies' team won their respective divisions. Basford ladies' team won the league every year between 2003 and 2009, but lost out in 2010 to Abbey View on number of matches won (both teams got the same number of points). The men's A team completed the double in 2007 by also winning the City and Suburban Dale Cup tournament. Details of their success were reported in the Sentinel.

Staffordshire Inter Club Tennis League

Basford enters a ladies' team into the Staffordshire Inter Club Tennis League, which is also played through the spring and summer.

National Vets GB Inter Club Tennis Competition

The club enters both over 40s and over 50s ladies' teams into this national competetion.

Winter Ladder

During the autumn and winter months the club runs a doubles Winter Ladder for adults on Wednesday evenings. The ladder is mixed sex and consists of divisions of 4 players playing three one-set doubles matches, partnering each of the other three players in turn. The player winning the most games is promoted and the player winning the least games is demoted. You can view the 2018/19 Winter Ladder Leaderboard.

Singles League

2014 saw the introduction of the Singles League, which has proved to be very popular. It is open to both ladies and gentlemen. Each league division contains three players and each player plays the other two players in the division once in a calendar month. At the end of the month one will be promoted, one stays and one goes down, so the following month everyone gets to play two different people. Matches are by arrangement between the two players and every attempt should be made to play at non-peak times so as not to interfere with other pre-arranged play. Matches are two full sets with a match tie-break (ten point) decider if necessary. The Singles League is organised by Nick Weller.

Club Championship

A Club Championship is held most years in the late summer. You can view the results since 2000.

Care Of Courts

The club has a few simple court commandments that members and guests must follow when using the courts.