Farnborough Tennis Club Orpington
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 Latest News for 2019



American Tournament  -  20th Oct


We are determined not to be defeated by the weather and will be making a third attempt to hold our Autumn American Tournament on Sunday 20th October, starting at 1pm. If you would like to take part, let Jan Whitehead know.

   Mens Singles Champion 2019  

                   David Stirk                                           

Many congratulations to David Stirk who retains his Singles title for another year. David defeated Chris Ponulak in a repeat of last year's final. The quality of the tennis did both players proud and it  was not difficult for the spectators to see why David and Chris have contested the final for the past two years and have both been previous champions of the club. 



..................................................Chris serving to David in Mens Final...................................................

                   Finals Day


We had a beautiful morning on which to complete the first two finals of our summer tournament. In the Mens Doubles Final,

David Stirk and Brian Keegan defeated

Paul Taylor and Paul Stainsby, 6-4, 6-0.


In the Mens Veterans Final, Chris Ponulak defeated Peter Sargent 6-0, 6-0.


For a detailed report on these two matches, read the October article in the Farnborough Local (click on your left).


We are expecting the remaining Finals to be played soon.

Watch this space............


 American Tournament Winners


The winners of our tournament on Sunday 28 April were

Rose Howell and David Stirk. Congratulations to them.  

Many thanks to Louise and Carl Nicholas for organising the event (and to those who provided the delicious cakes and biscuits!)

New Members Wanted


We are looking to increase our membership, both Adults and Juniors. Become a member and enjoy the following benefits:-

  • Well-maintained courts and clubhouse in a beautiful setting

  • Play all-year in the great outdoors (rain is very rare in Locksbottom, owing to its unique micro-climate!)

  • A low annual fee for membership (family rates available)

  • Your key gives you access 365 days a year

  • Make new friends by joining our friendly Club Sessions

  • Participate in our annual tournaments, always great fun

  • Social events

  • The opportunity for professional coaching

The following article appears in the local press.

            QUIZ NIGHT 2018


On Saturday evening, 5th May, over 100 members and guests turned up at St Paul's Church Hall, Crofton, for our latest very successful Quiz Night.  The questions were challenging, the competition was fierce and the cake was delicious! 


Many thanks to Louise Nicholas and her "team" for organising a great evening.

Article in Farnborough Local - May 2018

To find out more, contact us via the links on this website, or just pop along during one of our club sessions (for example, on a Saturday morning) where members will be delighted to help you.


In the "Contact" section, there is an application form which you can download. The form gives details of the fees applicable.



Christmas (Mince Pie) Tournament

The weather forecast was grim for 29th December, but FTC members are not easily deterred.

................................................Undeterred FTC members.......................................................

As it turned out, play was continuous almost all afternoon, with just one short rain-break. We triumphed. Or at least some of us did.

The overall winners were Margaret Gooden and David Howell, with Jane Wells, Steve Gooden and Brian Keegan as joint runners-up. 


To conclude the afternoon, the last remaining trophies were presented to winners of our 2017 Summer Tournament.

Louise Nicholas was crowned Ladies Singles Champion and Louise also claimed the Mixed Doubles trophy with David Howell. 

We have hit the front page of the newspapers!

Read the article below.




In 2015, FTC was 40 years old. To celebrate our 40th anniversary a special Dinner was held on Saturday Evening, 3rd October, at Cherry Lodge Golf Club in Biggin Hill. Current members were joined by many former members, including several who were there at the very beginning of the Club's history. Our thanks go especially to Margaret Gooden and her family for organising the event. Margaret and her late husband Colin Shakspeare were two of the founder members back in 1975.


Our Chairman, Nigel Holmes, speaking at the 40th Anniversary Dinner


The red carpet was rolled out and trophies were presented to the runners-up and winners of this year's Summer Tournament.


The Colin Shakspeare Cup presented by his daughters Rachel and Jocelyn to June Beesley and David Howell (Mixed Doubles Champions)

Coaching available


Please contact:-    Paul Taylor   01689 639026 

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Farnborough Local October 2019
Farnborough Local - Dec 2018
Farnborough Local November 2018
Ladies Day 2018
Mens Veterans Final 2018
Ladies Invitation Day 2018
Super Saturday 2018
Mens Doubles Final 2018
Farnborough Local April 2018
Click above for article in Farnborough Local about the 40th Anniversary Dinner

Address: Farnborough Tennis Club Willow Walk Orpington Kent BR6 7AS

Want to become a member?

Go to our About Us page to contact a member of the committee, use our Contact page to send us a message, or call and see us at the courts during one of our Club Sessions.