Affiliated to The Lawn Tennis Association
The American tournaments are held on the last Sunday of the month from April to September, with a special event in October (see below). These are fun tournaments for players of all standards and ages and there is usually food and refreshments available. Some of the best egg sandwiches in Essex are to be found at these events!
The tournament consists of a series of doubles matches, played with different partners and opponents. Each match usually comprises six games. Depending on the numbers attending, four or five rounds of matches are played in an afternoon. Each game won scores a point. The winner is the person with the highest aggregate points throughout the afternoon.
There is a monthly prize for the highest scores on the day and the "American Cup", now redesignated as The Ellen Gormley Cup, is awarded to the player with the highest aggregate score over the season.
The ‘Pink' tournament is the last American tournament of the year, usually in the third week of October. Players are invited to dress in pink and there’s a prize for the ‘pinkest person’. The proceeds from the afternoon go to the "Wear It Pink" breast cancer research charity. Over £1,000 has been donated since we started this event in 2007.
In the 2016 events Nick Hilder amassed a record 105 points to claim the trophy, 25 points ahead of second-placed Nita Grainge. Nick and Nita were ever-present throughout the 7 American events.
The final event of summer 2016, the "Pink" event, saw 20 participants on 16th October. Some photos have been added to the Gallery. The Pinkest Person Prize went to Chair John Galvin for his pink burlesque ensemble. Jean Holland won the "guess the pink object" competition, and most generously donated her winnings to the charity.
45 different players took part in the 2016 events.
2017 - After our first six events Will, Nicole & John G are drawing clear of the chasing pack.
Help is needed to organise games at the American events! Contact a Committee member if you are able to volunteer.