PAST EVENTS & PLAYERS
The Guernsey Tennis Club was honoured to have former world number 15 tennis player, Buster Mottram officially open its doors in 1994 . Mottram represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup eight times and won two ATP singles and five ATP doubles titles during his career throughout the 1970s.
Former Wimbledon Champion and three-time Grand Slam singles champion, Virginia Wade also helped launch the club back in 1994 with a terrific series of coaching sessions that fuelled the tennis passion in many an islander.
In 1999, the Guernsey Tennis Club played host to the Pro Masters Tournament with players such as John Alexander, Wally Masur and Anand Armitraj in attendance.
In 2002, through his HSBC sponsorship deal, former world number four and 6-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, Tim Henman spent a day with us. He offered coaching advice to corporate clients in the morning, had lunch with Guernsey Tennis Club members and then led a number of coaching sessions for local junior players in the afternoon, being notably aced by one of the up and coming stars. A shirt that Henman signed is still on display in our club bar.
In 2011 the club hosted the inaugral Guernsey Tennis Classic. Trick-shot genius Mansour Bahrami headlined the show and was joined by former Wimbledon Doubles Champion Peter McNamara, former world no.4 Thomas Enqvist and former world no.14 Younes El Anayoui. These 4 players entertained the 500-strong crowd for 4 hours with a mixture of singles and doubles exhibitions … and Bahrami got many laughs! This event will now run annually so contact us for details of the next one.
SUCCESSFUL PLAYERS AT THE GTC
The Guernsey Tennis Club has been home to, and its coaches helped nurture, all of Guernsey’s finest recent tennis talent. Most notably of course is Heather Watson who honed her skills here for about 2 years before jetting off to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida at age twelve. Heather is now steadily progressing up the WTA world rankings as she continues her quest for tennis greatness. We’re very proud of you Heather, keep it up!
Another successful player to have learnt the game here is 7-time men’s island champion and Commonwealth Games representative, Patrick Ogier. Patrick is currently training hard and playing some pro-level tournaments in his bid to become the first Guernsey man to achieve a world ranking.
Before returning to the Guernsey Tennis Club as club coach and tennis manager, Rob West was away from Guernsey for seven years pursuing his tennis playing dreams. Rob received a tennis scholarship to train at Millfield School before receiving another scholarship to attend Cleveland State University, in Ohio, USA and compete in the NCAA Division I college tennis system for four years.
Similarly, Dominic McCluskey attended Cleveland State University on a tennis scholarship, moving there from his previous placement at Hawaii Pacific University. Dominic trained at the ISP Tennis Academy in Nice, France for two years before moving out to the United States.
Currently, former Guernsey Tennis Club players Nico Robinson and Johnny Taylor are off-island competing for English University tennis team places. Robinson is based at the University of Exeter whilst Taylor is attending University in Leeds.
Most recently, Jack Oldfield, arguably Guernsey’s most exciting current junior prospect, has achieved a place at the Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy in Barcelona, Spain. This academy has produced numerous players of note, including Andy Murray, Feliciano Lopez, Janko Tipsarevic, Anna Ivanovic and Daniela Hantuchova. We hope Jack can follow in the footsteps of those great players.
As you can see, the Guernsey Tennis Club and its coaches have a record of successful players that any tennis club could be proud of. Are you the next star in the making?