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 £1,500 has been donated since we started this event in 2007. In 2019, Clare Wheeler received the prize for being the "Pinkest Person". Nolan Dupuy won the "Pink Flamingo" competition.
33 different players attended the events throughout 2019. John Bright topped the leader board with 43 games won.
2019 scores can be found below.
Help is needed to organise games at the American events! Contact a Committee member if you are able to volunteer.