The Grafton boasts 8 all weather courts- 6 floodlit
- Social sessions Wednesdays from 19:00, Fridays 10:00 and Sundays from 14:00 (13:00 in winter)
- 4 Mens, 3 Ladies, 1 Ladies Midweek Daytime and 2 Mixed teams compete in the Surrey Leagues. Practice sessions Monday, Tuesday, Saturday
- 3 all day doubles tournaments in April (American), June (Grafton Cup) and September (Fox Trophy named after our four legged friends!)
- Singles box leagues: 6 per league and all play all over 8 weeks; ongoing all year.
- Three coaches.
- The online booking system allows 90 mins midweek 19:00-22:00 and 120 mins all other times, bookable 14 days in advance.
- Extensive juniors section and coaching.
- We compete in the Millennium Cup a local tournament aimed at intermediate players.
- Summer Championships and Winter Mixed tournament.
John Peters ( 07801910264 )
John organises the coaching programme at Grafton. He is a licensed LTA Level 3 coach and has been coaching at the club since 2004. He coaches players at all levels, currently runs our intermediate junior and adult groups and helps intermediate to advanced players on a one to one basis. He uses the MTI method, which is designed to help players develop all the main shots and spin variations quickly. He is also trained in and uses the RPT (Spanish academy system) which is particularly helpful in enabling players to gain the footwork and court positioning skills for advancing to the next level.
Gary Walker ( 07979203517 )
Gary has been coaching since 1990, working in various parts of London. He has spent the last 20 years based in South London where he has been Tennis Development Officer for both Lambeth and Wandsworth. Gary has also been Head Coach at several clubs with a strong focus on junior development. He has coached players with varying abilities and experience, from mini-red all the way to ITF level. Gary is involved with the day-to-day coaching at the academy as well as overseeing competition schedules for all players. He also travels, both with players for competition and training camps as well as seeing other academies in different countries to further his coaching knowledge.
Steve Dean ( 07787331381 )
Steve is a licensed LTA Level 3 coach, formerly running the tennis programme at Tooting Bec Common. He coaches all age groups, from tiny tots through to adult team players. He delivers our weekend beginner group lessons and runs weekday team training sessions.
Alex Walker ( 07931164175 )
Alex was a top national junior player in the UK and represented Great Britain at U16 level. At U18 level he achieved an ITF World Ranking of 800 and also played in senior level ITF Futures events. He went on to represent Bath University in the BUSA Tennis league whilst he studied for his degree. Alex has a strong focus on the high performance players in the academy and works with our players everyday on all aspects of their game. Like Gary, Alex is constantly updating his coaching knowledge by learning how top players in different countries are training
We run group coaching for beginners on Tuesday and Thursday evenings mainly. We have a Friday evening social for junior members on Friday evenings and organise free matchplay sessions on Sunday evenings. We run a full school holiday programme for all levels and ages Our more experienced players, particularly those training several times a week are encouraged to enter regular open competitions. Each coaching session addresses physical and mental skills, technique, drills and points play.
John, Gary and Steve also provide individual and private group lessons on weekday evenings.
For more serious junior players we run an Academy. For more information please visit:
Bookings for Weekly Junior courses
Tuesday evening beginners: 4pm – 5pm (pay and play – just turn up) – term time only.
Thursday evening beginners: 4pm – 5pm, costs £25 per month (family discounts apply) – runs year round.
Registration is here: http://johntennis.moonfruit.com/#/register-18u/4566539558
Payment can be made here: http://johntennis.moonfruit.com/#/payments/4566393768
Please check availability with John Peters in the first instance on 07801 910264 or email johntennis@virginmedia,com.
As well as providing individual lessons, we run beginners groups, improver groups and provide coaching for our ladies and mens teams. Our policy is that adult non-members may take up to six lessons with John or any other coach before joining the club. We also provide individual lessons at £30 per hour.
Saturday morning beginner / improver group: 9am to 10am (Steve) – cost £30 per month.
Tuesday evening intermediate group: 8pm to 9pm (John) – cost £30 per month.
Registration for these groups is here:
Payment is here: http://johntennis.moonfruit.com/#/payments/4566393768
If you are looking for adult coaching, in the first instance please contact John on 07801 910264, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check availability with John before booking.
Grafton has a number of teams actively playing in local tournaments including Surrey Summer and Winter team doubles for both tennis and squash and the Aegon doubles for the men’s 1sts If you are interested in representing Grafton, please contact either the tennis and squash leads on the committee or the captain’s listed below. Contact details are incorporated within the membership section of Grafton’s mycourts page.
Men’s 1st Team
Captain: Russell Taylor
Ladies’s 1st Team
Captain: Morvern Scott
Men’s 2nd Team
Captain: Ben Kelly
Ladies’s 2nd Team
Captain: Louise Wilson
Men’s 3rd Team
Captain: Murray Sutton
Ladies’s 3rd Team
Captain: Liz Wickham
Men’s 4th Team
Captain: Paul Flatters