COVID-19 Status Update - Oct. 22nd
After much confusion, the Club determined today that, like other private tennis clubs in Ottawa and Toronto, doubles play is again permitted, if done safely. Please follow appropriate COVID safety measures - distancing, sanitizing, and face masks if near others - and we request that you continue to use the online booking system. The clay courts may be closed any day, dependent on the decreasing night time temperatures.
Letter from our President - and our survey...
Click the links below to read the end of season letter from our President, Louise.
And after reading the letter, all adult members are encouraged to complete the Club's 2020 membership survey, which will help this and future Boards better plan for continuing improvements to our Club. The deadline for getting your survey response in is October 30th.
President's Letter, in English
Lettre du président, en français
Survey in English
Sondage en français
Read our latest newsletter - RLTC Newsletter - October 7, 2020
Our clubhouse is officially closing on October 12th! We have been most lucky to have the long and healthy summer we aspired for. In what has been a strange season for everyone, we wanted to thank members for adhering to the Covid precautions we set out. While the clubhouse will not be open during regular hours after the 12th, Chris will be in from time to time that first week and can serve drinks and keep the washrooms accessible when present.
Clay courts will remain open until around our first frost. After that, they may be closed roughly a week later, to prevent frost damage to the courts. The website will indicate when they've been closed. Our hard courts will remain open as long as possible - depending on the weather, we hope to keep some of the nets up until early November or longer!
We will continue to ask members to use and respect the booking system to reserve courts, even once the clubhouse is closed. Though this will not be enforceable by staff, we ask that members honor each other's time.
Do you know what happens if the ball hits you or your opponent during play? Who gets the point? This happened during the very first point of the 2020 women's singles final. Thankfully, we had pro umpire John Bouza in the chair. He called on a rarely-known rule of tennis.
Question: During my singles match, I hit a ball to my opponent and it hit his shoe on the fly. At the time he was standing behind the baseline. My opponent said the ball was out and it didn’t matter that it hit his shoe because he was behind the baseline. I argued that if the ball hits a player or any part of his body/apparel with the exception of the racquet, the point is the hitter’s. Who wins the point?
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Answer: You win the point. From the "Friend at Court" handbook, Rule 24i explains that a player loses the point if a ball in play touches the player or anything the player is wearing or carrying (excluding the racquet). Your opponent lost the point as soon as the ball hit his shoe. Code 19 requires your opponent to concede the point when this happens.
As our umpire, John Bouza, explains:
"I had to make a very rare call – against Jennifer Munn. She was quite surprised as she wasn’t aware of this rule but she took it in stride. She was standing well behind the baseline when Sandra Ng's return shot sailed long but hit Jennifer’s shoe before touching the ground. In this situation the player who “touched a ball in play” loses the point."
New Ladder program for 2020!
Have fun moving up (and down) a ladder as you compete against other Club players. Click here for more details.
Join up for 2020!
We are now accepting membership registrations for 2020! Click to go to our Membership page. Welcome back to our returning members, and a big welcome to our new members!
For our court conditions, click here.