Bassett Lawn Tennis Club

Bassett Lawn Tennis Club


In 2024 it will be the 100th. anniversary of the formation of the club. I would like to celebrate this by compiling a history of the club over those years. My 48 years at Bassett gives me a head start on everybody currently members but there are many gaps, many stories anecdotes that make our club what it is. I am setting myself 4 years to dig and delve for such memories as well as documents, photographs and personal accounts. I do hope you can contribute or offer help and/or advice regarding my task.
Hello everyone, just alerting you to an exciting production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical of Cinderella at the NST Campus (Nuffield Theatre) 16-20 January. Great one for the kids and the chance to meet Cinderella and the Prince after every show (book your child's place when buying tickets). Tickets from £10, family and group discounts available - book through the NST website or Box Office 023 8067 1771.

Bassett Lawn Tennis Club was founded in 1924 and is currently one of Hampshire's leading tennis cent Members club with flood lit all weather tennis courts.

Operating as usual

[11/20/21]   Reminder: The BLTC AGM is scheduled for Weds 24th November. Please check your emails for all the details.

[10/01/21]   It's Finals Day this Sunday! Play starts at 11am. Please come and support, good opportunity to catch up with other members. See you there!

[09/11/21]   For those who don't have Amazon prime, Ladies US Open final is going to be live on channel 4 this evening.

[05/04/21]   Members - you should have received an email about renewing your membership. Please let us know if you haven't received it.

Club Tournament entries are now open. Links to the sign up sheets have also been emailed out. You can sign up for three events.

[04/06/21]   Apologies if you are experiencing difficulties accessing our website and booking tool. The committee are aware and are working with Clubspark to resolve it as quickly as possible.

[03/27/21]   If you are planning on heading back to tennis from Monday, please remember to still maintain social distancing and use the hand sanitiser provided. Stay safe, take care, and go easy if you've not done much exercise over the winter.

[03/20/21]   Members: if you did not get the email on 12 March about the club reopening on the 29th (yeah 😃!!), then please email [email protected] to let us know.

The email included reminders of playing opportunities that all require you to book a place.


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[01/04/21]   Following tonight's announcement from the Government and updated guidance from the LTA, the club and courts will be closed as if tomorrow. Stay safe everyone.

[01/03/21]   BLTC - Covid-19 Safety Measures - Reminder

Happy New Year!

We would like to remind all members that it is very important to use the alcohol hand gel at the very least on arrival and departure from the club.

Please also remember to use it on entry and exit to/from the clubhouse.

The health and safety of all members is of the highest priority and, as you may be aware there has been a sharp increase in cases of covid-19 in Southampton over the past couple of weeks. We therefore ask that you remain vigilant and take all sensible precautions whilst at the club.

Best wishes

BLTC Committee
Bassett Lawn Tennis Club

[12/25/20]   Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! Hope you all stay safe and well.

[12/24/20]   As you will have heard Southampton will unfortunately go into Tier 4 Covid-19 measures as of 00.01 on 26th December 20 for the foreseeable future.

For outdoor tennis this means that the following will apply:

ONLY permitted with 1 other person from another household OR with multiple players from within your household or support bubble.

For the avoidance of doubt this translates to singles ONLY unless all people on court are from within the same household (or support bubble).

Social tennis and adult group coaching is not permitted. The planned Battle of the Bassetts will not go ahead on 16th January 21 as planned. The committee will reassess the situation next year.

Junior coaching is permitted within Tier 4, Elite Tennis have been in touch with those of you involved and will provide further information prior to the resumption of coaching in January.

Clubhouse access is restricted to toilets, floodlights and collection/return of communal balls only, please ensure that you are extra careful with regards to hand sanitising and we expect that only 1 person will be in the clubhouse at any one time. Please bring your own balls if you have any concerns about using club balls.

As always please respect the social distancing guidelines and government advice.

[11/28/20]   Important information about resuming tennis

We are pleased to say that following the end of national lockdown next week outdoor tennis will be able to resume from Weds 2nd December.

The committee have reviewed the latest LTA guidance (LTA guidance) and as Southampton will initially be in tier 2 we will be able to resume at the same playing status as prior to the national lockdown.

As a reminder this means:

Courts MUST be booked, this is to ensure contact tracing if required
Both doubles and singles are permitted, this includes with people from outside of your household
Friendly league matches will resume, captains will be in touch
Social mix in as well as adult and junior coaching will resume.
First Adult coaching session to be held on Thursday 3rd Dec
6.30pm Beginners
7.30pm Intermediates
First mix-in to be held Tues 8th Dec @ 7.30pm

You must book into a coaching session and mix-in at least 24hrs in advance and details as to how to do this are in the email from the committee.

We would also like to remind everyone of the current clubhouse usage rules below:

MAX 2 people allowed in the clubhouse at any time
Entry to the clubhouse to be limited to:
Turning floodlights on/off
Ball removal/return
Use of toilet
It is NOT permitted to loiter in the clubhouse or shelter from inclement weather
Please make use of the hand sanitiser prior to and after touching light switches/door handles etc
There will now be a QR code on the door of the clubhouse if you enter the clubhouse please can the QR code.

We kindly ask you to respect the rules and please raise any concerns in writing to the committee.

We look forward to seeing you on court soon.

Best regards

Bassett LTC Committee

[11/26/20]   Bookings are open for next weds onwards, more info to follow by email. 04/11/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latest advice

Bassett Tennis - courts closed during Lockdown 2

The Prime Minister has announced new national restrictions for England to be implemented from Thursday 5th November 2020 to Wednesday 2nd December 2020. The measures will have implications for recreational tennis activity and as such all tennis court booking, social events and coaching will not be permitted during this time.

We are following the advice from the LTA and will update any further information and changes here and by email to members. You will see that the court booking sheet is closed for this period of time. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

The committee are meeting regularly to discuss the changes and we hope to be able to get back on the courts as soon as possible.

Thank you.

Latest LTA advice can be found here:

Bassett Lawn Tennis Club Find here the latest advice, guidance and questions regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) for those involved in Tennis in Britain.


Update from Scott Lloyd on the latest coronavirus restrictions in England

We are sure that you will all be aware of the lockdown that comes into force on Thursday. The LTA CEO Scott Lloyd has issued a statement (see link below) to the effect that the LTA believes singles tennis presents a low risk. They are lobbying the government to this effect with aim of getting a decision ahead of the Government vote scheduled for Wednesday.

On this basis the committee has decided it is best to wait to see what the LTA is able to achieve ahead of making any decisions. We plan to meet on Wednesday evening and hope to be able to bring good news at that time.

Cross your fingers everyone and let's hope we can all still play some tennis over the next few weeks.

Many thanks,

Bassett Committee

Link to LTA statement: LTA CEO Scott Lloyd provides an update on the latest coronavirus restrictions in England, and how you can help

[08/30/20]   A quick update on the state of play with regards the opening of the courts.

We are a little behind at this stage with contractors needing to work all day Monday and possibly some of Tuesday as well. They have said they will be able to hand over the courts to us on Tuesday ahead of the mix in that evening. There is still limited space available to join in the mix in. Please refer to the last club email for details of how to register your place.

Sorry for the delay. The wet weather in the last week has put the program back more than anticipated.

[07/19/20]   Updated Reminder: courts will be closed as follows for resurfacing and work on the floodlights. We will let you know if there is any change to this schedule.

27th July - 31st July - CLOSED
1st & 2nd August - open
3rd - 30th August - CLOSED

Courts will now be close for four weeks in August as more work is required than first thought.

[07/06/20]   Anyone tried the Wimbledon wheelie bin challenge yet? From 25ft, how many tennis balls can you hit into an open wheelie bin in 30s? Feel free to post your videos below!

[06/18/20]   Please remember that If you are the last booking of the day, please make sure the court 1 gate is properly locked to avoid non-members using the courts out of hours.

The courts opening hours remain as usual, 9am to 10pm on Sundays, and 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday. Please do not use the courts outside these times.

Thank you for your cooperation.

[06/07/20]   Thank you all for adhering to the new ways of playing. One request: if you are unable to use a court booking you have made, please cancel it. This will then allow another member to book and play, especially as we have reduced court capacity. Thank you.

[05/15/20]   If you are a member, you should have received a couple of emails with details of the return to play and membership fees. Please let us know if you are a member, have paid your fees and haven't received these emails. Thanks. 13/05/2020

LTA Youth Home Tennis Training For Kids Learn all about how to get kids involved with tennis, including activities and games to try out at home. Click here to read more.


When it is time to get back on the Court: How to Play Tennis Safely (USTA Guidelines) 🎾🙌

You are likely to have seen the government advice stating that exercise including tennis will be allowable from Wednesday 13th. The club committee have discussed the advice that has been provided by the LTA and we require time to ensure the club is safe for those who do wish to play tennis. We aim to open up the club as soon as possible but we will not be opening up on the 13th. Please await a further communication before attempting to attend the club.

We thank you for your patience, we will issue our interpretation of the LTA (and the government) guidance within the next few days to let you know how we plan to initially proceed with the commencing play.

📌 Get prepared to play: 📌Tennis Warehouse Europe: https://www...

[05/12/20]   The courts and clubhouse remain closed whilst the committee review the latest guidelines. They will be in touch regarding how to safely get back on court soon. Please be patient as they need to make the right decision whether to allow play or not.

We hope everyone is keeping well and all the best for recovery if you have been ill.

Thank you for your cooperation.


British Association of Tennis Supporters

This evening at 6pm there is a chat between Tim Henman and Jack Draper on Instagram Live. Go to the ATP Champions Tour page for details. 26/04/2020

Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro – Everything you need to know

Not quite live tennis ... From 27-30 April 32 of the top ATP and WTA players, including Andy Murray and Johanna Konta, will compete in the 2020 Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro esports tournament. Find out all you need know about the virtual event here.


LTA - Tennis For Britain

From 27-30 April Andy Murray and Johanna Konta will be competing in the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro eSports tournament 🎾🕹

32 of the top ATP and WTA Tour players will swap tennis rackets for video game controllers as they compete to become champion 🏆

Find out more about the event and how you can follow the Brits here 👉


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One to try if you are not in your own ...

Andy Murray has a challenge for you 👊

Can you complete the #100VolleyChallenge?

Go... 23/03/2020

Strict new curbs on life in UK announced by PM

As you are most likely aware there has been an announcement from the UK government that the country is in a state of lockdown ( The recommendations are that outdoor sports facilities are to close to prevent social gatherings and non essential contact.

Bassett Lawn Tennis Club is therefore complying with these conditions and will be closed to all members until the government relaxes these rules. We apologise for the situation but we hope that you are able to support the club in our decision to close.

Bassett Lawn Tennis Club Gatherings of more than two people are banned, shops ordered to close and social events stopped as part of rules to keep Britons at home and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

[03/22/20]   Further to the most recent advice from the Lawn Tennis Association we have regretfully had to take further measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

All group sessions both coached and mix-in have been cancelled until further notice.

The clubhouse including toilets and changing rooms will be closed.

The courts will remain open for members and we would recommend that singles play is preferred to limit accidental contact.

Members should bring their own balls, hand sanitisers etc. to minimise any cross contamination.

David and Jack will be available for individual coaching sessions.

Please ensure that you comply with all the necessary Government Guidelines on social distancing, hygiene and isolation etc. whilst playing at the club.

Bassett was formed by a group of friends in 1924 and still continues on a non profit basis as a members club to facilitate and promote not just tennis but social interaction and friendship and I would ask all members for their continued support at this difficult time.

We are monitoring the LTA and Government advice and will review and update you as soon as the situation changes.

Bassett Committee

Bassett Lawn Tennis Club


LTA - Tennis For Britain

In need of some activities to keep the kids busy? 🏠🎾

Tennis has got you covered with our first challenge, ‘floor tennis’. First to 20… Ready, set…go! 19/03/2020

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults

Following the further social distancing guidance announced by the government this week, the committee would like to make some recommendations with regards to use of the courts and clubhouse during this time.

It is extremely important that you take the risk to your fellow members seriously and consider that they or their family members may be at higher risk for severe illness than yourself.

Please note that we are aware several members of the club are already in self-isolation with suspected co-vid19. If you have any suspicion that you are experiencing symptoms please DO NOT come to the club.

The club remains open for members however if you wish to continue to use the facilities we highly recommend the following to ensure safety of all members:

• Enter the courts directly and avoid the clubhouse unless absolutely necessary.
• If you wish to enter the clubhouse to ensure hygiene DO NOT do this in groups, remember to stay at least 2 metres away from others at all times
• Take extreme care with hand washing and hygiene before and after being at the club, bring your own hand sanitizer (if you have some!) and use it regularly whilst playing.
• Consider bringing your own balls to play with to avoid cross contamination
• Limit gatherings, the advice is to stay at least 2 metres away from others so consider that if you wish to play tennis that singles may be the best option.

Useful information from the government and LTA at the links below:

If you are in self-isolation and need any help please don't hesitate to reach out to the Bassett WhatsApp groups, no doubt your fellow members will be willing to assist if they can.

With best wishes

Bassett LTC Committee

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⚠The Roland-Garros tournament will be played from 20th September to 4th October 2020.
The current confinement measures have made it impossible for us to continue with the dates originally planned. More informations :

[03/09/20]   Coaching cancelled tonight due to the wet weather forecast.

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124-142 Wilton Road
SO15 5JT

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 10pm
Tuesday 8am - 10pm
Wednesday 8am - 10pm
Thursday 8am - 10pm
Friday 8am - 10pm
Saturday 8am - 10pm
Sunday 8am - 10pm
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