Remarks for our 61st Season updated 12 April 2021
We don't need reminding but the Coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the C&DT
Summer League 2020 and the abandonment of the Winter League 2020/21 with less than half of the scheduled matches played. We started 2021 in full Lockdown and it was agreed at the Annual General Meeting of 11th January not to hold the Knockout cup & plate events in 2021 but to concentrate on trying to get the Summer League up and going, if the government's Road Map
permitted. Because of Lockdown, the AGM was conducted by e-mail online and successfully too!
The Pre-Season Meeting of 29th March was held also online as a Zoom meeting and was particularly well-attended by 18 Clubs, ending in a lively discussion on safeguarding. Although missing the personal contact element, Zoom has several advantages, saving on travel and time, even the room hire cost and could become the norm for future meetings.
Match Secretary Eddy reported that the League had lost some 6 months of tennis through Coronavirus and the 100 team entries for 2021 were at their lowest level since 1998 for various reasons. With 40 Mens teams, he had programmed 4 divisions of 7 and 2 of 6. With 30 each of Womens & Mixed teams, 2 divisions of 8 and 2 of 7. League placements were based upon the 2019
results. Sadly NSI Warminster were unable to raise a team, following the untimely death of Mike Bone, and we shall miss Graham Sleeman's on-court skills, enjoyed since 1998, unless he can represent another club. As I write this Report, the Summer League is poised to start, just after Easter & still subject to various Covid-19 restrictions – we hope that it will continue unhindered except by weather to completion by August and that you will all have an enjoyable season.