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Harrow Lawn Tennis Club

Before play commences


Almost certainly founded in 1880, three years after the first championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, our club today has over two hundred and fifty members. In addition to playing social tennis, we enter teams into the Middlesex League every year and have done so since 1970. Back then we entered only two teams; now we enter twelve. We also have teams in floodlit, ladies' and mixed leagues, however we consider ourselves more than just a tennis club. We enjoy ourselves off- as well as on-court and make our social diary as active as we can. We have open days, barbecues, quiz evenings, Pimm's parties, and more besides.



Browse this site to learn more or, better still, come along for a game. We reside in the beautiful grounds of Harrow School. You can reach us via Garlands Lane, Harrow-on-the-Hill. (See map.)

Harrow School leases its courts and a small pavilion to us. The courts are named The Beckwith Courts after two Old Harrovians, Peter and Sir John Beckwith, brothers who enjoyed their tennis and funded the tennis court facilities.

Ralph Watson
Harrow LTC President



We aim to develop players in the long-term and encourage all our juniors to take professional instruction. Like the Lawn Tennis Association we maintain that correct technique and sound understanding of the game require competent coaching. With this in mind, we are pleased that Elaina Forland (07789 961142) coaches our juniors. (See coaching times.) Read more.


We welcome members and non-members alike to adult beginner/improver coaching with Elaina Forland (077899 61142). You will learn techniques and tactics in fun-packed sessions that include drills and competitive yet friendly matches. Read more.

Ian Jones coaches our teams and runs a group-coaching session for adults (Saturdays 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. in the summer and 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. in the winter). Ian also offers personal tuition (07958 223238). Read more.

Middlesex League

Middlesex League
We have six ladies' and six gentlemens' teams in the Slazenger Middlesex North-West League.


Club Champions 2017

Ladies Singles Martine Lowe   Ladies Singles Plate Emilie Davies
Mens Singles Stephen Bloom   Mens Singles Plate Barry Hurley
Ladies Doubles Elena Synesi &
Tracey Woof
  Ladies Doubles Plate Emilie &
Philippa Davies
Mens Doubles Pete Rutland &
Mick Hooker
  Mens Doubles Plate James Walerych &
Nick Page
Mixed doubles Trine Juliussen &
Pete Rutland
  Mixed Doubles Plate Anne White &
Aidan Cusack
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Latest HLTC News

HLTC wins David Lloyd Charity Autumn League

Ladies Charity League 2017

This year HLTC entered 3 teams in this competition. Our ladies 1st division team were overall champions, narrowly beating Gerrard's Cross by just 2 points.

The winning team from each division is allocated the entry fees to donate to their chosen charity. Our team chose the Weldon Activity Group which is a day care centre, based in Harrow. It offers a safe environment to meet the needs of many disadvantaged members of the local community.

On Tuesday 5 December the four top teams from each division were invited to David Lloyd Northwood to play social tennis and enjoy a buffet lunch as well as receiving the winning shield and cheque for their division.

HLTC and Elstree Lawn Tennis Club


In order to accommodate winter matches and to extend social tennis in the winter, HLTC have formed a relationship and are proud to be associated with Elstree Lawn Tennis Club.

Situated in Aldenham Road, Elstree, Herts, ELTC was founded in 1975 and today boasts 6 fully floodlit courts. Three are astro turf and three are macadam.

For full details about ELTC please click their logo.

                          Elstree Logo

On Wednesday, 20 September, HLTC members attended an introduction evening at ELTC where floodlit tennis was played with drinks and snacks following.

A few photographs from the evening are here

More details about floodlit Winter matches and social tennis at Elstree Lawn Tennis Club coming soon.

September 2017 - Challenge Cup & President's Pimms


The annual Challenge Cup, organised by Roger Frais, followed by President's Pimms, bartended by Ralph Watson, was held on Sunday, September 17.

To enter the Challenge Cup, a mixed doubles partnership with a combined age of not less than 101 years is required, which made for some interesting partnerships!

After a round robin of matches, the final between Wendy Driver/Pete Rutland and Vicky de Lacy-Egan/Philip Sykes was won by Wendy and Pete. A few photographs from the day can be found here

Thanks to all the couples who entered and made the day a success.

July 2017 - HLTC Finals Day

Courtside Finals Day 2017

Sunday, July 9 saw HLTC hold its Finals Day with spectators being treated to a very high standard of tennis and excellent weather. Club Champions for 2017 are listed above and photographs from the day can be found on the Photographs page.

Congratulations to all Finalists with thanks to Gordon Keys for organising the day, all the officials, helpers and spectators who made the day such a success.

May 2017 - HLTC versus Harrow School Boys

HLTC vs Boys 2017

Saturday, May 13 saw Harrow School host the annual "Harrow Cup" match against HLTC.

The weather was kind with a little wind but no rain, our hosts were generous, the tennis very competative and entertaining to watch.

Despite playing really well, HLTC lost to an opposition that was just too strong and talented.

The photograph shows Ralph Watson, HLTC President, handing over the "Harrow Cup" to Harrow School Boys.

April 2017 - HLTC Winter Handicap Final

Winter Handicap 2016/7

Sunday, April 10 was a beautiful day for the Club's Winter Handicap Tournament final - Patrick's Paddy Wackers versus Chris Mad's team. The Paddy Wackers were the victors in a close, competitive and fun event.

Thanks to Anne White who has been the tournament organiser for several years and who has now stepped down.

April 2017 - Kenton Winter Floodlit League Winners

Kenton 2016/7

HLTC made a clean sweeep in this event, winning the Mixed (Captain, Wendy Driver), the Mens' (Captain, Mick Hooker) and the Ladies' (Captain, Sue Forder) championship shields!

A presentation night was held at Kenton Tennis club, attended by palyers and club members

Kenton 2016/7

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Calendars 2018


HLTC dates

 Sun   25  Mar  Winter Handicap Final  10:00 -  12:30
 Sun   25  Mar  AGM  12:45 -  14:00
 Sun   12  May  Harrow School vs HLTC  14:00 -  17:30
 Sat   26  May  Harrow School Speech Day  NO PLAY -  all day
 Sun   27  May  Annual Charity Tournament  10:00 -  12:30
 Sun   27  May  Lack Cup  14:00 -  16:00
 Sun   8  Jul  Club Finals Day  10:00 -  17:00
 Sun   2  Sep  Challenge Cup &     President's Pimms  10:00 -  13:00
 Sun   9  Dec  Christmas Drinks  18:30 -  20:30
 Sat   15  Dec  Christmas Fun Day  10:00 -  12:00

A members social tennis tournament is held on the last Sunday of every month (except Aug and Dec) from
10 a.m. prompt till noon. The entry fee is £1.

Harrow School dates

 Fri 26 Jan to Sun 28 Jan  Exeat
 Fri 9 Feb to Sun 18 Feb  Spring Half Term
 Fri 9 Mar to Sun 11 Mar  Exeat
 Sat 24 Mar to Mon 16 Apr  Spring Break
 Sat 5 May to Mon 7 May  Exeat
 Sat 26 May to Sun 3 Jun  Summer Half Term
 Sat 30 Jun to Tue 4 Sep  Summer Break
 Fri 28 Sep to Sun 30 Sep  Exeat
 Fri 19 Oct to Wed 31 Oct  Autumn Half Term
 Fri 16 Nov to Sun 18 Nov  Exeat
 Sat 8 Dec to Mon 7 Jan 2019  Winter Break


To join the club, come along to the courts on a weekend morning, when you can play a game or two and talk to a member of our committee. General Club Information, Terms and Conditions, Events Calendar and other useful information should be read and can be downloaded here

Membership types, Club fees and other information can be found on the How To Join page.

To apply for membership go here Membership Application

Playing Times

During term, members share the courts with the Harrow schoolboys and may play in the mornings and evenings.
The School reserves the courts in the late afternoons.

HLTC Playing Times during Harrow School Terms
  a.m. until p.m. from
British Summer Time (BST) starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October at 1 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
In 2018 BST begins Mar 25 and ends Oct 28.
 Monday (BST)           16:00           18:30
 Monday (GMT)           14:00           16:30
 Tuesday           14.00           18:30
 Wednesday (BST)           16:00           18:30
 Wednesday (GMT)           14:00           16:30
 Thursday           14.00           18:30
 Friday (BST)           16:00           18:30
 Friday (GMT)           14:00           16:30
 Saturday           14:00           18:30
 Sunday           14:00           17:00

Download Playing Times for a comprehensive listing of term time and holiday playing times:


Alex Bolotov (tel. 07584 080733) does much of the Club's stringing. Selection of strings. Precise tension. Convenient location. Fast service.

TC Blau-Weiß, Kassel

Harrow LTC has had a special 10 year bond with a tennis club in Kassel, Germany called TC Blau-Weiß. Our two clubs enjoy each other's competition and friendship and we alternate visits.

2009 TC Blau-Weiß visited us
2011 We visited them
2013 TC Blau-Weiß visited us
2015 We met at Lake Garda, Italy


Committee members are elected at the AGM. Except for the President, whose term is five years, all hold office for three years.

 Ralph Watson  President
 Bernadette O'Connell  Hon Treasurer
 Enid Silverstone  Hon Secretary
 Sue Forder  Membership Secretary
 Pete Rutland  Gentlemens Tennis Captain
 Philippa Davies  Ladies Tennis Captain
 Chris Madgashian  New Members Liaison Officer
 Wendy Driver  Match Secretary and Harrow  School Liaison
 Gordon Keys  General Membership Rep
 Patrick Freely  General Membership and Legal Rep
 Roger Frais  Past President


 Beverley Bailey  Child Protection Officer
 Elaina Forland  Club Coach / Junior Rep
 Gordon Keys  Tournament Organiser
 Vicky de Lacy  Public Relations Officer
 Mike Driver  General Support
 Pete Rutland  Tournament & Team Support
 Ralph Watson  Website Administrator

Committee Area


A history of the club is available for download. If you have anything to add, we would love to hear from you: