Flemington Tennis Club opens Friday, May 22, for the 2020 season

New Jersey has lifted coronavirus restrictions on recreational facilities, including tennis clubs

May 22, 2020

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact our lives in many ways, tennis clubs in New Jersey that were forced to shut down in March have been allowed to reopen, effective Friday, May 22.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday signed Executive Order 147, which allowed for the resumption of certain recreational businesses and activities, including tennis clubs.

The board of the Flemington Tennis Club recognizes that physical activity is an important part of maintaining one’s health and that tennis is one of the safest sports to play during this pandemic, if players follow guidelines for physical distancing and sanitation.

What does this mean for you?

It means that Flemington Tennis Club is open and ready for play (weather permitting) on Friday morning. It also means that FTC and its members will need to abide by new rules set by the State of New Jersey. To summarize, here are some key things you must consider when visiting Flemington Tennis Club:

  • The state has allowed the reopening of tennis clubs “where appropriate social distancing, cleaning, sanitizing and hygiene practices can be implemented.”
  • Our pavilion/picnic area (the covered rest area with tables and benches) will remain closed until further notice. This includes the water fountain, so please bring your own water bottles.
  • Capacity at the club is limited to 18 people at a time. Think of 3 doubles matches played simultaneously + 6 players waiting inside the fence. (Note: Executive Order 148 allows for outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, following social distancing guidelines.)
  • Maintain a minimum of 6 feet of spacing between all players who don’t live together. Benches and chairs will be available, but they will be spaced appropriately.
  • We have some hand sanitizer and have ordered some sanitizing wipes for use at the club, but we strongly encourage all members to be responsible for their own safety and to bring their own sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer and spray disinfectants.
  • As the club is not a staffed facility (unlike, say, Courtside Racquet Club or Roland Garros), we will rely on members to comply with these rules and sanitize any areas they may touch (front gate and lock, sheds, benches and chairs, portable bathroom, court and line brushes, etc.).
  • Finally, while Flemington Tennis Club is much more than an oasis of three HAR-TRU courts in the middle of Flemington Borough—it’s really a community of friendly, tennis-loving individuals—social gatherings will not be allowed until further notice.

The USTA has provided guidelines for players and facilities for safe play during the coronavirus pandemic. We recommend that you read these carefully.

Please check our website, www.flemingtontennis.org, and our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/flemingtontennisclubNJ/, for updates.

If you have any question, please contact us at flemingtontennisclub@gmail.com, or call (908) 782-1010 and leave a message.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on Flemington Tennis Club

March 2020

We’re all very concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and how it will impact our lives in the coming weeks and months. At Flemington Tennis Club, the health and well-being of our members is our primary concern. We take the risk of infection seriously and continue to follow the guidance of health officials, like the Centers for Disease Control and the State of New Jersey.

Flemington Tennis Club is proceeding with plans to open for the 2020 season whenever state authorities deem it safe for us to convene for recreational activities. (Check our website and Facebook page for updates.) We will continue to monitor the situation and seek recommendations from local, state and federal health officials about the risk of contracting or spreading the disease.

Meanwhile, preparations to ready the courts for the upcoming season have already begun. We are hopeful that we’ll be able to provide facilities and a welcoming environment for the local tennis community in 2020. But for now, our fiercest opponent is coronavirus, and losing is not an option.

When the State of New Jersey eventually relaxes its restrictions on group gatherings, such as playing tennis, we will again gather at Flemington Tennis Club to enjoy playing the sport we all love. At that time, we will offer guidelines to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

If you have any concerns or questions you’d like to send to the Flemington Tennis Club Board, please email flemingtontennisclub@gmail.com. We will address all inquiries in a timely manner and update the website with Frequently Asked Questions.

Win or lose, it’s always a LOVE game, so let’s take care of each other.

Thank you,

The Flemington Tennis Club Board of Directors

 

Flemington Tennis Club prepares for 2020 season

You don’t need perfect vision to see that the 2020 tennis season is almost here.

But before we start hitting the fuzzy green balls, the Flemington Tennis Club needs to take care of some important business at the club’s annual membership meeting, which is scheduled for Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Hunterdon County Senior Center.

Among the items on the agenda will be a review of the 2019 season, a treasurer’s report, a groundskeeping report, a call for volunteers and the election of officers. New and returning members are welcomed to attend.

Membership fees for the 2020 season are:

  • Adult Single Membership: $300 ($350 after March 31)
  • Family Membership: $375 ($425 after March 31)

To sign up, download and complete the new member form or membership renewal form and mail it with your check, payable to “Flemington Tennis Club, Inc.”, to:

Flemington Tennis Club, Inc.
c/o John McCune
4 Wood Road
Pittstown, NJ  08867

Spring will be here before you know it. Don’t hesitate to join us this year and save money on your annual membership.

Oktoberfest 2019: Brats, beer, balls and a beagle

The Flemington Tennis Club celebrated Oktoberfest under blue skies with traditional German fare, beer, wine and plenty of tennis. Watch the video below for a history of the centuries-old festival and highlights from the day, including an Oktoberfest miracle.

2019 Mixed Doubles Threepeat

Congratulations to the 2019 FTC Mixed Doubles Champions, Annu & Brian, who defeated Meredith & Michael 6-2, 7-5 on Sunday, October 6. Check out the video below to relive championship point.

2019 Doubles Winners Crowned

Congratulations to the FTC 2019 doubles tournament winners, Carlos & Jim, who defeated Brian & Kevin in a tightly contested match on Saturday, October 5. The final score: 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3.

 

Inaugural women’s doubles round-robin tourney is a rousing success

Flemington Tennis Club on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, started what looks like could be a new tradition: a round-robin women’s doubles tennis tournament.

Eleven women signed up, and George W. volunteered to be the 12th player to round out the round robin. (Reports from courts say that despite the oppressive heat ☀️ and humidity, George’s hair fared well.)

Sue M. and Ellie L. earned first and second prizes, respectively.

Below are some photos from the event.

Flemington Tennis Club is back on Facebook!

Once upon a time, Flemington Tennis Club had a Facebook page. Then, through an unfortunate mishap, we lost administrative control of that page. So, it sat dormant for many months and will likely remain in Facebook limbo forever.

Then, we started a new Facebook page! The end.

So, if you do the Facebook thing, go ‘head and follow the new and improved Flemington Tennis Club page. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/flemingtontennisclubNJ/.

[Note: Just to clarify, there are currently TWO Flemington Tennis Club pages on Facebook. Follow/like the one listed here. Think of the old Facebook page as the archival page. If you’re still confused, ask your grandchildren to help you figure it out.]

Wimbledon brunch at FTC cut short by rain

Just like Wimbledon, the Flemington Tennis Club brunch celebrating the two-week tournament in London was two parts sunshine and one part rain. The festivities started promptly at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and the on-court action ended abruptly at 1 p.m. when a thunderstorm soaked the courts.

Check out the video below for some highlights from the party and find out which players Rosemarie, Alejandro and Dana are picking to win Wimbledon this year.

FTC hosts Wimbledon Brunch on Saturday, July 6

Flemington Tennis Club will host a brunch gathering on Saturday, July 6, to commemorate the Wimbledon tennis tournament, which begins July 1.

The summer social event will be held at the club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday, July 7.)

Bring your tennis racquets, your appetite and some brunch fare and drinks to share. The hostesses promise to supply strawberries and cream, a brunch casserole and some champagne to start the celebration.

Flemington Tennis Club joins 2019 Memorial Day Parade

Flemington Tennis Club was founded in 1927 by returning World War I veterans, so it is fitting that the club honored the memories of those who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces by marching in this year’s Flemington Memorial Day parade.

Check out the video below for some highlights from the parade.

Come on out to FTC–the weather is fine!

Despite Thursday’s storms, courts 1 and 2 are playable Friday morning (May 24). The sunny, dry and breezy weather should help dry court 3 by this afternoon. Even Jazz the dog is eager to play ball. Why aren’t you?

Food, fun, great weather and lots of tennis at the 2019 FTC open house

The weather for the 2019 Flemington Tennis Club open house on Saturday, May 18, could not have been better.

Bright sunshine, mild temperatures, low humidity and virtually no wind greeted dozens of club members and a few guests who gathered at the club from noon until past 4 p.m. to play tennis, eat grilled burgers and hot dogs and get acquainted, or reacquainted, with fellow members.

It was a perfect start to what we anticipate will be another great year at Flemington Tennis Club. Even a local butterfly stopped by to get some court time.

Check out the video below for some highlights from the 2019 FTC open house.

Court condition update for 5 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo 2019: Wet

The court conditions at Flemington Tennis Club at 5 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo 2019: Wet.

Flemington Tennis Club Open House will be May 18, 2019

The Flemington Tennis Club will host an open house for members and their guests from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Rain date is Sunday, May 19–same time.)

There will be food. There will be tennis. There will be fun.

Flemington Tennis Club members are encouraged to bring side dishes, desserts, beverages and guests.

FTC open house 2019

Flemington Tennis Club opens Wednesday, April 17, for the 2019 season

The nets are up, the lines are down & spring is in the air. It’s time to play tennis!

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4-14-19 - court 1 net closeup

4-14-19 - Court 1

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4-14-19 - through the fence

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