Willison Park's courts

The courts at Willison are clay, rather than the standard coarser en-tous-cas courts generally in use at other clubs. The clay courts were installed in conjunction with Tennis Australia, as part of a program to familiarise promising Australian juniors with European clay playing conditions.

The playing characteristics sought from the introduction of this surface were:

  • Slow ball speed
  • Medium to high ball bounce
  • Uniform trueness of bounce
  • Reward for top spin strokes
  • Reward for slice strokes
  • Firm footing with ability to slide
  • Medium to soft shock absorption qualities
  • After the construction of clay courts at Melbourne Park, this program was moved to those facilities. The committee at Willison decided to continue with the clay surface rather than revert to en-tous-cas.

    Court maintenance

    Whilst all court surfaces require some degree of maintenance, clay surfaces generally require a higher level of maintenance and therefore cost.

    In particular, the courts at Willison are exceptionally vulnerable in dry windy conditions. These conditions have in the past led to complete loss of the court surface on a number of occasions. Replacement of the surface is an expensive process for the club, and is preventible if members co-operate by ensuring that the courts are thoroughly watered fence-to-fence before and after play. It’s not enough to just give the courts a light sprinkle between the lines. It’s essential that members comply with these directions.

    Members can help keep the courts in good condition in other ways. If you have free time on any day where high temperatures and strong winds are forecast, an hour or so spent soaking the courts would be appreciated.

    The club has installed an automatic watering system to assist with this vital aspect of court maintenance, but this does require monitoring to ensure that leaks are managed and that over-watering does not occur.

    Availability of Courts

    tennis racquet and balls

    Availability of Courts

    At Willison Park Tennis Club competitive tennis takes precedence over social play, with usage rights determined according to membership:

    Full: At all times except when courts are required for coaching or competition.

    Juniors: At all times except when courts are required for coaching or competition plus on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm (unless playing in competition).

    Court Usage Timetable
      SAT SUN MON TUES WED THUR FRI
    8am-9am Junior
    Comp
    4
    courts
    Junior
    Comp
    6
    courts
        Ladies'
    Social
    2 courts
       
    9am-10am   Ladies'
    Comp +
    Coaching
    6 courts
    Ladies'
    Comp +
    Coaching
    4 courts
     
    Coaching 9:30am- 10:30am
    1 court
    Coaching
    9:30am- 10:30am
    2 courts
    10am-11am Ladies'
    Comp
    2 courts
       
    11am-12    
    12-1pm    
    1pm-2pm Senior
    Comp
    4 - 6
    courts
    (See note below)
               
    2pm-3pm            
    3pm-4pm            
    Coaching
    3:30pm-
    9pm
    3 courts
    Coaching
    3:30pm-
    8pm
    3 courts
    4pm-5pm   Coaching
    4pm-7pm
    5 courts
    Coaching
    4pm-7pm
    5 courts
    Coaching
    3:45pm-
    7pm
    5 courts

    7pm-8:30pm
    3 courts
    5pm-6pm  
    6pm-7pm    
    7pm-8pm     Night
    Comp +
    Coaching
    2 courts
    Night
    Comp +
    Coaching
    3 courts
    8pm-9pm      

     

    Note - Saturday afternoon court usage

    On some competition days courts are also available for social play.

    Social players are requested to respect competition players by not walking through courts while matches are in progress. Please use the side gates whenever possible.

    Lights for Night Tennis

    lights for night tennis

    Lights are available on all 6 courts. Club members may use lights until 10pm everyday of the week. The lights are provided free to members for the 2017/18 year. There is a security box located on the side of the Clubhouse next to the decking which contains switches for all court lights.

    Key Fobs

    A new security system in now in place at WPTC. Security fobs are available from the Membership Secretary at a cost of $25. lf the same fob system is in place, $20 is refundable when the fobs are eventually returned. lf key is lost, the replacement cost is $25.

    Please note that fobs are not issued to junior members under the age of 15 years. At times of high use, i.e. coaching and competition, the gate will be programmed to permit entry—please try gate handle first prior to swiping fob.

    Please do not prop open the gate at anv time.

    Visitors

    A visitor fee of $5 per visit is payable when a visitor uses the courts. A visitor must be accompanied by a member and is allowed a maximum of 3 visits per year unless applying for membership. The money is to be paid online stating that it is visitor fees:
    CBA BSB: 063-000
    Acct No: 0090-5364

    Court Care

    brooms

    It is vital that members follow the steps below when using the courts:

    Water the courts when necessary. The amount of watering required depends on the weather; in periods of warmer weather courts should be watered before, during and at the conclusion of play. Playing on dry courts may cause severe damage as the top layers of the court can disintegrate. Please remember to water the area behind the baselines.

    Wear proper tennis shoes. Court conversion to clay means correct footwear is essential. Tennis shoes should be non-marking and have a flat sole. Cross-trainers and heeled shoes are not appropriate and damage the courts. Also, note that some shoes marketed as tennis shoes may be designed for hard-courts and may not be suitable for the clay courts at WPTC.

    proper tennis footwear for clay courts

    Bag the courts. Bagging the courts involves pulling the drag mats over the court surface to erase all footmarks and provide an even spread of surface particles. Please remember to bag the entire court including the area behind the baselines. Courts should be bagged at the conclusion of play. In periods of warm weather bagging the courts may produce large amounts of dust; to avoid this, water the courts prior to bagging.