Tennis Court at Tallinn University of Technology
At Tallinn University of Technology, Tennis is played outdoors only on a clay court near the Mektory building operated by the students, staff and alumni at a wide range of playing skills. During the indoor season some of us play in the invitational Tennis Contacts system operating at many top-level and student-friendly tennis halls in or near Tallinn.
Visiting students having a basic or better understanding of clay court tennis and an introductory command of stroke techniques, willing to help with court maintenance and being considerate of other players' interests are welcome to play on the tennis court at Tallinn University of Technology. Beginners can take their tennis skills to the entry level by e.g. renting tennis equipment (ID-card as guarantee) from the Student Union office and using the courtside fence for free.
Competition is at the core of the Tennis Contacts system, so 4 singles and 2-3 doubles tournaments are held every year, one of each indoors. During the outdoor season we compete and practice on clay only outside the university, too.
The university championships are held in an 8-day period a week before the start of the next academic year. Our most popular tournament, the Hundred Tennis Player Wood "Summer" (Tallinn Tech Open) starts right after the academic year in mid-June and ends in parallel with the championships in August. Earlier in May and June, we have a season-opening doubles tournament and an academic year ending singles tie-break tournament, respectively. A season-ending doubles tournament in September might sometimes take place at the university tennis court, too. Everybody at the university with basic skills and a core idea of the tennis etiquette is welcome at our tournaments at the university tennis court. The rest of our tournaments are indoors and invitational.
Practices at the university tennis court are streamlined in a regular fashion in order to provide for the care needed for clay courts.
Players having a regular practice time can to limited extent book the court on an occasional basis, too. We don't have any paid staff on court, so we share our clay court maintenance know-how and let all players take care of the university tennis court themselves. The same applies to a reasonable extent on other courts in our system as we aim at useful co-operation also for the tennis clubs and centers in our system, so they are willing to have us around in the future.
Applying for membership
The procedure to join us can be described by the following steps:
- sending your application to tennisekontakt "at" lists ttu ee (may be just one line with your name and request for play, but please provide your student ID if you are a student);
- choosing a suitable regular practice time;
- providing us with your e-mail address that you frequently use for our mailing list to keep everybody in sync with work progress in spring and other urgent information about the university tennis court also later during the season (not much traffic there except in April);
- paying the admission/membership fee 10+x € (if you are not member of the university sports club yet then 30+x €) where x is 0 or 10 € (in 2018 it's 10 €);
- activating your Tennis Contacts account (sorry for the quick-n-dirty hack that has not been upgraded to a user-friendly solution yet!);
- helping us prepare the court for the season (on the average 2-5 h of possibly intensive work that can get dirty) in the latter part of April;
- attending a 1-2 h clay court maintenance workshop and agreeing to abide by all related regulations (which you confirm by transferring the membership fee mentioned above, very reasonable regulations just to keep problems from happening).
Unfortunately our regulations are in Estonian only, but the key parts of it will be explained at the workshop: