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(Written by Emre Saridogan):

Federer On The Brink of Reclaiming Number One Spot

Roger Federer has spent so much time justifying his methods of self-preservation, how he plays a reduced number of tournaments compared to the rest of the tour to keep his body healthy, something which is so important at this stage of his career.

It is because of this that the Swiss’ decision to accept a wildcard at the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam this week came as such a shock to tennis fans. However, this decision carries particular importance, as it means that just 3 match wins there could see Federer return to world number one for the first time since October 2012. His rival Rafael Nadal has chosen not to play this week and will not play for another 2 weeks in order to rest his injured knee.

Many will question this decision, and dismiss it as a bid for material glory and something done for the sake of sentimentality. Does reclaiming the number one spot really matter when Federer holds the undisputed record for the longest time spent as world number one? On the other hand, the top spot is within touching distance and will one extra tournament in an already greatly reduced schedule really make such a difference? It is difficult to say, as many experts cite Federer’s long periods of rest and recovery as one of the major reasons for his increased success.

All this is however elementary, and what really matters is that the man from Switzerland must reach the semi-finals this week to reach number one. This will not be easy, and there are several potential banana skins on the way to the last four. His first match will be unlikely to challenge the great man, and as tricky as Ruben Bemelmans is, Federer is simply a different class. In Round 2, either up and coming star Karen Khachanov or old rival Philipp Köhlschreiber awaits, both of whom could cause problems. Khachanov had a good week last week, reaching the quarter finals in Montpellier, most notably overcoming a resurgent David Ferrer in 3 tight sets. Köhlschreiber may never have beaten Federer in 12 attempts, but their last meeting on an indoor hard court in Basel in 2015 resulted in a tight 3 set encounter, with Federer prevailing 6-4 4-6 6-4. In the quarter finals, he potentially faces Stan Wawrinka, who has slowly been playing himself back into form after 6 months out due to injury. Wawrinka holds a 3-2 record in 2018. Not particularly impressive, but Stan is fighting and will most certainly not go down easily.

The verdict? I believe that the Swiss maestro will pass the potential tests with flying colours and will most likely go on to win the title. Although Wawrinka has beaten Federer 3 times, all of those happened on outdoor clay, and Wawrinka’s defeat to eventual champion Mirza Basic in Sofia last week was less than impressive. Federer is likely to become the oldest number one in history at 36, smashing Andre Agassi’s record of 33 set in 2003. He opens his campaign on Tuesday. Don’t miss it.


Many thanks,

Head Coach

Phil Layfield



Coaching staff

Phil layfield, Head CoachPhil Layfield, Kent Coach of the Year 2009 and Aegon Coach of the Month for April 2014.  Phil is an LTA qualified and licensed Level 3 coach who has been running the coaching programme at the club since 2007.  Phil is first aid trained and DBS checked.  Phil is in charge of developing the junior and adult players, from beginner to team player, as well as developing links with local schools.  Phil is the competition organiser for the junior competitions held on Friday evenings and runs the adult Tennis Xpress session on Thursday evenings, as well as the ladies coaching on Friday mornings alongside Luke House.  Phil is the junior competition organiser for all our junior teams (8&U - 18&U) and works with an excellent group of parents who help run the teams throughout the summer and winter months.  Phil has a fantastic team of coaches to help provide group and individual lessons as well as social events, including our monthly adult American Tournaments.  Phil is also available for junior and adult individual coaching (please see prices below).  Phil also captains the men’s 1st team in Kent and regularly plays in the doubles leagues. For further information about coaching at the club, please email: or call 07815 927767


Phil layfield, Head CoachLuke House, is an LTA qualified and licensed Level 4 coach.  Luke is first aid trained and DBS checked.  Luke started at the club as an aspiring junior player and has progressed through the coaching qualifications to become an integral part of the coaching team, working with our junior players from 3 to 18 years old.  Luke runs the adult team standard coaching on Monday evenings, the adult coaching on Thursday evenings, the adult cardio tennis session on Saturday mornings, as well as the ladies coaching on Friday mornings alongside Phil Layfield.  Luke is coaching in several primary schools within the local area strengthening links with the club.  Luke is also the competition organiser for our monthly adult American Tournaments.  Luke is available for junior and adult individual coaching (please see prices below).  Luke captains the men's 1st team in North Kent and the men's 1st team in the Aegon leagues, regularly playing in the singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles leagues.  Furthermore, Luke organises all our NK Cup teams.


The coaching team

Level 3 and 4 Coaches, first aid trained and DBS checked

Dan House (3)  
Martin Shishkov (3)  
James Maloney (3)  
Jon Pitchford (3)  
Dave Harrild (4)  


Level 2 Coaches, first aid trained and DBS checked

Adam Guildford  
Matt Snow  
Ron Cooper  
Jon Pitchford  
Ozan Saridogan  
Jane Zinopoulos  


Level 1 Coaches, first aid trained and DBS checked:


Emma Abbate  
Max Saunders  
Cameron Beresford-Allan  
Leo Phillips-Jacovides  
Olivia Brent  
Jacob Million  


Level 1 Coach, fully trained referee:

Emre Saridogan  


All the above have been mentored and observed by the Head Coach and volunteered a certain amount of coaching hours, dependent on the course being completed. The club also encourages any juniors to complete coaching awards.


Please may all parents remember that they are responsible for the care of their children who are not in lessons at the club.  Obviously the coaching team will take care of any children during the sessions, but will not be responsible for any siblings left on site.

Many thanks.

The Directors


Coaching fees

Individual lessons for members and non-members are available throughout the year from the coaching team.  Cost as follows.

£25 per hour for adults and juniors (5-18 years old).  Please note there will be an extra £5 charge for adult day members and an extra £2 charge for junior day members, who must sign the visitor book.
30 minute lessons are also available.  Please contact Head Coach Phil Layfield to discuss more.
'Buddy Hitting' is also available with all Level 2 coaches.  Cost is £12 per hour for adults and juniors.
Throughout the winter months an extra £5 per hour will be charged for the use of the floodlights.

For information about membership email the Club Secretary. For information about coaching email the Head Coach