Life members welcomed

Ocean Grove Tennis Club life members Pauline Lucas, Anne Trebble, Richard Proctor and Donna James with club president Leon Eyck in the middle. (supplied)

Ocean Grove Tennis club (OGTC) recently welcomed four new life members – Pauline Lucas, Anne Trebble, Richard Proctor and Donna James.

Life memberships at OGTC are not a reflection of tennis competition success but are issued to members of the club that have made an extended and outstanding continuation to the club as a whole.

Jacob Grills is a new addition to OGTC Tennis Fanatics Coaching team.

Jacob started his tennis journey as an OGTC junior and this led him to travel the world as a professional tennis player, winning and getting into finals in events in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Jacob has been a hitting partner for some of the tennis greats of our time including

Venus Williams, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. He has also undergone training with Tennis Australia as part of its wheelchair program including playing alongside Dylan Alcott. Jacob is currently coaching Marty Dunn who competed at the 2021 Paralympics.

OGTC has two coaching clinics programmed for this summer with the first on the summer January 10 and 11 and the second a more advanced clinic on January 13 and 14.

These clinics are open to members and non-members and numbers are limited so if interested jump onto the Tennis Fanatics website for more details and to register your interest (

Moving into the new year OGTC will be keen to gauge interest for all ability and wheelchair tennis programs. With the arrival of Jacob to the club and his experience in this area OGTC is excited to explore the potential for the club to introduce tennis to more diverse sections of our community (

On a social perspective OGTC will be running social events through January which includes social tennis, live music, food (catered by local cafes) and the club bar.

A prelude to these events was held through December and has been very successful.

The January program of family friendly events commenced with an afternoon session With Kim Elise Cooper) and followed with Friday evening sessions with Dirty Stopouts.

Dallas Holden will play on January 14, finishing with Princess Planet on January 21.

A $5 cover charge applies to the events. Visit Ocean Grove Tennis Club Facebook page for more details.

The club has an online booking system through for access to its courts. This allows non-members to pay online for court usage including under lights in the evening up to 11pm.

New arrivals in town and those visiting over summer can now take advantage of OGTC summer membership of $55 per person or $90 for a family that provides access up to the end of March.

Summer membership provides free access to our courts during the day and discounted bookings under lights.

Contact the club via email ( or online ( to enquire about summer membership or court bookings.