Hyacinth’s Corner

What a great month this has been for tennis. A few very hot days, but overall the weather has offered numerous opportunities to get out of the house and engage in some badly needed social activity in a safe environment.

Hyacinth’s virtual coaching posts have both helped to entertain and educate, providing a positive activity to stimulate our brain cells in a practical way.

Hyacinth’s post for this week offers suggestions to increase our mental edge while playing.

Her post can be found on the ATC website (atc.sport.blog) on the Hyacinth’s Corner page.

Hyacinth’s Corner



The next two “communication-bits” will be added to the Hyacinth’s Corner Page on the ATC website on July 24th & July 31st and will highlight 10 of the important areas in which Y-O-U are absolutely IN CHARGE while on the tennis court!  

Being continually aware of these areas will definitely be positive stepping-stones to your increased enjoyment of this FABSPORT, and also advance your own improvement.   

They’re part of the Section of “Helpful-Hint” (H-H), and emphasize TAKING CONTROL, WHEN you can, and WHERE you can … Thinking/Prepping Ahead   

I know that most of you plan to participate in ATC’s “OTT-Valley” tourney (rescheduled from 2020 to 2021)

These 10 H-H’s will be fab additions to your “play-book”.  Really & Truly!!


HC Smile —613-623-0976

Hyacinth’s Corner

The third post of Hyacinth’s Corner is ready to view.

This latest post poses a scenario based on a doubles tournament and asks a question regarding a deviation from normal play by one young upstart player, Rachelina.

To view the scenario and take the quiz, go-to the Hyacinth’s Corner page in the left margin of the ATC Website.

When you complete and SUBMIT the quiz, the results are automatically e-mailed to Hyacinth, our club pro.

Hyacinth has spent a lot of time in her corner to keep us active and thinking tennis.

You can thank her by participating in this week’s quiz.

Rainy Saturday

If you are looking for an activity today while we welcome the long needed rain, why not click on the HYACINTH’S CORNER page in the left hand margin of our website. (atc.sport.blog)

Hyacinth recently posted advice and an exercise to improve Player Strategy, something that players of all levels can benefit from.

Remember that this page is Password Protected and available to ATC members only. The password is the same as the gate code.

Enjoy the day…………

Hyacinth’s Corner Update

Editor’s Note

Hyacinth’s Corner is an initiative offered by our club pro Hyacinth Chatterton to keep ATC players actively thinking about tennis and provide opportunities to improve their play.

Updates will be sent to this, the main ATC webpage, but the program posts will be added to the Hyacinth’s Corner page that is available in the left hand menu side of the website. Please note that this page is password protected at Hyacinth’s request. The password is the same as the tennis court gate code.

The following is information on Hyacinth’s upcoming posting to her page.

Many thanks for participating in Week-1 of ATC’s “virtual” programming, by sending your response to the “Vladimir/Olaf” QUIZ ! 

You were correct in identifying that the point goes to Olaf, since the ball was still in play when Vladimir vaulted the net to his opponent’s side.

Next Steps

    [a] #2 in this series of “virtual” communication – PRACTICE-TO-PLAY—will be sent FRIDAY July 10th.

    [b] At the end of AUGUST, there will be recognition of participation, so I look forward to receiving your ongoing feedback re these “communication-bits” …

CHEERS ! … Hyacinth-C  —613-623-0976

Hyacinth’s Corner Update


Many thanks to those who participated in the first event right away, by sending responses to the “Vladimir/Olaf”-QUIZ—the 1st of the “communication-bits” (Comm-Bits) in ATC’s Adult Programming-2020!  If you have not yet had a chance to reply, you may still do so, bien sûr !

 Some Points to Note:

[a]—#2 in this series of “virtual” activities/suggestions – PRACTICE-TO-PLAY- will be sent FRI-10th-JULY
[b]—at the end of AUGUST, there will be recognition of all participation, so I look forward to receiving your ongoing feedback re these “Comm-Bits”


Hyacinth-C  —613-623-0976

ATC Update

Happy Canada Day. The weather is great and the tennis courts are open for your play.

Your ATC Executive is monitoring the Covid 19 situation and will be modifying the 2020 program year as required. On a positive note, our membership has been strongly supportive and the courts are being safely used for both singles and doubles play. Thank you for following the Rules and Recommended Behaviour to keep us and the community safe.

There was a question from a new member. “Given the fact that adult and youth programs have been postponed, and as a new member not knowing very many people, is there any way to contact other members to arrange a game?”


Our website now has a Player-To-Player page where members can register their name, skill level and availability to play. On the same page, the player-to-player list can be downloaded for easy reference.

For privacy purposes, this page is PASSWORD PROTECTED. The password is the same as the gate padlock password which you received by e-mail when you registered

The Player-To-Players list will be updated on a regular basis.


Our ATC Pro Hyacinth Chatterton has initiated an on-line page called Hyacinth’s Corner.

Through the months of July and August, Hyacinth will be posting quizzes, player tips and other information to keep you engaged and challenged.

Hyacinth’s Corner first post can be found on our website.

Hyacinth’s Corner page is PASSWORD PROTECTED to safeguard some proprietary information. The password is the same as the gate padlock password which you received by e-mail when you registered.

Enjoy the Canada Day celebrations and please make use of our courts safely!

Paul Scissons
ATC President

ATC Adult Programming


Warm Welcome to Almonte Tennis Club’s NEW and RENEWING members for Season-2020 ! 

In attempting to cope with recommended Covid-19 guidelines, adjustments have been made to ensure safe on-court experiences.

So … I am really pleased to let you know that a popular feature of ATC’s Adult Programming will not only remain intact—but it will actually be revamped to include some additional areas.  Bonus, sans doute !

Case in point … on Fridays in JULY & AUG, I will build on our past communication-sessions, by posting weekly onto our website from a Section below—designed to “cheer you along” from my “virtual” court-side position:

#[1]—FUN-FACTS [will often be presented as quizzes ]
#[2]—HELPFUL-HINTS [tools for you to view progress 
#[3]—PRACTICE-PLAYS [hone that competitive spirit ! ]

Beginning on FRIDAY JULY 3RD, the first of this 9-week “E-series” will begin!  As we proceed, please feel free to send me your feedback &/or quiz-replies, whenever you’re able tO.


ATC-Pro & Adult Programme Coordinator

Covid 19 Update

While each of us has a different perception of risk, your ATC Board has set rules and recommended behaviour focused on the most vulnerable members of our community, on and off the courts. I would like to personally thank you all for adhering to the rules and recommended behaviours and encourage you to stay vigilant as we move forward in the 2020 tennis year.

The Municipality has now moved into Phase 2 of reopening. Washrooms will be open effective June 14th and cleaned every two hours in accordance with Health Unit Guidelines.

While singles play is still recommended, the Maximum players allowed on the court has been increased to 12.  If you decide to play doubles, please ensure you follow social distancing and follow the recommended Behaviour Guidelines.

Of note, Adult, Youth, Lessons and Ball Machine use will not commence in this phase.

If you are waiting to play, please remain outside the court until ready to play.



* Play based on the government authority measures and that of our municipality.
* Play only with family members, persons living in your household or individuals considered to be low risk.
* Wait outside the courts until your turn while maintaining Social Distancing and wait for players to depart. 

* Wash your hands with disinfectant soap and water for 20 seconds before play.
* Bring hand sanitizer.
* Clean your equipment, including your racquets and water bottles.
* Do not share equipment with your playing partner.
* Bring enough water to avoid having to touch a tap or water fountain handle.
* Consider wearing a mask or gloves while playing.
* If you cough or sneeze, do so in a tissue or in your sleeve.
* Avoid touching door handles, gates and other objects.
* PLEASE wash your hands before and after accessing the LOCK and LIGHT button and PLEASE disinfect the surface.

*As much as possible, keep a 2-metre distance with other players. We strongly suggest only playing singles.
* Avoid all physical contact, for example shaking hands.
* Avoid touching your face after manipulating a ball, racquet or hitting the ball.
* Avoid sharing food, drinks and towels.
* Use your racquet and your foot to pick up the balls or to send a ball to another player.
* Stay on your side of the court.
* Use two cans of balls with distinct numbers or identify your balls to differentiate them and only handle the balls that are yours.

* Wash your hands carefully with water and disinfectant soap or with hand sanitizer.
* PLEASE take your garbage, empty water bottles, used balls etc. home to dispose/recycle.
* Do not loiter within the courts.
* Leave the court immediately after you finish playing 

Court Play Update


Last evening I participated in an OTA on-line meeting. Over 40 persons were connected from Tennis Clubs in Ottawa and surrounding areas. The discussions were quite interesting but the main take-away for us is, we planned well and are in good shape. 

Just to emphasize our limitations and playing rules:

1.) NO washrooms are open for the foreseeable future.
2.) Court play is Members Only! NO GUESTS.
3.) NO official organized activities.
4.) SINGLES play is HIGHLY recommended with adherence to Social Distancing measures.

Full Rules and Recommended Behaviour is a menu item in the left column of this website.  

Remember please that our courts are open because of relaxed restrictions due to a pandemic.

The use of our courts is subject to by-law surveillance and enforcement.

The use of our courts is also under the watchful eye of our Mississippi Mills community.

Watch for and correct behaviour that could be cause for complaint.

Any complaint could be cause for sanction.

Restrictions can be increased by our club executive, the municipality and the province as required to ensure a safe and healthy environment.

Thanks for your support through these changing and challenging times.

Please check this website for updated information.

Now…. Let’s play tennis

Paul Scissons