Claudia Rohde – Reciprocal Visit to Palmengarten TC, Frankfurt
Long term RKPTC member, and former WA seniors champion, Claudia Rohde has recently returned from Germany, where through the Centenary Tennis Club reciprocal rights benefits, she was able to engage in a season playing in the German League.
It was her first foray in the German League for 34 years. She had played in her homeland before migrating to Australia.
Claudia reports that she was welcomed warmly into the FTC Palmengarten club in Frankfurt. It was conveniently close as her parents lived nearby.
Armed with an introductory letter from RKPTC, and with a contact already a club member, Claudia was granted full reciprocal rights without any additional fee. The club even attended to the paperwork required by the German Federation, and assisted with a provisional rating.
During May and June, Claudia played in a (6 person) Women’s team in the Hessenliga O/50s competition. Everyone plays a singles and doubles match. All matches are played on red European clay courts.
Later in June, Claudia represented Palmengarten in one match for the Regionalliga Sued-West Ladies O/60s. Regionalliga is the highest division in Germany for seniors.
Claudia was made extremely welcome in both teams and thoroughly enjoyed this experience.
The FTC Palmengarten has one exhibition centre court, 17 clay courts and 5 indoor carpet courts. She enjoyed all the facilities including quality change rooms and an attractive restaurant.
It is worth checking out their web-site:
All RKPTC members are reminded to pack a racquet when travelling, and take advantage of the reciprocal rights accorded through the Association of Centenary Clubs. All that is required is a letter of introduction from the RKPTC office. For more information about CTC see http://royalkingsparktennisclub.com.au/centenary-tennis-clubs/