Farley Wood Closed

With immediate effect all facilities at Farley Wood, including the tennis courts, are closed in line with government instructions. You should not use the courts at Latika until further notice.

Based on the current government guidelines and LTA information, all coaching sessions at Latika are suspended until further notice. We will keep this situation under constant review and will keep you up to date with any changes. Please keep checking your emails regularly as we will inform you when we can resume our tennis programme.

These are exceptional times and Latika has never had to close before. Thank you all for your support and we look forward to seeing you again at tennis as soon as possible.

Spare time – Matt will be posting challenges from time to time, to hopefully keep players enthused until we are back on court, please follow my Facebook account to see them. Please take care and I look forward to seeing you all again soon!!

Kind Regards,
Matthew Reid
Head Coach


March 24, 2020

LTA Berkshire – Volunteer of the Year Award

This year’s LTA Berkshire Volunteer of the Year award has been presented to Latika’s Vladimir Blanusa for his work as the Membership Secretary and overall support for the club. It is another recognition of the great work and effort put into the running of our club.

Vladimir said: “It is a great pleasure and privilege to be helping Latika provide affordable coaching for so many children and give them an opportunity to start playing tennis in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I hope that my award will be an encouragement for more parents to give up some of their time in support of the club. Thanks to everyone who nominated and voted for me.”

December 16, 2018

Marcus Willis, former Latika player in the second round of Wimbledon

Where were you on Monday 27 June 2016? Hopefully in front of your TV watching Marcus Willis play Ricardo Berankis on Court 17 at Wimbledon. Tomorrow he will be playing against Roger Federer on the Wimbledon Centre Court.

Marcus became a member of Latika in 1999 at the age of around 9. He was an extremely talented Junior. At 14 he was comfortably beating some of our 16 and 17 year old players. He made the decision to play tennis professionally and it has been a long and difficult road. In his post-match interviews he talked about almost quitting tennis a few years ago and moving to Philadelphia to coach full time. Thank goodness he changed his mind.

Latika now has a claim to fame that we have played our part in a historic Wimbledon match. Several ex Latika members and Berkshire people were in the crowd on Court 17 to cheer him on, including Sarah and Victoria Sauven, Matthew Walker, and also Keith Carder from Berkshire Tennis.

Well done Marcus – Latika is very proud of you indeed!

June 28, 2016

LTA National Centre Visit

Latika organised a visit to the LTA’s National Tennis Centre at Roehampton on Sunday 22 May. It was a great opportunity for the group of our 11+ members to visit the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

They saw a range of world-class tennis courts and training facilities. After short walk around Matt organised 2 hours long training session. Girls and boys enjoyed playing on the new surface and everybody was asking when we can come back. We will try to organise another visit and make sure younger members can take part in these trips once they get to the yellow ball level of play. Thanks to Denise and Matt for organising and managing this visit as it was a great inspiration for all young players from Latika.

June 10, 2016

Latika Best Club 2016, Matt Best Coach 2016 – Awarded by Berkshire LTA


We are delighted to announce that at annual general meeting Berkshire LTA awarded Latika with the Best Club 2016 award. Latika Head coach Matt Reid won the Best Coach 2016 award. Pictured from left to right: Ara Martyrossian – Latika coach for 13 years and the first coach of the current coach, Matt Reid, Chantal Dunikowski, Committee Member and Assistant Coach, Denise Walker, Latika Chair and Matt Reid, Latika Head Coach.

December 1, 2016

Latika Car Sticker

Latika sticker

If you want to help Latika to spread the word about the club we have car stickers available in the Clubhouse. You can ask at the desk or during the week ask Emma Newman. Please display in your car to advertise our club. The price is £1. You can buy as many as you like. It is easy to apply. Peel off white backing and place the blue side on the inside window of your vehicle.  Smooth into place. Be proud member of Latika Junior Tennis Club!

November 22, 2014

Presentation Evening 2019

To finish the 2019 competitions season and look back to another successful year at Latika we are holding our Annual Awards evening. Many trophies, certificates and medals will be awarded to players who took part in internal competitions and represented Latika in regional leagues competitions. Food is provided, please bring your own drinks. There will be a raffle and entertainment.

You must purchase a ticket if you wish to attend – £10 Adults £8 child (Yr 6 and below).

Everyone welcome. Tickets sell out fast so please purchase your tickets early on the Saturday desk. For further information please see the Committee member on duty on Saturday or email Denis chair@latika.co.uk

September 20, 2019

Oceans Day 2019

A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve our world’s shared ocean. Latika took part in Oceans Day events at the beginning of June.

Many games were played on the court, children had an opportunity to throw wet sponges at coaches. Most of the visitors and players enjoyed our charitable cake sale. Special thanks to Lewis and Lomondais families who brought home made cakes. Thanks to everyone who brought cakes, donated to the charity in any way possible. We have collected £100 and Matt matched it with his £100 so we made £200 donation to the Marine Conservation Society.

Thanks to Matt and his coaching team for organising such a fun and charitable event.

June 1, 2019

Presentation Evening 2018

Our main social event of the year, the Presentation Evening, was organised on Saturday, 6th October 2018.

Many trophies, certificates and medals were awarded. As usual we had a raffle, entertainment and delicious food.

It was a night to celebrate success in the last 12 months with Latika. We are proud of all our members who were playing and competing with passion in all conditions. It was a real joy seeing so many enthusiastic young tennis players on the night.

October 20, 2018

Surprise Visit –  Marcus Willis at Latika

On Saturday, January 27th, our members had a chance to talk to and play tennis with Marcus Willis, former Latika player, now professional tennis player famous for his great run through the qualifications and first round of Wimbledon 2016. He played Roger Federer in the second round on the Central Court. He lost the match but won the ‘shot of the tournament’ by lobbing Roger in an exciting exchange. Another sensation followed at Wimbledon 2017 when he and his partner won against Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert who were the defending doubles champions.

He was very happy to share his experiences from Wimbledon and other professional tournaments and to be reunited with one of his first coaches, Matt Reid. Despite the cold weather many of our players enjoyed his company and tried to win a point or two. His name is on Latika U14 and U16 trophies – another motive for our youngsters to compete and put their name next to his.

February 21, 2018

Great British Tennis Day 2017

Following the success of the events in the last three years we had a great response to open day organised as part of the LTA’s nationwide Great British Tennis Weekend 2017 on July 27th. Free tennis coaching attracted over 100 children to play on the day. It was one of the most successful events of this kind in Berkshire.

We are delighted that many of children who tried playing became our new members and are regular players every Saturday.

August 12, 2017

Annual Barbecue and Family Tennis 2017

Over 50 members of Latika with their families enjoyed a summer day at Latika courts, playing tennis and eating BBQ food on Sunday, June 25th. It was a fun family day full of voleys, dropshots, burgers, cakes and fresh strawberries. The morning tournament was orange ball, parent and child doubles while afternoon one was yellow ball, American tennis doubles. The weather was perfect for tennis. Congratulations to the winners: Aleks and Vladimir Blanusa (child/parent) and Bethany Dark and Connor Carr (American tennis).

A big thank you to everyone who took part and especially to Ruth and Chantal for organising the food, Quentin for manning the BBQ and Ryan for running the event. Hope to see you next year at the traditional Latika summer BBQ.

July 5, 2017

Latika New Clubhouse has Arrived


If you missed Christmas Fancy Dress

Maxim Wallace received the “Barclays Ball Kid of the Year Award”

Maxim Wallace with Boris Becker

Maxim Wallace has been a member of Latika JTC since 2002. This year, he was selected to be one of the 30 Barclays Ball Kids for the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena.

Being one of the final squad of 30 kids selected nationally amongst thousands of keen young tennis players is a fantastic achievement. As the only initiative like it in the UK, the Barclays Ball Kids programme has been backed by many of the sport’s biggest names and is recognised as a unique opportunity for kids to develop their fitness, endurance, communications skills, interpersonal skills, discipline and confidence, whilst interacting with world famous sports personalities and international media.

Maxim says: “Being part of the 2013 Barclays Ball Kids Squad has been an unbelievable experience. I had the time of my life and will never forget it. The training week in Southampton was a lot of fun, but was also very demanding. We were on court from 8am till 6pm every day, either playing tennis, learning ball kids’ skills or attending media sessions such as TV interviews or photo-shoots. All ball kids were very strong tennis players, some of them ranked No 1 at National Level. Getting a chance to play tennis with such strong players really helped me to improve my own tennis skills. We even got a chance to play with Boris Becker!”

On Sunday 4 November, Maxim arrived at the O2 for the 10 days of the ATP World Tour Finals. As Captain of Team No 1, he was the first Ball Kid to run onto Center Court for the opening of the Finals, in a packed O2 Arena.

Maxim says: “The atmosphere in the O2 was electric and the first few matches definitely nerve racking. My position at the net meant that I had the responsibility to transfer all the balls to the player serving the next point. Of course balls can only be passed around the outside of the court, and with only 6 balls on court at one time, you constantly have to think 2 points ahead and know exactly where each ball is. Doubles tie-breaks are particularly demanding as the ball transfer happens extremely fast. Synchronisation between all ball kids on court is also essential, as well as responding to the players as quickly as possible. You cannot afford to lose your concentration at any point, especially when you are court with players like Nadal, Federer or Djokovic, and the match is broadcast on live television!”

Spending 10 days with the top 8 players in the world was an amazing experience. Off court, players are not all what you would expect them to be.Maxim and RogerMaxim says: “Nadal is incredibly humble and enjoyed talking to us about anything and everything, similarly Federer shows a lot of respect for his fans and makes sure he signs as many autographs as he can. Del Potro joined us in a ball kid training session which was great fun. But the nicest one of all, in my opinion, was Novak Djokovic who was not only extremely friendly but also down to earth, and even spent time telling us how he manages to pull off his legendary splits.”

To top it all off, on Finals night, just before Djokovic and Nadal walked on court, Maxim was presented the Barclays Ball Kid of the Year Award by 3 times Wimbledon Champion Boris Becker in recognition for his exemplary behaviour on and off court, as well as his athletic abilities and his leadership skills.

What an amazing achievement. Well done Maxim!

November, 2013

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