A Happy and Healthy New Year to you all!
This is the time when we are supposed to make our New Year resolutions, so can I ask that your first resolution is to opt in as a BTM member via the LTA website.
Thank you to the 39 members who have already opted in.
As I pointed out to you last year, the LTA have informed me that the Club's allocation will be based on the following criteria which I have quoted from their website
" To count towards your allocation in the 2018 Wimbledon Ballot, your members must be:
* An affiliated adult / junior British Tennis Member
* Linked to your venue
* Opted in to the Wimbledon Ballot "
Unfortunately, the LTA criteria was rigidly imposed for the first time two years ago and as a result, due to a reduction in the number of Members who opted in compared to previous years, the Club's allocation of tickets was reduced substantially. It is therefore vital that as many members as possible not only opt in, but also elect to link their membership to VTC, rather than other Clubs. This will enable us to receive the best allocation.
I realise that many of you either do not apply, or apply only occasionally, and may think it is unnecessary to opt in, and that if you wish to apply for tickets in future years you will opt in at that point. However, by then, in all probability, your chance of obtaining a ticket through the Club will be severely reduced, as by that stage our allocation may have been further reduced and as a result we would have to have a full ballot resulting in many disappointed members.
You will have received directly emails from the LTA regarding your right to Opt In and informing you that the deadline for Opt In is FRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2018.
Please therefore opt in and in doing so, hopefully this will ensure we receive a good allocation and that will enable all our qualifying Members to have a good chance of a ticket as and when I deal with the allocation later this year.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Chairman & Ballot Administrator