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goddard racket The Goddard Tennis Club is one of the many social clubs sponsored by the Goddard Employees Welfare Association (GEWA).
The Goddard Tennis Club (GTC) is built and maintained by its members, who work at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.


members Goddard Tennis Club Membership Form for 2017 PDF icon

All badge-carrying employees of GSFC (contractors, civil servants and retirees) and their immediate family members are eligable to join the Goddard Tennis Club. Members may bring one guest (if the guest is eligable to enter a federal site). See the Club flyer for a summary.

In 2017, annual dues remain $60 for basic membership to cover the annual construction and maintenance costs (no longer paid by GEWA):
- $60 basic membership ($30 after August 15; $25 for summer interns/students)
- $20 per family member (optional)
- $15 per guest card (optional, limit 1)
- $15 per ball machine privilege and key (optional)

wimbledon man Where to get GTC membership applications wimbledon woman
Fill out the PAPER form and snail-mail it to Andy Negri c/o Stephen Palm at GSFC Code 612.

claycourts Goddard Tennis Facility (click to visit)

GTC has 8 Har-Tru and 2 lighted hard courts in a sheltered area. Click on the courts pictured above to get: a map and directions, a tour, a description of court procedures and services, a history of the club, and GTC court maintenance.

This facility is managed by our elected officials:
- President: Maria Lecha,
- Vice-President: Joe Miko,
- Treasurer: Andy Negri,

Other jobs are carried out by volunteers:
- Ladder, grounds, and web: Dennis Chesters,
- Tournaments: Andy Negri,
- Hard Courts: Dan Mandl,

tennis.ladder GTC Ladder (click for standings)

The GTC ladder season opens on April 15th and ends October 31st, inclusive. Traditionally, anyone can challenge anyone during the first month, with the 10-rung limit imposed for matches played after May 15th. Tournament play also counts as a ladder match, unlimited by the players' standings on the ladder. You can start your own community tennis ladder using the web site to organize a membership list and manage the standings.

sport_tennis GTC Tournaments

- Spring Singles - Memorial Day weekend, give or take a week
- Fall Singles - Labor Day weekend, give or take a week

Past winners of GTC singles tournaments (click to view).

The Memorial Day Weekend 2017 singles tournament was won by Tom Kallarakal, who defeated Rahul Majaran in the final.

The Labor Day Weekend (plus one week) 2017 singles tournament was won by Jinan Zeng, who defeated Rahul Mahajan in the final 6-2, 6-2.

The GTC tournaments are Swiss-style round-robin: winners-play-winners and losers-play-losers every round, so everybody eventually plays opponents on their own level.

The tournaments are usually open to anyone qualified to play on the GTC courts: members, family members, and guests.

Tournament play counts as a ladder match, unless one of the players explicitly says "no" before the tournament match begins.

At the discretion of the ladder chairman, ladder members playing in and completing the GTC singles tournaments are promoted to the top of the ladder, in the order that they finish in the tournament. Ladder members who receive this promotion are subject to unrestricted challenges for the next 4 weeks.

Tournament registration is on a sheet posted at courtside a few weeks before the tournament, or via phone or e-mail to the tournament director.

The tournament director is responsible for seeding, based on ladder standings and best judgement of skill. Please don't argue with him/her/it.

Andy Negri, UMd/ESSIC, is the tournament director [].

Here are Andy's recommendations for running a tournament:

Among the things I bring are:

Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite
Gal OJ
2 gal water with spigot
fig newtons
ice chests
plexiglass to cover paperwork
index cards to do matchups
cans new tennis balls for sale
plastic tablecloth (nice touch)

Attached are the flyer from 2005 Labor Day tourney (WORD)
and spreadsheet for ranking the players/recording the matches (EXCEL). 
This latter should print out on 11 by 17 paper if you select a tabloid-capable printer. 

EarthBall GTC News

tennis_sign GTC Tennis Lessons

Beginner Level Tennis Lessons:
A total of 12 lessons will be given by the instructor(s), beginning with registration and a lesson, followed by on-court lessons on Courts 9 and 10 of the GTC.

The lessons cover the basic elements of tennis, including strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, volley, and overhead), tactics, strategies, tennis rules, and court etiquette, appropriate at this level.

Instruction Date and Time:
May 9, 2016: 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM, Registration and first lesson
May 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 and June 1, 6, 8, 13, and 15 are on-court lessons, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.

Cost: $60 for 12 lessons and includes a basic one-person 2017 tennis club membership.

For more information and the lessons application form, download the Tennis Lesson Application Form 2017. PDF icon

Please also complete the GTC 2017 membership form PDF icon.

Refer to the membership form for additional fees for family members and use of the ball machine.

Make checks payable to GODDARD TENNIS CLUB

1. Bring this form (filled out) and a completed membership application on your first day of class with a check or cash for $60. (Be sure to make a copy of the filled form for yourself.)
2. A racquet will be made available to you at no additional cost while taking a lesson or practicing, if you do not have one. These racquets are located in the shed along with the ball machine next to Courts 9 and 10. A key to the shed will be provided, but it must be returned to GTC at the end of the lessons.
3. After registering, you will have access to the courts.
4. Refund policy:
At the end of Week 1 - $50/class will be refunded, if the student decides to drop out. No GTC membership privileges for year 2016.
After the start of Week 2 – no refunds. Continue to have GTC membership privileges for 2016.
5. In case of inclement weather, cancellation announcement will be sent via e-mail by the instructor to all at least 2 hours before the lesson.
6. Make-up classes due to inclement weather will be scheduled by the instructors.
7. Class size is limited for first 10 participants.

The Goddard Tennis Club takes no responsibility for injuries occurring to players whether occurring on the tennis courts or the surrounding property. Use of the tennis facilities is solely at the risk of the player.

For questions, contact George Kallarakal [], 301-614-6954.

tennis_sign GTC Tennis Socials

GTC holds occasional fun get-togethers for players at all levels. Drills, lessons, pick-up games, singles and doubles are options. It is up to the GTC members to organize these.

tennis_sign Casual Play

GTC has a contact list for women and/or beginners who are just looking for casual play.

To get on/off the casual players list, contact

tennis_sign GTC Mailing List

GTC uses NASA's "lists" service to send mass-mailings to its members. Once on the GTC list, you receive all the club's broadcast e-mail. You can sign up for the GTC mailing list at, subject to approval by the GTC list administrators (the club officials).

tennis_sign GTC Management Reports

Treasurer's Report, start of 2017 (click to view).

You can get a membership application from the bulletin board at courtside, or download the GTC membership application form from this page.

Old GTC news and chat (click to view).

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