All of us at Bucks Tennis would like to congratulate Ann Dewick on receiving the LTA Meritorious Service Award. This award is given in recognition of Ann’s outstanding voluntary service to tennis over a long period.
Ann began playing tennis in her back garden when she was 10 and quickly progressed to playing at Bushey Junior Tennis Club and at her local community centre. By 15 she was regularly playing tournaments and was also chosen to represent the Hertfordshire junior county team. Subsequently she played at junior Wimbledon after being recommend by the county and won a round in both the singles and doubles.
While working for Barclays Bank, she met her future husband, Keith Dewick.. Ann went on to play for Hertfordshire in the Senior County Hard Court Singles Championship and at Barclays Bank, won their national championships on multiple occasions, including with her husband Keith in the mixed doubles.
Ann has been a member of Chesham Bois Lawn Tennis and Squash Club since 1964 and has won several club singles and doubles titles, as well as the club’s mixed doubles title, again partnering Keith. They were also often victorious at Bucks County Closed and in the Aylesbury and District Tennis League Shield. She continues to play for various teams at the Club.
Ann has represented Buckinghamshire at every veterans (Seniors) age group from the over 40s and has captained the 50s, 60s, 65s, 70s and 75s and she has no desire to stop.
1977 saw the start of the Chesham Bois Junior Tournament. Despite not being referees at the time, she and Keith used their knowledge of tennis to set up a fantastic tournament with her continued involvement, today. She has recently received life membership at Chesham Bois Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, for all the help that she has provided at the club, as well as all the assistance she gave Keith there.
With the success of the tournament, Ann started to referee more attended various training courses. In the early 80s she started to referee the Bucks County Closed, with Keith, and assisted him with several LTA tournaments, including the Over 35s Inter-County Championships, Group 1 Winter County Cup, Group 1 18 and under, and National Veterans (Seniors) Championships.
She joined the British Women’s Tennis Association and ran the junior tournaments and housewives tournaments for several years. She also ran and refereed short tennis tournaments (and subsequently mini tennis tournaments) across the county and beyond.
Ann has now refereed for 40 years and still referees five week-long tournaments every year. She has refereed hundreds of tournaments over the years, including weekend tournaments and county events at the Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre, the Buckinghamshire County Closed and many other events.
In addition to all the refereeing, together with Keith, Ann was the Bucks Tennis Wimbledon Ticket Coordinator for 40 years, retiring in 2016. She continues to work at the Players Desk at Wimbledon, having done so for over 20 years. She has also assisted with the county and district leagues for even longer.
Ann also greatly assisted Keith in the various roles (including Secretary, Chairman and President) he undertook on behalf of Bucks Tennis, as Chairman of the Aylesbury & District Tennis League for 49 years, Chairman of the National Four Nations Committee, and Chairman and President of the United Banks Tennis Association. She learnt everything that she could so if Keith was unavailable she could immediately assist with any enquiries.
For her services to Bucks Tennis, Ann was recently made a Vice President, which she says is a great honour.
Ann has often said that her proudest moment in tennis was when Keith was honoured with his LTA Meritorious Award. They have always considered their tennis career as a partnership, because of all the work that she has put in behind the scenes to help him professionally and personally and she was so proud that their work was recognised by the LTA. The Management Committee of Bucks Tennis believe it is fitting that Ann should now be honoured with the Award in her own right.