Committee Members

Raphael Urbani - Social Chairman

Raphael lives in West Wickham but grew up in Avignon, France. He started playing tennis as a teenager and moved to the UK 16 years ago. Raph has been a member since 2013 and coordinates all mens’ tennis teams and ensures that players from all levels take part. He also organises men’s practice sessions on a regular basis which are both social and competitive. Raph also organises regular social tennis events such as american tournaments, the annual wendover club tournament in order to have members playing as much tennis as possible.

Val Patterson - Wendover Society Secretary

Val has been a member since 1976 and has served on the committee for 36 years. In this time, she has been Ladies captain, Treasurer and Membership secretary. Val represented Wendover on Bromley Sports Council and Sport England committees in order to obtain lottery funding for the club. She assisted Colin in obtaining licence from LBB and the police for the club to operate its 1st bar. Val arranged and oversaw internal improvements to the clubhouse and ran the bar and social events for the club for many years alongside her daughter Jackie. Val still enjoys playing tennis and is part of the Ladies 3 team.

Farhad Tadyon - Head Coach

Farhad brings a wealth of experience to the club from over 20 years of coaching having qualified at the tender age of eighteen.

His love of tennis began as a junior spending every spare minute on the courts and his hard work and dedication paid off when his tennis abilities won him a full scholarship to attend an NCAA Division I university in the United States. He was captain of the World Group II Davis Cup team in 1999/2000 with singles wins to take the team through to the semi-final stages and has also competed on the ITF tennis circuit with numerous wins over world-ranked players.