MORE than 60 disgruntled members of the Hong Kong Sports Institute's Tennis Club have sent a petition to Institute chairman Major-General Guy Watkins, protesting against what they feel is a decline in service standards and 'exorbitant' hikes in fees. Susan Hui Soo-shan, for the Tennis Club members, has written a lengthy letter to Watkins with copies sent to the Sports Development Board and the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club and signed by 61 members. She criticised the Institute's decision to close down the administrative section of the tennis division and to increase parking fees and fees for hiring courts and lessons. 'We understand that because of a recent change in top level management, a number of measures have been introduced, apparently for the purpose of enhancing the income of the Institute,' said Hui. 'The closure of the tennis division and its clerical and secretarial services have greatly increased the workload of staff at the main counter. Queueing may take from 10 to 20 minutes. Telephone inquiries to check if the tennis courts are closed due to bad weather or training courses are now usually met with no response or inadequate replies.' She said there had been instances where members with pre-booked courts had turned up at the Institute only to find that their bookings had been cancelled. A spokesman for the Tennis Club said it was the responsibility of staff at the main counter to inform members whether or not their bookings had been cancelled due to tournaments or elite training. The spokesman said there was nothing the club could do about fees as they were decided by management.