Seniors take to courts
The inaugural seniors tennis tournament on the weekend of September 19-20, organised by Tennis Seniors Queensland as the second ITF ranking tournament in the state, was a great success with almost 200 participants from around Australia and overseas playing.
The Tewantin Tennis Club was the host venue for this event.
However, with the large number of entries, some matches were played at Noosa Tennis Club and Noosa Springs Tennis Club.
Local Sunshine Coast players who won events in their particular age group were: 35 men’s singles Steve Williams; 40 men’s singles Jamie Fletcher; 65 men’s singles Ivor Reynolds; 50/55 ladies’ singles Fiona David; 40 men’s doubles Steve Williams and Jamie Fletcher; 45 men’s doubles Steve Rafter and Daniel Lane; 65 men’s doubles Don Anderson and John S Walker; 45 ladies’ doubles Di Swan and Roslyn Hand.
Jamie Fletcher won his final 6/3, 6/0 against Michael Russell from Brisbane who has recently been named in the Australian team to play in Turkey due to a late withdrawal.
Steve Williams won from Lynton Joseph of Melbourne 6/2, 6/3.
Ivor Reynolds had a long hard match and finally emerged the winner 6/4, 3/6, 6/4 over John S Walker from the Gold Coast.
Fiona David had the longest match of the weekend (almost three hours) finally winning 4/6, 7/5, 6/3 from her opponent Roslyn Hand from the Gold Coast.
In the doubles, the local pairing of Steve Williams and Jamie Fletcher won the 40 men’s doubles, as did Steve Rafter and Daniel Lane in the 45 men’s doubles, although Steve and Daniel had to survive a tie breaker to get the title.
At least 10 of the players participating will be travelling to Turkey next month, as members of the Australian team, for the world seniors’ team and individual championships.
This is a major event with 330 teams from 50 countries participating in this ITF organised event at two resorts on the Mediterranean where there are more than 100 courts on the two complexes.
Funds to assist with the staging of this tournament were provided by the Noosa council as one of its last grants under the then events funding program assisting sporting bodies.