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Tennis Membership Halls Platinum Jubilee Membership Championships

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Sale Tennis Membership 2021 Open Ladies’s champion Jess Board and Open Males’s champion Anthony Zafiris. Photographs: Contributed

SALE Tennis Membership will host its seventieth consecutive membership championships on Sunday (November 27).

With the Wellington Gippsland Tennis Affiliation season now nicely beneath manner, this is a chance for each junior and senior membership members to point out their full abilities on the membership’s 14 totally renovated crimson porous courts.

After scheduling difficulties as a result of facility redevelopment after which COVID-19 over the previous few years, the platinum jubilee yr will probably be a particular occasion for the gamers and event organisers.

Probably the most hotly contested occasions for the seventieth championships would be the 4 Honor Board occasions; the Open Girls Singles, the Open Males’s Singles and the 18 & Below Women and Boys Singles. Different occasions embody 10, 12, 14 and 16 & Below Women and Boys Singles and Doubles, the ever-popular Household Doubles and Ladies’s and Males’s Doubles and blended occasions.

Within the open occasions, Jess Board and Anthony Zafiris are the 2021 champions.

Jess will return in 2022 to defend her title, eager to again up and make it 4 in a row.

Nonetheless, she will not have all of it her personal manner. Final yr’s runner-up within the girls singles, Mia Goold, is bettering each season, whereas latest worldwide competitors expertise for Jo Rule will see her be very aggressive, and Reggie Virgo will even be laborious to beat.

Within the open males’s singles, neither Anthony Zafaris and 2021 runner-up Sam McGregor will compete, leaving the sphere broad open for somebody new on the consideration board.

Might Mark Elliman, the grandson of the primary ever and four-time opens males’s champion Stan Elliman, create a novel household report?

Maybe the naturally gifted Aaron Kennedy, or the hard-working Tim Dunnett would possibly triumph. Or may Cal Board sprint all of their hopes? The eventual match-up will probably be probably the most anticipated matches of the event.

Within the 18 & Below Boys, Sam McGregor was the 2021 champion, however he isn’t defending the title, creating a chance for the following up-and-coming group.

Riley Nicholas, Sam Bertino, Josiah Levchenko, Aaron Donaldson and Louis Lazzaro will probably be among the many chasing group vying for a spot on the consideration board.

Within the 18 & Below Women, Jess Board is hoping to make it a quadruple double by taking out a fourth successive mixed 18 and Below and Open title.

The opposite age occasions are very open, because the gamers progress by their age teams from the ten & Below on by.

The annual membership championships present one other alternative for membership gamers, particularly juniors, to check themselves in opposition to their friends. That is a part of the junior improvement pathway, and whereas membership championships have been slowly fading from many golf equipment annual calendars, Sale Tennis Membership is decided to proceed its lengthy custom.

The membership even utilized to have the Australian Open trophies on show on the day of the Diamond Jubilee Championships.

The 2 perpetual trophies, offered to every of the female and male singles winners of the Australian Open, are the Norman Brooks Problem Cup (Males’s), named after Sir Norman Brookes (1877-1968), an Australian tennis champion and three-time grand slam singles winner. It was first awarded to Fred Perry on the Australian Championships in 1934, and the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup (Ladies’s), named after Daphne Akhurst (1903-1933), a five-times singles champion awarded first to Joan Hartigan on the Australian Championships in 1934. Sadly, despite the fact that the trophies are scheduled to tour Victoria, they weren’t obtainable on the day.

For additional particulars or to get a seventieth Membership Championships entry type, members ought to attain Robin Lowe at theelms82@outlook.com or on 0418 514 788.

Reigning Open Ladies’s champion, Jess Board, blasts a backhand drive.

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