GLOUCESTER District Tennis Association welcomed 140 players to the 2013 Gloucester Open tennis competition on the October long weekend.
Glorious conditions contributed to an event that saw some excellent tennis.
Competitors travelled from all over NSW to take part.
Many players competed as children and are now bringing their own families back to a tournament that is as fun as it is competitive.
Number one seed Jack Maddox took out the open men’s singles, overcoming Kenthurst’s David Parslow in straight sets in the final 6-2 6-0.
The open women’s singles saw newcomer to Gloucester, Leanne Swaysland, take the honour from Toni O’Neill of Sydney in a tightly contested round robin.
Regular visitors to the event Matt Gordon and Jono Russell were victorious over serial competitors Darren Nash and Scott Pickering in an exciting Open men’s doubles competition 6-4 6-2.
This event saw the local team of Brett Ashton and Paul Kellehear play a hard-fought match against the eventual runners-up.
Kim Hebblewhite of Gloucester teamed with Brett Ashton in the open mixed doubles which was won by Katierae Fing of Newcastle and Jono Russell.
Safwat Khalid competed in the B grade men’s singles where he came up against Brett Standing of Stroud in a strong pool which included the eventual winner Pejay Lanser.
Tom Power partnered with Alan Fing of Newcastle in a competitive B grade men’s doubles event which was won by Tony Baldwin and Rob Lavell in an exciting final over Pejay Lanser and Sid Weedon 8-1, a score that did not reflect the quality of the match.
Thanks to club patron Peter Green who presented winners with their prize money in a ceremony on Monday afternoon.
The club would like to thank the ground staff, Neville and Kevin, who worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to get the courts in good condition despite the lack of rain.
Thanks to all the volunteers who assisted in the kitchen and cooking the barbecue and provided
delicious goodies to keep everyone going. Merilyn and Lorraine did an outstanding job in running the kitchen and canteen.
Thanks also to Mae Bobsien, the court supervisor and Ellen Gordon who designed the draw and provided guidance during the tournament.
Of course no sporting event happens without the generosity of sponsors - Gloucester Bowling Club, Adams Upholstery, Townsend Electrical, Zac’s Glass, Whispering Beauty, Gloucester Soldiers’ Club and Darrel’s Gourmet Butchery.