Ninety players coming to tennis

THE Warwick Tennis Association hosts its Warwick Credit Union Open Junior Tennis Tournament this weekend.

The tournament has attracted 90 players from as far away as the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Northern Rivers of New South Wales.

Singles in the under-16 and under-14 age groups are for state and national points.

Many of the current top players in Australia, such as Bernard Tomic and Sam Stosur, played in junior tournaments in Warwick on their way up the rankings.

Association secretary Gail Watts urged Warwick tennis fans to watch some outstanding tennis at the weekend.

“The under-14 age group will be the biggest with many of the players here this weekend determined to make it as professionals in the future,” Watts said.

“This is a serious tournament for the juniors with many being supported by their families and own coaches.”

At the first association meeting for the year, the committee had a few urgent matters to attend to, most importantly the work needed to restore the courts before the annual tournament this weekend.

President Nathan Costello would like to thank those who have and still are helping with the massive clean-up of the courts, clubhouse and surrounds.

Thankfully, the association was prepared and members did what-ever they could to place things higher than the water level reached.

However, it has taken many hours of hard work to get mud cleaned up.

There has been quite a lot of damage done, but the titles will be able to go ahead as planned.

Court 6 (synthetic) has been destroyed and will need to be replaced. Courts 3 and 4 (plexipave) will have to be re-surfaced.

Quotes are being obtained and hopefully the association will be able to receive government funding to assist with this.

An American Tournament was held on January 29 which was well attended.

Two-thirds of the funds received were donated to the Mayor’s Flood Relief Fund.

Junior tennis will commence early in March. Prospective players are asked to check future notes when times and formats have been finalised.

With regard to the junior tournament, the association committee would like to ask all members, ex-members and friends to think about donating slices, etc., to sell in the canteen during the weekend. If anyone has the time, the association would be grateful for people to help in some way. As everyone would realise, the committee needs help to keep up to the standard members enjoy and have enjoyed over the years.

The next meeting will be held on March 10 at 5.30 p.m.

All welcome.

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