St George serves up a spectacular tournament
TENNIS: The brisk 50km/h winds might have affected the flight of the ball, but the entrants of the St George Tennis Open did not let it hinder the play.
There were more than 52 entries in the five-event tournament, with some contestants travelling as far as Dalby for the 8am start on Saturday.
The tournament comprised of mixed doubles, men's and ladies doubles and men's and ladies singles in a round robin style that had pools to determine the finalists.
Club president Simon Stower said once matches got under way, spectators were treated to some exciting, amusing and enthusiastic tennis.
"Many players put their bodies on the line and by the end of the day showed the bruises and scratches to prove it, most notably Scott Cosgrove, Charlie Lang and Amie Southern,” Stower said.
"The men's single final was a showcase of great tennis between Mark Anderson and Christian Prince, unfortunately at six all Christian was forced to retire due to injury, here's to wishing him a speedy recovery.
"There were so many outstanding performers on the day, I would not be able to single anyone out for the amount effort and calibre of tennis played.
"Perhaps two of note would be Jennis Griggs and Anne Cosgrove who won the ladies doubles, they were previous state veteran representatives, and both played an extreme amount of tennis on the day.”
In all there were 90 matches played with over 1000 games of tennis played on the day.
Stower said next year the club would like to hold more regular tournaments throughout the year to reinvigorate country tennis.
"I would like to thank all of our sponsors, players and winners for the day,” Stower said.