TENNIS Tasmania recently played host to secondary students from across Australia who came to participate in the prestigious Pizzey Cup at the Domain and Rosny Park tennis courts from 3-9 May.
The Pizzey Cup is a national schools tennis championship conducted by Schools Sport Australia (SSA) and Tennis Australia.
Open to young tennis players aged 18 and under (year seven through to year 12), the national event contributes to Australian tennis ranking points.
Rosny Park Tennis Club committee member Valerie Reid said Tennis Tasmania selected a state representative team of eight girls and eight boys to compete in the annual event.
“The weather during the week was extremely wet and blustering, with teams from northern Australia feeling the cold,” she said.
“However, on the bright side, they did receive their first glimpse of snow.
“Due to the inclement weather conditions, matches were cancelled on the Thursday, so additional matches were played under lights on Friday to catch up.”
Ms Reid said the Domain Tennis Club ran a canteen for the students, while Rosny Park Tennis Club members provided home-cooked meals, as well as slices and cakes.
“Both clubs are to be congratulated on running a great event under some trying conditions,” she said.
“Students who competed are also to be commended for their good behaviour and manners throughout the week.”
In this year’s event, Tasmania finished third (fifth on count back), defeating Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, only narrowly losing to Western Australia.
At the conclusion of the tournament, an all-Australian team was selected based on the results of the Pizzey Cup and the Australia Cup (an 18-and-under singles event run in conjunction with the Pizzey Cup).
“Congratulations to Catherine Krueger, Sanyukta Singh and Daniel Groom who made it onto the Australian Merit Team,” Ms Reid said.
For more information about the Pizzey Cup and this year’s results, go to www.tennis.com.au/tas/competitions/pizzey-cup