Flood of activity as new season is served up

TENNIS has started back after a delay in commencement due to the floods.

Sporting fields were all closed over the weekend of the first fixture draw.

Luckily courts were ready for play last weekend.

Most of us lucky folk who were fortunate enough to attend the Australian Open have been able to swap stories of our trips and share thoughts on the sessions viewed over the two weeks.

I made a special effort to be courtside to see John Millman in action.

John has married into the Smeets family (former Top Sport owners) and his ambition is to be ranked ahead of his brother-in-law Robert Smeets.

John was also a winner of the Hoopers Carpet One trophy at the Ipswich Open (18 and under) so it was great to see the Ipswich connection in action.

Ashleigh Barty was again a sensation. She has a great temperament.

I loved watching her play and she was rewarded with making the women's doubles final with Casey Dellacqua.

It was good to hear the Ipswich name over the microphone.

Open update

THE Ipswich Open will be staged over two weekends in May.

This year, as the Labour Day long weekend has been moved until October, the dates of the tournament are May 4-5 and May 11-12.

Entries will be online for Open events and closed events will be via entry forms which will be available in a few weeks.

Midweek muster

MIDWEEK ladies hit the court today for a muster.

Teams will be then sorted and fixtures will begin. This is a last chance to be included in teams. Please call Del Rowlings on 3281 3606 for more information.

Amazing lady

PRIOR to Christmas tennis players were all saddened to hear of the passing of a popular lady Erin Manson.

Erin has given so much of her life to tennis in Ipswich - as founder of midweek ladies, as president of this group for many years and in more recent years as their patron.

Erin and husband John have raised a family of tennis enthusiasts including daughters and granddaughters who are currently playing in the local fixtures.

Erin was a wonderful family mentor, a great person to help with catering for events, a great organiser and a fine promoter of our sport.

Tennis players from all clubs will certainly miss the presence of this amazing lady.

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