Courts hotting up for summer
IT was a terrific start to the new Tennis Ipswich Inc's Summer fixture season last Saturday.
The older players within the association showed their experience to be successful in several matches against their younger and fitter opponents.
The new playing formats were well received. Reports from different centres indicated a good overall standard of play with some close matches.
Some changes to play need to be reinforced. It has been suggested that all clubs make an announcement to this effect at the start of play.
Note rule changes
THOSE involved in regional tennis are now on the Competition Planner ranking system and it has not been fully implemented.
The old rule where players in senior grades could swap places is no longer in place.
Until the new system can be fully assessed, players must play in the order they have been nominated by their club.
This order is shown on the result sheet. If you use a fill-in, please nominate the position they should play in the team.
This can be done by a written note on the result sheet. The summer season format for all senior grades is six-game sets in singles and eight-game sets in doubles.
In junior grades (J01-J05), the order is not important as they play reverse singles.
In J06, players should play in the order they are nominated. This grade allows an underarm second serve from a bounced ball from behind the service line.
ALL playing formats are shown on the result sheets. They are also on page eight of the rule book.
The summer season format for all senior grades is format F; J01 to J05 is format B; J6 is format D.
THE next meeting of the Tennis Ipswich Inc executive committee is being held on Wednesday, October 22.
If players have any suggestions to promote or improve the local tennis competition, please contact your club/centre representative.
If you are a social player or just love hitting a tennis ball, organised tennis matches, fixtures may be for you. Any tennis facility in the Ipswich area can help you in this regard.
THE Ipswich City Council held a strategic planning seminar for all sports in Ipswich this week.
The council must be congratulated for organising the seminar, which will put in place planning for the future of sport in the district.
The council got the nod from all sports for their progressive approach to developing sport in Ipswich. It must also be said that the QT was widely commended as being one of the top major contributors to promoting and advertising sport.
WORLD-class Ipswich player Ashleigh Barty is currently taking time off from the world tour.
Even though she is only 17, her time and experience in tennis has been extensive.
Travelling and playing at such a level is taxing for even older players.
Ash has always been surrounded by parents/mentors and coaches with her best interests at heart.
It is good to see that time is being taken to plan for her future, be it in or out of tennis.