Tennis Biz: Improving standard provides welcome challenge
THE standard in all grades has improved since the beginning of the Ipswich winter fixture season.
The grading committee faces some challenges to regrade teams for next season.
It is a bonus to the competition that a lot of the new players are making friends within their club and teams and with members of other clubs.
There is a good overall feel within the competition and this must be pleasing to the Tennis Ipswich Inc executive committee.
Already we need to start looking forward to next season.
Final team submissions for the summer season will be due on or before Friday, August 28.
No Saturday fixture matches are being played during the school holidays.
Games resume on July 18.
SATURDAY morning's J4 match at Grande Park Springfield Lakes between FD Harriers (Harrison Howman and Aidan Harris) and TG Agassis (Jacob Ivanovic and Joseph Spurling) was a ripper.
Joseph was a fill-in for his first fixture match. He finished with a creditable 13/16 game average.
Harrison and Jacob played a long 6/5 set with five games going to many deuces and finishing with a 7/5 tie-break.
Two of the deuce games were won by the player down 0/40 after the first three points.
Both could claim Lleyton Hewitt determination as they chased balls and got them back into play.
The rallies were exceptionally long for J4 standard.
It was a credit to all four players.
THIS week's rule from the Tennis Ipswich Inc's Saturday fixture rules covers forfeits.
If any match is forfeited, the forfeiting team is to pay the full revenue anticipated from the match to the centre where the match is to be played.
The forfeiting centre is to ensure that the payments are made.
Payments unpaid after 14 days are to be reported to the executive committee.
The offending club will not receive further team points until the fee and fine has been paid.
WIMBLEDON is only a few days away.
Nick Kyrgios dropping his coach Todd Larkham one week out from the start of the tournament is not a good sign for his current form.
Andy Murray won a lead-in tournament last week and said he was in better form than when he won Wimbledon.
Roger Federer's play last week, winning another Wimbledon lead-in tournament, was described as perfect.