International event for Ipswich

IPSWICH has been chosen to host another major tournament after the International Tennis Federation (ITF) recently approved the George Alder Tennis Centre as the venue for the 2011 Queensland Claycourt Seniors Championships.

The prestigious international event is the 11th Australian ITF-sanctioned seniors tournament.

It is the first Queensland ITF-sanctioned event to be played on clay courts.

The event will be held from August 5-8 at the George Alder Tennis Centre, Ipswich.

The tournament will run in conjunction with Seniors Week, which is a Queensland Government initiative.

Tennis Seniors Queensland president Phil Waight is ecstatic about the ITF decision.

He is confident the event at Leichhardt will promote tennis in the region.

“It’s great to have another ITF-sanctioned event in Queensland,” Waight said.

“It’s fantastic to have one in Brisbane/Ipswich. The other ITF events are on the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, so it’s great to have players in the Brisbane area.”

Ipswich hosted the successful month-long Festival of Tennis in April this year.

The latest championships being played in Ipswich are the third ITF seniors event to be held in Queensland.

The tournament is expected to draw domestic and international players to Ipswich, where they will battle to earn points towards their world rankings.

Queenslander Neville Halligan, who is the current world No.1 in the 85-plus seniors division, will be making an appearance.

“It should attract plenty of international players, and I look forward to playing in it,” the 90-year-old champion enthused.

The tournament is the second ITF-sanctioned event that will be played on clay in Australia, and Halligan is particularly keen to see another tournament played on the clay surface.

“We really need to be playing on clay, and it certainly makes a good change from the artificial grass,” Halligan said.

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