WHO’S FASTER?: Players and spectators watch the speed of their serves using Tennis Ipswich Inc’s new radar gun. Pictured is Hayden Welge recording the fastest serve of the afternoon at 161kmh.
WHO’S FASTER?: Players and spectators watch the speed of their serves using Tennis Ipswich Inc’s new radar gun. Pictured is Hayden Welge recording the fastest serve of the afternoon at 161kmh. CONTRIBUTED

Radar gun tests players

TENNIS Ipswich Inc has just received its new specialized radar gun to measure the speed of players' serves.

The radar gun was trialled at Walloon on Saturday during normal fixture matches.

Players put themselves to the test against the radar gun with some surprising results.

Danyela Beattie, 14, was more than happy with her 105kmh effort.

Oliver Ware, 9, and 10 year old Hayden Beattie produced 65kmh serves as their highest attempts.

Most of the senior players recorded between 140 and 160kmh.

Hayden Welge was the highest on the day with 161kmh.

It was a lot of fun for players and spectators alike.

The radar gun was purchased using association funds and with a financial grant from Heritage Bank.

The Heritage Bank grants are part of the Tennis Queensland support for affiliated clubs.

Their general and administrative support for this grant was crucial in the association being successful in the application process.

All Tennis Ipswich Inc clubs will have access to the gun in future.

Clubs will be able to use the radar gun for open, fun and presentation days as well as general coaching and development programs as an educational tool.

 

Thrilling duel

ONE of the best sets of the weekend was played between Marcus Godbee and Daniel Roos at Walloon.

In a seesawing match, Godbee was down five games to three before he started his comeback. He eventually won the S1 (top grade) match in a tie-break.

Both players were quick around the court and displayed quality stroke play. It was either player's match until the end.

Great play by both men kept the spectators entertained for the length of the match.

Proper shoes needed

A REMINDER that as per the rules of all tennis competitions worldwide, only proper tennis shoes are allowed to be worn on tennis courts.

The surface of hard courts and artificial grass courts undergo premature wear.

Clay courts suffer temporary damage when the sole pattern of the shoe is incorrect.

The idea of a tennis shoe is not to "grip" the court but allow controlled sliding.

Damage to ankles, knee and joints in general can happen if you come to an abrupt stop, as well as creating an unbalanced hitter position.

You only have to watch the professional players sliding several metres on a hard court as they chase a ball only to finish their slide in an almost splits position to realize the importance of that controlled sliding.

 

Date to remember

THE Thompson/Alder Cup is on Sunday,November 2.

The names of players chosen to represent Ipswich against Toowoomba will be announced in next week's column.



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