Young gun earns Open title
PREDICTIONS that one of the "young guns" could make their presence felt at the 2012 Ipswich Open became a reality.
Naoki Takeda, who trains on the Gold Coast, has a limited command of English vocabulary but everyone could sense his joy and excitement when he was crowned the men's open champion for 2012.
Takeda defeated Joel Lindner in straight sets to become the 11th champion to have his name engraved on the Ipswich Trophy Centre perpetual trophy.
In the women's final, unseeded youngster Lizette Cabrera defeated a highly fancied Ebony Panaho (no.2 seed) after the top side of the draw was weakened following the withdrawal of Ashling Sumner (no.1 seed) due to a wrist injury.
The men's doubles final was fiercely contested.
The match was the finale of a highly successful event which was played over two weekends.
All eyes were on the court 12 match as Travis Tragojlo and Stephen Gort tussled with Luke Harvey and Chris O'Mara to decide the winner.
The match was decided in a tiebreak with Tragojlo and Gort prevailing 6-4 5-7 11-9.
UNDER the guidance of Fred Daniel and parental assistance, the novice players contested singles and doubles last Saturday morning at IDJTA.
These players are first timers to tournament play and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Divided into three groups for singles and two for doubles, winners were decided in each group.
The winners were:
Division 1: Ethan Kortage. Runner-up: Elizabeth Boughen.
Division 2: Josh Bath. Runner-up: Kirt Meleisea.
Division 3: Kory Guy. Runner-up: Jorgia Paper.
Doubles: Kory Guy and Lachlan Paper. Runner-up: Ayla Dunn and Jorgia Paper.
Umpires awards: Callum Burdett and Sebastien Carvolth.
OPEN runner-up Ebony Pahaho won the Lisa Orford Memorial Trophy presented for the third year.
The honour is for competitiveness, sportsmanship, respect for administration and players, role model attributes and court etiquette.
Orford was a top player and great competitor who showed exemplary sportsmanship.
THE Ipswich Open committee thanks all the sponsors for making the 11th annual tournament so successful.
Special thanks to those involved with Rosewood Lions, the Ipswich District Junior Tennis Association and the George Alder Centre.
Special thanks to the tournament director, referee, court supervisors and The Queensland Times for their coverage.
Staging this event is a huge team effort and the committee looks forward to celebrating the 12th anniversary next year.
MID-week ladies have a break from fixtures today to compete in the annual tournament sponsored by First National at Brassall.
Cash prizes are on offer and the event will be contested in two divisions.
Play starts at 9am with lunch and presentations to follow.