Young guns fire up surprises
SOME surprise results were witnessed as the city turned on a royal welcome for visiting tennis players, their families and spectators at the Ipswich Open last weekend.
With matches from 7.30am, under perfect blue autumn skies, a court spectacle awaited.
However, some of the young guns gave their older and wiser opponents a lesson.
The open men's and women's singles qualifying was played first to find the additional players for the main draw.
The top two seeds in the main draw won their way to the next round with relative ease.
Top seed Joel Lindner has not played competitive tennis for several months. After he took a few games to settle in, Lindner was able to defeat up-and-coming junior Brandon Daly Walkin 6-4, 6-2.
Second seed Brad Clews has been a regular player at the Ipswich tournament.
Pitted against Vini Guifre in his first match of the main draw, Clews advanced to the second round with a 6-0, 6-2 win.
Naoki Takeda and Akira Santillan are young guns to be watched this weekend.
They had a great start to the tournament last weekend.
In the women's competition, number one seed Ashling Sumner had to withdraw at 4-1 down in the second set.
She was troubled by a wrist injury.
This left the path open for Lisette Cabrera at the top of the draw to meet number five seed Andrea Dikosavljevic in the quarter finals.
The bottom of the draw has Ebony Panaho at No.2 to play Hannah Receveur in her next match to endeavour to win her way to the semis.
Eager to get their hands on the open prize money and names on the trophy for the women are Linda Hoang, Renee Binnie, Jamie Gilbertson and Elizabeth James. They are standing in the way of the other four girls who also have their eyes on victory.
The draw has been a nightmare with first and second round losers in both the qualifying and the main draw going into a consolation.
To make things even more difficult, the 18 and under boys and girls also have a losing qualifying event that needs to be catered for.
Thanks to the expertise of tournament director Ross Orford and the experience of Travis Dragojlo, the consolation draw became a reality.
THIS weekend will again have Ipswich Open matches from 7.30am at the George Alder Centre and from 9am at Chermside Road junior courts.
The novice events and the wheelies singles and doubles and closed events will continue, along with rounds of the open events.
Semi-finals of the men's open and women's open will be played at 9am at Alder with the finals scheduled at noon.
The weather forecast looks to be favourable - cold mornings and bright sunny days.
Make your way to the courts to support the players.
Spectators are most welcome at both centres.