STAR STRUCK: Open men’s singles winner Josh Barrenechea, guests Trevor and Daphne Fancutt and runner-up Peter Smit.
STAR STRUCK: Open men’s singles winner Josh Barrenechea, guests Trevor and Daphne Fancutt and runner-up Peter Smit. Contributed

Emerald serves up great comp

WEEKEND showers failed to dampen the enthusiasm and tenacity of tennis players who converged on Emerald from as far afield as Brisbane to contest this year's Open ITN Regional Tournament.

Guests of honour included senior Queensland tennis legends and former Wimbledon players Daphne and Trevor Fancutt and Tennis Queensland president Ken Laffey, from Brisbane.

On court, defending open singles champion Josh Barrenechea travelled from Brisbane to take out this year's open men's singles event, dispatching local champion and Emerald Tennis vice-president Peter Smit in the final.

Division A local player Dane Charker took on Phil Starr, from Clermont, with Phil coming out on top in the super tie-breaker.

The B men's division was won by Max Peacey over Peter Hoult, both from Emerald.

The women's B-grade was an all Blackwater affair with Joanne Truelson just overcoming Lisa Windon 9-8.

The men's C-grade was taken out by local junior Kyle Jordan proving too strong for club teammate Josh Brown, winning 6-3 6-0.

In the men's A doubles, Josh partnered Brisbane friend Ivan Stanlovic to beat Peter Smit and Don Cameron in the final, while the women's doubles was eventually won by Jenna Hooper and Lisa Windon over Natalie Walters and Faith Carroll, after Joanne and Kathy Hochmoth were forced to withdraw due to injury.

The men's B doubles was won by Capella pair Neil Berry and Paul Falland who proved too good for Emerald's Aaron Brown and Nisar Ahmed.


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