Tennis serves up a bumper season
FROM the old to the new, Emerald Tennis had it all this season.
Veteran tennis star Brian Williams and under-18 firebrand Reagan Lidbury were crowned top of the A-grade season one standings following presentations to five divisions at the weekend.
Lidbury, the Emerald club’s under-18 champion and promising player of the future, had recently received promotion to the top division after making a name for himself in the lower grades.
The solid-hitting young-gun was matched in a quality field led by Williams, a Central Queensland champion and current overall club champion.
With season two of Emerald Tennis already swinging into action, players are also honing their skills for the upcoming Central Highlands Open in Emerald on July 30-31.
Over the years the tournament’s player base has grown to attract competitors from as far afield as Gladstone, Rockhampton and Brisbane.
Last year 165 entries were registered for the event.
The door has opened for an up-and-coming player to claim the region’s top prize, with reigning champion Gavin Van Pepperzeal from the Sunshine Coasts unable to attend due to other commitments.
Emerald Tennis Club coach Glen Vickery said the on-court play-offs were sure to be fierce, with Rockhampton’s Andrew Donaldson back to avenge his final loss to Williams at the Central Queensland titles in June.