TSQ Claycourt Championships
A number of Australian Super-Seniors took to the clay at the TSQ Claycourt Championships in Ipswich, Australia for some valuable competitive practice ahead of next month’s ITF Super-Seniors World Team and Individual Championships in Czech Republic and Austria on 9-22 September.
Eighty-five participants descended on the George Alder Tennis Centre in Queensland, producing some excellent tennis in fine weather on the club’s well-nurtured clay courts.
Peter Froelich, 76, who will be competing in the Bitsy Grant Cup (men’s 75) at the upcoming World Team Championships in Prostejov, Czech Republic on 9-14 September, played down two age groups to get some valuable match practice against the younger 65-year-old players, while Wendy Gilchrist, who will play in the Alice Marble Cup (women's 60) coasted to the title in the 60’s ladies’ singles without dropping a set.
Max Bates, who will play in the Von Cramm Cup (men’s 60) at the World Team Championships at a different venue in Pörtschach, Austria, won the 60 men’s singles title and also picked up the doubles crown with Ian Gallagher. Bates survived a tough first set in the singles final against Indonesia’s Felix Mangunpromoto, before wrapping up a 76 61 triumph.
Ex-tour player and former world No. 28 Michael Tebbutt, best known for reaching the fourth round of the US Open in 1995, finished a runner-up to Chris O’Mara in the men’s 40 singles event while Ipswich local Scott Barlow took home the men’s 35 singles title.
Leo Pijnacker won the men’s 45 singles event. Originally from the Netherlands but now living in the Gold Coast’s hinterland, Pijnacker has proved a strong addition to the men’s events in Queensland.
Elsewhere Reg Baxter won the men’s 50 singles while Mike Ford was victorious in the 55’s. Lee Taylor won the 65 men’s singles, John Gradwell won the 70 men’s singles and Diane Cassel won the 45 ladies singles.