World & Australian Championships
2020 Oceania Senior
Regional Championships, Melbourne, 5-9 March
2020 Australian Tennis Seniors Teams Carnival and
Individual Championships, Busselton 5-17 January -
2019 World Young Seniors Teams
and Individual Championships, Miami, USA, 21 October -3
2019 World Super Seniors Teams
and Individual Championships, Umag, Croatia, 15-28 September
2019 World Seniors Teams and
Individual Championships, Lisbon, Portugal 4-17 August -
2020 Oceania Senior
Regional Championships, Melbourne, 5-9 March
The Oceania Senior Regional Championships is a popular
event on the Oceania calendar. It was held from 5-9 March
and based on the clay courts at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
in Melbourne. Due the high number of entries, four other
venues were to be used on Thursday and Friday - East
Malvern, Hawthorn, MCC-Glen Iris and Royal South Yarra
Now in its 7th year the tournament is open to
players from all countries. The entries were again high, up
10% on 2019. Apart from entries from most States of
Australia there were 37 players from overseas. Japan, Great
Britain, Algeria, India, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and
Holland were all represented. New Zealand had 14 players.
The weather also played its part with a complete wash out
on Thursday and rain again Friday afternoon. This placed
some pressure on the scheduling and organisers. In some of
the larger draws the early round matches were reduced to two
first to 4 game sets with a 10-point tie breaker if one set
all. By the time the finals were played on Monday there was
sunshine, warmth and tough tennis.
The ACT was represented by Ros Balodis, Mark Hardy, Pat
Moloney, Neville Rodwell and Sue Willis.
Ros won the three 60’s titles but had to work hard. She
was taken to 3 sets by Michelle Hill (Vic) in the singles
finals – Ros rarely loses games let alone sets. She played
with Leanne Swaysland (NSW) in the women’s doubles and Peter
Hampton (NZL) in the mixed doubles. Peter and Ros had a
very close battle in their semi-final winning 6-1, 2-6,
14-12 against Wanda Howes (Vic) and Roger Grant (WA).
Pat Moloney also had a good tournament. He won the 75
mixed doubles with Heather Barwick (Vic). In a round robin
they lost their first match but came home winning their last
two matches in straight sets and winning on a count back.
Pat also reached the finals of the 75 men’s doubles playing
with Hayden Rees (Vic). Pat reached the quarter finals of
the 75 singles before losing to the eventual winner Alan
Sue Willis and Susan Roche (NSW) did well reaching the
final of the 65 women’s doubles. They had some close
matches on the way through winning in 3 sets against the
second seeded Queensland pair of Jan Johns and Jan Vick and
the semi-final against Susan Mcnamara (GRB) and Jillian
Neville Rodwell again made the semi-finals of the 70
men’s singles before losing to Roger Davey
Mark Hardy played in the 55 men’s doubles and mixed and
found the opposition too strong.
2020 Australian Tennis Seniors Teams Carnival and
Individual Championships, Busselton 5-17
The 2020 Australian
Seniors Tennis Teams Carnival hosted by TSWA was held at
Busselton and Bunbury from 5-10 January. Matches were
played on natural grass at the old and new sites for the
Busselton Tennis Club and at the Bunbury Tennis Club. There
were 55 courts used. The condition of the courts varied
between venues. Overall the weather was good. Although
there was always a wind it kept the temperatures at a
reasonable level. The club facilities were good
(picture of ACT players relaxing with a viw to the water)
There were 118 teams
competing in the Teams Carnival – 64 ladies’ teams and 54
men’s teams. There were 4 teams from overseas – two from
New Zealand and one each from Malaysia and Japan. The home
state Western Australia had over half of the teams at 60,
NSW had 17 teams, Queensland 12, Victoria 11, and South
Australia and the ACT 7 each.
The opening ceremony was
held in the Undalup Room and Gardens at the City of
Busselton Offices. Ross Findlay (picture left) had the honour of carrying
the ACT flag. Ross
began playing tennis when he was 50 because his new partner
suggested that “if I wanted to see her on the weekends it
might be a good idea if I played tennis!” He travelled to
Perth for the 2012 and 2013 Tennis Seniors Carnival but was
not part of a team but really enjoyed the friendly
atmosphere and the enthusiasm of the players. Ross’s first
carnival was in a combined ACT/Victorian/South Australian
team in Hobart in 2014. Since then Ross has been Captain of
ACT teams and has thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie and
sportsmanship. Ross acknowledges the honour and privilege
to carry the flag for the ACT and hopes that this encourages
other spectators to pick up a racket and enjoy all that
Tennis Seniors has to offer.
It was good to see
Miroslav Pisa back in Australia playing in the ACT’s men’s
On the Monday
night there was an Evening with Margaret Court. It was a
wonderful interactive and informal evening during which
Margaret Court gave an insight into her early life growing
up in Albury, some tennis highlights, and some anecdotes of
her life on tour between 1960 and 1977.
ACT team dinner was held on the Tuesday night. After two
day’s play, most players and some of their families still
had the energy to attend the dinner held at the Esplanade
Hotel. Graham Smith, our President welcomed all players
before we all tucked into a very tasty three course meal!
Most of us felt that we deserved the meal with all of the
running around. Some of us also made generous contributions
to the Western Australian economy by washing down the meal
with a glass or three of Margaret River wine.
We had two teams winning
their sections – the ladies 55 team (picture above left) of Leonie Ainsworth©, Ros Balodis, Rebecca Claremont, Christine Jarrett, Beverley
Roberts and Sue Willis in the 55 ladies section and the
men’s 65 team (picture left) of Graham Smith©, Graeme Ainsworth, Anthony
Connell, Greg Holcombe and Graeme Rossiter in the men’s
60/65 section. The ACT finished 5th for the
State Trophy. Queensland won it for the third
The Annual TSA Awards for
2019 were announced at the Carnival Dinner/Dance held on the
Friday evening Kerry Ballard (NSW) was awarded the Player
of the Year, Robert Hughes (Vic) received the Administrator
of the Year and Kim Blackburne (NSW) received the Player
Recognition Award. (Picture left - ACT table at the
Balodis was also elevated from the 'elite' level to 'legend'
level in the TSA Hall of Fame.
Championships followed in the next week (12-17 January).
All the matches were played in Busselton. The oldest age
group event was the 85 men’s singles with 4 entries and the
80 women’s singles with 7 entries. ACT had 7 players
Ros Balodis was our only
successful player winning all three of the 60 events. She
won her singles losing only 5 games on the way through.
Kerry Ballard (NSW) joined her to win the women’s doubles
and she combined with her world title mixed partner Peter
Hampton (NZ) to win the mixed doubles.
Pat Moloney lost his
singles semi-final in the 75 singles. Tim Harris and Graeme
Rossiter did well in the men’s 60 doubles reaching the
The 2021 Team Carnival and Individual Championships will
be in Canberra from 17-29 January.
2019 World Young Seniors Teams and Individual Championships,
Miami, USA, 20 October - 2 November
Young Seniors include the 35, 40
and 45 age groups.
High humidity and rain delays played their part in the first
week of Young Seniors World Championships action at Miami’s
Flamingo Park Tennis Centre. Many teams saw their ties
crammed into late afternoon sessions once the rain had
passed. These Championships were held over two weeks from
20 October to2 November.
The Teams Championships were dominated by the European
teams. Spain won the Italia Cup (M35)+ and the Trabert Cup
(M40+), France won the Dubler Cup (M45+) and the Margaret
Court Cup (W45+), Italy won the Suzanne Lenglan Cup (W35+)
and Germany won the Young Cup (W40+).
Australia had teams in Suzanne Lenglan Cup (finished 14th),
Italia Cup (15th),
Dubler Cup (5th)
and the Trabert Cup (12th).
In the Individual Championships, although not having any
winners Australian players still made their mark. David
McNamara and Matthew Breen (both based in the USA) reached
the semi finals of the 40 mens singles with Matthew losing
in 3 sets to the eventual title holder. Jarrod` Broadbent
from Victoria made the quarter finals of the 45 mens
2019 World Super Seniors Teams and Individual Championships,
Destiny once again beckoned nations for the 39th
installlment of the ITF Super-Seniors World Team
Championships on the clay courts of Umag, Croatia.
From 15-21 September 132 teams from 30 nations were on show
in Croatia’s westernmost city. As was the case 12 months
ago, USA were the dominant force, with the nation’s women
collecting three accolades and the men contributing two.
USA’s women prevailed in the Women's 65 Kitty Godfree and
Women's 70 Althea Gibson Cups. USA also tasted victory in
the Women's 85 Team Cup, which was being contested for the
Not to be upstaged, USA’s men topped the podium in the Men's
75 Bitsy Grant and Men's 85 Cups.
France were the second most successful nation during the
tournament as they won the Men's 65 Britannia Cup and
Women's 75 Queens Cup,
The other trophies were secured by Denmark, Chile and
Argentina, who prevailed in the Men's 70 Jack Crawford Cup,
Men's 80 Gardnar Mulloy Cup and Women's 80 Doris Hart Cup
teams in all the Cups with exception of the Women’s 85 Team
Cup. Although not coming home with any Cups a number of the
Australian teams went close.
Gibson Cup, Britannia Cup and Men’s 85 teams finished 4th,
the Kitty Godfree Cup, the Doris Hart Cup, the Queens Cup
and the Bitsy Grant teams finished 5th
and the Gardnar Mulloy Cup finished 6th.
Crawford Cup team battled hard but finished 15th.
Canberra was well
represent in the Australian teams with Sue Willis in the
Kitty Godfree Cup, John Stark in the Jack Crawford Cup and
Pat Moloney in the Bitsy Grant Cup teams.
the Individual Championships held the following week, the
Australian players did bring home some gold. - 10 gold
medals in fact.
(NSW) - Women’s 70 Singles
(Vic)/Bruce Rehn (SA) - Men’s 80 Doubles
(NSW)/Helen Worland (NSW) - Women’s 65 Double
(NSW)/Shirley Fox (GBR) – Women’s 70 Doubles
(NSW)/Marc Renoult (France) – 65 Mixed Doubles
(NSW)/June Simpson (Vic) – 80 Mixed Doubles
(Qld)/Jean Stevens (NZL) – 85 Mixed Doubles.
World Seniors Teams and Individual Championships, Lisbon,
Portugal 4-17 August
Senior World Titles were held in Lisbon, Portugal in
August. Seniors covers three age groups – 50, 55 and 60.
There were over 800 players representing 48 nations taking
teams titles were held in the first week with Australia
having teams in all six events. None of the teams made the
finals. The best result came from the Von Cramm Cup team
(M60) who won the play off for third. The Alice Marble Cup
team (W60) lost their play off for third. The Maureen
Connelly Cup team (W55) finished 6th, the Austria
Cup team (M55) finished 7th while the Maria
Esther Bueno Cup (W50) and the Fred Perry Cup (M50) teams
both finished 9th. This is still a commendable
effort looking at the numbers in each group.
teams won 3 Cups while Germany, Italy and Spain shared the
other 3 Cups.
the individual events played in the second week Australian
players won 4 gold medals. Glenn Busby from Victoria won
the 60 mens singles title. Mike Ford from Queensland
combined with Peter Hampton from New Zealand to win the mens
60 doubles title. Brenda Foster from Victoria won the 55
mixed doubles title with Berend Betz from the Netherlands
while Ros Balodis with the assistance of Peter Hampton won
the 60 mixed doubles title.