Numurkah Lawn Tennis Club has an enticing way to spend the Australian Day weekend with its annual tournament.
The 86th edition of the event is poised to create a relaxed atmosphere for players to have a hit.
Numurkah Lawn Tennis Club president David Ludington was enthusiastic about ensuring an enjoyable tournament for participants.
‘‘Players can have a good hit, on a good court with good facilities and receive a nice, friendly welcome, so we’re encouraging anyone to come along,’’ he said.
‘‘We like our tennis, but we’ve got a bit more of a cruisy, social atmosphere. It’s round robin, so unlike other tournaments you don’t get knocked out first round. This gives everyone a bit of a hit.’’
Nestled on the final weekend of the Australian Open and with a myriad of tennis tournaments across the summer, Ludington said he was still hoping for about 250 entries.
‘‘It’s not too bad. Because we’re in the GM Lawn Tennis Association we have a general bye, so people can come to the tournament,’’ he said.
‘‘With a bye on the Saturday, there’s no excuse not to come.’’
GMLTA heavyweight Luke Dixon is expected to make an appearance with Numurkah talents Mark Mills and Brayden Price also taking to the courts.
It is the first time Warriors captain Mills will play in the tournament in several years, usually spending the weekend with ballkids at the Australian Open.
The Numurkah players dominated on their home court last year, with Price taking out the men’s trophy and Warriors ace Imogen Cameron champion in the women’s event.
Junior singles will be played on Friday, January 27, with all junior doubles taking place the following day.
Saturday also has men’s and women’s singles competition as well as mixed doubles, with the remainder of doubles action on Sunday.
Entries for the tournament are $15 per person and will be received until Wednesday, January 25. Players can register by phoning Graham Henderson on 58622248 or emailing [email protected]