Albany and Districts Tennis League will play their sixth and final event after a two and half month break

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Alexandra Riggall and Clare King play doubles earlier this year.
Camera IconAlexandra Riggall and Clare King play doubles earlier this year. Credit: Laurie Benson

Albany and Districts Tennis League has had to wait 21/2 months to play its sixth and final event but excitement is booming as players get set to take to the courts on Sunday to wrap up the inaugural year of competition.

The final leg of the competition was set to be played on March 22 and had to be postponed because of COVID-19, but players will be back in action on the Lawley Park Tennis Club courts this Sunday.

It will also mark the return of competition tennis in Albany, with men’s and ladies’ doubles matches to be played, starting at 9am, and then league presentations to follow.

The inaugural league has been a huge success, and on Tuesday there had already been 42 nominations for the final leg, with close to 50 players expected to hit the court.

Lily Wilsher-Saa plays a strong backhand earlier this year.
Camera IconLily Wilsher-Saa plays a strong backhand earlier this year. Credit: Laurie Benson

Lower Great Southern Tennis Association president Les Bairstow said the support had been wonderful.

“Everyone is really keen to get back on the court and playing tennis,” Bairstow said.

“We are pretty thrilled with the responses we have received after going so long with no action.

“It just shows how alive tennis is down in these areas.

“We want to finish on a high, we will do presentations and thank our sponsors and everyone that has been involved.”

Bairstow said organisers had scheduled six dates and had sponsors and prize money sorted, so organisers were obliged to run the final event.

The Albany and Districts Tennis League will be looking at running a second season starting in late October ready for the summer tennis season.

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