Bumper field vies for Open glory

Albany Advertiser

More than 100 players from around WA will take part in the annual Albany Open tennis tournament, which will be held at Emu Point Tennis Club this weekend.

Nominations had risen to 116 players this week for the two-day event featuring men’s and women’s doubles as well as mixed doubles.

The major tennis tournament in the Great Southern region has been hosted by EPTC for a number of years, with the men’s and women’s doubles on Saturday, while the mixed doubles will be contested on Sunday.

Competitors will play in a round robin format, with each pairing playing one other for 30 minutes, with points and games recorded to decide the overall winners.

Organisers are hoping with time allowing, the top-two pairings in each event will play off in a final.

Defending champions in the men’s A-grade doubles, Les Bairstow and Jarrod Capararo, will again compete but will have different partners this year. Women’s A-grade doubles winners Michelle Watson and Maddi Crofts will team up in search of back-to-back titles.

Event organiser Richard Piggott said he was hopeful of another successful tournament, with players from many regional areas making the trip as well as several from Perth to go with a strong Albany representation.

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