Vickers and Charlton get the Easter chocolates

Women's President's Cup winner Sophie Vickers.

Women's President's Cup winner Sophie Vickers.

SOPHIE Vickers and Josh Charlton took out the open singles titles at the Maffra Lawn Tennis Club’s Easter Tournament.

The win is Vickers’ second consecutive MLTC women’s President’s Cup title, defeating number two seed, Traralgon’s Kristen Antonopoulos in a rematch of last year’s final, 6-2 6-1.

It took the top seed from Bairnsdale an hour and 25 minutes to claim the $1600 prize.

After a bye in the first round, men’s number one seed Charlton consistently out-classed his competition in straight sets, facing his own open doubles partner, Jack Clements from Inverloch, in the final. The 17-year-old from Traralgon took an hour and 21 minutes to take out the men’s title 6-1 6-3 and also win a $1600 prize.

On the same side of the net, Charlton and Clements faced off against Maffra’s Mitchell Allman and Traralgon’s Tristan Salerno in the final of the open men’s doubles. Allman and Salerno climbed back from losing the first set 2-6 to overcome the number one seeds 6-3 6-4, claiming $600 in prize money.

In an upset in the open women’s doubles, number two seeds Antonopoulos and Amelia Charlton, Traralgon, convincingly defeated number one seeds from Melbourne, Maria Bailey and Cathy Briant, 6-0 7-5, also claiming $600.

After defeating Maffra club coach Mark Stevens and Vickers in a gruelling two and a half hour semi-final, Allman and Antonopoulos faced off against Josh and Amelia Charlton in the final of the open mixed doubles.

Forced to stop after the first set for award presentations, Allman and Antonopoulos went down 7-6 6-3 to the Charlton siblings, who claimed $600.

Maffra Lawn Tennis Club president Terry Flynn presents Josh Charlton with his President’s Cup men’s singles title.

Maffra Lawn Tennis Club president Terry Flynn presents Josh Charlton with his President’s Cup men’s singles title.

The 91st annual Easter tournament attracted 256 players from across Victoria, playing in 46 events across four days.

Tournament director Allman said the tournament was getting bigger by the year. 

“A lot of hard work by many volunteers was put in to ensure that the tournament ran so smoothly,” he said.

“The grass courts are in the best condition I’ve ever seen, and the quality of players that attended this year meant spectating was almost as fun as playing.

“The sportsmanship shown by all the players was exceptional, but what makes the Maffra Easter Tournament so great is all the new mates that you make on and off the court.”

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