Grand Prix tennis

THE inaugural Grand Prix of Tennis was played at Sale Tennis Club on the weekend.

An initiative of the Gippsland Premier League, the Grand Prix singles on Saturday attracted a modest but very competitive field of 18 players playing a round robin format until 7pm to finalise the new titleholders.

Gippsland’s top ranked senior players, Bairnsdale’s Aiden Fizgerald and Stephanie Barnett, won as expected, but the junior events relied on countbacks to decide the winners, Alex Trett of Sale and Amy Downie of Bairnsdale, over more favoured opposition.

The teams Grand Prix on Sunday saw more very competitive tennis with Sale and Bairnsdale fighting it out for the title.

Players contested two doubles and one mixed doubles each on the day with Sale proving too strong at the end of play, winning eight rubbers to four.

The post-Christmas pennant season begins this weekend with Maffra meeting Bairnsdale 1, and Sale meeting Bairnsdale 2. Play commences at the club named first at 2pm.

The six-week season promises to be keenly-contested after the successful inaugural season, which was won by Maffra.