GREG Roberts, winner of the 1977 and 1978 men’s open singles championship at the Sale Tennis Club Christmas tournament, returned to Sale last month to compete in the NRT Seniors Tournament.

Roberts played in the 1976 men’s final but was defeated by Australian champion Peter McNamara in a close tussle. He then returned to win the 1977 and 1978 titles.

Now in his 70s and living in Cairns, Roberts travelled to Sale for the first time since winning the titles, proving he still has the style and court craft he displayed many years ago. He was full of praise for the quality of the recently revamped clubhouse, courts and surrounds.

Roberts played state grade pennant in Melbourne and was a professional coach for 47 years.

Former tennis professional Greg Roberts beside the honour board which bears his name.
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