January 20th – 23rd 2017
The Danby is a world 70 and over real tennis teams event involving the top 70+ players from Australia and overseas. It is named after the Danby family who have been Real Tennis supporters in England for many years and were involved in the rejuvenation of the Seacourt court at Hayling Island near Portsmouth – England’s oldest court.
It is run every 2 years under the sanction of the world body. Each team plays 3 x best of 3 set matches against each other team with usually 6 players per team. For the first time we have all 4 real tennis countries playing – France, England, USA and Australia. France has never competed in the Danby before. The event is rotated between countries and is held in Australia about every 6 to 8 years and this is the first time in Hobart.
Members are encouraged to attend the social events – Friday night Welcome Cocktail Party at HRTC, Saturday night tournament dinner at Mures Upper Deck.
The tournament commences on Friday 20th January 2017 with team matches on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday and finishing Monday morning. It is in a round robin format. Teams are seeded with the top 2 seeds playing in the last match on the Monday morning.
There are 2 other events being played at the same time – the Cockram 50 and over team event is being run in Melbourne and the Bostwick 60 and over team event in Ballarat. The individual world masters singles and doubles events in 5 year brackets are being run in Melbourne in conjunction before (50 and 55s) and after (60, 65, 70 and 75s) the teams events. Both men and women are eligible for entry and team selection.