Hobart’s newest Professional, Zak Eadle, took on one of the Clubs best amateurs, ex professional Tony Blom. Zak’s tight and quick paced game managed to nullify the Club’s best left handed railroad, and although the games were tight Zak came through a comfortable winner. (6/1 6/26/2)
The first of the women’s matches saw the Club President, Christine Stirling, playing bravely against the US Women’s Champion Saskia Bollerman. However, Christine had no answers for the consistent accuracy of Saskia. (6/0 6/0)
One of the matches of the day saw the recently returned, highly rated, Karen Toates, playing the Hobart Women’s Champion, Kate Brown. In the first set Kate seemed to be having it all her own way and went to a 5/3 lead before Karen determinedly came back to a gripping 5 all deuce game. Kate closed out the set with two forces then went on to win the second set and the match (6/5 6/1).
Claire Fahey, Women’s World Champion, in the next match showed why she is clearly the number one seed as she clinically dispatched Hobart’s newest and talented women’s recruit, Helen Rackham. (6/0 6/0)
In the highly anticipated tussle between Bathurst Cup team mates Paul Rosedale (Melbourne) and Pete Boyles (Hobart) the first set did not live up to expectations as Paul appeared nervous and made several mistakes. The second set was completely different as the games went with serves and Paul battled his was back from 5/3 down to 5 all 30 all before Pete made an unbelievable return off the tambour to regain the serve and clinch the set. The third set initially followed serves but Pete managed to keep the serve and win the set convincingly. (6/1 6/5 6/2)
In the last match played in front of a boisterous cocktail party crowd, Jo See Tan (Melbourne), played Isabel Candy (UK). Jo See had trouble landing her very fast left handed railroad and Isabel chased down those that landed. Isabel continued to play tightly which restricted Jo See from being able to force any winners. The crowd enjoyed the match which was tighter than the scores suggest. (6/1 6/1)
Claire Fahey & Helen Rackham
Jo See Tan & Isabel Candy
Saskia Bollerman & Christine Stirling
According to one enthusiastic spectator ‘The first day of play in the Australian Open showed that the future of Real Tennis is happily assured. While six players go through to the quarter finals, the real winners today were the tiny tots, toddlers and not-quite-so-little-ones of the Fowler, Booth, Ramsay and Fahey families, who, for some of the day’s matches, heartily out-vocalised the enthusiastic dedans crowds.’ This showed the family friendly atmosphere of the Club.
The first round kicked off with the oldest player in the tournament, Graham Hyland, the experienced retired professional from Hobart played the tournament number two seed Chris Chapman. For the first four games Hyland showed that he is still a match for any player in the world with aggressive returns and tight serving before the tides of time led to him falling away. (6/2 6/1 6/0)
The young Melbourne tennis pro John Woods-Casey took it to Andrew Fowler in the next match. John showed good determination and control with tight play making Andrew step up a notch. The match was certainly closer than the scores suggest. (6/0 6/1 6/1)
Next followed what promised to be the Match of the Day with the two Parisiennes matched with similar handicaps. In a tight first set Matthieu Sarlangue managed to win the big points for a 6/3 result. He continued in this form to take the match. (6/3 6/2 6/3)
Nick Howell played a very professional game to comfortably overcome the Hobart Tennis Club Champion Al Ramsay in straight sets. The match showed lots of hard hitting with many winning openings. (6 6/1 6/0)
The highly awaited match between Hobart’s Head Professional Brett McFarlane and Hobart’s best amateur export, Kieran Booth commanded a big crowd. Despite the sets being tight in the beginning Kieran’s experienced match play showed why he is an undefeated Bathurst Cup Captain. (6/3 6/1 6/1)
The best ever handicapped female player, and the first women to qualify for the Australian Open on merit, Claire Fahey was unfortunate to meet the top seed of the tournament and real tennis legend her husband Rob Fahey in the first round. It was good to see the world’s best female player under pressure and getting a credible result. (6/3 6/46/3)
The 2018 Australian Open is set to commence next week on Monday January 1st. In the lead-up to the event, the Men’s Single’s qualifying matches have now been completed. Qualifying match 1 saw John Herbert defeat Justin Legg in 2 sets, 6/0 6/4. Match 2 took place between Tony Blom and John Herbert (below), with Tony winning the match 6/2 6/2, securing his place in the main draw. He now plays Zak Eadle in the first round.
Day 1 kicks off with Graham Hyland (OCFW) vs Chris Chapman (2) at 9am, followed by John Woods-Casey vs Andrew Fowler at 11am. 1pm sees the battle of the “French”, Rod McNaughton vs Matthieu Sarlangue, with Nick Howell (4) vs Al Ramsay taking place at 3pm. The 5pm match will be Kieran Booth vs Brett McFarlane – with the match of the day between World number 2, Rob Fahey v Ladies World Champion, Claire Fahey rounding off the days play. Results to be posted on the website….
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