Warren Arnell
Warren Arnell

Gympie ace back at home

WHILE most people are exhausted just from watching the past two weeks of the Australian Open, Gympie's Warren Arnell is worn out after two weeks of playing in Australian Veterans tournaments.

The Gympie Vets player braved 36-degree heat in Western Australia during two weeks of solid tennis.

The Gympie Times caught up with Arnell at his Southside cabinet-making business, Wide Bay Cabinet Makers, on Monday.

He had recently returned from Perth, where he was captain of the Queensland 35-49 years age group team in the Australian Veterans Tennis Teams Titles.

He then backed up the next week to play individual, doubles and the mixed doubles at the Australian Veterans Tennis Titles.

Arnell's Queensland team ended up coming fourth in the teams event after coming up against the eventual winners, South Australia, in the semi-final.

He said the semi-final had been very close with both sides even on sets and the winner only decided by games won.

"It was a good effort,"

Arnell said. "They were the eventual winners. We surprised them in the semi."

In the match to play off for third and fourth, Queensland came up against Western Australia.

It was a tight game as well, both teams finishing even on sets.

On the countback Queensland lost again because they didn't win as many games.

"It shows how close the competition was," Arnell said.

"It was a real good experience."

The tournament was played on grass and it was the first time Arnell had played on that surface since he was a youngster.

"The ball didn't bounce much," he said.

"It turned it into a serve and volley game and there were a lot of short rallies.

"The ball didn't bounce very high at all, but by the end of the week we all got used to it.

"We played in 36-degree heat most of the time.

"It was very hot; a dry heat."

During the second week of competition at the Australian Veterans Championship Arnell competed in the 45-50 age group, but came up against tough competition early in the draw.

In the singles he won his first round 6-2, 7-5 against a Western Australian player who was an Australian reserve for the world titles.

In the quarter finals he faced the No.2 seed, Manuel Radic.

Radic beat Arnell 6-1, 6-1.

"He was a very good player," Arnell said.

"He is an Australian player and plays a lot overseas."

Arnell and partner Peter Gard were knocked out in the quarter final of the doubles and he and mixed doubles partner Susan Rheinberger were knocked out in the semi-final.

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