Tennis vets to kick-start year
THE Gympie and Cooloola Veterans Tennis Association will have a commanding presence at the 2010 Australian Seniors Teams and Individual Championships, to be held at the Gold Coast next week.
Serving and volleying for Queensland in the teams event are Kym Ireland, Glen Hocking and Warren Arnell.
These players will then join Gympie’s Roy Archibald in hitting the courts shortly after for the individual component of the event.
Ireland and Arnell, who have played for Queensland before, will be captains in the 45s women’s and men’s teams respectively.
The Queensland teams will be playing opposition coming from South Australia, Western Australian, the ACT, Victoria, New South Wales and New Zealand.
“A team of four play each rubber, and players can play up to eight sets a day, so it gets very exhausting,” Arnell said.
Arnell and Ireland, who have played for Queensland before, will not be daunted by the experience, while Hocking, who is in the 60s men’s team, will be playing for Queensland for the first time.
An Australian team will also be selected following the last shot of the team’s tournament, and will be headed to Mexico.
Arnell said he and Ireland were keen to make the team.
“Kym and I have nominated to be selected if good enough,” he said.
Meanwhile, in the individual aspect of the massive tournament, Gympie’s premier veteran tennis players will test their skills outside of a team-style setting.
Playing a combination of doubles and singles, the Gympie players will be facing tough competition in the hope of returning home with success.
Ireland is playing in the 45s women’s singles, 45s doubles with Eira Sanders and mixed doubles with Arnell.
Arnell will be in action playing in the 45s men’s singles and 45s men’s doubles, with Rod Shepherdson of Murgon, in addition to partnering Ireland.
Hocking, meanwhile, is playing in the 60s singles and 60s men’s doubles, joining forces with Ted Nowicki.
Archibald will also be applying his skills in the 75s men’s singles, hoping his experience playing in local fixtures will give him an edge.
The competition at the Gold Coast gives the players ample practice against some of Australia’s best talent before Gympie fixtures get underway in February.