Check out Monto’s so­cial ten­nis

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

TEN­NIS: So­cial fix­tures have started up at Monto ten­nis courts, and have so far at­tracted a small, but keen set of play­ers.

Run­ning 12.30pm ev­ery Satur­day, the games are re­laxed and open to play­ers of any skill level.

Monto Ten­nis Club sec­re­tary Tr­ish By­grave said the games were flex­i­ble and en­cour­aged any­one in­ter­ested to come along.

“You can just come and we’ll make up a fix­ture format on the day if there’s enough, oth­er­wise we’ll just ro­tate so ev­ery­one can get a game,” By­grave said.

Ju­nior play­ers Ralph Domingo, Wil­lis By­grave and Matylda Dow en­joy be­ing able to play so­cial games on Satur­days.

Wil­lis By­grave, 14, who comes from a fam­ily of com­pet­i­tive ten­nis play­ers, said he used to play the tour­na­ment scene, but these days prefers to keep it ca­sual.

“I like how it’s not com­pet­i­tive, I like just hav­ing fun in ten­nis,” he said.

“It’d be good to get more peo­ple our age so we could teach them how to do it and have a good game with them.”

Ralph Domingo, 12, started play­ing two years ago, and likes the op­por­tu­nity to get some prac­tice in.

“It’s very good ex­er­cise,” he said.

Matylda Dow has been play­ing for three years and along with Ralph, has been tak­ing part in com­pe­ti­tions.

“I do the Gayn­dah and Monto tour­na­ments, there’s one in Gayn­dah I think in July,” she said.

A while ago, Monto Dis­trict Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion re­ceived a Sport and Recre­ation grant to fix up the court’s lights, among other things.

By­grave said once the court’s lights have been fixed, they’ll be able to start run­ning night fix­tures.

“It’s all in the process, we’ve got a meet­ing shortly and quotes com­ing in, so that shouldn’t be too far off.”

Event in­for­ma­tion is on Monto Ten­nis Club Face­book page.

❝ I like how it’s not com­pet­i­tive, I like just hav­ing fun in ten­nis. — Wil­lis By­grave

TOP SHOT: Strong serve from Ralph Domingo. PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

Con­nor Roth takes the court.

Matylda Dow had a strong swing.

It was ca­sual dou­bles last Satur­day at Monto Ten­nis Court.

Tr­ish By­grave play­ing in the first set.

Mark Wede­meyer reg­u­larly comes up from Eidsvold to play.

Wil­lis By­grave, Ralph Domingo and Matylda Dow.

Wil­lis By­grave en­joys the ca­sual side of ten­nis.

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