TERRIFIC tennis was played by the junior members of the Port Douglas Tennis Club on Saturday and Sunday.
They showed amazing skills and perfect sportsmanship and their skill level has improved so dramatically the club is eyeing a future regional champion.
Three divisions played during the weekend.
In Division 3, the youngest players from seven to 10 years old played singles in a round robin format and all players won at least one match.
In the girls’ results Melissa Callander won by three wins and runner-up was Nour Islam, and in the boys’ results Jamie Hudson won by four wins and runner-up was Dylan Andreassen with three wins.
Division 2 played their matches over two days and the most memorable match in this division was played between Bryan Herrington and Connor Berzinski. After almost two hours the score was 5-2, 6-5 and tiebreak 8-6. Each point they played was at least 10 hits. The winner was BJ Davies and runner-up Bryan Herrington.
Davies had another win with his partner Connor in the boys’ doubles over Herrington and Joshua Bellero. Davies came with his mixed partner Emma Hudson runner-up in the mixed doubles, which was won by Brianna and Connor Berzinski.
Brianne made it this year again to the triple, since she also won the girls’ singles and the girls’ doubles together with Hudson. In the girls’ singles there was a very close runners-up for Hudson.
Cassia Jansen and Fleur Prins had the same amount of matches won, but Hudson had just one game point more. Girls’ doubles runners-up were Jansen and Prins.
Division 1 prepared well for the tough work and they did well having to play normal sets best out of three with a super tie-breaker.
Kiani Berzinski and Blake Johnston made this year’s triple, and they both won their singles, doubles and mixed.
The most epic match was the girls’ singles final played right down to the wire with Berzinski just winning over Lauren Giles 6-4,5-7 and tiebreaker 9-7. Lauren showed with her fabulous backhand, the strongest progress in this championship.
The boys’ singles again played down to the wire with Blake Johnston winning from Toby Davies 6-4, 4-6 tiebreaker 9-4.
Kiani Berzinski and Giles won the girls’ doubles from Jessica Clapp and Brianna Berzinski who filled in for Laura Coulthard (who was sick).
Another epic match went down to the wire with Blake Johnston and Luca Hayman-King winning from Toby and Dylan Davies in the boys’ doubles: 8-6 tie-breaker (9-7) 8-10 tiebreaker (6-8) then super tie-breaker (10-8).
Kiani Berzinski and Blake Johnston won the mixed doubles from Giles and Davies 6-4, 6-2.
Port Douglas Tennis Club has some of the finest junior players ever around and not only is the skill level is very high, but their display of sportsmanship is excellent.
The next event at the PDTC is the Medibank Junior Development Series on July 28-29.
Eye on the ball: Kira L’Estrange