Ready to play Caro Bowl

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By LAU­REN PRIESTLEY

The count­down is on for Par­nell Ten­nis Club and Pavlina Nola and Nick Turner are ready to lead the charge.

The club’s male and fe­male teams have both made it to next week’s semi fi­nal round in the coun­try’s premier ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion, the Caro Bowl.

Nola is a for­mer pro­fes­sional who hit the world cir­cuit in 1995 and has played against ten­nis pow­er­houses such as Ser­ena Wil­liams on her way. She is now a ten­nis coach at Par­nell and says play­ing in the Caro Bowl lets her give back to the club.

Par­nell mem­bers started a fan club this year to sup­port the women’s Caro Bowl team at matches where turnout was tra­di­tion­ally lower, she says.

‘‘That’s the kind of club it is. It’s been such amaz­ing sup­port.’’

Nola started ten­nis as a young­ster in Bul­garia and says the sport is about free­dom.

The Caro Bowl has strong ben­e­fits for for­mer pros, new play­ers and spec­ta­tors, she says. It is free to head along and watch the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘It has been some­thing that’s just al­ways been a part of me and part of who I am. Ten­nis for me was pretty much ev­ery­thing ever since I was a lit­tle girl.’’

CBD res­i­dent Nick Turner says Par­nell’s his­tory with the Caro Bowl gives team mem­bers ex­tra in­cen­tive.

The Caro Bowl is played in mem­ory of Par­nell mem­ber Mau- rice Caro who was killed in the Bat­tle of Somme in 1916.

Par­nell Ten­nis Club has won the tro­phy 15 times in the last 20 years, Turner says.

He has been play­ing the game since he was 4 and started with the Caro Bowl team in 1997.

‘‘It’s a great com­pe­ti­tion.

It gives lo­cal club mem­bers the abil­ity to see some world class ten­nis up close and per­sonal.’’

Head along to Par­nell Ten­nis Club to see the semi­fi­nals on November 29. Spec­ta­tors are wel­come.


Big hit­ters: Pavlina Nola and Nick Turner say the Caro Bowl puts top New Zealand ten­nis on dis­play.

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