Ready to play Caro Bowl
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.