Top players battle in our backyard
Tennis is a sport that can really take you places, Sacha Jones says.
The Australian No 5 started playing when she was 3 and was representing New Zealand internationally by the time she was 11.
She is the top female seed going into the Wither Hills West End Cup this week at West End Tennis Club in Westmere.
‘‘Tennis has exposed me to a life outside of New Zealand in quite a big way. I’m so lucky to be able to have a job doing what I love outside in the sun.’’
Now in its sixth year, the free event features New Zealand’s best tennis players as well as some top 10 Australian professionals.
Jones played in the competition in 2011 and is excited to hit the West End courts again.
‘‘It was so nice how the whole area got in behind the tournament, it’s such a good environment to play in.
‘‘As far as tennis events go it’s a really cool atmosphere.’’
West End Cup committee member Penny Foote says the tournament started from humble beginnings and just took off. It’s a chance for Aucklanders to see some topclass tennis for free, she says.
‘‘It’s all in our backyard. There’s some top players that are going to be out there and some fast and furious competition.’’
The event gives Auckland’s best junior tennis players an opportunity to flex their muscles before the New Zealand Junior Championships which start on December 13.
‘‘It’s just wonderful for them to be in a tournament with these top players and gain all of that experience,’’ she says.
Top player: Kiwi-turned-Aussie tennis star Sacha Jones is competing at West End Tennis Club this week.