Judy hangs up her racket


Judy Chaloner was only sup­posed to coach at Camp­bell Ten­nis Club for a year.

The re­tired fe­male ten­nis star took up the job after an SOS call from the Green­lane club’s for­mer pres­i­dent Arthur Loo in the 1990s.

Although she agreed for a year, Chaloner didn’t an­tic­i­pate that it would be longer - much longer.

Twenty years later, after dual roles as coach and man­ager and a re­vamped ju­nior pro­gramme, Chaloner is re­tir­ing from the club that kick­started her pro­fes­sional ca­reer as ten­nis player.

‘‘Twenty years is a long time and all I can say is, it just evolved.’’

Chaloner says she will al­ways be in­debted to the club, re­mem­ber­ing how she first rep­re­sented Camp­bell Ten­nis in the Caro Bowl com­pe­ti­tion, Auck­land’s premier club event in 1970.

Chaloner has rep­re­sented New Zealand sev­eral times.

Her biggest sporting achieve­ment was at the 1979 Aus­tralian Open dou­bles which she won with Dianne Evers - they had their names on the tro­phy even be­fore world fa­mous sis­ters Venus and Ser­ena Wil­liams ever did.

Chaloner says she be­lieves Camp­bell Ten­nis Club will pro­duce more na­tional cham­pi­ons in the fu­ture.

‘‘I am leav­ing be­hind a very com­pe­tent coach­ing staff.’’

Chaloner now lives in Aus­tralia.

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