City’s top play­ers hit Ash­bur­ton

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MOTORING - ERIN TASKER

A round of Christchurch’s pre­mier ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion will be played in Ash­bur­ton next month.

Mid Can­ter­bury Ten­nis will host the De­cem­ber 2 round of the city’s pre­mier grade at the Ash­bur­ton Trust Ten­nis Cen­tre.

‘‘It’s their pre­mier grade, so there are play­ers there that are na­tional cham­pi­ons for ex­am­ple, for their age groups, and there are guys that are in the top 20 or 50 in New Zealand,’’ Mid Can­ter­bury Ten­nis coach An­dre van Rooyen said.

‘‘For ex­am­ple Tessa McCann (from Ash­bur­ton) is num­ber five in New Zealand in the 16s and un­der age group, so there is go­ing to be really top New Zealand play­ers here that day.’’

McCann’s women’s pre­mier team is set to play a team fea­tur­ing an­other for­mer Mid Can­ter­bury player, Ash­leigh Leonard, that day.

Both the pre­mier men’s and ladies grades will be con­tested.

‘‘The level will be ex­tremely high, and that’s what we want. We want our play­ers to feed off that,’’ van Rooyen said.

‘‘Who knows, maybe next year we can host it again, or a se­nior tour­na­ment that will at­tract a lot of these play­ers. It’s about get­ting these play­ers to travel here and have that ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

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