VP champs tra­di­tion still alive and well

The Herald (South Africa) - - CLUB SPORT - Philippa Fran­cis

IT IS time for the an­nual Vic­to­ria Park Ten­nis Club cham­pi­onships and, although the num­ber of en­tries may be lower than in pre­vi­ous years, the spirit of the event is alive and well.

Chair­man Dave Em­slie said they were de­ter­mined to con­tinue the her­itage of the cham­pi­onships, which could eas­ily fall away with the de­cline in mem­ber­ship num­bers.

“The club has been run­ning since 1926 and we want to per­pet­u­ate and re­spect that his­tory,” he said.

“Uniquely, we have a fam­ily play­ing, with Jayne Turner, a leg­end in South African ten­nis, her hus­band Brian, who has greatly im­proved over the years, and their son Tris­tan, who looks like Brian and plays like Jayne.”

Jayne and Tris­tan will pair up in the mixed dou­bles, with fa­ther and son tak­ing a shot at the men’s dou­bles ti­tle.

Tris­tan said he had en­tered the cham­pi­onships to en­cour­age club sup­port.

“I love ten­nis and events like this keep the club go­ing, and main­tain the spirit of the sport,” the 26-year-old said.

The Turn­ers are not the only fam­ily in­volved in the tour­na­ment, which takes place to­mor­row and on Sun­day.

Peter Sale and his son Michael are the No 1 seeds in the men’s dou­bles event. Both will also play in the sin­gles and are in op­po­site sides of the draw.

Em­slie said mem­bers of the pub­lic were wel­come to watch the fi­nals on Sun­day. Play starts at 9am.

THERE is sure to be plenty of ex­cite­ment when the Wem­b­ley club cham­pi­onships con­clude this week­end, with a num­ber of fas­ci­nat­ing con­tests on the cards.

A club which has been full of in­no­va­tions in re­cent years, the Wem­b­ley com­mit­tee have shown their com­mit­ment to keep­ing club ten­nis alive by re­viv­ing the cham­pi­onships, which are be­ing held for the first time in 17 years.

Hav­ing kicked off on Septem­ber 23, the event will draw to a con­clu­sion on Sun­day, but there are a few mat­ters to be set­tled be­fore then.

As be­fit­ting a club which ex­celled in the men’s premier league this year, the men’s sin­gles has pro­duced some keen com­pe­ti­tion.

An im­por­tant quar­ter­fi­nal match takes place this af­ter­noon when Joel Pre­to­rius takes on Grey High pupil Luke Stewart. They will be play­ing for a spot in to­mor­row’s semi­fi­nal against Ed­mund Drake.

The other men’s sin­gles semi­fi­nal will pit old war horses Richard Bul­bring and Hel­gard Zi­ets­man against each other.

Per­haps bet­ter known as a coach, Bul­bring is no slouch on the court, but he will need all his wits to sub­due the acu­men Zi­ets­man has picked up af­ter decades of com­pet­ing in league ten­nis.

In the women’s sin­gles, Gerda Botha is through to the fi­nal, where she will play the win­ner of the other semi­fi­nal, between Cait­lyn Zi­ets­man, daugh­ter of Hel­gard, and Paula Mur­ray.

Sun­day’s fi­nals will be­gin with the women’s cham­pi­onship match at 9am, while the men’s show­down is sched­uled for 10.30am. – Neale Em­slie

FAM­ILY AF­FAIR: The Turner fam­ily who will be com­pet­ing in the Vic­to­ria Park Ten­nis Club cham­pi­onships this week­end are, from left, Jayne and Brian, and son Tris­tan

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