Ten­nis top guns take on re­gional ri­vals

The Herald (South Africa) - - Horse Racing - Neale Em­slie

The Cradock Ten­nis Club will be aim­ing to make it two in a row when the sec­ond edi­tion of the Growth­point Top Guns Club Cham­pi­onships takes place in Port El­iz­a­beth on Satur­day.

Ini­ti­ated by Ten­nis South Africa last year, the event is aimed at pro­vid­ing club play­ers with an op­por­tu­nity to pit their skills against their re­gional ri­vals in a team ten­nis for­mat.

The East­ern Prov­ince tour­na­ment takes place at the PE Lawn Ten­nis Club, start­ing at 8am, cater­ing for two sec­tions – the Top Guns and the Pop Guns.

The tal­ented Cradock out­fit led the way last year and it would not be sur­pris­ing to see them suc­cess­fully de­fend the ti­tle.

How­ever, there is sure to be plenty of com­pe­ti­tion from their Nel­son Man­dela Bay ri­vals, with Vic­to­ria Park field­ing two teams and the other clubs be­ing Sun­ridge Park, Westview and Wem­b­ley.

Wem­b­ley, last year’s run­ners-up, have en­joyed much growth in re­cent years and could be the dark horses for the ti­tle if Cradock slip up along the way.

To pro­vide for those not cho­sen in the clubs’ main teams, Ten­nis Nel­son Man­dela Bay has in­vited four sides to com­pete in the quaintly named Pop Guns event.

Its chair, Mike Bladen, wel­comed the ini­tia­tive.

“By pro­vid­ing the club player with an op­por­tu­nity to com­pete be­yond the nor­mal leagues, Ten­nis SA has sent a timely mes­sage – ‘we care for you and want to give you some­thing to work to­wards’,” Bladen said.

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