Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Twilight start set
After two false starts already this season, the Deniliquin Lawn Tennis Club’s Twilight Competition is set to begin Wednesday, October 27.
Club president Clive Gow said the club was delighted that with more than 90 players wanting to play, competition can begin next week.
‘‘Now that New South Wales has passed the 80 per cent double dose vaccination mark, community sport is allowed for players that are double vaccinated,’’ Gow said.
‘‘This vaccine rule will also apply to all spectators who wish to come on to the club grounds.
‘‘Teams have been graded and placed in teams and captains will be contacting players to ask them if they are double vaccinated.’’
Gow asked that all players cooperate in providing the information required so that teams can be finalised.
‘‘Players will be required to provide proof of vaccination to complete club records when they play,’’ he said.
Gow said the recent conditions will make for a pleasant return to tennis.
‘‘The lawn courts have started to green up, and recent rain has helped get growth started but ground temperatures have not been useful so far.’’
Once the season starts, team members will play in pairs on a rotation, with matchups determined based on the skill levels of players.
Matches are first to six, with tie breaks at 5-all.
Let cords are in play and the point after deuce decides the game.
This is called fast format tennis. Teams will have more players than required each week, so there is no pressure to be available every Wednesday. Just inform your captain when you are unavailable.
Gow said the committee could see, some years back, that midweek tennis was the preferred choice of many players.
‘‘Players wanted to play their tennis, and get home at a reasonable time,’’ he said.
‘‘With the twilight competition, players are finished by 8pm.
‘‘The new lights on four courts means that any late matches can still be completed under lights.
‘‘And the new hard courts give players a choice of which type of surface they want to play on.’’