Easter Tournament a state finalist
Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club has been nominated again as a finalist for the prestigious Tennis Victoria’s Most Outstanding Tournament of the Year Award for their annual Easter Tournament.
This is significant achievement for the small club as only three tournaments are nominated in the state each year.
Tennis Victoria Acting CEO Adam Crameri is looking forward to recognising the incredible efforts of the Victorian tennis community during this difficult period for community tennis.
“We have faced many challenges as a Victorian tennis community across the last 18 months and to see what each of these finalists have done to drive and support tennis in Victoria within their area across this period is remarkable,” Mr Crameri said.
“We look forward to celebrating and recognising all finalists in October.”
The annual Easter Tournament this year was the 122nd time the tournament has been held with 1000 players participating over the four-day period.
As is the long-held tradition, the Yarrawonga Football Club’s JC Lowe Oval is transformed into additional courts meaning ensuring there are 57 courts available throughout the weekend.
Organising committee member Jason Bassett said it was very exciting be a finalist.
“This event is a family-based event with players as young as seven right through to players in their 70s participating.
“Large groups of families and friends attend, and it often heard that various players have been attending the event for decades.”
Jason said the successful four-day event held this year had near perfect Autumn weather with cloudless skies and the courts bathed in glorious sunshine.
“Due to the impact of COVID-19, the numbers this year had to be capped to comply with the COVID Plan required by the State Government,’ he said.
“This certainly didn’t dampen the atmosphere with record sales of food and beverages highlighting the enjoyment of everyone involved.”
The tournament was one of the highlights on the local event calendar in 2020 with so many events being cancelled due to the ongoing COVID Pandemic this year.
“It provided a massive financial impact of the town and the region with accommodation often booked out months prior to the event. Local eateries and similar venues are kept extremely busy with players equally enjoying their time off the court,” Jason added.
“The magnitude of the event leaves all participants in awe and grateful.
“The tournament is only possible due to the countless volunteers which assist in the weeks leading up to the tournament and during the four days.
“The preparation of the courts and administration involved in entering players and creating events are almost like full time jobs for those involved for months leading into the event.
“Local tennis members give up hours during their Easter break to ensure that players have a great time. This generosity is the cornerstone of this wonderful event.
Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club was awarded the Most Outstanding Tournament of the year in 2019. This certainly indicated the quality of the event and the fact that it is prominent on the tennis calendar for all tennis enthusiasts.
Due to COVID-19 the awards were not presented in 2020, therefore Yarrawonga is still the reigning title holder.
This year the other finalists are the Warrnambool Tennis Club for their Labour Day Tournament and the Mornington Peninsula for their Easter Tournament. By all reports both of these events were excellent events.
The announcement of this award will be held during a virtual awards ceremony on October 19th. This award will form part of the night which will include around 15 other awards for tennis related events and participants.