The Victorian Clay Court Championships - Thats a Wrap
The Victorian Clay Court Championships – 6th – 10th April
Royal Park Tennis Club will again host The Victorian Clay Courts Championship AMT. A quality field has lined up to play this year in the open age platinum tournament that attracts the highest level ranking points and prize money Australian tournaments are allocated. The singles winners will walk away with $2400 in prize money.
It is worth coming down to the courts to watch some of Australia’s best players for free. Both the Men’s and Women’s draws have full entry’s including for the qualifiers. Qualifying singles run Tuesday and Wednesday. Main draw doubles starts Wednesday. Main draw singles starts Thursday.
Royal Park Tennis Club are excited that the following members or coaching staff will be playing this year. Come and support our talent.
Jihee Lee will again play after competing in 2019 where she worked her way through the qualifying and into the main tournament. Jihee eventually lost to finalist and number 1 seed Alison Bai in the first round of the main draw. That was then this is now Jihee is now ranked 128 in Australia (from the limited ATM tournaments she has played) and has made the main draw for this year’s event.
Enzo Aguiard is also playing the tournament again. He also worked his way through the qualifying in 2019 and into the main draw where he lost in the quarterfinals. Enzo has had a great run since and is now ranked 94 in Australia. He also now finds himself in the main draw.
Varatchaya Wongteanchai (Pias) has spent a reasonable time away from the game after having her first child in May last year. Pias was on the international tour for over 10 years during which she played in all four Grand Slam tournaments. Pias moved to Melbourne to join husband Matt Gregory and begin a coaching career. Pias has made the main draw as well.
Making the main draw is no mean feat there are only 10 positions available. The rest of the 16 positions will come from 2 wildcard spots and 4 qualifying places. The Mens qualifying will field a full 56 player draw. While the womens has a field of 41 players so those 4 qualifying positions will be hot property.
Royal Park says a sad farewell to Jihee Lee.
Jihee has made a big impact in the short time she has been a part of Matt Gregorys coaching at Royal Park Tennis Club. Jihee arrived at the club in Janurary 2017 after retirement off the international circuit. She is an obviously talented lefthander and has made an impression in her few years in Melbourne playing in AMT’s when possible as well as her selection for Royal South Yarra in the Victorian Premier League for a couple of seasons. Currently her Australian ranking is 128, which no doubly would have been much higher if she had more time for tournaments.
However, and notwithstanding the pleasure one derives from watching her play, we all will not miss Jihee because of her talent but rather because of what an absolutely wonderful human she is. She is a great coach and a great friend to all and we will all miss her terribly. We might just tie her up and store her in the Northern pavilion.
Jihee is heading back to South Korea on April 17th where she will take up a position as Junior High performance coach for a Tennis Academy in Seoul. Jihee is excited by this opportunity were she will be touring with upcoming juniors internationally. Maybe she will come to Australia for the Aussie Open… let us hope. Jihee’s future dream is to become a tour coach and we think she is well on the way to achieving this.
We all at Royal Park wish Jihee the very best in her future.
A Big thanks for Carole and Neil.
Recently the Ascot District Primary Schools held a tennis gala day which comprised 25 teams from 11 schools competing with an estimated 250 kids at our facility.
Neville Stephens, who was the organizing teacher has written a letter of appreciation thanking all involved. He singled out Carole Houston and the team at Royal Park Tennis Club for the use of the venue “Carole was very accommodating to our needs and she couldn’t have been more helpful to myself and our Ascot Vale Schools.”
Similarly, Carole has stated how well the day was organised and has praised the schools on their professional attitude and for looking after our venue.
It is great to see so many young kids enjoying our game and for Carole and Neil to receive acknowledgement.
Chris and Dan in a Purple Patch – Five Titles in two Seasons.
In the last two seasons Christian Belcher and Daniel Micevski have not missed a thing. Along with their various team mates in the last Spring Season they won the NSTA open singles and doubles as well as the NSNTA B Spec 2 Men’s competition.
That was only the start as at the end of this seasons Autumn Competition they came away with THREE titles.
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