Collaroy Club Champion, Chris Gillis, has recently confirmed his position as one of the best players for his age in the world by winning the prestigious MT1000 (55+) tournament in Melbourne, considered one of the top-ranking Australian tournaments on the ITF World Tennis Masters Tour. The win catapulted Chris to No. 1 in Australia (55+) and No. 5 in the world!
The MT1000 was played on clay at the famous Kooyong club in Melbourne, so players had to be patient and construct each point with care on the slow surface. The tournament attracted the best players in various age groups from around the world, making it a highly competitive event.
Chris had a tough road through to the final, having to overcome some quality opponents to make it through to the championship match. In the final, he faced Jay Pike (Australia’s No. 3), who also played some impressive tennis throughout the event. The final was an intense battle, with both players giving it their all. Chris lost the first set 3/6, but unfazed, he came back strongly to win the next two sets 6/4, 6/1 and clinch the championship.
Chris’s victory is a testament to his hard work, determination and skill. It has also helped him achieve his career-best ranking – an incredible achievement for our Club Champ. His consistency and ability to perform at the highest level will continue to make him a force to be reckoned with on the Masters Tour. His impressive performance on the clay courts has shown that he is a versatile player who can adapt to different surfaces. The win is a massive boost for his confidence and will undoubtedly inspire him to continue working hard to achieve more success on the Masters Tour… and to defend his Men’s Singles title at Collaroy in the Club Championships later this year.