The Finals Day at Collaroy Tennis Club was on 9th December 2023 – and what a day it was! We had everything, including extreme heat, rain, lightning, thunder, a wonderful Christmas party, as well as some brilliant and exciting tennis. For details, see Results of the Club Championships Finals and all photos below.
In the Open Men’s Singles, defending champ Chris G. defeated Michal K. 6-1, 6-4. Chris brought out all the shots in the book, with topspin winners, slice approaches and great net coverage to show why he is Australia’s top ranked ’55 and Over’ tennis player and why he is Top 3 in the World.
In the Open Ladies Singles, we were entertained by an epic final. It was eventually won by Kelly G., defeating defending champion Eri F. 2-6, 6-2 10-5 in a nail-biting super tie-break. Kelly G. also took the Open Mixed Doubles title with brother Mike B., to get the better of Stuart S. and Kim G. 6-2 6-2. Julie K. and Eri F. won the Open Ladies Doubles over Anna C. and Anita M. 6-3 3-3 (retired).
Our talented young juniors were also on show on Finals Day. 11-year-old superstar Maiia S. took out the Girls’ Singles title with an amazing show of skill over Sky S. 6-1 6-1. In the Boys’ Singles, Sava M. (also 11 years old) displayed super talent, just like his siblings, to take out Jake I. 6-1 6-2. In the Junior Doubles, Jordan W. and Jake I. overcame the fighting pair of Harrison H. and Nicholas L. in another close third super tie-break set 6-4 5-7 10-4.
In our new event, the Masters Men’s Singles, we had tight contest with Rob T. finally getting the better of Damian G. in a marathon match of two tight tie-break sets 6-5 6-5. Rob T. took out another title by winning the Open Men’s Doubles with Jan L. Kenny M. won the Plate Men’s Singles over the young gun Mattis W. A BIG congratulations to our 2023 Club Champions and Finalists!
The Christmas Party was also a huge success! With decorations and the Collaroy Christmas Tree on full display, head chef Glenn fired up the BBQ for all to enjoy a veritable feast. No one goes home hungry from a Collaroy event – there were beautifully delicious Spanish salads, the infamous Collaroy pizzas by Kenny made fresh on site, and of course we had the lovely Anna in charge once again of the Christmas cheers!
At the end of the day, the Presentation Ceremony was held with all trophies, medals, certificates and prizes awarded to our deserving champions and finalists. This brought a close to an amazing Finals Day and successful 2023 Collaroy Tennis Club Championships overall. Big thanks to the record-breaking number of members (adults and juniors) who participated, to the Tournament Committee (Damian G., Glenn R., Kenny M., Lynne B. and Wil J.), to Scott Fletcher and to all generous members who helped out with our joyful Christmas Party!
by Kenny Moyle
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Mike & Kelly
Eri & Julie (not in photo)
Kim & Stuart
Jan & Rob
Anna & Anita (not in photo)
Wil & Brendan (not in photo)
Jordan & Jake