EGLINTON Tennis Club players are ready to serve it up to each other once again.
While still having to adhere to the strict guidelines set down by the state government and Tennis NSW, the Eglinton Tennis Club has been given the green light to start competition play this Saturday.
Just as the news came as a delight to players, club president Jason Honeyman believes the return to competition play will be the highlight of the year.
“With COVID-19 having a huge effect on all the players, it will be a great thrill to see all the players returning to the sport they all love,” he said.
“Although in saying that, we be strictly monitoring that the safety of our players, social distancing and sanitising procedures are adhered to.”
Club selector John ‘slugger’ Bullock agrees with Honeyman’s point of view, saying that the shutdown period due to the pandemic made players realise just how much they relished being able to compete each week.
“I’ve won a lot of grand final trophies over the years, and would give them all away just to get back on the tennis court to be playing the best sport of all,” Bullock said.
“Tennis is not all about winning, it’s getting out there and having a go and enjoying the social side of things as well.”
Club match convener Allyson ‘iron lady’ Schumacher and her selection committee sat down last Monday to finalise the teams and believes this year’s new-look competition will be a cracker.
“I just didn’t know if the COVID-19 crisis would deter the players, making them not want to return to competition play. Well, it was just the opposite as the numbers are up, which shows how loyal and committed the players really are. You can expect some champagne tennis,” Schumacher said.
Play commences at 12.30pm sharp on Saturday with the captains to notify their respective players on proceedings. Good hitting.
Selectors have named the new teams for the upcoming competition ahead of the opening round. They are as follows: