Keen tennis players Timeri Wearing, left, Dreena Teapa, Ruby Pierre and Maiata Forsythat the tennis doubles competition. 20062932
Tennis is getting back into a post-Covid groove.
Lillian Maui and Moana Une took the women’s title in a revamped tennis competition this weekend.
The six-pair women's draw was slightly different this time around, comprised of two round robin pools.
The winner of Pool A played the winner of Pool B to get the ultimate champion of the day. Maui and Une were too strong, beating Mary Young and Davina Hosking-Ashford 9-5.
There were 11 men’s pairs battling at the national tennis centre in Nikao. Father and son team Brian and Brett Baudinet maintained their top spot, in a close 9-8 tie-breaker decider against Jason Pierre and Steve Underhill.
There were a few close matches on the day. The quarter finals match between Davis Teinaki and Koti Topetai, up against Pati Ataela and Papa Ngalo, was nerve-racking.
Teinaki and Topetai eventually took a narrow 9-8 win.
Felix Matapuku and Deacon Teapa won the men’s consolation final, beating Pati Ataela and Papa Ngalo 9-5.
It was great to watch the up-coming juniors and old timers playing and enjoying the game of tennis and we hope to have them back for round our July/August Doubles tournament, said President Davina Hosking-Ashford.
“Meitaki maa’ta to all the players and cheering supporters,” she said.