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Summer season: week one – the lowdown

by | Feb 6, 2018 | News


Welcome to the first edition of ‘the lowdown’ for our summer season.

The lowdown is a quick way to keep you up to date with all the latest action, picking some top highlights from the past week or two of action. We also provide lots of useful information as we go through the season so keep your eyes peeled.

Renate SmithamMatch of the week

Our first match of the week goes to Renate Smitham (pictured) vs Peter Gdodakis in our Adelaide East Tennis League.

Peter, playing in his first ever Oz Tennis Leagues match, took on Renate in what turned out to be an epic encounter. Renate eventually coming out on top 6-3, 0-6, 6-4.

“Wow, what a game! That was certainly something different! Peter was a great opponent to play, very consistent with his shots. We had lots of rallies, at one point we had no fewer than a dozen deuces in a single game (I wish we had counted how many exactly!) Peter ended up winning that game and the set too shortly after (6 to love!) taking the match to a 3rd set. It was an uphill battle for me from there to say the least, but I managed to turn things around, get an early lead in the 3rd set and win the match. Sitting in a salt bath now looking forward to the next match :)” Renate

“A close and competitive contest that lasted for over 2 hours. The game ebbed and flowed with some long rallies. Despite being hindered by cramps towards the end of the game, Renate prevailed in an ‘epic’ encounter. Well done Renate!” Peter

Brilliant way to start the season both.

Handy tips for organising matches

As you can see, some players have already managed to complete more than one match in the first week of the season. If you haven’t managed to play yet, don’t worry, there’s still 8 weeks left of the regular season before our grand finals. Here’s some useful tips for getting on the court:

1) Be pro-active. Everyone who has signed up is keen to play tennis. Get in touch with at least 2 or 3 players using our private messaging platform or click on a player’s profile to find their email address and phone number.

2) Check out your opponents preferred tennis courts, days and times by clicking on their profile. This will give you a quick insight into when and where they’d ideally like to play. Don’t forget, all players need to be a little flexible.

3) Offer specific dates, times and courts that you can do. Take the initiative, if your opponent can’t make any of your suggestions, they can always offer alternatives.

4) Text, WhatsApp or call. A quick call is always likely to be the quickest way to arrange your match.

Q&A – Player not responding?

At Oz Tennis Leagues we’re all about getting people on the court. That’s our sole aim. Therefore we can appreciate it can be frustrating if a player doesn’t respond and falls into a black hole when you’re trying to organise a game.

If a player doesn’t respond to your original message, try giving them a text or a phone call. If this doesn’t work, please let us know and we will contact the player. If a player continually doesn’t respond we will withdraw them from the league as we are really keen to keep our leagues full of pro-active, sociable, fun tennis players.

And finally..

Some amazing match notes that highlight the Oz Tennis Leagues spirit 🙂 Keep them coming!

“Matt made me work hard for this, my legs were well ready to finish before the hour was up! It was great to meet such a friendly bloke first up, we’ll be getting together for some more practices in the future. Cheers Matt!” Jack Martin, Melbourne West Tennis League

“Had a good battle with Tom who came back to tennis after long time but showed tough competition to me on a 35 degree day especially winning the 1st set and almost the second but I got lucky with the tie break and then 3rd set. Looking forward to playing again with him because I know he will be tough to beat after he gets his rhythm back to tennis ? thanks and cheers guys.” Vivek Dhyani, Adelaide East Tennis League

“Bree is a ninja!!!! Such a great game” Ashleigh Hatfield, Canberra Tennis League

Enjoy week two of our summer season. Any questions please just get in contact, we’re here to help.

See you on the court!

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