The Canterbury Tennis Club, based at Polo Farm Sports Club, hosted an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Senior’s tournament for the first time last week.
The tournament attracted over 60 entries with players coming from all around the country as well as entries from the USA and Italy. It was played in good spring sunshine on the club’s outdoor “Advantage Redcourt” artificial clay.
Advantage RedCourt® is the name of the all year play, artificial clay tennis playing surface supplied by Trevor May Contractors Ltd. It is manufactured by EDEL Grass and uses a ceramic treated infill that totally fills the stability mat. The play lines are made using a special white yarn that gives higher durability and improved visibility.
The spring weather brought breezy conditions to the tournament which made the tennis challenging. Despite this, the players all enjoyed the competitive tennis with world ranking points on offer, while savouring the relaxed atmosphere of the pavilion in good company and well catered for with the excellent food on offer. Many noted the benefits of artificial clay courts and appreciated the opportunity to practice on the surface prior to the National Clay Court Championships in Bournemouth at the end of the month.
Paolo Sivestri from Italy commented how much he enjoyed the tennis and his visit to Canterbury. He was particularly happy to have had a chance, in conjunction with the tournament, to play in the club’s grass courts, an unheard of experience in Italy.
Although the tournament was international in nature, the finals saw the home counties come through strongly. Canterbury member and National 65’s champion Jasper Cooper played through the tournament with a chipped left shoulder but still managed to see off all opposition. Other winners included Sussex county players, Chezz Khan and John Brewins.
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