Top tennis stars flock to Barossa

Tournament tennis visited the Barossa during January as Gawler and Tanunda hosted Tennis Australia – Australian Rankings events.

Gawler hosted the heat-stricken 2018 Sergio Tacchini-Zorich Sportspower Silver JT.

96 high quality junior players from South Australia, Victoria, and Northern Territory competing for valuable rankings points.

In the match of the tournament, second seeded Australian Grasscourt Champion Edward Winter defeated Darwin’s Peter Politis in the 14 and under boys singles final.

Politis led with an early barrage of clean, powerful hitting to break serve, only for Winter to impose himself tactically on the match as he showed poise beyond his years to steady and close out the match, 7-5 to 6-3.

Local Tod Street girl and top seed Mackenzie Leo suffered from two match wins in the heat and unexpectedly fell to fellow local Nikita Page in the 18 and under girls singles final.

Tanunda hosted ta double header, starting with the Tanunda Bronze JT which featured a healthy number of locals among the 41 competitors.

Tod Street’s second seeded Bryan Dickson performed well in the 12 and under boys singles, losing the final to top-seeded Henry De Keulenaer, 6-2 to 6-3.

Kapunda’s Harry Wuttke made the semi finals of the boys 16 and under singles, falling to eventual champion Peter Politis, 6-3 to 6-0.

Olivia Wuttke had a straightforward 12 and under girls singles round win before going down to event winner Anna Stewart in the quarter finals.

The Tanunda Gold AMT featured forty players of serious quality on its roster.

Mislav Bosnjak, ranked as high as 1380 in the world last year, headed the men’s field while Tayla Whitehouse, Australian Junior Fed Cup representative, led the Women’s field.

Ladies third seed Elyse Edwards carved through second seeded Yasmin Glazbrook in the semi-final, meeting Whitehouse in the final who had been completely untroubled in the minor rounds.

Edwards took the first set 6-3, with Whitehouse evening the contest at a set all, taking the second 6-2.

The third set was a tense affair, with Edwards finally prevailing 7-5 to claim the title.

Local Tod Street 15-year-old Zeke Mumford won a round of the men’s singles before being given a tennis lesson by third seeded David Abfalter.

This round win should see Mumford rise significantly in the Australian rankings.

Highly fancied fourth seeded youngster Sean Van Rensburg saw off the challenge of big hitting top seed Mislav Bosnjak to reach the men’s final, where he found another big hitter in Oliver Douglas waiting.

Sixth-seeded Douglas had seen off two challengers in epic three set quarter and semi-final encounters and had little left to give in the final with Van Rensburg taking an easy win, 6-2 to 6-2.

BLG Summer Tennis returns on Friday, February 2.