2019 Australian Open
By Greg Cornish
The Club was delighted to host the Australian Open and Australian Ladies Open and we were treated to a week of superb singles and doubles tennis by the world’s elite players, played before large and very appreciative audiences of members, friends and players. Also, a feature of the week was the fine sporting conduct shown by players at all times.
Australian Open Championships
The 2019 Australian Open singles champion is Camden Riviere, who defeated Nick Howell 6/2 6/0 6/1. The 2019 doubles champions are Camden Riviere and Tim Chisholm, who defeated Chris Chapman and Steve Virgona 6/2 6/2 2/6 6/2.
As you might expect from such a talented field, there were many brilliant passages of play with some outstanding matches enjoyed by the large galleries.
Camden Riviere, who was playing his first tournament back after time off for Lyme disease, looked in top form. Camden was clearly relaxed and happy to be back on court after a tough year.
Nick Howell had a fine tournament beating Chris Chapman and Rob Fahey to reach his first major singles final.
All were impressed with the perseverance and match play shown by our young professional John Woods-Casey in making it through the qualifiers and then beating Andrew Fowler.
The doubles final provided an exhibition of explosive tennis, partnered with remarkable shot play over the four sets. It was highly entertaining and a treat for the large number of spectators.
Australian Ladies Open Championships
The 2019 Australian Ladies Open singles champion is Claire Fahey, who defeated Tara Lumley 6/1 6/2. The 2019 doubles champions are Claire Fahey and Tara Lumley, who defeated Penny Lumley and Kate Leeming 6/0 6/0.
Claire showed the class and shot making talent that has made her the most outstanding woman real tennis player in the world, as she defended her singles and doubles titles, partnering with Tara Lumley in the doubles.
It was great to see the improvement of Tara Lumley and Isabel Candy, who had spent some months in Australia at RMTC and HRTC.
Perhaps the tightest match was the doubles semi final involving Penny Lumley and our own professional Kate Leeming against Isabel Candy and Jess Garside. This match was enjoyed by a strong spectator group.
It was great to see Kate back competing, and to welcome Sian Medlow (UK) and Edwina Happell (Aus) for their first Australian Open appearances.
Despite full pre-testing, there was a technical fault with the streaming system which took time to be rectified and meant we could not live stream some matches.
Our thanks and appreciation to Vince Scopelliti and the organising team, to Helen Pritchard in accounts services, and the fine RMTC Pro team for their planning, hard work and contributions to the success of the 2019 Australian Open. The RMTC looks forward to welcoming back the world’s best real tennis players in early January 2020 for the 2020 Australian Open.