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Gold Coast Tennis News

ISSUE 13 | December 2013 - February 2014 Featuring interesting, relevant & informative stories relating to the sport of tennis.

Gold Coast clinches Qld JDS Final By CTO Ellie Ryan The Queensland Medibank Junior Development Series Finals were held in Rockhampton over the 26th and 27th of October. It was a big weekend of tennis and the Gold Coast players really embraced playing as a team and ended up WINNING the overall tournament. The competition went right down to the wire with the Gold Coast team leading by 3 at the end of day 1. Seeing their lead evaporate, Gold Coast were able to pick up some vitals wins late on day 2 to hold off North QLD and Far North QLD by 1 and 2 points respectively. Gold Coast came home strong to take home the Ken Hick-Murray Whitbread Trophy. Congratulations to all who participated in the event. Alex Furst also took out the 11/Under Boys singles title. Huge Congratulations to Jesse Stephenson, Laia Pasini and Harrison Turner. All participating in their first ever State Finals and all coming away with fantastic results. Jesse Stephenson and Laia Pasini both won their pools on day one, which put them into the semi-finals for day two. Laia played great tennis but lost her semi-final. Jesse won her semi 6/7 6/3 10/4. Jesse then played a great match in the final where she was beaten and ended up running 2nd overall. Laia played her playoff for 3 & 4th and played a tough match where she won 10/8 in the third set super tiebreak. Harrison Turner played great tennis over the weekend and displayed great sportsmanship where he ran 12th overall. In the 13/under age group all Gold Coast participants played with great sportsmanship and were all fantastic team players for the Gold Coast. Ben Hielscher played fantastic tennis throughout the two days and ended up running 3rd overall. Darcy Devilliers showed great fighting spirit in all his matches and ended up running 9th overall. In the girls, Rhiannon Frizzell and Emma Mitchell both played well for the Gold Coast Team. Rhiannon had to fight hard in her last playoff match and she ended up running 6th overall. Emma Mitchell played some awesome tennis through out the two days and ran 10th overall.

Tayla Lawson, Shannen Meyer, Karl Mosterd and Josh Piunti all displayed all round great sportsmanship whilst playing over the two days. Tayla Lawson won her pool on the first day and ended up coming 4th place overall. Shannen Meyer played some fantastic tennis and had great results on day two to come 11th overall. Birthday boy Karl came 6th place overall and Josh Piunti ran 7th overall. The 17/Under age group consisted of Samantha Cameron, Jennifer Clarke, Ben Mitchell and Khyel Bentley-Tucker. All these players showed fantastic leadership over the weekend through their tennis and also through always looking out for the team at all times. Jennifer Clarke and Samantha Cameron played some tough matches where they both competed very well. Jennifer Clarke won her pool on day one and won her semi final. She lost in the final and ran 2nd overall, which was a fantastic result. Samantha Cameron played some great matches and ended up coming 5th overall. Ben Mitchell and Khyel Bentley-Tucker both played a lot of competitive matches throughout the weekend. Ben competed in his last year of the JDS state finals and came 4th overall and Khyel came 7th overall. A huge thank you to the supervisors for the trip. It was a big weekend and all supervisors watched a lot of tennis. Thank you to Stephen Kua, Connie Chan and Ian Brosman for volunteering their time to this weekend. Also a big thank you to Totally teeth and the Gold Coast Regional Assembly for the funding that was put towards this state finals trip!

Nominations Open for the 2014 TGC Committee If you are keen to make a difference in the tennis community on the Gold Coast and would like to get involved, nominations are now open for all positions on the Tennis Gold Coast Executive Committee for 2014. The Tennis Gold Coast Annual General Meeting will be held at Queens Park Tennis Centre on Wednesday 26th February 2014. All positions including President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Executive Committee are up for re-election. TGC President Mike Ford said, ‘The 2013 TGC Committee has done a great job this year and implemented considerable changes to raise awareness for our sport and increase player participation. We are keen to continue this hard work in 2014 and hope that as many TGC affiliated clubs as possible would nominate pro-active candidates for committee.’ Nomination forms are available from the Tennis Gold Coast Office at Queens Park, phone 5532 8566 or email Nominations close on Friday 15th February 2014.

Upcoming Events 8th February 2014 Summer Season Saturday Afternoon Fixtures recommences 9th & 16th February 2014 Queens Park Junior Development Series


Junior Development Series

26th February 2014 Tennis Gold Coast Annual General Meeting 28th February 2014 TGC Secondary Schools Challenge 2nd March 2014 TGC Primary Schools Challenge


Tennis Gold Coast Miami Tennis Club Tennis Blue Beenleigh Tennis Centre Sonic Tennis Gold Coast Seniors Tennis Club Pro-One Tennis Centre Gold Coast Albert Park Tennis


9 & 16 February 2014 16 & 23 March 2014 19 & 20th April 2014 4 & 11 May 2014 15 & 22 June 2014 20 & 27 July 2014 7 & 14 September 2014 25 & 26 September 2014


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New format in 2014 Friendly Competition Doubles & Singles Great Prizes & Trophies $35 per player per tournament

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Celebration of Tennis a Success Gold Coast Tennis enthusiasts, players, coaches, club management and supporters came together for the 2013 annual ‘Celebration of Tennis’ soiree at Southport Golf Club on October 19. 110 guests from the tennis community had a great night of socialising, traditional games and award presentations. Mike Evans was brilliant as Master of Ceremonies and the raffles were a highlight of the night with over $3000 in prizes won. The winners of the 2013 Recognition awards were: Female Junior Player of the Year: Samantha Cameron Male Junior Player of the Year: Alex Furst Female Player of the Year: Chloe Lowe Male Player of the Year: Mike Ford Volunteer of the Year: Allan Jones Coach of the Year: Nathan Waddell Club of the Year: Tennis Blue TGC President, Mike Ford said the dinner as a fantastic success and made mention of the dedication and commitment of the organising committee that included, Sarah Weise, Katrina Sanguigno, Tania Cohen and Wayne Hawker. Thank you must also be made to all the other helpers who ensured the success of the dinner. All social pictures from the night’s festivities are on page 11.

GC Tennis News going Electronic in 2014 Gold Coast Tennis News is going electronic only in 2014. Keep up to date with all the latest club, player and tournament news along with all the tennis happenings on the Gold Coast. You can access your electronic copy by subscribing to or alternatively download from the Tennis Gold Coast website or Tennis Gold Coast Facebook page.

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St Hilda's School Excellence Bursaries - 2015 St Hilda’s School is fortunate to be able offer a range of Excellence Bursaries to new students for entry to Years 7 to 11 in 2015. Many of these awards have been established as a result of the generosity of parents, friends, associated organisations and bequests. St Hilda’s School awards a number of Sport Excellence Bursaries to students who have strengths in particular sports. These will be granted to students who are new to the school and could not otherwise attend St Hilda’s School without financial assistance. Eligibility Applicants must be Australian citizens and new to the school in 2015. Students should have strengths in particular sports and be able to demonstrate individual or team selection at State or National levels. They should also be eager to participate in a wide range of opportunities available at St Hilda’s School. Participation in two out of three of the school’s core sports of Athletics, Cross Country and Swimming at House and QGSSSA levels is a requirement. All applicants also must be able to demonstrate an above average academic performance, which must be maintained throughout the term of the Bursary. Students who are awarded Sport Excellence Bursaries will be expected to sustain their level of participation for the term of the Bursary and respect the philosophy and rules, which govern the school.

Gold Coasters Win at TQ Awards Night The 2013 Queensland Tennis Awards were once again held at Rydges Southbank, in Brisbane on Saturday 9th November. This prestigious event paid tribute to the people who made a difference to the game in 2013, from your local club volunteer to our international stars, taking the spirit of Queensland across the globe. It was a big night for the Gold Coast winning three of the awards:

Application These Bursaries are awarded on the basis of completion of an independent scholarship test, current school records and certificates of achievement, refereed application and interviews.

Parents of the Year - Ros & John Birrell Senior 35+ Player of the Year - Mike Ford Volunteer of the Year - Anne Marie Lawlor

For more information, contact St Hilda’s School Head of Sport, Jemma Trendler at

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The new Head Graphene Radical has arrived. Well the new Head Graphene Radical has arrived in store at last. The new radical now has 4 models with different beam width to give the new Radical range a much greater playing appeal to a lot more players. So this is something radically different from Head! The new Graphene Radical replaces the soft, plush feel that the previous Radical range had typically possessed with this new range being something crisper, livelier and more modern. The addition of Graphene technology aims to improve the manoeuvrability and rock solid feel of the YOUTEK IG Radical to make this new Radical range an easier racquet to swing yet is still ultra stable from all areas of the court. Access to spin is easy, and although it's a little stiffer and crisper, there's still plenty of feel and responsiveness off the stringbed at contact. This could be the racquet of choice in the new Head racquet line for 2014! Aggressive baseliners and all-court players who are looking to update to the latest technology should really take a serious look at the new Head Graphene Radical range. The new Radical is now equipped with Graphene to come in line with the Head Speed & Head Instinct racquets. By adding Graphene to the new racquets it gives the racquet a different swing feel and provides better manoeuvrability and stability while giving the racquet a lighter weight feel. Graphene is the world's strongest and lightest material. Graphene provides Head Radical with the ability to have an optimal redistribution of weight to create even more speed in every shot. Graphene is integrated into the racquet shaft for increased stability. The Head Radical has had the weight in the racquet moved to the tip and grip of the racquet which provides better manoeuvrability and increased swing weight (for a lighter total mass). With less weight in the middle of the racquet you get a racquet which is easier to swing and enables even more powerful shots.

The Head Graphene Radical has 4 models in the range and this being the following

Head Radical Pro Headsize: 98 Sq inch Weight: 310g Beam Width: 20/23/21mm

Head Radical MP Headsize: 98 Sq inch Weight: 295g Beam Width: 20/23/21mm

Head Radical Rev Headsize: 98 Sq inch Weight: 260g Beam Width: 20/23/21mm

Head Radical S Headsize: 102 Sq inch Weight: 280g Beam Width: 22/25/23mm

So if you want to upgrade from your current racquet - maybe you’re seeking more power, more control, more comfort... or a little of all three. Now is the time to come and talk to the friendly staff at Sportys Warehouse to help you have making the correct choice on that new tennis racquet. You can also view all the tennis racquets we have in-store on our tennis website at

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2013 TGC Aged & Adult Tennis Championships The 2013 Tennis Gold Coast Aged & Adult Championships, an Honour Board event, was held at Queens Park and St Hilda’s School on Sunday 24th November. It was a great day with many fantastic matches played. Play was briefly interrupted by a summer storm mid afternoon but matches resumed until all were played. A gallery on images can be viewed on the Tennis Gold Coast website or Face book page.

16/U Boys Singles

Well done and Congratulations to all players. A big THANK-YOU to Wayne Hawker, Sarah Weise and the Tennis Gold Coast Committee, for all their hard work in putting together a great tournament.

14/U Girls Singles

Winner: Temirlan Zholtayev Runner-up: Joel Rasmussen 16/U Girls Singles Winner: Samantha Cameron Runner-up: Jennifer Clarke 14/U Boys Singles Winner: Joshua Wirrell Runner-up: Jordan Unger Winner: Abbie Hawkins Runner-up: Sharni Isgro 12/U Boys Singles Winner: Tyler Gilbert Runner-up: Zico Kahuroa

Here are the results: Open Men’s Singles Winner: Mike Ford Runner-up: John Birrell

12/U Girls Singles

Open Ladies Singles Winner: Chloe Lowe Runner-up: Kerryn Cyprien

12/U Girls Doubles

Open Men’s Doubles Winners: Hinrich Meijer & Wes Pope Runner-ups: Thomas Cyprien & Tan Nguyen

10/U Boys Singles

Open Ladies Doubles Winners: Samantha Cameron & Jennifer Clarke Runner-ups: Ricki Watson & Sarah Weise

10/U Girls Singles

Winner: Taylah Harwood Runner-up: Hannah Meyer Winners: Hannah Meyer & Natalie Tijsen Runner-ups: Taylah Harwood & Channen Wirrell Winner: Gianni Sanguigno Runner-up: Austin Shipard Winner: Maddison Ricardo Runner-up: Dayna

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Tennis on 11th supportsTGC Fixtures

Tennis On 11th is a small 3-court centre based at Palm Beach and has entered 12 teams in our current Tennis Gold Coast Summer Season Saturday Afternoon Fixtures. Last season the club won both spectrums on the competition by taking out Pennant 1 & Green Ball 1 competitions, an amazing achievement by such a small club. The clubs junior player numbers have significantly increased in the last few years under the direction of the Tennis Central professional coaching group. Tennis Central provides total management services to the club, including coaching and encouraging players into match play and fixtures Tennis on 11th's longevity and continuing success is due to providing a friendly, relaxed environment for all ages to enjoy playing tennis. With well-maintained and presented tennis, grounds, and attached amenities, it is a quaint environment which players find so appealing and this is a part of why they enjoy playing tennis at Palm Beach. Social and casual players of all ages are always welcome. No matter your skill level, age, or how often you want to play, you will always be welcome at Tennis on 11th. For more information on Tennis on 11th visit

Have you joined Cancer Council Queensland’s QUEST? Did you know that up to one third of cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices? Cancer Council Queensland is getting ready to launch a FREE sports club program to help give you the competitive edge called QUEST. QUEST is an action-based acronym to remember the simple steps to help prevent cancer and lead a healthy lifestyle! • Quit smoking • Understand your body and get checked • Eat healthily and drink less alcohol • Stay SunSmart everyday • Take time to be active Whether it’s making healthy food and drink available at your canteen, providing awareness around the need for cancer screening amongst members, ensuring shade and sunscreen is available in outdoor spaces, or making an attempt to quit smoking, Cancer Council Queensland can help your club make healthy lifestyle changes and be recognised as a leader in cancer prevention. Join for free today at

International Tennis Academy Gold Coast APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31ST DECEMBER 2013

2014 Pro-One Scholarships Elite Full Term Program or Elite After School Program For a period of over 10 years Pro-One Awarded Elite juniors of all ages scholarships totalling a value of over $750,000. As a result many of our students became the number one ranked players in their age groups or won national and state championships Sports Drive, Runaway Bay Phone: 5537 7844 Email: 7

Tennis Plus Academy Launches Tennis Excellence Program The Tennis Plus Academy is an exciting venture in tennis player development and high performance pathway programming. Based at Queens Park Tennis Centre, The Tennis Plus Academy represents a new and innovative beginning in tennis player development. Combining a first class vocational education with a high performance tennis training program student athletes are given the skills and knowledge to excel in a professional tennis environment. We have the best coaches and trainers available to ensure that our students are provided the best possible advantage in furthering their tennis and professional careers.

On completion of our Tennis Excellence Program students are ideally prepared to continue their career in professional sport. The real advantage of studying with the Tennis Plus Academy is the ongoing support students receive in gaining scholarships to USA colleges or proceeding to further tertiary studies at University to further their academic and tennis futures. If you are interested in finding out more about the Tennis Plus Academy and the Tennis Excellence Program please visit or find us on facebook or email

Through the Tennis Excellence Program, students are subjected to an intense training regime with a timetable structured around the study of three vocational education qualifications. “Education and High Performance sports coaching are becoming increasingly linked. Athletes are looking for programs that allow them to gain an education while not interrupting their training and competition schedule,” says Tennis Plus Academy’s Director Grant Anderson. Aspiring tennis players enter the Tennis Excellence Program with the aim of giving themselves the best opportunity to further their tennis ability. Each week student athletes supplement their studies with 20 plus hours on court with expert coaches. One of the reasons the educational outcomes of the program are so appealing is due to the integration of student’s theoretical studies with the practical applications they receive throughout the high performance-coaching program. “Any tennis player with the desire to improve and succeed in the sport needs to develop their ability to learn not only on the court but also in the classroom. The innovative combination of education delivery and tennis coaching developed through our Tennis Excellence Program is the ideal environment for players to maximise their success,” says Director of Coaching John Birrell.


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New Elite Coach joins Sonic

Miami Celebrates 60 Years

Bill McDonald, lifetime coach of Brendan Moore and Brad Clews, and former coach of Matt Klien, Steven Gort, Chris Letcher and Gavin Van Peppersel, has joined the coaching team at Sonic Tennis Palm Beach.

Miami Tennis Club started with humble beginnings with 1 court built by Miami Progress Association in 1953. Miami Tennis Club is immensely proud of its history and now has 10 floodlit courts and Pizzey Park and 3 courts on the highway, clubhouse, buildings and a range of facilities. They offer coaching and fixtures and are experienced at hosting and managing tournaments.

Bill will be available for all elite squad training, private one on one coaching, tournament travel and is always in the trenches watching his athletes do battle. Sonic Tennis attends all local JDS, Optus Junior Tour and Australian money tournaments. They have two of their very own mini buses to travel to tournaments in and believe in the supporting their athletes at all times.

Miami Tennis Club recently celebrated their 60th Birthday with over 150 guests reminiscing about tennis at their club in the years gone by. Past Presidents including, Frank Tudball 20 years, Jim Paterson 9 years, Charlie Elms 1 year and Ray West current President for the past 13 years were all present, making up 44 of the 60 years.

Miami Tennis Club would like to thank the many people and volunteers who have contributed to the club over the past 60 years.

Bill can be contacted on 0438213729 or email


Beenleigh Blaze ATL Junior Player Profile Name: Zuzanna Wiech Age: 9 years old Tennis Centre/Club: Pro-One Tennis Academy The Asia Pacific Tennis League (ATL) is a new and innovative tennis league that has brought together teams of men and women from across the Asia-Pacific region. The league provided players with the opportunity to play regular paid high-level matches. The Beenleigh Blaze had a red-hot team in 2013 and were a force to be reckoned with this year! The competition kicked off on the 8th of November and ran through to the 24th of November. Beenleigh Tennis Club played host to the event on Friday the 22nd of November and hundreds came along wearing red on the night to support the Beenleigh Blaze. It was a great night of entertaining tennis with some very close matches being played.

Coach: Thibqut Bousquet How old were you when you first picked up a tennis racquet and started having tennis lessons and coaching? I started playing tennis when I was five years old. What do you enjoy most about playing tennis? What I like about tennis is having fun and practicing. What is your best tennis shot? My best shot is forehand.

Our 2013 Beenleigh Blaze Team Men’s: Mark Draper John James Lachlan Treacher Johnny Stamenovic Ben Mathias Carlos Cuadrado Andrew Corbitt

Ladies: Shannen Stamenovic Elizabeth James Kimberley Birrell Daniela Kovacevic Aleksa Cveticanin Chantel Jamieson

Manager: James Rapkins Well done to the Beenleigh Blaze and get behind the team in 2014!!!

What shots are you working to improve on? I am working to improve my serve so that it has more power. Tell me about your tennis achievements. I made it into the Super 10’s in Brisbane. I have won singles and runner up in doubles at the Rod Laver Tournament. Who is your favourite Australian tennis player and why? My favourite Australia player is Sam Stosur, because she’s a powerful tennis player and she has one of the best serves in women’s tennis. Who is your favourite all-time tennis player and why? My favourite all-time tennis player is Victoria Azarenka because she hits the ball hard and she’s very determined.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil a “Super food.”

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There are many amazing health benefits of Coconut oil that includes fat loss and better brain function. Coconut oil contains a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties that go straight to the liver from the digestive tract. They are used as quick source energy or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24-hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, potentially leading too significant weight loss over the long term. The Lauric acid and monolaurin Coconut oil can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi, helping to stave off infections. The fatty acids in Coconut oil are turned into ketones. The MCTs in coconut oil can increase blood concentration of ketone bodies, which can help reduce seizures in epileptic children. Coconut oil can improve blood cholesterol levels and may lower your risk of heart disease. Coconut oil can be applied topically as well. It is effective as a skin moisturizer and protecting against hair damage. It can also be used as a mild form of sunscreen and as mouthwash. Supplementing 30 mL of coconut oil per day lead to a significant reduction in both BMI and waist circumference in a period of 12 weeks. Choose organic, virgin coconut oil for cooking instead any other oil or butter. It's the only oil that doesn't change into toxicity in high temperatures. For more information, please contact Jacqueline Unger at 10

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Gold Coast Tennis News Issue 12 DecFeb14  
Gold Coast Tennis News Issue 12 DecFeb14  

Gold Coast Tennis News features interesting, relevant and informative stories relating to the sport of Tennis specifically on the Gold Coast...