May 2013

2013 Australian Open Singles Champion, Steve Virgona.


the winning team Virgona

the winning team Virgona

Thanks to Graham Hyland for hand-crafted the trophies.

Thanks to Graham Hyland for hand-crafted the trophies.

Presentation of Singles.

Presentation of Singles.

Last night saw a magnificent display of power and accuracy, as Steve Virgona swept to victory over Camden Riviere in four sets, 6/1 1/6 6/4 6/2 in the Singles Final. A large crowd was treated to some exceptional tennis, as the two lefties traded blows. It was two hours of tremendous play.

Tonight is our last chance to see these two in action for some time. The doubles final starts at 6pm and features world no 3 Virgona teamed with world no 6 Kieran Booth, against world no 2 Camden Riviere and our up and coming pro Nick Howell. Three of the world’s top ten on court – Nick has a lot on his shoulders – and a feast of tennis is assured.

Reserve your seat now or just come in tonight. Light nibbles will be served.

For our overseas followers go to the facebook page, search for ‘Link Pumps Australian Open’  and try the live streaming on and search for ‘melbournert’, best viewing on your PC.

Tonight at the Link Pumps Australian Open

Tonight we get the chance to see Rob Fahey’s two closest word title challengers slug it out in the Singles Final at 6pm. Nibbles will be provided.

It’s the much anticipated clash between Camden Riviere (USA) and Steve Virgona (Aust), two left handers of rare talent. There are still side gallery seats available for what should be a wonderful match.

Don’t miss it – call the club to reserve your seat now. (03) 9429 9788.

Streaming will be available through
It is best viewed on your PC and you will need Flash, simply visit and create a logon in a few easy steps before the game to allow you to interact via messages.

Sunday order of play – Doubles Semi Finals

First semi final is between Camden Riviere/Nick Howell against Frank Filipelli and Andrew Fowler at 1pm.

The other semi final is to be played between Chris Champan/John Lumley and Steve Virgona/Kieran Booth at 3pm.

So come along tomorrow for some great tennis!

Dont’ forget to sign up for the Singles Final, Monday at 6pm, and the Doubles FInal, Tuesday at 6pm, tickets at the club.

Day 6 wrap

Singles Semi Finals results

Steven Virgona def Kieran Booth 64/ 6/4 6/2. Steve joins Camden Scott Riviere in Monday night’s Australian Open Singles final at 6pm. What a match in prospect. A few good seats still available, don’t miss it, watch it live on
Simply go to and then you can search for ‘melbournert’
If you are using an Ipad you can watch it directly, otherwise PC users will need to download flash if you dont already have it!

Day 4 wrap

Top seed, Camden Riviere, had another clinical victory, this time over Michael Williams 6/1 6/1 6/0, while second seed Steve Virgona was methodical in dispatching John Lumley 6/1 6/3 6/1. Local hero Frank Filippelli beat Andy Fowler easily, 6/2 6/1 6/3.

Results of Day 5 in progress…

12.00 Chris Chapman & John Lumley v Brett McFarlane & Lewis Williams (2 sets -0 and playing now…)
2pm Frank Filippelli & Andy Fowler v Paul Tabley & CJ White
4pm Camden Riviere & Nick Howell v Michael & Dan Williams

Why not pop in to the club tonight

6.15pm Match of the Day, Youth v Experience! Steve Virgona & Kieran Booth v Jonathan Howell & Graham Hyland

Day 3 wrap

Here is the match report from day 3 at the Open, also had an exciting day today  with our quarter finals being played.
No doubt an official report will come tomorrow, however please to update that the semi finalists will be Frankie and Camden and Steve and Kieran on Saturday.

Don’t forget we have more Aussie Open doubles play tomorrow too, see you there!

Thursday order of play…

Don’t forget, tomorrow Thursday is singles Quarter Finals, with some fantastic matches in prospect.

11am Andy Fowler v Frank Filippelli
1pm Winner of Camden Riviere and Jonathan Howell v Michael Williams
4.30pm John Lumley v winner of Steve Virgona and Dan Williams
6.30pm, match of the round, Kieran Booth v Chris Chapman, this one should be a cracker!

Aus Open Day 3 in progress

Don’t forget there is some great evening tennis on display tonight, Steve Virgona and Dan Williams currently playing and a Doubles first round match to come…see you there.
If you can’t make it in to the club in person don’t forget to visit the live streaming, then search for “melbournert”.