Day 3 Results from the Link Pumps Australian Open in Melbourne…

Wednesday’s play was overshadowed by the unfortunate injury to Frank Filippelli in the 3rd game of his match with Kieran Booth. A large crowd was looking forward to the match up between the host club’s top two players but a seemingly innocuous movement caused a calf strain that meant Frank could no longer continue. Kieran moves into the semis where he will meet top seed and World Champion Rob Fahey. Fahey enjoyed a comfortable straight sets win over James Gould.

In the bottom half of the draw, second seed Bryn Sayers advanced to the semis with three sets win over Peter Estcourt. The last match of the day saw 4th seed Ben Matthews take on 6th seed Ricardo Smith. A large crowd witnessed a game of high quality, punctuated by some very fine floor play and explosive forcing. In the end, Matthews got home, winning 6/4 in the 4th set. Final score 6/2 5/6 6/3 6/4.

We also had the opening match of the Australian Women’s Open Singles, with our very own Pru McCahey enjoying a strong win over Alex Brodie from the UK. Pru’s experience and consistent floor play were the deciding factors. Pru’s ‘reward’ is a match against the Women’s World Champion Claire Vigrass on Saturday!

Today is the first round of the Doubles and what a treat we have in store:
11am, top seeds Rob Fahey and Mike Happell take on the charismatic combination of Graham Hyland and Paul Tabley. Expect every serve in the book and then some…
1pm, 3rd seeds Ricardo Smith and Ben Matthews vs the local dynamic duo of Michael and Daniel Williams.
3pm, the 2nd seeds Bryn Sayers and Kieran Booth take on qualifiers Colin Lumley and Jonathan Howell. What the old boys lack in speed, they compensate for by guile!
And, at 5pm, we have a fireworks display for you – 4th seeds Julian Snow and Ruaraidh Gunn meet Bret Richardson and Nick Howell. Bret is sometimes tagged as the best net man in the game and you can expect some fierce exchanges, with the power of Howell and Richardson against their more experienced opponents. Plus it will be great to see Ruaraidh back on court.

Finally, we have a women’s singles quarter-final at 4pm, with RMTC’s Amy Hayball up against Sue Haswell, one of the greatest women players of all time.

See you at the club!

Alistair Curley
Chair of Tennis