13/12/2006

Craig Hunt

Craig Hunt is the founder of the extremely successful Virgina Slims Competition. These mid-week seasonal competitions are the staple events of Tennis Sydney.

Craig moved to Sydney in 1995 and decided to start up a night competition, canvassing 8 players for the initial tour. Owen Gallagher got wind of the idea and decided to organise another 8 players and so the Virginia Slims Thursday night competition was born, with 16 players.

At that stage the competitions were run independently of Tennis Sydney by Craig. However, it quickly became a popular event and soon after the President of Tennis Sydney at the time, Peter Deacon, suggested to Craig that he come onto the committee and run it under the auspices of Tennis Sydney. And so it became a formal Tennis Sydney event which continued to grow in numbers with some competitions hosting more than 80 players.

Craig continued to run the night competition for 10 years before deciding to take a break, whereupon he handed over reigns to Brendan Moore, who then took over the role with aplomb.

Craig was inducted into the Tennis Sydney Hall of Fame in 2002.

 

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