The 2011 Mardi Gras Championships was the largest tournament Tennis Sydney has staged in the last decade or so. Thank you to the 160 players who took part in the competition and to all the friends and supporters who joined us at the Illawarra Tennis Centre, Rockdale. We hope you enjoyed the weekend.
I would like to thank everyone who assisted with this tournament and helped to make it a success, in particular the Tennis Sydney Committee, Michael Catterall, Leanne Spencer, Dean Matterson, Geoff Daus, Steve Cashen, Russell Hall, LC Teh, and Michael Sugg for their work in planning and staging of the tournament. I want to thank Geoff and Dean, who seeded the tournament with a great degree of accuracy, Steve, who helped with the set up on Friday night and made the tennis centre look great, and Leanne for her excellent support all weekend ensuring everything ran smoothly around the centre, in setting up and packing down each day. Michael (S) for his assistance at the control desk on Saturday, and to Steve Cashen and his partner Adrian, who provided us with a fantastic barbeque, tea, coffee and biscuits. Thank you also to Mark Pfeiffer who made and cakes and cookies to look after our sweet tooth for the weekend and to Paul Burns who provided the water/sports drinks, We thank all other members who gave a hand throughout the weekend.
I express thanks to our Tournament Directors, Dean Matterson, for his unwavering enthusiasm and professionalism and Geoff Daus for all their work in coordinating a very successful tournament
I also thank Tyrone Andres for the concept and production of the tournament Program which is a beautiful souvenir of the championships. We appreciate the many hours he spent producing this professional and interesting memento for the Championships. The program has been placed on the website HERE so that you can download a copy.
To Steve Chand for his help in providing the venue and for all his work in increasing the numbers of players and friends attending the very successful Mardi Gras Dinner on the Saturday night.
Finally to all the players who took part in the tournament, we thank you for your continued support and participation in the Mardi Gras Championships, in helping it to grow and for making it fun as well as a competitive weekend for all.
You can now check the GLTA Tournament site which shows all the match details and the list of all the winners and finalists by clicking here Final Results
We hope to see you all at our next major Tournament of the year, the 2011 Peter Deacon Spring Tournament, which will be held again at Illawarra Tennis Centre on 7th (eve), 8th and 9th October 2011.