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16 January 2011

SNAP Mt Lawley Tennis Classic – Tennis West Report

The young tennis stars of today displayed their skills on the supreme Mt Lawley grass tennis courts for the Mt Lawley SNAP Classic from Monday 27 December until Thursday 30 December 2010.

Young guns Teiwa Casey and Rhys Johnson turned heads throughout the week, eventually crowned champions in the Open Singles event on the fourth day of play.

Despite players being forced to battle 35 degree+ temperatures throughout the week; the number of entrants did not sway, with 251 registered players entering the tournament. (recorded as the highest number of entries for a local WA tennis tournament throughout 2010)

Both male and female draws possessed an International flavour, with players competing from Japan, Serbia, England and South Africa.

Casey battled Anja Dokic in the final and left her mark from the very beginning. Playing consistent tennis, she managed to punish Dokic, hitting powerful shots deep into the court grazing either sideline time and time again. Dokic however, proved to be the 'rover' of the tournament, chasing every ball down to the very end. But it was Casey who took first class honours and prevailed, outlasting Dokic to take the match in a gripping 3 set display (4-6), (6-1), (6-3).

Johnson was pushed heavily by Sam Ashendon in the opening set, before edging him out with his agility and versatility at the net in an impressive exhibition. Johnson then steam rolled through the second set, closing Ashendon down (7-5), (6-1).

There was a solid crowd of family, friends and supporters for each of the players throughout the week, adding to the tournament's upbeat atmosphere. Spectator and tennis PHD student Camilla Knight from Canada, who is currently conducting an International study on junior parent involvement in sport, (has been researching throughout America, Canada United Kingdom and Australia) commented that it was one of the better junior tournaments she had been to.

"It's one of the best organised and well run tournaments" she said. "There's a nice atmosphere and great camaraderie between players".

The event was the final local WA tournament for 2010, and well and truly wrapped up with a bang! For more details on upcoming local tournaments, please visit http://www.tennis.com.au/wa/tournaments.

Article from Tennis West e-News (Date: 14 Jan 2011)