A weekly serving of tennis news from Tennis New Zealand.

Kiwi Junior Breaks into World Top 10

Now returning home from a busy Asia tour, top ranked Kiwi junior boy Cameron Norrie from Auckland has broken into the world top 10 juniors.
Norrie has scored another top result, this time winning the singles title at a Grade 1 tournament in the Philippines and completing a victory over a top 10 player along the way.


Norrie, 17 won the singles title at the Mitsubishi-Lancer International Junior Championships in Manila with a 6-3 6-4 win over world No27 Luke Bambridge (Britain) in the final. However in the semifnal Norrie defeated world No4 Borna Coric (Croatia) in straight sets adding more kudos to his tournament victory.He also won the doubles title by combining with Australian Harry Bourchier beating Lucas Miedler (Austria) and Akira Santillan (Australia) 7-5 7-6(4) in the final.

Tennis in Canterbury "Turns Corner" in Earthquake Recovery

Wilding Park indoor tennis centre set to re-open

Tennis in Canterbury will take a major step forward in the recovery of its earthquake devastated regional tennis facilities, with the official re-opening of the indoor courts at Z Energy Wilding Park Tennis Centre on 12 April.
“This is a major milestone in our earthquake recovery – a ‘turning of the corner’ if you like”, says Tennis Canterbury Region chief executive Neil Prior.
All 39 of Wilding park’s courts were rendered unplayable in the February 2011 earthquake, including the 32 outer courts, the stadium centre court and stands, and the 6 court indoor tennis centre.

Read the full media release on our Tennis NZ website.

Women's Tennis Entitlements - a scam?

Sent in by former CEO of Tennis New Zealand; Don Turner.

When the build up to a Tennis Grand Slam is happening (i.e. 4 times p.a.) the sporting tragics who populate the sports airwaves (on both sides of the mike) and some print media inevitably raise the matter of the "equity" of equal prizemoney for women tennis players.
They cite many factors to support their view that women should receive only a proportion of what the men get, such as:-
☛ the effort the men put into 5 sets
☛ The sometimes quicker games in early rounds
☛ The comparable ability of the genders....equal pay only for equal ability
☛ The crowd pulling value of the mens singles
☛ "didn't happen in the old days"


Te Aroha Tennis Club Special Mention!

Owen Passau pictured is responsible for the successful Grass Court Tournaments that are held at the Te Aroha Tennis Club. Owen is also NZ President of the NZ Vets Tennis, he spends many hours in preparing the courts, despite the drought the courts have been excellent this season with record numbers attending the tournaments, approx. 100 entries recently for doubles and mixed.
Mike Erceg the Club President is keen to get more visitors to the club to enjoy the unique experience of playing on ‘real grass’ and also to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Te Aroha, visitors are very welcome.
Contact Club Coach Clem Apted (07 8844548)

National Secondary Schools Wrap

The 2013 National Secondary Schools Tennis Teams Finals champions have been found, with the Boys, Girls and Mixed grades wrapping up at Scarbro Tennis Centre (Auckland) and Albany Tennis Park (North Shore) last week.
Boys Grade Winners: St Kentigern College
Girls Grade Winners: St Kentigern College
Mixed Grade Winners: St Andrews College (below)

Across all three grades, the tennis was played in great spirit and with a lot of school pride on show. Tennis New Zealand congratulates all schools involved in the 2013 finals, but in particular, our 2013 Champions

See our website for full placings over the three grades.

Sports Force - Out in Force!

SportsForce including Anita Zuber from Tennis Waikato-Bays were out in force in Taurmarunui on the 21st February where 8 local schools sent along  10 pupils to participate in a multi-sport day including; water safety, waka ama, tennis and squash.  The pupils came from Manunui, Ohura Valley, Taumarunui, Tarrangower, St Patricks Catholic, Ngapuke, Kakahi and Turaki.

Photo above of Tarrangower School.

Jase's Weekly Review

This week, we are continuing the Fergus Scott story.
The man, the player the journey. Thought I'd give him another great intro - he'll love it.

Anyway, even if this doesn't relate to you it's a really good insight into another side of tennis.

I've gotta say that Fergus is a good writer. I didn't have to edit much at all.
So here it is...

Read On...

Upcoming Events  

5 - 7 April & 12 - 13 April - Campbell Park Club Champs 2013
5 - 14 April - Remuera Junior Classic 2013
7 - 12 April - Remuera Senior Classic 2013  
12 - 14 April - Nelson Junior Summer Open 2013
20 - 24 April - Northern Autumn Junior Champs
21 - 25 April - Emblems NZ Junior Open 2013 - Hamilton

For all upcoming events, see our online calendar




NZ Male Number 1:
Rubin Statham
Singles: 289
Doubles: 172
NZ Female Number 1:
Marina Erakovic
Singles: 62
Doubles: 58
New Zealand ATP, WTA and ITF Junior Rankings are updated weekly on our website.
Job Vacancies

There are some great tennis vacancies in NZ this week: Visit our website for more details on all these vacancies.

Coach Education Courses 2013

Two courses are offered in 2013:

JDC (ITF Level 1)
- Wellington  (Renouf Tennis Centre)
Start date 23 May. Cost $1095.00
applications close on 5th May.

Club Pro (ITF Level 2) - Auckland (Manukau Tennis Centre)
Start date 15 May Cost $1715.00
applications close on 5th May.

For more info email -
or call 021 232 9787

International News

Tommy Haas Uncovered
Tommy Haas (2012 ATP World Tour Comeback Player of the Year) talks about choosing the hard road over the easy way out in an uncovered ATP interview.
Watch the video on the ATP Website.

ConfigureRankings has been updated for the middle of March
Check out the latest grading lists.

Quirky Corner

Did you know!!??
Each year, approximately 90 MILLION chocolate bunnies and 91.4 BILLION eggs are produced around the world for Easter Day!
Happy Easter from the team at Tennis New Zealand :)

What's going on in your Region?
Tennis Central

Upcoming Grasshoppers Tournaments

These tournaments are open to anyone, not just children who have had Grasshoppers at their school. Come along to a tournament in your area on Sunday 7th April:
Khandallah, Churton, Ngatitoa & Tawa-Lyndhurst Tennis Clubs.

See the Tennis Central Website for more info on these tournaments.

OTF Website

The Oceania Tennis Federation has launched a new website last week which features each National Association and the latest news and events. 
Have a look for yourself at this link.

Cambridge Tennis Festival

When: 6 - 7th April 2013.
What: Men's, Women's and Mixed Doubles events, open to all playing levels!
Cost: $45 for 1 event or $60 for 2.
Closing date: April 2nd.
Click here for more info


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