Talent on show

February 14, 2018

Matt Crittenden has progressed to the semi-finals of the Benalla Hardcourt Championships

Monday night saw the quarter finals of the Benalla Hardcourt Championships at the Gardens Tennis Club.

Two pools of four of Benalla’s strongest players matched up against each other, with only two from each pool qualifying through for next Monday night’s semifinals.

Pool 1 saw a Benalla-based, French player, Jeremie Boulanger, and local legend, Brad Tonkin perform strongly, qualifying into opposite sides of next weeks semi finals.

Pool 2 was a tighter affair. The pool consisted of ex Melbourne and Kalgoorlie player Matt Crittenden, local teacher Jason Boyle, recently returned local player Michael Levy and the ever-improving Matt Cook.

Levy slightly strained a quad early in the night and ex-Melbourne player Matt Crittenden carried a niggling calf strain in.

However, this did not affect the quality of play with all three matches between Levy, Boyle and Crittenden all going down to the wire in quality one-hour-long sets.

Boyle and Crittenden eventually held on to progress through.

Next week’s best of the three-set matches see Boulanger vs Boyle and Crittenden taking on Tonkin.

The winners will play off the following Monday at Gardens TC at 7pm to determine the inaugural Benalla Tennis Hardcourt Champion.

Matches are high-quality and any tennis lovers are welcome to attend for free.

Benalla Sportspower will be set up this Monday with demo racquets available and equipment information for anyone interested. Courts five and six will be made available to locals to try new model racquet and test the courts.

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