Tennis season to start in the Great Southern Tennis Association

John Wesley Gold were premiers in division 1 in 2016/17 and will be the team to beat again this season.

John Wesley Gold were premiers in division 1 in 2016/17 and will be the team to beat again this season.

The Ball Boy returns to analyse and discuss the coming tennis season and will report weekly in The Times on the events which will happen each Saturday in the Great Southern Tennis Association.

It’s storage time for the winter sports and time to focus on tennis, as the Great Southern Tennis Association competition for season 2017/18 is about to start.

This week we will look at how many teams will be in each division and how popular the sport is becoming with most divisions having an increase in teams competing.

Commencing Saturday, October 14, it is evident by recent promotional media by some clubs that all clubs have been working hard in readiness for the season ahead with plenty of opportunities for either new or renewed players to take up tennis again.

The association will break for Christmas and New Year and recommence with the usual dash to make the finals, while ensuring players are qualified come late February.

Here is how the respective divisions look come round 1.

The Open Divisions (formerly known as Senior Divisions) maintain their three Divisions, plus a doubles only division, as per recent seasons. Division 1 sees a field of eight teams compared to seven last season, which is a great indication on how fantastic the number one division in the association will be in season 2017/18. .

The usual suspects including last season’s winning club John Wesley will once again battle it out, while Inman Valley return to the top flight after a season’s absence.

Division 2 will be a hotly contested field of five teams with all the respective clubs from last season and Mt Compass returning once again for what is always a highly competitive standard of tennis.

Division 3 is proving popular with a seven team field compared to five last year.

Inman Valley and a second team from Goolwa making the difference.

Open Doubles has a field of seven teams, including a first time inclusion from the John Wesley Tennis Club.

This offset’s the absence of Hindmarsh Valley; a regular stalwart of Open doubles in previous seasons.

The Junior divisions have healthy ranks with Division 3,4,5, and 6 all fielding either seven, eight or nine  teams respectively.

Division 1 and 2 are still finalising their format, but no doubt the interests of the respective players and tennis in general will be taken into consideration when that decision is made.

Everyone is looking forward to a successful 2017/18 season with renewed enthusiasm for the sport.

Next week we dissect the first round of matches for the new season and who is likely to be early favourites for the flag.

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