Ken Wray - At the net
With the conclusion of the US Open we now have to wait until January for the the next grand slam, the Australia Open. This years US Open was a great spectacle with some exceptional tennis on display. I feel the hardcourt surface is the best surface to really test the full range of skills of the top players.
Maria Sharapova attracts a lot of attention off the court but this time showed that her Wimbledon victory in 2004 was no flash in the pan. I watched quite a few of her matches and it was her strong serve that enabled her to dominate, and apart from a shaky finish in an early match, she maintained her composure and played strongly right to the end. With Roger Federer again showing his class it will be tremendous to see Roger and Maria in January in Melbourne.
On the local scene many would-be-Roger Federers and Maria Sharapovas were on display last Wednesday night for the first round of the Lismore Association Mixed Competition. In the new division one, players were happy with the new four player format and some very close and high standard matches were played at Lismore Tennis Centre. The team that started very strongly was Dean Kyles team consisting of Dean, Jeff Hurst, Chris Hazelett and Matt Pocock, however, they will be tested this week.
Meanwhile, our local juniors will be attempting to regain the Barbers Cup this weekend when the lower North Coast juniors travel to Lismore. Our Lismore juniors have been defeated on the last two meetings of this biannual event and we are hoping that the cup will once again return to its rightful home here in Lismore.