Warwick hosts first championship tennis for more than decade
TENNIS: Warwick will have its first singles and doubles open champions in more than a decade after this weekend's tournament.
All tennis players in the area are eligible to compete for the Warwick and District Tennis Association Club Championships title.
Darren Shuptrine has lived in Warwick for 11 years and is playing his first season of a social competition on a Thursday night at the association courts.
"This will be my first tournament for 18 years,” he said.
Shuptrine played in Sydney as a junior and recalls plenty of games against Chris Guccione, a Davis Cup player who reached a ranking of No.67 in the world.
"I am a right-hander and Chris was a left-hander. I did win a set against him at times but he won all the three-set matches,” Shuptrine said.
"He had a big serve and was good at the net.”
Shuptrine said when he was a teenager, he had a big serve and hard forehand.
"I had a shoulder injury in juniors and can't serve hard like I did,” he said.
"I don't know how I will go but it will be fun.
"I just love tennis and it is good to be back.”
He first played tennis in the Illawarra district and travelled to Sydney for many tournaments, including the White City courts, which at the time were the most famous in Sydney.
Shuptrine has had a couple of extra hits in preparation for the weekend tournament, in addition to regular Thursday night social fixtures.
He is ready for the slick game of tennis association president Nathan Costello.
"James Mainey plays on a Thursday night and got me back into tennis and we are likely to play each other in the tournament,” Shuptrine said.
Rob Quinton is another strong chance in the men's field of 12.
Sarah Spiller will be one of the favourites in the women's event, along with Coby Imber.
Both play Thursday night social tennis.
Play starts at 6pm Friday with doubles.
The singles will be played from 8.30am Saturday.
Mixed doubles starts at 11am Saturday. All men's and women's competitions will be played as a one-set round robin with the top two in each competition playing in the finals on Saturday night.