Mudgee tennis champs crowned

Sheridan Simmons.
Sheridan Simmons.

The Mudgee District Tennis 2016 Singles Club Championships, sponsored by Flight Centre Mudgee, were played on Sunday in testing, hot conditions.

After many tough matches, the eventual finalists in the men's draw were Nathan Wilkins and Cameron Anderson.

In the end Wilkins was too strong for Anderson winning 6-1 6-2

For the women's draw, Sheridan Simmons and Carolyn Smith were the finalists.

Simmons took out the Championship 7-6, 6-3, Simmons' second Championship for the year.

As a pair Wilkins and Simmons took out the the Club Mixed Doubles Championship for 2016 just over a month ago.

Anderson – with his Mudgee District Tennis Club president’s hat on – said at the post-tournament presentation that the club’s strongest players rose to the top on the day.

“I don’t think there were any surprises in there to see Sheridan and Carolyn battling out, they’re two of the great players of the club,” he said.

“It looked like a bit of an epic game out there and I’m sure you were relieved to get off the court in the end.

“To Nathan Wilkins thanks for playing in the Club Championships, I think it’s great that you support the event.

“There’s no question who the best player in the club is at the moment.”

He also added that even though there was a competition to be won the real aim of the day was to get people playing tennis and he thanked those who took to the courts.

“The Singles is always the challenging format, because we don’t play a lot of singles throughout the year, but I think that it’s great that people are supporting it from all levels of tennis," he said.

“Because that’s what it’s about, it’s not meant to be about the best of the best, it’s an inclusive day that gets younger people and people at all levels playing.”

They included some junior players who mixed it with experienced competitors.