Engles defends his title
RICHARD Engles has claimed back-to-back Northern NSW Wheelchair Tennis Titles after finishing top of the round-robin competition at the weekend.
In what was the seventh year of the competition, Engles outclassed his opposition to easily finish on top.
Held at Darlington Beach Holiday Park, the tournament attracted some of the best wheelchair tennis players from northern NSW and south-east Queensland.
Harbour Tennis Academy owner and competition organiser Alan Pade said he was very happy with this year's tournament and hopes to build on its success next year.
"We had a great standard of play over the weekend with all players playing each other once in a round-robin structured competition," Pade said.
"Everybody had a really good time and is looking forward to coming back next year."
Pade believed the success of the tournament came down to the players.
"All of the players get on really well and enjoy getting on the court," he said. "While a winner is awarded at the end, the competition is more about playing as many games as possible and having a good time. I'm confident we achieved that goal this year."
Engles proved too good for his opposition and Pade said that the back-to-back winner was always confident of repeating.
"Richard (Engles) was the only player in the competition with a world ranking so he really is a quality player," he said.
"He is rated number 70 in the world and has played in much bigger tournaments than this. He really has that much more experience."
While praising Eagles' play, Pade said many of the other competitors played to a high standard.
"Phillip Rowe played well as did Ben Baker from Brisbane," he said.
"It was great to watch these guys out on the court doing what they love."
This is not the first time the tournament has been played at Darlington Beach Holiday Park and Pade said the venue offered the best surface for players.
"Playing on a hard court really offers a major advantage to the players as opposed to other surfaces," he said.
"The players have so much more manoeuvrability and it allows the game to be played at a better pace.
"We are definitely looking to host the competition here next year."