UTR events a great pathway for regional tennis players

ON THE HUNT: Parkes tennis players Abbey Kennedy, Jake Magill and Ben Evans arrived in Gunnedah on Saturday, enjoying a hit before the North West regions UTR. Photo: Parkes Tennis Facebook page
ON THE HUNT: Parkes tennis players Abbey Kennedy, Jake Magill and Ben Evans arrived in Gunnedah on Saturday, enjoying a hit before the North West regions UTR. Photo: Parkes Tennis Facebook page

For the second time in a matter of weeks, the Parkes Tennis Club will be hosting a Universal Tennis UTR event at its courts.

Along with June's event, these are the first major sporting events the club - and any tennis club - have been able to hold since the coronavirus pandemic.

Parkes tennis coach Helen Magill said it's all tennis players have at the moment with competitions in suspension across the state.

The last time Parkes held a regional competition was February.

Magill has been heavily involved in getting UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) events underway, which she said has been helping players maintain their levels.

The UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) event will take place this weekend, July 11 and 12, for players with a rating between four and 12.

"We actually have three juniors that are higher than four," Magill said.

"But it is open ages."

Magill said the UTR is a world wide measure of ranking, ranging from one to 16 and isn't a competition based on wins or losses but on matches.

"It's a great pathway for players, particularly those in regional NSW," she said.

"It's good for their development.

"It's also the first point for college recruitment. The higher the ranking the bigger chance of landing a college scholarship."

Parkes is currently running a six-event UTR series with Dubbo every fortnight.

Parkes will host another event on August 8 and 9 which Magill said will be a two series in one.

"We'll have rankings four to 12 on the Saturday and then rankings one to four on the Sunday so the younger ones can have a go," she said.

Parkes tennis players Jake Magill, Ben Evans and Abbey Kennedy returned last weekend from the North West regions UTR event in Gunnedah.

Magill described the trip on the club's Facebook page as "country kids on the road chasing quality matches".

Jake had a great weekend at Gunnedah.

He played a marathon final against an opponent named Aaron in excellent spirit and Magill said he displayed some cracking tennis.

The final score was 7/5, 6/7, 10/8 to Aaron.

Evans finished eighth and Kennedy fourth in their divisions.

"Thanks Gunnedah Tennis Club for a beaut weekend of five level based matches each," Magill said.

Meanwhile, Magill and her dedicated team of coaches and volunteers have been busy holding a fundraising school holiday tennis camp for juniors.

Over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the Parkes tennis courts have been a hive of activity between 9am and 12pm.

The camp was certainly very popular among the eager youngsters, attracting up to 60 children each day.