BENDIGO'S 2011 William Loud Bendigo International was last night recognised as the premier tennis tournament in Victoria for the past 12 months with the event taking out the honours in the category of Most Outstanding Tournament at the inaugural Victorian Tennis Awards and Championships dinner.
More than 300 people attended the evening, held at the MCC Members room at the MCG, which paid homage to the work of the Victorian tennis community.
The night featured 11 category awards honouring the state’s best clubs, coaches, volunteers, associations and players.The Bendigo Tennis Association and City of Greater Bendigo have put on the event over the past three years, with some of Australia’s best players including Matt Ebden, Casey Dellacqua, Alicia Molik and Sam Groth all winners.
BTA president Paul Henshall accepted the award on behalf of the association and council.
“This award is great recognition of the tireless work which the Bendigo Tennis Association puts into driving these kind of events," he said.
"We have shown to be an organisation capable of delivering events of a high quality, and will continue to lobby to host events of a National and International significants at the Bendigo Bank Tennis Complex."The council has been the leading supporter of the event, with the Major Events unit keen to continue to support the future of the event in Bendigo.
“I was always taught that when you are on a good thing, stick to it, and I must say we apply that very principle with Bendigo Tennis Association” council Major Events manager Terry Karamaloudis said.
“The City of Greater Bendigo Major Events Unit has teamed very well with BTA to help deliver many outstanding tennis events," he said.
"The William Loud Bendigo International is one of those events and it is a pleasure to work with such a professional team with Leon at the helm.
"I’m certain that the BTA and City of Greater Bendigo will continue the great working relationship to deliver more great tennis events to Bendigo.”Three other Bendigonians were shortlisted as finalists in award categories, including Terry Smith for the Most Outstanding 35+ Senior, Eliza Long for the Most Outstanding Junior Girl and Aiden Fitzgerald for the Most Outstanding Club Coach.
Long was pipped for the junior girls award by regular doubles partner Zoe Hives of Ballarat, while Judy Hancy and Shane Scrutton picked up the Most Outstanding Senior Player and Coach respectively.
The 2012 event will be held at the Bendigo Bank Tennis Complex from October 27 to November 4.