Oceania Tennis Championships

2014: (by Bruce Osborne)

Held: 31 August 2014 – 7 September 2014
Days 1-3: Oceania Teams Championship
Days 4-8: Oceania Singles Championship and Oceania Doubles Championship

Oceania Tennis Championship 2014

Report:

Venue for the 2014 Championships was:

The Cairns Tennis Centre, 358 Sheridan St Queensland 4870, Cairns, Queensland, Australia on 12 Plexi-cushion courts with floodlights held on Sunday 31 August 2014 through to Sunday 7 September 2014 

Format and Operations of the Oceania Tennis Championship:

 Oceania Teams Championship

 

  1.  Ties consisted of two singles and one doubles under the “Fast 4” format of play. Where sets are first to 4, no lets, no advantage and tie-break only for the 3rd set with the tie-break being first to 5.
  2. Oceania Singles Championship and Oceania Doubles ChampionshipsMen’s and Women’s singles and doubles championship and consolation events played over five days. Traditional best of 3 sets for main draw singles using a compass draw format with doubles being knockout and super tie-break for third set along with no add scoring.
  3. Tennis Officials Australia provided chair umpires for all teams championships matches and for semi-finals and finals of the Individual championships.
  4. Tennis Queensland provided the Tournament Director (Travis Dragoljo).
  5. Players finishing first, second or third received medallions at the presentation ceremony on Sunday 7th with presentations made by OTF Vice President Cyrille Mainguy from Vanuatu.

Accommodation, Meals and Transfers

Tennis Australia provided accommodation, meals and airport transfers for all participating players. Accommodation was in twin share rooms (inclusive of a full buffet breakfast) at the

  • Ibis Styles Cairns Colonial Club Resort
  • 18-26 Cannon Street Cairns Queensland
  • The players, managers, coaches and officials dinner was held at the Villa Romana restaurant on the Esplanade Cairns on Thursday 4th courtesy of Tennis Australia
  • Lunches were provided by the restaurant at the tennis centre and supplemented with Subway platters
  • Diners were provided at the Cairns Colonial Club resort on a limited selection basis.

Participating Nations:

Players from Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tahiti and Vanuatu participated.              

Medallists
Women:
Teams: Gold: New Caledonia; Silver: Australia; Bronze: Tahiti / Samoa (combined team)
Individual Championships:
Singles- Gold: Helen Parsons (AUS); Silver: Elodie Launay (CAL);Bronze: Lyndsey Moto (CAL)                       Doubles- Gold: Helen Parsons / Nicole Sewell (AUS); Silver: Elodie Launay / Lyndsey Moto(CAL); Bronze:Ruby Coffin / Mulan Kamoe (Fiji)

Men:
Teams:  Gold: Australia;  Silver: Vanuatu; Bronze: New Caledonia
Individual Championships:
Singles: Gold: Adam Alessandrini (Australia); Silver: Samuel Journet (Vanuatu);Bronze: Heve Kelley (Tahiti)Doubles:Gold: Adam Alessandrini / Andrew Tavella (Australia); Silver: Samuel Journet / Aymeric Mara (Vanuatu); Bronze: Martin Labrosse / Gauillaume Monot (New Caledonia)

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The Oceania Tennis Championships are being held in Cairns from 31 August-7 September.

The first 3 days will be the Teams Event (2 singles and 1 Doubles) with the scoring format being the “Fast 4” format of play. This will be followed by Singles and Doubles Championship played over the last 5 days.

The Fact Sheet can be accessed here: 2014 Oceania Championships Fact Sheet

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 2014 Oceania Championships

Tennis Australia and the Oceania Tennis Federation would like to invite you to take part in the 2014 Oceania Championships to be held at the Cairns Tennis Centre, Queensland.

When: August 31st 2014 – September 7th 2014
Days 1-3: Team events for both men and women
Days 4-8: Individuals’ events for both singles and doubles

JBT ACADEMY - Cairns International Tennis Centre..

Oceania Tennis Championship 2014
First Information Circular

 

Dates of 2014 Championships: Sunday 31 August 2014 to Sunday 7 September 2014
Venue for the 2014 Championships:The Cairns Tennis Centre, Cairns, Queensland,

 

12 Tennis courts with floodlights

Format of Competition:

  1. Teams EventUp to eight national/international men’s and eight national/international women’s teams playing round robin and knockout ties over three days. Ties to consist of two singles and one doubles.
  2. Individual ChampionshipsMen’s and Women’s singles and doubles championship and consolation events played over five days.

Team Invitations:

Nations do not have to enter both a men’s and women’s team. All Nations are invited to express interest in entering a team and then if there are more than eight entries, selection of the strongest teams will be made by the Oceania Championships organising committee.

Team Composition:

Each team will comprise a maximum of three men or three women and a captain/coach per team. The team members will participate in both the teams and individual competitions.

Costs/Hospitality:

Tennis Australia will be responsible for all staging costs.

Tennis Australia will provide hospitality for all participating teams, including hotel, meals and airport transfers.

Travel Costs:

National Tennis Associations with players participating and/or the players will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Cairns. This includes airfares and any visa costs.

Timeline:

June 6th                                     Expressions of Interest in participating from nations
June 20th                                   Acceptance of teams confirmed
July 31st                                    Team (player) nominations submitted
August 30th                                Arrival in Cairns
August 31st-September 7th      Oceania Championships

Contact Persons:

Oceania Organising Committee – Bruce Osborne bosborne@tennis.com.au
Oceania Tennis Federation – David Smith david@oceaniatennis.com

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New Caledonia hosted the first Oceania Tennis Championships in Noumea in September 2010. The concept of these championships was to provide a high level of competitive tennis in the Pacific in the years where there are no Pacific Games and to involve all Oceania nations including Australia and New Zealand.

The 2012 Oceania Championships were held in Noumea, New Caledonia, in the first week of September. Teams from Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu joined hosts New Caledonia in a week of teams and individual competition.

Samoa won the woOCEANIA affichemen’s teams competition and Australia the men’s.

Players from the visiting nations were also dominant in the individual competitions. Marcia Tere-Apisah (PNG), the top seed, was too consistent for Samoa’s Steffi Carruthers in the women’s singles final winning 6-3 6-3. The playoff for bronze was won by Yaelle Honakoko who beat her New Caledonia compatriot Samuelle Bull 6-2 6-1.

The men’s singles featured some upsets with defending champion Nickolas N’Godrela (CAL) going down to Adam Alessandrini (AUS) in a close match in the second round. The Australian then went on to upset fourth seed Troy Hargreaves (AUS) in the semifinals and then took the title in an exciting win over third seed Cyril Jacobe (VAN) 6-1
7-6.

Samoa pairing Maylani Ah Hoy and Steffi Carruthers beat Annie Shannon and Tarani Kamoe (FIJ) to win gold in the women’s doubles. The men’s doubles was an all Australian affair with Alessandri and partner Brett Patten beating Troy Hargreaves and Bruce Osborne.