ON COURT: Annie Donaldson will team up with brother Andrew for this weekend's Cressy 500.
ON COURT: Annie Donaldson will team up with brother Andrew for this weekend's Cressy 500. CONTRIBUTED

Region's best look to ace the Cressy comp

TENNIS: Eight of the region's best tennis players have paired up to serve up action aplenty in the Cressy 500 on Saturday.

The invitational event, which has a $500 prize purse, is being hosted by the Cressy Tennis Club as part of its 70th anniversary celebrations.

Action starts at 3pm on the new artificial turf courts at the Rockhampton Regional Tennis Centre in Lion Creek Rd.

The Fast 4 format will be played and each round will consist of two singles matches and a doubles match.

It is hard to split the contenders, with the players in each pairing boasting a wealth of experience.

Steve Griffin, who won the 2011 World Transplant Games mixed doubles in Sweden, will play alongside Andrew Jones, the 2015 Central Queensland Champion of Champions A-grade men's single winner.

Griffin has established himself as an integral member of the Rockhampton Tennis Association A-grade champion Cressy team and has won back-to-back Cressy A-grade doubles titles.

Jones is a three-time winner of the CQ Champion of Champions and a former under-18 Gladstone Open champion.

Young guns Leighton Parle and Kyle Johnstone will bring raw talent and plenty of enthusiasm.

Parle, a 2017 US university scholarship holder, has won the Rockhampton Tennis Association A-grade men's singles for the past two years and was runner-up in this year's open men's doubles.

Johnstone, ranked 23rd in Australia in his age group and sixth in Queensland, will contest the nationals in Melbourne next month.

The dark horses in the field could be the experienced Brendan Latcham and Don Cameron.

Long time players, they have enjoyed success on courts across CQ and their consistency and court craft will be hard to combat.

It will be a big day for local tennis on Saturday.

It will start with the exhibition of tennis great Rod Laver's memorabilia at the Rod Laver Hall (which can be accessed off Lion Creek Rd) from 2pm and then the Cressy 500 at 3pm.

The official opening of the new artificial courts will follow at 6pm, with Cressy's Night of Nostalgia at 6.30pm.

The final two players are yet to be finalised.



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