The Davis Cup practices at Hunters Hill provided one of the more special moments at the club in its recent history and the sight of all those wonderful players up close on the courts will stay in our memories for years to come.
Hunters Hill Members can be rightfully proud to have hosted the practice sessions at the club this year and I want to recognise the excellent work put in by our Green Options green keepers, led by Marty Shipp, to prepare the playing surface. In the lead up and during the practices our whole Hunters Hill team committed fully to make it so successful. Marty and Will prepared the courts and then readied them again each day, sometimes staying back until dusk to pull the covers on after practice finished. The efforts included Caroline and Jane's commitment and work to upgrade the garden and grounds; our club hosts - Jane, Martin, Kitty, Caroline, Alf, Julie, Bill, Cheryl, Kathy, Andrew, Ruth, Denise, Rita, Sue, Edmond, Deb, Joe, Kate, and Andrew Pavli all making sure we were ready for the visitors each day; and Sergio & Lee photographing the event and ensuring our Slovakian visitors were looked after. Thank you Andrew Pavli for your inspiration and help with the video. Well done everyone on your achievements.
What were two of the most wonderful aspects however was the pure joy of Members and community visitors alike to be sharing our Hunters Hill courts with players of this calibre, and for our Club to be working with Tennis Australia to play our role in supporting these Davis Cup teams.
It was indeed a special week, and I hope you enjoy the short video above to relive those special moments.
Now the action has moved to Homebush, provided the weather holds and matches go to schedule, our courts will reopen to Members with Sunday Social 1pm this Sunday 18 September. Check the twitter feed on our website for updates.
Well done Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios for winning their Singles Matches on Friday.
Thanks so much to Jane Cowley, Andrew Pavli, Bill & Cheryl Ierace, Ed Odishoo for looking after the club hosting role Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Caroline, John Millman, Bella Swan, Ella Dufficy
Tony Roche signed his racquet that hangs in the clubhouse.
Catherine Goodman, Yvonne Mack, Julie Cocco
Starting to feel a bit like dejavu, but helps us all sleep easy.
We congratulate the two Davis Cup teams who were nominated to play in the tie at Ken Rosewall Arena this weekend.
AUSTRALIA: Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic, Sam Groth, John Peers, Lleyton Hewitt (Captain)
SLOVAKIA: Jozef (Jojo) Kovalik, Andrej Martin, Igor Zelenay, Norbert Gombos, Miloslav Mečíř (Captain)
Wednesday brought even more magic moments to our club. Marty and the team removed the covers that had kept Courts 2 and 3 dry from overnight rain. Tomic and Krygios played a friendly set that went to a tiebreaker on Court 3. On Court 2 were our new friends from Slovakia training, and we later enjoyed watching Miloslav Mecir have a gentle hit for the sheer enjoyment of tennis using his wooden racquet.
To cap of the day our committee and special guests enjoyed the Official Davis Cup dinner. We were honoured to be warmly thanked by both Lleyton Hewitt and Steve Healey (President, Tennis Australia) in their speeches and Miloslav Mecir sought us out to thank our club for our hospitality which they have appreciated. At home Miloslav is President of the Slovan Bratislava Tennis Club and he told us he appreciated the efforts our members had gone to. Thanks so much to Rita, Kate, Sue, Julie & Alf, Lee & Sergio for doing such a great job as hosts over the last two days.
The draw is on this morning at 11am, so the earliest the teams will be at the club is likely to be noon.
What a truly amazing day we had yesterday at our Club. Under gentle grey skies the Australian team arrived early and stayed for the morning, then the Slovakian team came mid-afternoon, bringing with them the two best male Slovakian players of all time, and played until past sunset. HHTC has never had such an array of tennis talent on its courts. There's no doubt about that!
In the morning we enjoyed watching Australia's top player Nick Kyrgios, hitting with Australia's Alex de Minaur, who was Junior finalist at Wimbledon just a few months ago. Then in the gentle evening twilight members watched tennis greats from Slovakia including Miloslav Mecir, and Dominic Hrbaty. Mecir was known as the big cat who glided around the court and was a top 10 player and Olympic Gold Singles Champion. Watching Mecir volleying with incredible touch on Court 2 late yesterday was unforgettable. Dominic Hrbaty, one of only two players to have an overall winning record with Federer was playing on the court right beside. Photos of this afternoon session will be included in the next update!
Wednesday's plan is for both teams to be there this morning, however showers are around. Marty and the team have cleared the covers off courts 2 and 3, and will standby ready to replace them if required. We will update court conditions for members on Twitter.
Thanks to Andrew Pavli for helping the club gain wider exposure from this event. Our club is the cover story in the Northern District Times today.
The Davis Cup tie begins on Friday, so today may possibly be the last time we see the teams at the club. Club Members make sure you don't miss out experiencing first hand this historic occasion for Hunters Hill.
The visit of the 2016 Australian Davis Cup Squad and Support Team to HHTC.
Nick Kyrgios and James Duckworth both in action
lLeyton Hewitt & Nick Kyrgios
Lee, Tricia, Phil Collins (AUS team Racquet Stringer), Sally
This perfect weather has seen lots of Australian team action at the club. The team is likely to return 10am - Tuesday - for a few hours. The Slovakian team are scheduled to be at the club in the afternoon. Thanks so much to our wonderful members who have helped enable this to happen.
Our club has been given free tickets to this Friday's session at Homebush for club members and their guests. Please reply ASAP by email to arrange collection.
Welcome to the HHTC!
Roger and Kitty
Court 4 action
Ruth and Denise
Bella, Caroline, Julie and Alf
Josh Eagle and Alex de Minaur
Warming up Australian style..
Tomic & Groth
Sergio and Lee with Alex de Minaur.
Tomic and de Minaur with Hewitt watching on
A permanent stringing service at the front gate would be handy!
Robert’s tennis ball made a warm welcome
The cat from next door was not sure what all the fuss was about!
Our club is looking forward to working with Tennis Australia to host the Australian and Slovakian teams during their practice sessions leading up to the Davis Cup. The venue will be closed to the public but the practices should be partially viewable from the street.
We require volunteers to help at the club leading up to and during this time. Could interested members please email Roger -firstname.lastname@example.org - with your availability for
Sunday morning August 28 - painting
Saturday morning September 3 - clubhouse and grounds tidying jobs
Tuesday afternoon September 6 - clubhouse and grounds tidying jobs
Mornings or Afternoons September 10-15 - jobs include daily clubhouse clean, putting up nets before 9.30am, taking down nets after 4pm, hosts to generally help liase with Tennis Australia (morning and afternoon shifts).
Thanks so much to Caroline, Jane, Lee, Andrew Chilcott, Andrew Frankland and Andrew Pavli for their work improving the club gardens and working with Tennis Australia.
Tickets for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff, 16-18 September, are now on sale www.ticketek.com.au/daviscup.