9 January 2017 | Tennis SA

Well we’ve certainly been very lucky with the perfect weather we’ve had at Happy Valley Tennis Club over the past week. After such an amazing week of tennis, I have some thank yous I would like to make.

Firstly, to Happy Valley Tennis Club Event Managers, Simon Longhurst and Sue Hoppo. It is your dedication, determination and enthusiasm that makes this event a reality.  As Tournament Directors, we understand the months and hours of work that go in to making this event possible and for that we thank you.

To Happy Valley Tennis Club’s 100+ volunteers, thank you for all of your assistance throughout the week. From Player Services, Court Services, Transport Services, Canteen staff, stringer and various other volunteers, it has been great to work with you all again and we thank you for your support.

To our hard working team of staff and officials who work behind the scenes to make this tournament possible…Challenger Tour Supervisor – Scott Ray, Tennis Australia Tournament Operations Coordinator – Jason Simmons, Physiotherapists – Leisa Stringer and Cara Gleeson, Massage Therapist – Matt Robinson, IT team – Tyler Soste and Nick Youl, Accreditation Manager – Maggie Kerr, Chief of Officials – Craig Glennon, Chair Umpires and Line Umpires. We simply couldn’t do it without you.

To Tennis Australia’s Fiona Luscombe, Isabelle Gemmel and Rehaneh De Kretser, as well as the entire team at Tennis SA, in particular Steve Baldas, Andy Wilson, Egon Loh, Darren Sahb, Ty Allen and Dylan Hicks…thank you so much for all of your help and support in the lead up to and during the event.

To the most amazing ballkid team – you did an outstanding job throughout the week! Huge thank you to Kendra and the team for your work behind the scenes.

To all of our ANZ Tennis Hot Shots participants from Port Noarlunga Tennis Club, Noarlunga Tennis Club and Happy Valley Tennis Club, thank you for being involved in the event. We hope you enjoyed your time on court!

To Channel 7’s Theo Doropoulos, thank you for MCing our Finals Day. Your professionalism and ability to step in and take control of the day was simply brilliant! Thank you so very much for your support of the event.

Next, thank you to the event sponsors. A special mention to the City of Onkaparinga who have been partners with us for 13 years now, thank you for your continued support. Thank you also to major sponsor, PowerHealth Solutions, along with Jarvis Toyota, Ezyrent Minibuses, Keith’s Office Furniture, Vale Signs, Aberfoyle Cleaning Services, Hanco Signage and Engraving, Watermark Enterprises, Southern Vales Air-conditioning, InterSport, Tucker Tennis, Switch 2 Fitness, Clarendon Bakery, Sammy D Foundation, Streets, Mitre10 Handy Aberfoyle Park, Uniti, UltraTune and Summer Bright Lager. This year marks the 3nd ATP Challenger after 9 successful years running ITF Futures events and we thank all of the sponsors for your support of the event.

To all of the athletes who have participated in this year’s tournament. Thank you for providing us with such fabulous tennis over the course of the week. It has been a pleasure to have you be a part of the tournament and hope that you have enjoyed your time here.

Finally, to the spectators who have visited, those who have watched the event live online and those who have followed the event on social media, thank you for coming along for the ride, we really appreciate your support!

There are just so many people to thank, so to anyone else I might have missed, thank you.

Breanna Hassam
Tournament Director