Natasha Phillips-Edgar will be taking on Australia’s best at the South Pacific Open
The annual Ulladulla South Pacific Open Australian Money Tournament (AMT) is being held at the Ulladulla Tennis Centre on 18 December 2019 – 21 December 2019 as part of the Australian Summer of Tennis.
The South Pacific Open is a Tennis Australia sanctioned Australian Ranking Gold Series Tournament. Australian Money Tournaments, AMTs, are semi-professional tournaments introduced by Tennis Australia in 2006.
They are designed to create quality match play opportunities and help with post junior athlete transition.
AMT’s run as a tiered circuit of tournaments consisting of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, based on prize money levels offered to the open events.
In total, one hundred and sixty-nine tournaments across Australia make up the Australian Money Tournament series in 2019, giving all players the opportunity to lower their Australian Ranking.
Across the Australian states and territories in 2019, there are twenty-eight tournaments that offer the highest amount of points outside the AMT Platinum Series.
These are grouped as the AMT Gold Series and offer a total of $7,500 in prize money. This year, with some increased sponsorship, the South Pacific Open is offering $8,000 total prize money and consists of equal prize money for the Men’s and Women’s events.
Since its inception, the South Pacific Open regularly attracts six to eight male and female players ranked in the top 100 of the Australian Rankings, and yes, that is the list headed by Ash Barty in the Women’s and Alex De Minaur in the Men’s. Anton Willett in the Men’s draw and Natasha Phillips-Edgar in the Women’s are the highest ranked local players, and will be looking to take advantage of playing in the familiar surroundings of the Ulladulla Tennis Centre. Spectators are welcome to watch the high-quality tennis on offer as entry is free of charge.
Ulladulla Tennis Courts
Holiday Clinics on Again
The ever-popular Holiday Tennis Clinics run by the Ulladulla Tennis Academy with head coach, Kevin Murphy will again take place over the Christmas Holidays. The first of the clinics will be held on 23 and 24 December 2019 with the offer of Tennis for the kids while providing opportunity for the parents to do the last of their Christmas shopping. There will be clinics held in January as well with the first being Tuesday 7 January 2020 – Friday 10 January 2020 and another Monday 20 January 2020 – Thursday 23 January 2020.
There will also be other events at the Ulladulla Tennis Centre over the summer suitable for anyone. Dates will be advised in due course. These events will be promoted by Tennis Australia. Keep an eye on the Milton Ulladulla District Tennis Association Facebook Page for the announcements.