Westside Tennis Club resident professional, Allan Pade with Tony Roche at the Road to Wimbledon dinner.
Westside Tennis Club resident professional, Allan Pade with Tony Roche at the Road to Wimbledon dinner.

Roche special guest

By ALLAN PADE

THERoad to Wimbledon dinner hosted by Quality Resort Nautilus proved to be a tremendous success with everyone enjoying the evening.

Guest speaker, Tony Roche, kept the audience entertained talking about his career as a player and coach and he also answered a number of questions.

As a player, Roche achieved a world number two ranking in 1969 behind fellow Australian, Rod Laver.

He won the French Open in 1966 and was runner-up in the US Open in 1969 and 1970 as well as Wimbledon runner-up in 1968.

In doubles, Roche and John Newcombe formed what many experts describe as the best doubles team of all time winning Wimbledon on five occasions.

After retiring from professional tennis, Roche turned to coaching and again achieved amazing success.

He worked with Tracey Austin, Ian Lendl and Pat Rafter taking all three to number one in the world.

Roche also coached the Australian Davis Cup team throughout the nineties working with Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis, the Woodies and many others.

In recent times and after much insistence and perseverance from world number one Roger Federer he has taken on the coaching role since the beginning of the year.

Roche has been to the Mid North Coast earlier in his career going back 21 years to the 50th anniversary for the Upper Orara Tennis Club at the Dairyville courts in 1984.

Tony Roche and Phil Dent (father of Taylor) visited from Sydney to join in the celebrations.

At the time I was a local junior at Upper Orara and was fortunate enough to have a hit with him.

This was a real eye opener for me and and I guess was some inspiration to continue in the sport and take up a coaching role.

At the dinner I had a brief conversation with him and showed him a photograph from that day at Upper Orara.

He remembered the occasion saying "that's out in the sticks isn't it."

Koops Martin Cup

Division 1: Adam Berrada is through to the final with a win over Ben Vandenberg in the semi-finals 6-4, 6-0.

Division 2: Josh Repko is through to the final after a 7-5, 6-2 semi-final win over Garth Mackie and will now play the winner of Rolf Streit and Ian Holdaway.

Division 3: Andrew Jackson is through to the final after a 6-1, 6-2 semi-final win over Richard Officer and will now meet the winner of the other semi-final between Damien Wilson and Bill Langler.

Juniors perform well

Westside juniors Henry Elvy and Darren Wright performed well in the recent Coffs Open.

Darren was runner-up in the 14 boys singles and doubles while Henry won the 12 boys doubles with Morgan Waterhouse and was a semi-finalist in the singles.

Jarran Pfefferkorn travelled to Sydney to contest the State Age titles, one of the biggest junior tournaments in Australia.

He reached the second round of the 12 years boys and the second round of the feed-in event.



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