Action from the Grafton City Tennis CLub's second annual Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.
Action from the Grafton City Tennis CLub's second annual Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. HJH Media

Wheelchair stars serve up aces at Grafton

TENNIS: Grafton City Tennis Club has continued its commitment to being an all-inclusive sporting body, hosting the club's second annual Wheelchair Tennis Tournament at the weekend.

While grey skies loomed overhead, nothing could dampen the spirits of the players on the court as eight wheelchair stars turned out for the annual event.

Rain only affected the opening hour on the first day with the premier drainage of the Prince St courts coming to the fore.

The club got through all the matches, with Brisbane tennis star Kent McKelvie clinching glory in the final against friend and rival Steve Bell from Brisbane.

Grafton City Tennis Club president Ayesha Beckman said it was a fitting finale between the two friends.

"They actually travelled down together from Brisbane for the tournament,” Beckman said.

"It was actually funny, because they were both saying how great it was to come up against all these different players from around the North Coast but they still played in the final against each other.

"They both said they want to come back to Grafton to take part in a few clinics and help grow the sport of wheelchair tennis.”

The tournament was dealt a minor blow before a ball was even served when four players were forced to pull out due to illness.

Beckman said it was just part and parcel of running a tournament, and said they had aimed to be flexible with the numbers they had.

The tournament is just another step on the road to the club being completely accessible for all people.

"As a club we are continuing to aim for grants to make our facilities even more accessible,” Beckman said. "We just want to give everyone the chance to enjoy their tennis.”