Doucas proving the real deal

THE CHAMPION: New Ex-Services member Chris Doucas (left), with his teammates on the Real Tennis courts of Melbourne. He's proven very motivated, and is gunning for a Real Tennis program here. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
THE CHAMPION: New Ex-Services member Chris Doucas (left), with his teammates on the Real Tennis courts of Melbourne. He's proven very motivated, and is gunning for a Real Tennis program here. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Next month’s men’s singles competition looks to be enticing, the list on the noticeboard is filling up but still has plenty of room.

Planned for four consecutive Sundays from August 6 onward, it will run from 10am-noon, lunch will be served afterward and players cans stay on for mixed social afterward for free.

Get your name down or call 63628020 to register.

New member Chris Doucas has plenty planned, outside the junior program and singles competition, he’s very keen to kick-start a ‘real tennis’ program in Orange.

First played between 1200 and 1500AD and also known as ‘Royal Tennis’ – its origins are in Europe during the middle ages. Early records show that it was widely played among the French Clergy and the English Kings – Real Tennis is the original game, from which today’s version was derived.

Canadian-born Chris moved here earlier this year with his wife Robin, he represented Orange and won the Sydney Club Championships in singles and doubles on the Real Tennis courts of Melbourne – traditional racquets were used.

He’s looking for sponsors to kick-start this competition, right now Real Tennis is only played in four countries – Australia, the UK, France and the US.

With school holidays nearly over the complex will be back in full swing soon. Private coaching will start again, school court hire and the 3.30pm and 4.30pm hot shots will too.

Social tennis days have continued well on Thursday for the ladies and Sunday for mixed. Col Parsons is on duty this Sunday.