Three years for triples tennis in Haliburton
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | June 23, 2016|
For the third year running, Jeff Papiez and Greg Freeman are hosting the annual Maple Leaf/Haliburton Triples Tennis Tournament July 17 at Rotary Park.
It’s a tournament involving members of their tennis club at Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club in Port Charlotte, Fl. and members of their Monday, Wednesday, Friday tennis group in Haliburton. Papiez said many of the Maple Leaf visitors are Canadian snowbirds who travel south for the winter.
“The tournament has grown in popularity, and this winter, while in Florida, we received new requests from players to attend the event this July in Haliburton. We will have 50 people visiting Haliburton for the week of the tournament. While the majority of tennis players are from southern Ontario, we also have confirmed bookings from as far away as Michigan, New York and Quebec.” He said the tournament is a popular draw, but, in addition, the feedback that they have gotten is that everyone loves Haliburton and the surrounding highlands and lakes, “so it makes for a lovely mid-summer getaway.”
In order to encourage as much participation as possible, they play triples tennis, which means that each team has three players, and they’re able to have 12 players at a time using the two courts. “This is a new game to most of our Haliburton friends and we have had fun teaching them the fundamentals of this version of tennis,” Papiez said.
He added that Andrea Meuller of Dysart’s parks and recreation department has been a big support.
“The tennis courts are in need of repair and a volunteer work crew is being assembled to repair the cracks and paint the tennis surface. Visitors will be either staying in motels or are being billeted for the Monday and Tuesday nights. They will have time to visit the town and get a feel for the county and also spend some time on the water. Some will be extending their visit for the rest of the week and through the weekend.”
The tournament will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.