After six months of Tuesday night social singles tennis at the Byron Bay Tennis club, Ben ‘Chef Benny’ Warriner outclassed 88 other competitors to lift the winner’s trophy.
The weekly event commenced in early January amidst pandemics, floods, hail storms, and heat waves and concluded with the biannual awards night last week.
With an emphasis on ‘social’, all levels are welcome to compete in the competition with the points being allocated for more than just wins. Points are awarded for attendance, on-court fashion, community spirit, and to those who bring along extra crackers to contribute towards the platter; all efforts matter.
A perpetual trophy is awarded to the player that best exhibits these qualities, and this time around local artist, Geoff Murray, was a popular winner.
The ‘Socialite’ award went to Taylor Miller.
The competition is a mixed-gender event with players matched according to their level of play. Nicknames are encouraged and you’re likely to come up against regular players such as ‘Waffles’, ‘Gravy’, ‘The Wall’, ‘Mussels’ or ‘Tay Tay’.
Byron Bay Tennis also offers adult squads and group sessions for all levels along with a fun social doubles evening on Thursdays.