Tennis champ breaks record to notch up sixth straight win
BRENDAN Warwick's record-breaking sixth straight win of the CQ Drilling and Sawing Gladstone Closed Tennis Championships is made all the more impressive by that fact he was playing through injury.
A couple of weeks ago, Warwick had x-rays that showed ligament damage to his arm but with careful icing, strapping and a record in sight, the 26-year-old decided to enter the event on Saturday.
Warwick said he wasn't able to play as he normally would, but the fact he was injured and still managed to get the title made it more special.
Kept busy during the week as an operations scheduler at Rio Tinto Alcan's Yarwun site, Warwick's preparation for the event was playing tennis fixtures on Tuesday and Thursday nights as usual.
He defeated Nathan Cooke 9-1 in the final.
It was the first time Cooke, 14, had made the final, with wind and the heat of the middle of the day creating difficult conditions.
"Nathan had a couple of tough matches prior to the final ... I'm really proud," Warwick said.
Warwick said he was excited about the standard of play some juniors were showing and that it was creating stronger competition in Gladstone.
"I can't wait until they start to beat me," he said.
Starting the sport at age 13 after watching it on television, Warwick has no plans on stopping playing anytime soon.
His love of the sport and excitment about the future of the Gladstone Tennis and Squash Association is clear.
"It's the most friendly place to come down to," he said.
Another defending champion also made their mark on Saturday, with Dayle Mitchell claiming the women's singles title for the eighth year in a row by defeating Tully Dinte and Emma Westman.
Event organiser Robert McBean said the weekend ran smoothly, with solid competition in the various divisions.
"It's good to see so many people getting involved," McBean said. "A couple of young juniors impressed."
McBean said there were a lot of families involved in the sport, with numerous brothers hitting the court for the championships.
Peter Kammholz and Dylan Smith won the men's doubles title, defeating Dylan's brother Jack Smith and his partner Nathan Cooke.