STATE League tennis returned at the weekend and players didn’t disappoint fans.
In the men’s competition, world 558 left-hander Jeremy Beale made his debut for Dalkeith Tennis Club in a big five rubbers to one win over Peppermint Grove. Beale, who only a few months ago competed in the Australian Open wildcard qualifying tournament, despatched John Peacey 6-1, 6-0 in gusty conditions.
Top ranked world junior Tristan Schoolkate posted a decisive win for Dalkeith over European player Frank Moser 6-2, 6-2.
It was a sharp reality check for Peppermint Grove after their win over Mt Lawley 4-2 in front of a good blockbuster crowd on Friday night.
League leaders Hensman Park welcomed the return of Brydan Klein to overwhelm Mt Lawley on Saturday in a convincing five rubbers to one, 11 sets to two win.
Royal Kings Park delivered a strong 5-1 win over a depleted Cottesloe, which continues to support juniors Luka Brown and talented Will Hann who pushed seasoned Brenton Bacon, also a left hander, to go down 4-6, 6-7.
Alexander Park cruised to a 6-0 win without dropping a set against Bayswater with the highly ranked touring pro Harry Bourchier who last week played in a round of 16 in the Launceston International.
In the women’s competition, Hensman upset league leaders Cottesloe in a tight 4-8-62 to 2-5-54 finish to draw equal with Royal Kings Park and Blue Gum as the four top teams make their run to the finals.