Tennis: State League returns with courts of top players

Jeremy Beale debuted for Dalkeith
Jeremy Beale debuted for Dalkeith

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.