Aug 12

Ideal Tournaments to Lead you into the 2016/2017 Tennis Season

The ideal lead in’s to our Senior and Junior Interclub are coming up next month (September).

Check out our Player Development tab (and Tournaments) for information on our:

Otago Indoor Open (17-18 September)


Otago Spring Junior Open (24-26 September)

Plus enter by 26 August and get the Earlybird Entry Cost!

Otago Junior Spring Open Poster


Otago Indoor Open Poster1

Aug 05

Senior Interclub… great deal on pre-season hitting!

For the next four Sunday’s in the lead up to the Senior Interclub Season, there is hitting at the Edgar Centre from 4pm on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of August for just $5.

This is a good chance for those interested in playing in Senior Interclub to come along, as well as players who played last year to warm into the season.

Phil Mirfin and/or Dennis Radford will be around to suggest combinations and get you started hitting. If you are interested in attending, send Phil a message advising him on 0272292003.

This hitting is particularly ideal for those intending on entering the Otago Indoor Open on September 17 and 18. Likewise for females thinking of entering the Female Shield Competition which is played indoors.


Aug 03

Tennis Otago Announce Exciting Senior Competitions for the 2016/2017 Season

Tennis Otago is pleased to communicate the Senior Competitions and Tournaments for the 2016/2017 Season.


Senior Competitions (depicted below)

The Senior Competition landscape is very exciting for this coming season. Competitions of note are the Shield Competitions which makes playing in our competitions available to tertiary students who aren’t locals as well as possible inclusion of teams from other associations. This increases the variety of players for local players at the start and end of the season. A new competition is also the 35+ Doubles grade, offering robust competition for skilled doubles players 35 and over.Senior Competitions

Senior Competition need to know information is detailed in our succinct yet sufficiently detailed Senior Competitions Handbook. This contains major sections of: Tennis Otago Governance and Administration; Competitions Offered; Timeline of Competitions and Tournaments; Grade Game Formats; Competition Policies; and Competition Entry Forms. To download the Handbook, click here . To download Entry Forms click here .

A very big thank you to the power of work Lynn Slobbe (Senior Competitions Committee Chair) has done behind the scenes in leading what competitions we are offering for this season and the adjustments that have been done to the handbook. Thanks also to all those who provided feedback during consultation.


Senior Tournaments

17-18 September – Otago Indoor Open.

26-27 November – Southern Quad Event, Otago Senior Teams.

17-19 March – Otago Open.

25-26 March – Southern Quad Event, Otago Senior Teams.


Key Dates Reminder

Entries Due for Shield Competitions: Friday 26 August

Entries Due for all other Interclub Competitions: Friday 16 September.

Otago Indoor Open: 17-18 September.

Club Delegates Meeting to finalise grades: Monday 19 September.


Jun 09

Otago Senior Team Profiles

On Queen’s Birthday weekend, the Otago Senior Team travelled to Wellington to play a teams event against several teams from the Tennis Central region. Tennis Otago acknowledges Wayne Sizemore Plumbers and House of Travel Dunedin for their generous support which enabled this event to take place.

You can read all about the event in the ODT report by clicking here.

13321803_757502881058265_8346530210480991224_nA series of player profiles was published on Tennis Otago’s Facebook page and you can look at these by clicking on this link and then clicking on each individual player’s photo.

Today is #FlashbackFriday and we publish the ‘missing profile’ from the Otago team that proudly represented the province in Wellington. Synonymous with Otago tennis, he has done everything there is to do with tennis in our region yet continues to give back to the sport on an ongoing basis. Without him, the Queen’s Birthday Senior Team Event wouldn’t have even happened. We are of course talking about Tennis Otago and Tennis Southern life member, former Otago Open Men’s Champion, and coach of the Otago Senior Team, Dennis Radford.


Age – 65+
Height – 5ft 10 and a half in the old measures before I lost two discs out of my back.
Place of birth – Dunedin but lived all round the country as a child (including Whangarei, Greymouth and Invercargill). Came to uni and stayed.
Nickname – As a player was “The Big D” or just “D.” The Otago boys had me as “D Rad” and last trip they called me “Pop” apparently short for Popovich (a coach) or Grandpop?
School you are attending – Tahuna Intermediate.
Favourite tennis shot – The winner at match point to me.
Best memory – Holding serve against Onny Parun 9 times. He was runner up Aussie Open, French Open doubles champion and twice Wimbledon quarter finalist. Like the other guys I loved the team events and we used to have 15 ties a season.
What do you like about tennis the most? It is both an individual and team sport. I played 200 ties for Otago/Southern from age 18-48. It is a game for life. Refereeing the ITF World Super Seniors (65+) was inspirational.
Sportsperson you most admire? Sir Richard Hadlee. Cricket was my main sport at school.
What is your favourite motivational quote? “Do it to them before they do it to you”.
What do you see yourself doing in 5 years? Being alive would be a good start and we will go from there.

May 23

Tier 2 Junior Masters – 2016 Southern Junior Indoor Open

T2-2Enter now online on the Tournament Website (click here).

Fact sheet and manual entry form can be downloaded by clicking here: Tier 2 Southern 2016 Entry Form and Information

Apr 27

Otago Senior Team have a successful and valuable outing at South Island’s

Otago Senior Team April Christchurch


This ANZAC Weekend our Otago Senior Team got second in the South Island Senior Teams Event in Christchurch.

A big well done to the team of Ryan Eggers, Mitchell Sizemore, Heike Cebulla Elder, Carlos Reid (back row), Ilana Goossens, Rileigh Fields, Aaron Hicks and Paddy Ou (front row), Coached by Dennis Radford and Managed by Phil Mirfin.

See Dennis’s wrap up below:

Otago beat Canterbury Country and Tasman but was ousted by Canterbury (Town) in the final round of the South Island team event in Christchurch on the weekend.

A strong performance by the men, who won six of their seven rubbers, enabled Otago to beat Country 7-5. The depleted Otago women’s squad lost all three singles and the doubles in short straight sets results, but Otago, by playing No1 man Aaron Hicks and No1 woman Rileigh Fields in the mixed doubles, was able to edge to a 7-6, 6-4 win in that rubber.

A similar pattern emerged in the 8-4 win over Tasman but Fields contributed with a battling 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory against the higher-ranked Suzanne Spencer. Fields fell behind 5-0, but fought long and hard and found her mark more on the big points in the deciding set.

The men all won in straight sets and the lower-order women also lost in that fashion but, with five men’s singles and two doubles, Otago had enough points from their males.

The Town men were too strong in the top order with James Meredith and Hayden Joblin, both back from American college scholarships, breezing to easy wins over Hicks and Mitchell Sizemore, but Paddy Ou, unbeaten all weekend, and Carlos Reid at No3 and No5 had wins.

Ou was particularly impressive in dispatching the much more powerful Jack Tiller 6-1, 6-1. Reid had to fight back from 3-0 down in the third set but but played with more aggression to close out the last six games in a row against impressive 16-year-old Gordon Chen.

Ou and Ryan Eggers won a closely-fought doubles match against Joblin and Philip Hoeper 6-4, 7-5 but the only other win came from an injury default.

In the absence of several regular leading women who are overseas, some with netball commitments, the introduction of Ilana Goossens (15) at this level is seen as an investment which could pay dividends in coming years and the men’s team, whose members are all under 23, can be expected to improve with more competition at this level.



Business House Winter Tennis Returns for 2016!

Business House Winter Tennis has returned for the 2016 Winter Season! See below for the details on this awesome Competition!

Promotion for Winter Doubles

Apr 03

Tennis Otago 2015/16 Prize-giving and Player Awards

Congratulations to all our award winners at today’s end of season prize giving held at Logan Park. There were some difficult to pick categories due to the high calibre of players involved, but someone has to win and this year’s main individual awards went to:

Female Player of the Year: Rileigh Fields
Male Player of the Year: Aaron Hicks and Mitchell Sizemore

Most Improved Female: Abby Edwards
Most Improved Male: Mitchell Sizemore


10s Girls Player of the Year: Isabel Parry
10s Boys Player of the Year: Vinnie Gable
12s Girls Player of the Year: Pippa Sherriff
12s Boys Player of the Year: Ayoub Ahmad
14s Girls Player of the Year: Ilana Goossens
14s Boys Player of the Year: Zane Gray
16s Girls Player of the Year: Abby Edwards
16s Boys Player of the Year: Lachie Kenneally

Most Improved Girl: Ilana Goossens
Most Improved Boy: Daniel Lund

Overall Girls Player of the Year: Abby Edwards
Overall Boys Player of the Year: Lachie Kenneally and Ayoub Ahmad

For more photos, including those of award winners, please visit our Facebook page by clicking this link.

Congratulations to all award winners, and the many players who had great achievements throughout the season but missed out. Thanks from Tennis Otago to all volunteers, parents, and players for a great season of tennis.

Mar 08

2016 Otago Seniors Tennis Championships

Online Entry form is available here.
Tournament details and printable entry form are available here.

Saturday, 9th April
Mens & Ladies Doubles
Sunday, 10th April
Mixed Doubles

Edgar Centre, 116 Portsmouth Drive, Dunedin
Report 8.30AM both days
Men’s and Women’s A, B, 60+ years & over.
Mixed A, B, 110 years & over.

Entries close Friday, 1st April 2016

Feb 29

Upcoming Otago Tennis Open – enter before March 9 to go in the draw to win a free entry!

One of Tennis Otago’s main events is coming up, the Otago Open. To be held on March 19-20 at Logan Park, Dunedin. Details are below. Enter by filling out the physical entry form at this link or enter online by scanning the barcode below with the app on your mobileOtago Open Promotion for Facebook or clicking on this link.

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