Moose Jaw hosting senior tennis provincial open

The Moose Jaw Tennis Club will be a hotbed of action this week as players from throughout the province take to the courts for the Tennis Saskatchewan provincial senior open championship.

“We have huge participation this year, probably bigger than the last half-dozen years,” said local organizer Gerry Gieni. “About 40 out-of-towners and close to a dozen or so locals, so we’re hitting the 50 mark which means there are going to be a lot of people in town for the tournament.”

The numbers have traditionally been affected by competing tournaments around the same weekend — and with the cancellation of one of those events, more players were available for this weekend.

The senior open format features players 30 and over broken into 10 year age categories all the way up to 85. Play will take place in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

The quality of play is expected to be exceptionally high given the provincial scope of the event.

“You’re going to see some pretty good tennis,” Gieni said. “There are a lot of people who can still play even in the older age groups, so there should be some close matches.”

That includes players from Moose Jaw, with Gieni pointing to the likes of perennial city title contenders Neil Wasylyshyn, Dave Busse and Jim Kirkpatrick as some of the players to watch.

“They should also really well. So we could have a couple of winners come out of Moose Jaw,” Gieni said.

While the draw has yet to be finalized, action for local players is expected to begin on Friday night with the main body of the tournament opening on Saturday. The finals will be Sunday afternoon.

All action will take place at the Moose Jaw Tennis Club at Third Avenue North East and Fairford Street East.