Griffith veteran Danny Dossetor has taken out the Riverina Open, downing Harry Pascoe 6-2, 6-2 in the final at Jim Elphick Tennis Centre on Sunday.
Pascoe put up a greater fight than the final scoreline suggested, consistently asking questions of Dossetor with a varied assortment of crafty left-handed shots.
The Griffith competitior, who was making his tournament debut at the ripe old age of 33, has spent most of his time coaching and said it felt great to get back on the court.
“I’m always bringing kids along to tournaments and after a while you just want to get back out there and have a hit yourself too,” he said.
Dossetor also combined with Jason Clifford to take out the men’s doubles, downing Matt Hort and Dale Schmid 6-4, 6-4 in the final.
Meanwhile, Wagga’s Brenda Foster emerged victorious in the women’s singles.
Foster had spent years coaching promising talent Charlotte Littlejohn, but found herself teaching the youngster a lesson from the other side of the net during the Riverina Open final on Sunday.
Foster downed Littlejohn 6-4, 6-2 in the women’s finale at Jim Elphick Tennis Centre, showing the kind of on-court savviness which only comes with decades of experience, and winning the tournament for the 14th time in the process.
But the Australian seniors representative deflected all praise back onto Littlejohn after the match.
“Charlotte was really tough, I was struggling to return her serves out there,” Foster said.
“The moment she walked onto the court at eight years-of-age she was so keen and so focused.”
In the women’s doubles final, Charlotte Littlejohn and Imogen Molloy downed Stacey Curran and Janelle Baggio 6-3, 6-3.
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