The titles for the 98th MIA Open were decided over the weekend with a familiar face taking out the men’s competition while a young up-and-comer from Canberra taking out the women’s title over the June long weekend.
Griffith’s own Daniel Dossetor continued his success on his home court to pick up his eight MIA Open Men’s title after defeating top seed Jamieson Nathan in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
“It was a good game between us,” he said.
“I’m not sure how many finals he had been in before, and nerves might have gotten to him a bit.
“I do enjoy being able to play on a clay court and do have the advantage of getting to train on them every day.”
As for the competition itself, Dossetor praised the way the organisers were able to deal with tough conditions to start on Saturday.
“We had around 10mm of rain on Friday, and that meant that it was a shortened Saturday,” he said.
“Steve Longworth who looks after the draw made up a fair bit of time which was good.
“Praise has to go to the committee as well. The canteen and everything else was done really well so congrats to those guys.”
The competition was healthy over the weekend with the Open able to attract some high-quality players from all around the state.
“Numbers were up from last year,” he said.
“We were a silver challenge tournament, so we had guys from Sydney and Canberra coming down. I think we ended up with about 50 from Canberra.
“Everyone was chasing the points on offer to add to their Australian ranking.”
One of the travellers from Canberra was able to find success with women’s top seed Ashleigh Simes able to defeat Sydney’s Courtney Cook in the women’s decider.
Simes felt the final was a really good matchup and she was forced to adapt a little to take home the title.
“I thought I played pretty well, and so did Courtney,” she said.
“She was very consistent, and I really had to adapt to that because I’m not the most consistent player.”
On her first trip to Griffith, Simes thanked the organisers and the community as a whole for the environment they provided.
“I really like it; it was a nice place,” she said. “Felt really welcome and it was a nice tournament to play in.”