TOP SPIN: Tournament director Dean Stansell at   the net with John Grant, Rob Sciffer, Reg Baxter, Glenn Gray and Graham Joseph at the 2019 Roma and District Tennis Seniors tournament.
TOP SPIN: Tournament director Dean Stansell at the net with John Grant, Rob Sciffer, Reg Baxter, Glenn Gray and Graham Joseph at the 2019 Roma and District Tennis Seniors tournament. James Liveris

Roma tennis club serves up a seniors' grand slam

TENNIS: Condamine player Glenn Gray was at the last Seniors Queensland tournament in the Maranoa more than 10 years ago and was blown away with this year's resurgence.

Roma and District Tennis Club hosted the 2019 Tennis Seniors Queensland Tournament at the weekend and, despite a dust storm on Saturday, competitors agreed it was a marvellous competition.

Gray said most of the strength was in the mid-ages and highly concentrated in Brisbane but for the Maranoa to put itself on the map again was fantastic.

"You need to build a base for a tournament like this,” Gray said.

"It's hard enough to get locals down to these tournaments but Roma and District Tennis Club, along with Tennis Maranoa, have done a terrific job.

"If anyone is still playing tennis at 60 it's because they love it and now everyone knows it's on in Roma, people are going to start coming out.”

Tennis Seniors Queensland secretary Reg Baxter said although numbers weren't huge, for first time hosting the tournament the quality was fantastic.

"Dean has done an amazing job here, not just with scheduling and running the tournament but the social side as well,” Baxter said.

"Maranoa has proved it is are a must-visit on the tennis map.”

Gold Coast player John Grant said the Roma courts and clubhouse were up there with the best in the state.

"It's absolutely beautiful out here,” Grant said.

"The weather has been great but also just travelling out to the bush was a great change of scenery, it is a wonderful place.

"It was a great start this year and I believe next year will be even bigger, I'll be coming back.”