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MIA Open Championships… Into the 1930s

This is the second in a series of historical articles written by Lorraine Maxwell who has been tirelessly digging back through the MIA Open archives. Thankyou Lorraine!

In the 1930’s players from around the region participated in the tournament. Tennis was a sporting and social event with articles in the paper describing the dance, band and venue after the tournament had concluded.

In 1932 the courts moved further down the street, to where the old ambulance station is towards McDonalds. There were 6 courts plus other around the town.

Jack Shannon won the Men’s Singles in 1933 & 1934, his deadly accuracy and sound play meant that he was able to come back from a 4-0 deficit to finally win 9-7 in an early round, then win the final easily.

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1920 MIA Championships – Where it all began…

This is the first in a series of historical articles written by Lorraine Maxwell who has been tirelessly digging back through the MIA Open archives. Thankyou Lorraine!

The first MIA Championship was held in November 1920.

It was either in response to local players going to Country Week in Sydney and then organising the event OR needing to have a tournament to qualify for Country Week.1

Whichever way it happened it was an association of local tennis court owners who met in a school near the old cheese factory in Bagtown and decided to run this championship.

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100th MIA Open – help us make it the best yet!

Dear Members, Players and their families, past and present,


2020 will mark the 100th year of Griffith’s longest running sporting event, the MIA Open Tennis Tournament.
The tournament began in 1920, and has run every year since – we’d like to celebrate this Milestone year by remembering the tournament’s rich history, acknowledge the importance and contribution that events like this have in a community, and of course by making the 2020 MIA Open the best yet!

We are inviting anyone who is interested in participating in the planning and organisation of the event to join us for the:

Initial Event Planning meeting
When: 8pm Tuesday 11th February
Where: Griffith Tennis Clubhouse – Noorilla St

We are also inviting anyone who has memorabilia of past events to please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!
Contact: Robyn Meehan 0429 487 472, or
Email: info@griffithtennisclub.com.au

Please share this with anyone you think may be interested!

With thanks,
The Griffith Tennis Club

SAM GROTH SAM GROTH SAM GROTH SAM GROTH

Sam came, served rockets, coached, gave insights into his career, and the state of tennis in general… then left us crying into our broken strings wanting more 🙁

A huge thanks to everyone who attended, Danny Dossetor for organising the evening, the Griffith Tennis Club Committee for all the food, and Tennis NSW for all the assistance.

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Help Needed – Citrus Sculptures @ Griffith SpringFest!

It’s that time of year again folks – the annual Griffith Spring Fest is almost upon us, running from Sunday, 13 October 2019 to Saturday, 26 October 2019.

We need your assistance to assemble the Griffith Tennis Club Giant Tennis Racquet from 7am Sunday the 13th October. Everyone is welcome (there’s heaps to do) and It’ll be great fun for the little ones. All helpers will need to wear closed shoes, and bring a bucket –

See you Sunday!

Last year’s Sculptures

In memoriam, Tom Condon

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Tom Condon.

Tom has been one of, if not the greatest, supporter of tennis in the area – a tireless supporter of the Griffith Tennis Club, a keen player his whole life, constant tournament sponsor and Life Member.

Tom’s love of tennis was infectious, and will live on in the hearts and racquets of his children, their children and beyond. Tom was also immortalised in 2013 with the unveiling/naming of Court 8 – the Tom Condon court.

Our thoughts go out to Tom’s Wife, Jan, and their children who were with him at the end.

A public service will be held on Saturday 17th August at 11am in the Church of St Therese, Yenda, followed by light refreshments at the Yenda Diggers Club.

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Thankyou – Volunteers, Sponsors and Staff at the 99th MIA Open

Another Queen’s Birthday weekend has come and gone, and with it the 99th MIA Open Tennis Tournament which could not have happened without the massive contribution from our Volunteers, Staff and of course, our Sponsors.

Sunrice once again provided the Gold Sponsorship, with Silver Sponsors Casella Wines, Tallented Tyres, Straight Lines Design and Marketing and Collier and Miller.

We owe a huge thankyou to these local businesses, and many more Bronze Sponsors…

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