This year’s event attracted 38 players from most Australian States as well as an entrant from Japan. The championships are listed on the calendar of the International Sports Federation for Persons with an Intellectual Disability and the Ausrapid website.
The finals this year were held at Melbourne Park on the last Saturday of the Australian Open – one of the biggest days in the Australian sporting year.
The beautifully-organised opening ceremony was held on Court 2 marked by two previous winners, Kathryn Wilson and Daniel Cumming bearing flags and Janelle Hopman singing the National Anthem.
The major social function of the Championships was a breakfast in the Boulevard Room at the Parkview Hotel in St Kilda at which Wally Masur, a keen supporter, presented the Mark Konings Memorial Shield for sportsmanship and leadership to 2013 recipient Scott Crowden.
Mark Konings played in the Championships from 1998 to 2010 and sadly passed away later that year.
At the completion of the finals, the presentation ceremony was held in Garden Square at Melbourne Park before a sizeable crowd. Members of the Victorian branch of the Taverners, Peta Phillips and Ian Crawford along with national chairman Greg Brown and former tennis great Wally Masur shared the trophy presentations.
Queensland’s Archie Brown and Kelly Wren of New South Wales won the singles titles while Queensland pair Mitchell James and Josh Holloway defeated Senya Rudoy (Victoria) and Damien Phillips (NSW) in the men’s doubles.