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Sets in the City opening draw and more

Kia ora,

The season is off and running. With all that’s going on in tennis this month, Tennis Canterbury will be sending out weekly updates until the end of November. Please see the latest update below and get in touch if you have any questions.


Tennis Canterbury is excited to be kicking off the new Sets in the City competition next Thursday evening, 5 November at 6pm. Clubs throughout the country have nominated their top male and female players to play off each week for $1000 prize money over eight Thursday nights in November and February. The winners are challenged the following week by other club representatives.

This Thursday’s challenge will see Burwood Park’s Reece Falck take on Jamie Garbett of Elmwood. The winner will go on to play New Zealand’s No. 2 singles player, Ajeet Rai of Wellington’s Khandallah club on the 12th.

In the women’s challenge, Elmwood’s Abby Mason will compete against Petra Belsova of Te Kura Hagley Park. The winner will likely face ITF winner and last year’s Canterbury Open women’s winner, Jade Otway of Tasman, the following week.

Come along for a great evening of tennis. Free for all ages. The café/bar will be open for spectators and live music will feature throughout the evening.


The Canterbury Open is upping it’s game this year with a festival of tennis celebrating the region’s talent and history. Watch an exhibition match with some of our own Canterbury legends. Enjoy high competition with the nation’s best ATP and WTA ranked players, including members of the Davis Cup team. Lunch time entertainment and Hot Shots fun rounds out the day. An event not to be missed!

Schedule for Finals day, Sunday 15th November

10:00 Semi Finals begin

12:00 Hot Shots demonstration

12:15 Canterbury Legends Exhibition Match

  • Peter Hampton, ITF Seniors World Individual Championships gold medalist, #1 Tennis New Zealand ranking for 60+, #1 ITF Seniors ranking for 60+ Mixed Doubles

  • Sally Moorfield, former Canterbury Tennis rep and national women’s doubles champion

  • Glenn Wilson, former Davis Cup team and captain

  • Ruth Seeman, former Federation Cup and Australian Open competitor

1:00 Powhiri and Finals Opening Ceremony

2:00 Women’s Final begins

Men’s Final to follow



We still have a few remaining courtside hospitality boxes for the Semi Finals and Finals events. The hospitality offering includes seating for up to 8 people with sun umbrella, table and chairs, your company name / logo on the box, full catering with morning tea, barista coffee and lunch served to your corporate box, chilled beverages including wine, beer on tap, juice and bottled water. Please see attached flyer for details.


Give your Hot Shot a chance to enjoy some friendly competition with Hot Shots League Play. Emphasis is on fun and participation. Kids often quickly progress their skills and confidence in this setting. Leagues meet midweek at clubs across Christchurch. Average age 5-9 years old. Group supper to follow.

Find our more and register at



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