Top pair at tennis event

Two New Zealand Davis Cup representatives will be travelling to Wanaka to take part in centenary celebrations at the resort's tennis club on March 30.

Former French Open junior and Wimbledon junior winner Stephen Downes and top ranked New Zealand player Alistair Hunt, both of Auckland have confirmed their availability for an exhibition match at the Wanaka Tennis Club's celebrations.

Centenary co-ordinator Penny Campbell, of Wanaka, said they would play a singles match against each other before combining for a trans-tasman doubles exhibition against an Australian pair.

Australian doubles players and brothers Mark and Scott Draper were scheduled to visit and play against their New Zealand counterparts, Ms Campbell said.

The club had also secured the services of 1974 Commonwealth Games 10,000m gold medallist Dick Tayler as master of ceremonies for the club's centenary dinner, she said.

However, approaches made by club coach Perry Crockett to former Australian champion and back-to-back United States Open winner Pat Rafter had been unsuccessful, with Rafter committed elsewhere, Ms Campbell said.

The club had hoped to bring the former leading Australian player to Wanaka to play as part of the planned exhibition matches.

Ms Campbell said there had been a ‘‘great'' response from former tennis club members eager to attend the centenary celebrations.

About 80 of the 200 available tickets for the club's grand dinner had been sold. She encouraged other former members to contact the club if they were interested in attending the celebrations.

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