Thursday, 16 November 2017
Kooyong members bring home medals from Seniors World Championships
Kooyong International Tennis Academy coach Glenn Busby led the Australian charge at the recent ITF Seniors World Championships where he won his fourth consecutive world singles title.
Busby added the 60’s doubles title to his swag of medals after pairing with American Ross Persons having already helped Australia win the 60’s team event alongside fellow Kooyong member Stephen Myers as well as Wayne Pascoe and Stephen Dance.
Busby cruised into the singles final before facing a familiar foe in the decider and the Belgium number two seed found a way to pressure the heavy favourite out of the second set to put some pressure back on the top seed but after a tough few weeks with the passing of his father, Busby was able to get on top in the final set to win the title 6/2 6/7 6/1.
“He would’ve been 93 yesterday,’’ Busby told the ITF’s Harvey Fialkov.
“He passed away the day before I came here. He did everything for me.
“He was hanging on for two weeks, so I kept changing my flights. Do I go? Do I not go? I arrive home on Tuesday and they [delayed] his funeral to Thursday. It was a little bit too [emotional] out there.’’
“He’s such a good competitor,’’ Busby told ITF Tennis recalling the match against Godfroid.
“His first and second serve are no different and he changes up his serves so well I didn’t have a forehand to hit early on, my strength.
“But I had Dad on my side today.’’
Other members to feature heavily at the event included Martin Warwick who came away from the 50’s doubles with a bronze medal having reached the Semi Final as well as helping Australis finish 6th in the 50’s team event while Stephen Myers had a terrific event where he won the 60’s team event as well as reaching the fourth round of the singles and quarterfinals of both the doubles and mixed doubles.
Jill Meggs and Rosemary Davis also represented their country in their respective age groups for the teams events and we congratulate them and also all our members who took part in the individual World Championships!