PHD Open

The 3rd annual PHD Open mixed doubles tennis tournament was played in 37° heat last Friday at the Fawkner Park tennis centre.

A record number of players took part with more than 50 PHDers taking this year’s theme of ‘take no prisoners’ to heart as they battled it out across both the round robin and knockout stages of the competition.

There could be only one winner however, and the pair of Georgina Debenham and Simon Lawson finally tasted the sweet wine of ultimate victory after two years of painful disappointment.

Speaking of the victory, Simon said: “All the months of training, the early mornings, the sacrifice, it’s all been worth it!”

Georgie added: “This was my swansong, Simon can find another partner next year: I’ve had enough”

Runners up on the day were last year’s champions Jo Barnes and Daniel Stockdale, who are apparently still filthy about some “dodgy line calls”, and who just need to build a bridge and get over it.

Best dressed pair went to Matt De Marco and Alice Hadley whilst Marisa Galli won the best dressed individual.

Thanks to ANZ bank for the prizes of tickets to next year’s Australian Open and to oOH! for the t-shirts.