The Secret’s Out!

Seaside Tournament Wins State Award

We are proud to announce that the Clarke and Humel Manly Seaside Tennis
Championships, held annually at the Manly Lawn Tennis Club for the past
nine decades, has been selected as NSW Tournament of the Year for 2017!

“We thank Tennis NSW for giving us this opportunity to share our passion
for this wonderful Tournament and we thank everyone who comes back each
year to play, work and socialise in this fantastic location with us!”
says Manly Tennis Centre’s General Manager Carmela Blackburn. Tennis
Director and Head Pro Scott Blackburn and Marc Dragan have been running
the tournament for the past twenty years with the backing of their
families, together with Max Ward and current and past Manly Lawn Club
Committee members.

With such unprecedented longevity comes a rich history of tennis heroes
whose photographs greet younger generations of players as they enter
the club each Boxing Day to play their own part in adding to
Australia’s great tennis traditions. Its enduring attraction is
testament to Blackburn’s and Dragan’s commitment to the overall quality
of the event, the standard of player amenities provided, the support and
service to players and the exciting atmosphere experienced by players
and spectators alike – all elements recognised by Tennis NSW through
this award.

With the passing of the decades, the nature of tennis tournaments has
changed, and one big change is the attraction of quality sponsorship and
the need to professionally service those sponsors. The Seaside’s major
sponsors, local real state firm Clarke and Humel together with Babolat
and subsidiary sponsors, whose ongoing commitment and support for the
event helps drive it forward, will be rewarded with further national
profile, when the tournament takes on other State winners at the Tennis
Australia Awards in January 2018, at the Australian Open.

Pamela Muir
Editor, The Goss