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Waterview team makes history

TENNIS TYROS: L-R, standing are John Holmes, John Blanch and Kel Austen. Seated are Tom Jones, Peter Hyde and Phil Moran.
TENNIS TYROS: L-R, standing are John Holmes, John Blanch and Kel Austen. Seated are Tom Jones, Peter Hyde and Phil Moran.



A TEAM from Grafton's Waterview Tennis Club was runner-up in their division at the 2005 Country Week Carnival held at Sydney's White City complex in January.

The team, Tom Jones, capt., John Blanch, Peter Hyde, John Holmes, Phil Moran and Kel Austen, competed in the men's division four competition, going down to a strong Narrabri outfit in the final.

Members are unsure, but believe they may be the only local men's team to bring home a trophy from the prestigious tournament to Grafton.

A Grafton district ladies team has already achieved the honour, winning in 1994.

More than 40 men's teams and about 30 women's were involved in the Country Week tournament, which dates back to 1909 and was once regarded as the biggest tennis carnival in the world.

The president of Tennis New South Wales, Alicia Berry, pres- ented the trophies.

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MELBOURNE, (AAP). The Lleyton-Hewitt-Marat Safin Australian Open tennis final was the most watched television event in Australia of the past 13 months.

Channel Seven reported an average of 4.04 million viewers with a peak of 4.87 million for the four set final won by the Russian.

It was far in excess of the 2.5 million viewers for Hewitt's semi-final against Andy Roddick, which at the time was a ratings record for the Australian Open.

Seven said the final eclipsed the highest rating program of 2004 ? the last instalment of Australian Idol, which attracted an average 3.34 million viewers.

In Sydney, the match was seen by an average 1.22 million viewers while in Melbourne it was watched by 1.33 million.

Nationally, Seven won the night with a 54.1 per cent audience share ahead of Nine (19.4), Ten (14.0), ABC (10.0) and SBS (2.4).