Prince Rackets

This satellite series is now in its 28th year.  It was designed to give (predominately junior) tennis players match practice over the winter months.  Prince has been involved as sponsor for around seven years now.

The series is played over 10 Sundays during winter months with a prize giving on the final day.  It’s extremely popular, with players from as far away as New Plymouth, Christchurch, Northland, Hamilton, and Bay of Plenty traveling to Auckland to play each Sunday.

There are two sessions each day beginning at 8am and 1pm, with 5 players per court, using all 23 courts at the Scarbro Tennis Centre.  This allows 230 players to participate each day.  Courts are organised on player ability, and boys and girls are often on the same court playing each other.  All 5 players play each other and they may be promoted up, or demoted down a number of courts depending on results.  Each court winner receives a prize each day and they also earn points depending on the finishing order of the court.  Each player’s points are accumulated over the series with the top 10 points earners winning major prizes.  It is often not the best players in the series who win the major prizes.

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2013 - May 12th, May 19th, May 26th, June 6th, June 30th, July 7th, July 28th, August 4th, August 18th

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2012 - May 6th, May 6th, May 27th, June 6th, June 17th, Jul 29th, Aug 5th, Aug 19th, Aug 26th - Finals

2011 - May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd, May 29th, June 12th, June 19th, June 26th, July 3rd, July 10th, August 7th, August 14th, August 21st

2010 - May 2nd, May 9th, May 23rd, May 30th, June 13th, July 25th, August 1st, August 8th, August 15th, August 22nd - Finals.