The 2021-22 Tennis SA State League season was officially launched by the Tennis SA State League All Stars at Port Lincoln on Saturday.
Tennis SA, together with the Port Lincoln City Council, Port Lincoln Tennis Association and Elderton Wines, hosted the inaugural event as the state's highest level competition visited regional South Australia for the first time.
Eight Tennis SA State league players joined six local players to create Team Red and Team Blue.
The match came down to the wire with the teams locked at five rubbers apiece at the conclusion of play, with a countback required to determine the winner.
Team Blue eventually emerged victorious with nine sets to seven.
Players also participated in a Family Fun Day, along with tourism activities including swimming with sea lions with Calypso Star Charters, an Experience Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tour and a visit to Beer Garden Brewing for lunch.
"Visiting Port Lincoln and being a part of the Tennis SA State League All Stars has been a fantastic experience," player Heidi Evans said.
"The atmosphere on court was insane, there was a huge crowd and the support from the local community really spurred us on.
"It was also great to be able to explore the region and really experience all that Port Lincoln has to offer."
Fellow player Sean Van Rensburg added that the weekend was a lot of fun.
"It was great to go to Port Lincoln for the first time, meet new people and have the support of a great crowd," he said.
"I received a message from a parent on social media after the Family Fun Day to say thank you for playing tennis with and inspiring her son. It was great to hear the impact we have left on the local community in such a short amount of time."
"It was such a fun event to be a part of and I really enjoyed my time exploring the Eyre Peninsula."
Tennis SA head of tournaments and competitions Dylan Hicks said the inaugural event was a huge success.
"We had a wonderful team of All Stars who really immersed themselves in the experience and connected with the local community. The feedback has been nothing but positive," he said.
"Our sincere thanks to the City of Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Tennis Association and Elderton Wines for their generous support of this event.
"We hope that this is just the beginning and we look forward to bringing the All Stars to regions around South Australia in years to come."
Tennis action at Port Lincoln is just getting started, as the junior grading morning takes place this Saturday.
New players will start on the court at 9am, with returning players from 10am.
Aswin Vijayaragavan (Blue) def. Edward Winter (Red) 7-6 6-4
Sean Van Rensburg (Red) def. Lachlan Brain (Blue) 6-7 6-3 [10-6]
Olivia Ley (Blue) def. Cydney Crumbie (Red) 6-3 6-4
Heidi Evans (Blue) def. Hayley Riessen (Red) 7-6 4-6 [10-4]
Billy Byass (Blue) def. Arley Byass (Red) 6-3
Sally Cabot (Red) def. Elke Shepperd (Blue) 6-2
Arley Byass/Hayley Riessen (Red) def. Nathan Beljon/Heidi Evans (Blue) 6-2
Bernie McQuillan/Edward Winter (Red) def. Elke Shepperd/Aswin Vijayaragavan (Blue) 6-1
Heidi Evans/Olivia Ley (Blue) def. Sally Cabot/Cydney Crumbie (Red) 6-2
Sean Van Rensburg/Edward Winter (Red) def. Lachlan Brain/Billy Byass (Blue) 6-4
Team Blue 5-9-67 def. Team Red 5-7-70