Dean joined the Tennis Sydney Committee in 2009 and took on the role of sole Tournament Director in 2010. Since that time the AGLO and the Peter Deacon Spring Tournament have grown considerably in both size and prestige. Dean has been instrumental in our participation and Membership to the GLTA) since 2010.
Under Dean’s guidance the Club’s ability to host and run tournaments resulted in the inaugural AGLO 2013 attracting a record 208 players across 17 events. The Tournament was also sanctioned by the GLTA as a Master Series event and was honoured as the Best Sporting Event during the 2013 Mardi Gras Festival. The success of AGLO can, in no small way, be attributed to Dean’s hard work over the years in helping to build our tournaments to truly professional levels that are eagerly anticipated by players from Tennis Sydney, inter-state and overseas.
Dean has also worked hard and long to build not only communications, but also relationships, with other Clubs both here and overseas which has seen increased participation from them in our tournaments. He has been a vocal and active supporter of increasing the participation of women in Tennis Sydney generally, and the tournaments in particular. His knowledge of the Tournament Software and scheduling matches is second to none. Dean gladly shares his knowledge of the system and helps all the one-day tournament directors with every part of the tournament, which is valuable to the Club for future tournaments.
During his time on the Tennis Sydney Committee, Dean has also held roles in Membership, as Treasurer and Vice President and represented the Club at Team Sydney events. He left the Committee in May 2015 as the outgoing Tournament Director.
For his outstanding contribution to the growth and running of Tennis Sydney tournaments and for initiating and managing the Tennis Sydney Membership to the GLTA, Dean Matterson joined the Tennis Sydney ‘Hall of Fame’. Dean was inducted into the Hall of Fame in August 2015 by Carl Copas.
Brendan arrived in Australia in 1988 from his native Ireland. He first played tennis in 1995 and joined Tennis Sydney in 1998. He was elected to the Committee in 2004 where he took on the role of Membership Coordinator until 2006. From 2006-2008 he moved to a new role as Competition Coordinator for the Club. He was President from 2009-2015.
Brendan has contributed an enormous amount of time and energy to Tennis Sydney over 11 years, not the least in being the Club’s ‘unofficial’ driver/courier/delivery van in arranging and transporting everything from trophies, balls, and other supplies that ensure our mid-week competitions, tournaments and doubles days run smoothly and to great success. He was always among one of the first to arrive at a venue to set-up and among the last to leave.
He, along with the Treasurer, has administered the finances of the Club ensuring the continued growth and stability of Tennis Sydney. Brendan also represented the Club at Team Sydney Sports Council meetings and was our representative for Tennis Sydney membership and participation to Tennis NSW, Mardi Gras and GLISA. For several years he coordinated the Club’s participation at Fair Day and has been instrumental in negotiating the Club's insurance and free player personal accident insurance through Tennis NSW.
For his sustained leadership and exceptional contribution to the administration and operations of Tennis Sydney, Brendan was inducted into the Tennis Sydney 'Hall of Fame' in 2013 by Leanne Spencer.
At the end of the winter comp last year, we discussed the issue of Amazon Tennis not being incorporated and, more importantly, members not being insured. Following several discussions with the informal committee members, and the board of Tennis Sydney, we have developed an exciting proposal for Amazon Tennis: a formal partnership with Tennis Sydney has been decided as the most viable option. It also makes sense to have the only two LGBTI tennis groups in Sydney in partnership together.
Leanne has been involved with Tennis Sydney since 1998. During this time she has served on the Committee in the role of Secretary for more than 6 years under different Committees. Leanne has also served on the Committees of Amazons Tennis and Team Sydney.
Leanne has contributed an enormous amount of time and energy to Tennis Sydney over the years. The role she performs as Secretary is invaluable to the smooth running of the Club behind the scenes. She has re-drafted our constitution and ensures that the Club meets its legal obligations under the Associations Act. She has progressively archived all the Committee minutes from the meetings and acts as ‘informal’ counsel on matters relating to the Club’s financial and administration procedures. These time consuming but essential tasks are performed with Lee’s usual good humour and grace.
For her outstanding, long standing, and continuing contribution to the administration of Tennis Sydney, Leanne was inducted to the Tennis Sydney ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2012 by Craig Hunt
Name: HUY PHAM
Nickname: Pammie/Justine, I prefer Justine.
Height: 5'5 or 1.65m
Marital Status: Single and searching.
Racquet that you use: Wilson BLX Six One 95 with RPM Blast string.
Favourite Shot: Forehand
Favourite Tennis Player (Past & Present): Steffi Graf, Justine Henin and Roger Federer.
Tennis Sydney Debut: In mid week Winter comp 2005 I was introduced to TS by Paul Huynh (Jennifer Capriati). Had no idea it was a gay tennis club until I saw the guys kissing each other on the cheeks when saying Hi! Started in Opens but have worked myself down the ladder due to the TS lifestyle of regular functions at the Taxi Club and straight to the Shift afterwards:)
Tennis Sydney Career Highlights: Clay Court A Doubles winners with Simon Graham.
Favourite Tennis Sydney personalities: Dean Matterson, Tim Pailthorpe, Geoff Daus, Bryce Watanasoponwong. Where are you Bryce?
Favourite Tennis Sydney Rival: Jarrod Green.
Favourite Quote/Saying: When it rains it pours. What a school boy error.
Who at Tennis Sydney do you enjoy playing against the most: Bryce. He plays very well whenever he plays against me, doubles or singles.
Who at Tennis Sydney would you like to play against: Anyone in the top 10 of the ladder would be a big challenge.
Any injuries, tennis related or otherwise: No injuries but I don't like playing in very hot weather.
Any scandals, gossip or rumours that you care to share: Tsukasa is back after spending three weeks in Spain studying Spanish. He was rather quiet on Facebook during that time:)
Personal quote: It's truly amazing the places I have visited and people I have met from playing tennis at TS. Tennis takes you to places.
Name: Declan Bailey
Nickname: Charlotte (I’ve yet to be nicknamed to my face)
Residence: Potts Point on GrindR
D.O.B.: Generation Y
Weight: BMI normal thanks
Marital Status: Always on the look out… but in all the wrong places
Racquet that you use: A French handful
Favourite Shot: Backhand down the line… you’ll know when it’s gone in deep
Favourite Tennis Player (Past & Present): Justine Henin, Richard Gasquet
Tennis Sydney Debut: 2010
Tennis Sydney Career Highlights: Semi-final, then a Semi- again…
Favourite Tennis Sydney personalities: Not sure about favourite, but Miss Goollagong’s a personality
Favourite Tennis Sydney Rival: Miss Waz Yee; Ed Alimin when he's not being distracted by Eastern Europeans; oh and Camilla - always a treat!
Favourite Quote/Saying: On it, like a car bonnet!
Who at Tennis Sydney do you enjoy playing against the most: Nathan Kelly, he gives as good as he takes!
Who at Tennis Sydney would you like to play against: Geoff Daus - nice one
Any injuries, tennis related or otherwise: Repetitive strain injury ® wrist/arm.
Any scandals, gossip or rumours that you care to share: Not much action in Australia, but I’ve made a name for myself in Europe… suppose I should stop pinching nipples on a Sunday!
Personal quote: Oh well!