Medical Tennis Association celebrates 25 years - 26/5/2004

Medical tennis championship
Pandya wins on special anniversary

The Medical Tennis Association (MTA)1 is now 25 years old. It was established in autumn 1979. One of its early members and many-time champion is Pankash Pandya, a former Malta squash champion as well.

For the special anniversary championship at the Marsa Sports Club, the evergreen Pandya showed that the 'old tiger' still has energy reserves in his tank, beating all opposition without forfeiting a single set to lift the Medegel Cup.

In the final, he met 2002/03 champion Fernando Pisani, of Gozo. Pandya won 6-2 6-2 in a match played in front of an appreciable crowd including a good number of Pisani's friends, all coming from the sister island.

In all, 18 doctors played in the championship, sponsored by Remegel. The entry field included one female player - dental surgeon Audrey Camilleri. She is a previous winner of one of the MTA tournaments.

This year, Camilleri again had a good run, finally succumbing to eventual winner Pandya in the semi-finals. Martin Sczepanski won the Consolation Cup.

The double competition turned out to be a popular event. This year there were 11 teams, all finely balanced and each match highly competitive.

The teams were divided by lots into three groups, each playing a round robin tournament. The winners Malcolm Crockford/Kevin Crockford, Paul Mangion/Kevin Navarro Gera and Jan Janula/Martin Sczepanski.

Janula had to retire due to injury. Mangion and Navarro Gera won the final in three sets against the spirited Crockfords - 6-3 6-7 6-2.

Meanwhile, the MTA has just been entrusted by World Medical Tennis Society to organise a world congress in 2006. The MTA will also organise the next competitions as from October.

One may obtain more details by phoning MTA official Pierre Sammut on 9949-0930 or write to Louise Micallef, Secretarial Unit, St Luke's Hospital.

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