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Welcome to Nelson Bays Tennis Association

 Nelson Bays Tennis Association is a not for profit sporting organisation,and has responsibility for the promotion, development and administration of tennis in the Nelson Bays Region, incorporating its 13 affiliated clubs.  

We are delighted to announce that Nelson Building Society, NBS, is the new principal sponsor of Nelson Bays Tennis.  We thank Nelson Building Society for their support and look forward to building a strong and mutually beneficial relationship.  They are our principal association sponsor and senior and junior interclub sponsor. We also acknowledge our key support sponsors; the Nelson Mail, media and communications, Hothouse Design, specialists in design, branding and marketing, Wilson, outstanding tennis balls and equipment. 

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Thanks to Nelson Kia - Matt and the team on Haven Road - for supporting our Senior Open this year.  A great weekend of tennis, showcasing the talent we have in the region.  Many thanks to all that took part in the tournament. Report in the Nelson Mail 


 Junior Representative Tennis 2015/16

Nelson Bays Tennis Association is pleased to announce that Crowe Horwath are the sponsors of our junior representative teams and fixtures for the 2015/16 season.  We are proud to be associated with Crowe Horwath for all our accounting needs.  We look forward to building a mutually beneficial relationship between Crowe Horwath and our tennis community.

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Tennis Scholarship for Melle

Tasman Junior off to America for tennis scholarship  - Nelson Mail

Melle van Duijn has labelled securing a scholarship to a university in the United States as the greatest achievement of his young tennis career.

The 18-year-old Nelson College leaver has only been playing tennis for the past six years and figured that meant a professional career was out of reach. However, after obtaining the scholarship to the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, van Duijn said he may have to reassess his long term ambitions, hoping that it will one day lead him to the top.

"Because I started fairly late with tennis, there was never the idea that I could play tennis professionally. But now, after the great help of [coach] Kolie [van Zyl], and two six month trips to South America to train, I will reassess this after I finish my studies in the States," he said.

The Tasman Tennis Club player praised the work of coach van Zyl and said without him he wouldn't have been able to secure the scholarship to the NCAA Division 2 university.

"Kolie has helped me incredibly well. Kolie is a strict coach and he really brought out the best of my tennis," he said.

"He was very dedicated to helping all his students and always made enough time to especially help me personally. He has helped me with gym sessions, personal trainings and has gone on a variety of tennis trips with myself and the clubs players.

"Because Kolie has also gone through the tennis scholarship system himself he got me to have everything organised early and in time to make things a lot smoother. "

Van Zyl said van Duijn will benefit from his time in the United States and expects him to come out a more well-rounded player.

"It's extremely competitive and you do become a better player but you also become mentally strong and you gain a lot of match experience through that collegiate tennis programme," van Zyl said.

"The level of tennis is top notch and a lot of the players I played against went on to the ATP Tour. He's got a lot of potential to play on the tour if he works really hard. His height and his big serve, which is a great weapon, will take him far."

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Van Duijn described the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith as a "medium size university" and said the people were welcoming during a visit in November while the campus and town had a really good feel to it.

"I went over last month; thoroughly enjoyed my time and played well enough for them to offer me a scholarship. The scholarship is not quite 100 per cent, but I am hoping that I can reach this percentage with my academics," he said.

"I decided that I would go down the college route the moment I was made aware of it. The idea in itself is brilliant. I can get a fantastic education, play and better my tennis at the same time."

Van Duijn will base himself in Montevideo in Uruguay before heading to the United States in August.

South Island Masters Games 2015
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South Island Masters Games  26 Sept – 4 Oct 2015, Nelson  
Register by 1 July and you $AVE with our early bird offer. Doubles Saturday, Mixed Doubles Sunday.
Register online now at www.simasters.co.nz 
or pick up an entry form at Sport Tasman or council offices
9 days of fun  *  themed dance parties  *  45 sports  *  2,400 participants  *  300 volunteers
NBS Senior Interclub prize giving evening.
NBS Senior Interclub tennis drew to a close on Wednesday 1st april with the annual prize giving at Speight Ale House.  Nine clubs and seventy teams took part this season across a variety of grades to suit all abilities and genders.  Nelson Bays Tennis Coordinator Ali McQuilllan commented “it’s exciting to have such a vibrant tennis community at both our A grade level and the tiers below.  There is a very good mix of competitive play along with social banter that makes our leagues so gratifying for all.”  Monday Ladies Grade winners - Hope Emeralds & Glenn Johnson NBTA President
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