December 30, 2016
Butters too slick on Aotearoa Maori Tennis courts
Kyle Butters, who is studying in the United States, proved too strong for the competition at this week’s Aotearoa Maori Tennis tournament in Hamilton.
He took both the open men’s singles title and men’s doubles title with his brother Sam.
Shaun Tamai was second in the men’s singles, followed by Te Kani Williams and Eru Lyndon.
The open women’s singles was won by Brooke Aroha Kenny, while the combination of Luci Barlow and Tracey O’Connor won the open women’s doubles.
Tournament organiser Dick Garratt showed he still has the moves on court, winning the 70-75 men’s singles against another distinguished veteran, Charles Peni.
Tournament kaumatua Sir Tamati Reedy says the infusion of younger players now living in Australia and the United States was a boost for the mana of the tournament.
He says the coaching and standard of competition Kyle Butters is getting in the United States put him a level above the other players and bodes well for the future of the tournament.
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