BANTER and camaraderie underpin Michael Chandler's love for pennant tennis.
The veteran player, who has been a mainstay at Supergrasse Tennis Complex since he was a junior, is relishing the chance to hit the court with mates.
Male and female pennant returned this past week and Chandler, alongside teammates Joel South, Chris Hoffmann and Max Wines said the buzz was palpable.
"We just really get along. Joel and I have had a bottle of wine on who goes better than who," Chandler joked.
Everyone is itching to go. This could be a bit of a resurgence for tennis.Michael Chandler
"Hoffa and I have been playing on and off for years.
"Max is a stalwart of ours. We came down and won the pennant 20 years ago and that was the highlight. We're just good mates, having a good time together."
Chandler jokes his unorthodox playing style - which features shots he dubs "the frypan volley" and "windmill" are among the team's trademarks but don't often fool the club's strong younger players.
South said the more experienced pennant players enjoyed helping young talent through the ranks and to improve their game.
"(The winning) doesn't last. About midway though the season, they're kicking our butt," he laughed.
"(Club professional) Joe Hakimi will usually put a junior as a fourth - your one is your strongest player - to help bring them through.
"There are some great male and female players coming through."
Chandler said the team was delighted to back playing tennis after a coronavirus-interrupted winter.
"Everyone is itching to go. This could be a bit of a resurgence for tennis," he said.
"We're loving it. We haven't had too many hits over the winter with indoor not operating." Men's pennant is scheduled for Tuesday nights while women's is on Wednesday nights.
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