Peter Hampton has been one our most successful Seniors (Veterans) players. He started playing aged 8-9 years old and has come up through the junior ranks to senior interclub and has been an active member of the Canterbury Tennis Seniors Association for many years.
Peter first started playing in the Senior Men’s interclub for the Shirley Club when his team won the Senior Reserve grade in the 1971-72 season and earned the right to play in Senior Men, now called Premier Men. He is still playing Premier Men’s tennis for the Cashmere Tennis Club.
Peter has a very successful record playing in the NZ Tennis Seniors Individual Championships winning two titles in 2011 and three in 2012. He has also been selected to play in New Zealand team to play in the ITF World Team Championships. I am sure there will be many more. He has had a fantastic twelve months on the International ITF Seniors Circuit. During 2011 he competed in three 50+ age group ITF events, being a losing finalist in the Czech Republic, a semi finalist in Croatia losing to former Davis Cup player, Igor Flego, and won the British Open Clay Court championships beating Vince Gray (8 in the world) in the final. He reached an ITF 50+ singles ranking of 5 in the World.
He has continued this rich vein of form into 2012 with strong performances at the ITF Worlds Seniors Championships held in San Diego during February. In the 55+ singles he beat the 4th seed in the quarters losing to the eventual winner of the event in the semi finals. In the 50+ mixed doubles playing with Felicity Oxnevad (pictuired below) were runners up.
He now has a 55+ singles ranking of 7 and a 55+ mixed doubles ranking of 2 in the world and was awarded the New Zealand Tennis Senior of the year award for his achievements on the ITF Tennis Seniors circuit.
John Langford Law