Max Byrne awarded Tennis Tasmania life membership

HIGHEST HONOUR: Tasmanian tennis champion Max Byrne was awarded Tennis Tasmania life membership at a ceremony on Friday night. Picture: Hamish Geale
HIGHEST HONOUR: Tasmanian tennis champion Max Byrne was awarded Tennis Tasmania life membership at a ceremony on Friday night. Picture: Hamish Geale

Decorated tennis veteran Max Byrne has been rewarded for more than 55 years of service to the sport.

The Riverside 84-year-old was presented with Tennis Tasmania life membership at a ceremony in Hobart on Friday night, an accolade Tennis Tasmania President Philip Bowden said was thoroughly deserved. 

“Max has a rich history in Tasmanian tennis and we couldn’t think of a more deserving person to induct into life membership,” Bowden said.

“On behalf of our sport, I’d like to extend our gratitude to Max for his invaluable contribution to Tasmanian tennis this past 50 years.”

Byrne, who has won multiple ITF World Senior Championships medals, is now eligible for the Australian Tennis Awards in November.

David Vernon was the only other Northerner honoured at the ceremony, taking out the award for excellence in officiating. 

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TENNIS TASMANIA AWARDS

Most Outstanding Club or Centre: Devonport Tennis Club

Volunteer Achievement: Leigh Titmus (Devonport)

Coaching Excellence – Club or Centre: Tony Blom, Ace Tennis Coaching (Hobart)

Excellence in officiating: David Vernon (Launceston)

Most Outstanding 35+ Tennis Senior: Shaun Summers (Burnie)

Most Outstanding School: Goulburn St Primary (Hobart)

Most Outstanding Tournament: Glenorchy Open (Hobart)

Junior Athlete of the Year – Male: Sam Edgar (Hobart)

Female: Eliane Fader (Hobart)

Life Member Inductee: Max Byrne (Launceston)