There were screams, there was laughter, even a few tears, and all for a German tennis player by the name of Angelique Kerber.
Having just won the women’s final of the 2016 Australian Tennis Open against champion Serena Williams on Saturday January 30, Kerber unwittingly threw the township of Two Wells into the spotlight.
Through a Tennis Australia initiative, Two Wells Tennis Club was paired with Kerber throughout the competition, with members supporting her through Facebook messages and watching her on television. A few local families also travelled to Melbourne where they were lucky enough to meet Kerber and voice their support in person.
Two Wells Tennis Club junior coordinator, Marie Tapscott was one of these people, saying the trip was amazing and it was a thrill to watch Kerber in action.
However, Marie watched the final with her family with a mixture of confidence and hope while visiting relatives in Port Lincoln.
“I had a feeling she would win,” she said.
“I’ve watched all of her matches and I knew if she could just upset Serena’s rhythm then she would have a chance, which she did.
“I’m just really happy for Angelique and of her achievement.”
Kerber’s win means Two Wells has been thrust into the spotlight of sorts, with the club expected to secure a trophy tour and celebratory party later in the year.
“I am on top of the world and I think it’s going to be a fantastic recognition of Two Wells and the club. It kind of puts us on the map a little bit.”
Marie’s phone has been running hot since Kerber’s win, with congratulatory messages from other local tennis clubs and friends across the country, as well as from media hoping to secure television and radio interviews.
Two Wells Tennis Club has around 60 members but Marie hopes the whole district will join in the celebrations.
“It’s great that the whole town has got behind this,” she said.
“Hopefully if we do get to have this party, I’d like to invite everyone in the town to come along and share in this celebration.”