GC say Farewell to Mickey

To Club Presidents, Secretaries and Members :   

It is with regret that I have to inform you that GCTA has accepted the resignation of Mickey Styles as at the beginning of May. 

It would take too long to list his achievements as a tennis player save to say that he started playing tennis seriously when he was in Standard 6 at Florida High School.  In 1969 Mickey won the South African junior singles title and achieved the status of junior Springbok. Together with Byron Bertram he represented South Africa at the Orange Bowl tournament reaching the quarter finals where he lost to Dick Stockton.  On the same trip he travelled to Costa Rica to play the Coffee Bowl and although he was beaten in the semi-finals by Ross Case of Australia he was very pleased with a win over Vilas in this tournament. Byron and Mickey won the doubles and the Nations Cup. 

Mickey has been one of the coaches of the Provincial squad at Ellis Park for 15 years. During that time he has instructed, encouraged and imparted his experience and vast knowledge of the game of tennis to all the fortunate young tennis players with whom he has come into contact.  Apart from his tennis playing and coaching ability he has a wonderful disposition which will be sorely missed. 

In 1995 together with Jeff Player, Mickey joined the administrative side of Gauteng Central Tennis.  They worked together for 4 years until Jeff left our shores for Canada.   The Province has experienced some difficult times but Mickey managed to introduce a sense of humour and optimism in all he undertook. His dealings with officials whether they be from sporting bodies, City Council or from the business world has always been exemplary.  

Together with his son Darren, Mickey started and is still very involved with the PDI players in this province.  He conducts one of the best development programmes in the country with players now being chosen purely on merit for interprovincial teams from under 12 to under 16.  For many years he coached these children free of charge and indeed was out of pocket many times having paid for such items as restringing of their rackets and transport costs to and from the courts. 

Mickey has decided to join his son Darren in an exciting new venture and we wish him well in his endeavours. Fortunately Mickey will continue coaching tennis at the Weltevreden Tennis Club and so will still be involved with the game he loves. 

It goes without saying that although I have been with Gauteng Central Tennis for 20 years, the happiest times have been the last 15 years with Mickey.  I will miss his advice and guidance, his insight into the game of tennis and his many anecdotes.  This is certainly an end of an era for me as I will miss his expertise and the cheerfulness he brought to the office. 

The portfolio previously managed by Mickey will now become part of my duties.

 Kind regards

Wendy Addison

Wendy Addison invites all squad members and their parents to a farewell get together for Mickey on Saturday 15 May at Ellis Park. All ages will play from 08h00 to 10h30 followed by a presentation to Mickey. 

Kindly RSVP to gcta@iburst.co.za  before 8th May for catering purposes. 

Mickey has been the stalwart of GC tennis for as long as most of us can remember. Many of our junior and senior players have actually grown up under his tuteluge and guidance. On behalf of the parents and players I would like to collect money to purchase him a farewell gift. This is entirely voluntary and any amount you deem fit is welcome.

Obviously cheques and cash will be accepted, but we would prefer it if you could deposit your contribution into the bank account:

  • Standard Bank, Ellis Park Branch – code 004605
  • Acc No. 002243121
  •  Name: Gauteng Central Tennis Association
  •  Your reference must please clearly say  GIFTMS

All contributors will sign a farewell card. Donations are to be made by the 7 May so that we can organize a gift.

Thanks Wendy C (contact me if you have any queries or ideas 083 707 0021)