Wanganui Tennis Club members and Christie Cup regulars Patrice Mathey and Leela Beattie playing out a special exhibition match at the Basset St courts on Saturday afternoon.

The 'Battle of the Sexes' was part of the opening day for the 2017-18 season, with guests watching from the balcony with food and beveridges.

Competition proper begins this weekend with the St John's Club junior tournament, starting Saturday and concluding Tuesday, as well as an Open Tournament for adults over the weekend.