Glenn Knox on his way to the Ballina New Year Tennis Open title.
Glenn Knox on his way to the Ballina New Year Tennis Open title.

Ballina winner played his part

By STEVE SPINKS

GLENN Knox came, saw and conquered and then jumped on a plane to head to the Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne.

Knox, of Sydney, prevailed in the final of the Ballina Bowling Club New Year Tennis Open with a convincing 6-2 6-3 victory over Queenslander Chris Letcher yesterday.

After accepting his winner's cheque, the 24-year-old flew to Melbourne where it is likely he will be a hitting partner for top Australian women's player Samantha Stosur.

He hit with Stosur prior to her last two tournaments at the Gold Coast and in Sydney.

Remarkably, she reached the final of both events, and although losing each final, it has been a career high fortnight for the 20-year-old.

Therefore, Knox could take some credit for Stosur's top form.

"I work with her coach Noel Callaghan," Knox said.

"I hit with her before Queensland and before Sydney.

"At this stage it looks like I will be hitting with her again, but I won't find out for certain until I get down there."

Knox, a tennis coach at White City, believes Stosur could do well at the Open, which starts today.

"She's a very fit player with a good head for the game," he said.

Stosur begins her Australian Open quest against Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo tonight at 7.30pm at Rod Laver Arena.



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