FNC in open hunt
THREE Far North Coast players remain in contention in the singles events in the 2004 Junior Open at the Lismore Tennis Centre. The event is part of the Uncle Toby's national junior tour with national rankings points up for grabs in the 14, 16 and 18 years divisions. Luke Edwards of Lismore has reached the semi-finals in the 16 and 18 years singles. Rose McWilliam and Ellie Wray, also of Lismore, are through to the semis of the 14 years girls. Tournament director Ken Wray said there were large contingents from Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong, a few Victorians and even a couple of players from Western Australia. But most are from Queensland. Alex Bothe, of Brisbane, the top seed in the 16 and 18 years boys singles, impressed at the weekend, cruising through the draw in reaching the semi-finals of both events. Most semi-finals will be played this afternoon, with the finals either this evening of tomorrow morning. Under-10s and Under-12s played non-rankings events at Ballina at the weekend. Zac Lyons of Lennox Head won the 10 years and under boys, while Bryce Devlin of Lismore took out the 12 years and under boys singles and doubles.