Lismore High lads do it again
LISMORE High School has done it again!
This is the second time in three years the boys tennis team has won the NSW State Combined High Schools championship.
The team, again managed by teacher Betty Linabury, took out the Stan Jones Cup, the culmination of the State knockout.
Lismore High defeated Grafton High in the regional final and travelled to Albury for the State finals.
Spearheading the line-up was the experienced Luke Edwards. He was joined by Nathan Moore, Luke Devlin and Bryce Devlin.
The win was especially sweet for Year 7 student Bryce Devlin, a member of the NSW State Primary Schools team last year.
He jousted with opponents many years his senior and his involvement should keep the Lismore High star shining brightly.
The team will now eagerly await a crack at the national title at Albury in November.
It completes a successful year for Lismore High after Year 10 student Ellie Wray was selected in the State All Schools team that travelled to Melbourne for the Pizzey Cup.
LLEYTON Hewitt has been dealt a difficult draw for the US Open next week, with Swiss master Roger Federer and Russian powerhouse Marat Safin in his path to the final.
The South Australian opens his campaign against 2002 French Open champion Albert Costa with Hewitt holding a 5-1 head-to-head advantage over the Spaniard.
Of tennis' four Grand Slam events, the US Open is easily Hewitt's most successful.
He holds a 29-5 record at Flushing Meadow, having won his first major in New York in 2001, reaching the final last year and also making the semi-finals.
Third-seeded Hewitt faces a potential third-round fixture with big-serving Taylor Dent and a fourth-round clash with compatriot Mark Philippoussis, who hasn't won a tour match since Wimbledon.
If the fiery baseliner negotiates his way to the quarter-finals, he faces a possible date with Safin and then a meeting with world No1 Federer in the final four.
Philippoussis plays Slovakian Karol Kucera in the first round; Wayne Arthurs tackles Italian Davide Sanguinetti.
In the women's draw, 14th-seeded Australian Alicia Molik takes on American Shenay Perry in the first round, while Nicole Pratt meets Japan's Akiko Morigami. Sam Stosur will play a qualifier.