By IAN MONAGHAN
LISMORE teenager Luke Edwards is aiming at a career as a tennis professional.
Judging by his results from the four-day national rankings tournament that concluded yesterday in his home city, he's on the right track.
Luke took out the 16 years and 18 years singles finals at the Lismore Junior Open ? downing Brisbane's Craig Dunne 6-4 6-1 in the older division and Tweed Heads' Keith Meagher in the 16 years final 6-2 6-0.
Opponents had no answer to the the 16-year-old's aggressive forehands and all-round court speed.
Year 12 studies await in 2005, but following that, he plans to step onto the first tier of professional tennis ? the Australian Satellite Circuit.
In the meantime his national ranking is expected to rise into the top 100 following the two victories yesterday.
In the 14 years girls' doubles final yesterday, Lismore's Rose McWilliam and Macksville's Karissa Knox defeated the Lismore duo of Ellie Wray and Kristy Jones in one of the closest matches of the tournament ? 7-6 7-6.
Mullumbimby's Steven Gort and Lismore's Nathan Moore went down in the 16 years boys' doubles final 6-4 6-3.
Brisbane teenager Lisa Miller was the other big winner ? taking out the 16 years and 18 years singles finals and teaming with Gold Coaster Natasha Williamson to take out the 18 years doubles final.
The four-day tournament, which featured a ferocious storm on Monday afternoon and searing heat, was watched over by a Tennis Australia match referee, who gave local organisers the thumbs-up for a successful event.
He informed Lismore Junior Open tournament director Ken Wray that Tennis Australia would back the event as a national rankings tournament again in December of next year.