They?re friends and rivals
By JOSIE SARGENT
FRIENDLY rivalry was rife at the start of the Ballina Bowling Club New Year Open tennis tournament yesterday.
The No1 seed in the men's open singles, Glenn Knox, had driven up from Sydney with fellow competitor Tim Landswehrs.
"Glenn and I work, train and play together at the same club in Sydney," Landswehrs said.
Knox said: "Some of our clients were coming up to this competition, so Tim and I decided to come along and have a bit of a holiday."
Competition yesterday ran as expected, with all seeds progressing in the men's open singles.
The match of the day was between third seed Chris Letcher and unseeded Rhys McDougall, who has been training with club in London.
After Letcher won the first set of 6-4, McDougall put up a fight in the second, forcing his opponent to work hard to take it 7-6.
The annual tournament is in its 28th year and runs for four days, with players in the finals on Sunday competing for $1000 prizemoney.
"There's 112 people in the tournament, and players come from all over the eastern seaboard to compete," Ballina Tennis Club president John Whitty said.
The women's competition starts today.