Casino event shows sport is alive and well
TENNIS in the Northern Rivers may be bouncing back.
That is the verdict of delighted Hotel Cecil Casino Open organisers after this year's successful tournament.
More than 150 players - up from just 38 in 2012 - entered this year's Casino Town Tennis Club event, which was popular with players from across the eastern states.
Tournament organiser Brendan Lee said the event was a welcome boost to the sport in the region, after the recent postponement of the Lismore Tennis Easter Open due to a lack of sponsorship.
"This was such a positive for tennis in this area," he said.
"I think it puts us in good stead for any tournaments taking place in Lismore or across the area in the future.
"For us, I think we were successful because we got the advertising out there and let people know the tournament was on. It was definitely not just what we knew, but who we knew."
A strong campaign by Lee and his tournament assistants ensured the healthy turnout for the three-day event, which wrapped up on Sunday night.
Organisers were forced to move matches from the Richmond St club due to the number of entries.
Senior and juniors contested singles and doubles matches during the tournament, which has run for several years. Lismore's Brendan Moore and Wardell's Jessica Tickle were among the local winners.
Lee said he hoped the tournament would help spur more interest in the sport across the region.
"Obviously, you will get times when interest peaks, like around the Aussie Open," he said. "I think this might improve help things in this area over the coming months."