A file photo of Mark Draper at last year’s Ballina Open.
A file photo of Mark Draper at last year’s Ballina Open.

Mark Draper wins Lismore Classic

MARK DRAPER used his extensive experience to outplay Mullumbimby’s Stephen Gort in yesterday’s final of the Lismore Easter Tennis Classic.

In cool conditions on the new plexi-pave courts at the Lismore Tennis Club, Draper, a regular in regional tournaments, outpointed Gort 6-4 6-4 to win the men’s open singles final of the 85th annual event.

The scoreline was similar in the women’s open final, where Erin Billett defeated Nana Miyakawa 6-3 6-2.

LTC manager John Stoddart was pleased with the turnout and quality of tennis at the classic.

“There were a lot more entries and the calibre of players were better this time so the quality of the tennis was higher,” he said.

“Mark Draper’s presence also lifted the profile of the tournament.

“It’s getting bigger and we hope to keep making it get bigger including more prizemoney.

“The players liked the new (plexi-pave) courts with the open and 18-and-under matches all played on them.

“Tennis Australia encourages tournaments such as these to be played on these surfaces.”

In other matches, Jai Grewal won the first set of the 18-and-under boys match against Sean Brazel but was outclassed in the second before storming home in the third, to win 7-5 0-6 6-2. In the girls, Grafton’s Britney Huxley came back from one set down to win over Eden Cartwright 4-6 6-2 6-1.

Josh Barrenechea and Grant Silcock worked well to defeat Adam Berrada and Paul Denning 6-3 6-0 in the men’s doubles final, while Eden Cartwright and Britney Huxley were winners of the women’s doubles after winning in the round-robin series of matches, with Kelly Adamson and Taylah Beckman runners-up.

In men’s division 2, Luke Edwards defeated Berrada 6-3 6-1, and Wollongbar’s Emily Wilson defeated Lismore’s Taylor Moore who retired hurt during the first set which was at 2-0 Wilson’s way.

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