ACTION: Brendan Moore at the Ipswich Open Tennis men's final.
ACTION: Brendan Moore at the Ipswich Open Tennis men's final. Inga Williams

Moore seeking ninth title at Casino Open

TOP seed Brendon Moore can win the Hotel Cecil Casino Open for a ninth time today.

He beat 10th seed Jacob Sullivan 7-6 6-2 in the semi-final yesterday and

has not dropped a set over the first two days of competition.

Moore, 31, will take on number four seed Andrew Osmond in the final at the Casino Tennis Centre.

Osmond had a hard-fought 5-7 6-1 10-7 win over number seven seed Brody Luc in the quarter-finals before a 6-4 6-1 against the unseeded Jake Howe in the semi-final.

Osmond has scaled back his playing commitments in recent years but is coming off a win at the Sawtell Seaside Open in August.

Moore has won the tournament more times than any other player and he also holds the record for most wins in the Ballina New Year Open.

He was also top seed in the doubles with former Casino coach Brendan Lee.

Moore has taken over the coaching duties at Casino with his younger brother Nathan.

"I always wanted to get back in the area and expand the coaching business,” Moore said.

"Brendan (Lee) did a great job out there and we certainly have some big shoes to fill.

"The best thing is we know and have coached a lot of the kids already and Nathan has done a lot with tennis in Lismore.”

Meanwhile, top seed Krystal Clarke will take on number 2 seed Jordan Gregson in the open women's final.

Casino teenager Maddison Morrissey made it as far as the semi-finals before she was beaten 6-0 6-4 by Clarke.

Morrissey recently won Queensland doubles and singles events at Bundaberg in her age division.

Meanwhile, the Moore brothers will host a free open day with coaching sessions at the tennis centre tomorrow. It is for all skill levels and includes lunch with other prizes and giveaways.



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