Brendan Moore (left) and Brad Clews after the open men’s final at the Ballina New Year Open tennis tournament. Moore won 6-2 6-3 6-4.
Brendan Moore (left) and Brad Clews after the open men’s final at the Ballina New Year Open tennis tournament. Moore won 6-2 6-3 6-4. Mitchell Craig

Moore’s the man: Local creates history at Ballina NY Open

LISMORE tennis player Brendan Moore created history when he won the Ballina New Year Open for a third time.

Moore beat Brad Clews 6-2 6-3 6-4 in the final and has now won it more times than any other player.

He won it back-to-back in 2011 and 2012 and has missed the event in recent years while playing overseas.

“It’s always good to go into the history books,” Moore said.

“I really looked forward to playing this year and I made sure I would be available.

“This is a good time of year to play tennis and it’s always a great tournament.

“It was a really tough match at the end and Brad and I have played against each other plenty of times in the past.”

Moore now lives at Tweed Heads where he coaches full time.

Clews is the runner-up for the second straight year while Mullumbimby’s Stephen Gort was beaten 6-4 6-4 against Moore in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, there was an international flavour in the open women’s final when American Yuki Chiang beat Slovakian top seed Zuzana Zlochova 6-3 6-3.

The 20-year-old is from California and currently travelling around Australia.

“Its been a bit hectic with the rain but I’ve loved this tournament,” Chiang said.

“I was beaten in three sets against her (Zlochova) at Caloundra last week so it was good to get one back.

“I joined the Pro Tour Japan team and my coach is based here in Australia.

“I’ve been playing since I was three and this is always something that I’ve wanted to do.”

There were record entries this year after the upgrading of the event by Tennis Australia to a Silver AMT and Junior Bronze tour event.

Competition concluded with junior ranking matches yesterday afternoon.



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