Mullumbimby tennis player Stephen Gort serving in a mixed doubles match at the Ballina New Year Open yesterday.
Mullumbimby tennis player Stephen Gort serving in a mixed doubles match at the Ballina New Year Open yesterday. Mitchell Craig

Rain causes headaches for Ballina NY Open organisers

MULLUMBIMBY tennis player Stephen Gort has been among the local standouts at the Ballina New Year Open.

Gort was unseeded and made it through to the quarter-finals after a 6-2 6-3 win against Tom Evans in the fourth round.

He was unseeded at the event last year, when he was knocked out in the quarter-finals.

Lismore player Brendan Moore has won the event multiple times and is still in the mix.

Teenager Stephen Stoddart and competition regular Brad Clews were also fighting for a place in the finals yesterday.

All the top seeds are still in contention in the open women's with Zuzana Zlochova and American Yuki Chiang performing well.

Rain has caused plenty of delays after games were washed out Sunday night.

There was more problems yesterday with the competition expected to finish today.

"We've had to cancel some of the events which is unfortunate but there was nothing else we could do," tournament director Brandon Rowe said.

"It was a pretty horrible forecast today so we're trying to get through as quick as we can now.

"We haven't had much trouble at Alstonville but the rain seems to be hanging around here.

"There has still been plenty of good tennis and hopefully we'll finish tomorrow.

"All the matches with ranking points and the main part of the competition will definitely be played."

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

Spectators are encouraged to attend the finals today.

Meanwhile, the LJ Hooker Ballina Under-13 cricket carnival started yesterday.

Rain interrupted morning games before players went on the field after lunch.

It will run for the next four days with the final at Fripp Oval on Friday.

The Lismore Under-12 carnival is scheduled to start today.



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