Rhys fights back for win
SAWTELL tennis player Rhys Johnston was pushed to the limit when he took out the final of the 16 years and under boys singles at the Lismore Open Age tournament yesterday.
The 16-year-old lost the first set, but recovered to win 4-6 6-3 6-2 against Mitchell Robins.
"I was pretty tired by the final because a lot of my matches went to three sets," Rhys said.
"It's been a bit of a grind."
Rhys believes his serve and forehand kept him in the final.
Grafton player Georgia Allen was thrilled to win the 12 years and under girls final 6-1 6-3 against Uma Nayan.
"I haven't played here before, so I didn't know what to expect," Georgia said.
"I won the doubles too."
Tournament director John Stoddart said that although numbers were down this year the standard had not dropped.
"We had 150 players and we've probably lost about 50 kids from last year," Stoddart said.
Other winners included Gabby O'Gorman (14 years girls), Nikola Cronokrak (14 years boys) and Cameron Greenhill (12 years boys).
The tournament wraps up today with the final of the 18 years and under boys.