Stephen Gort, of Mullumbimby, was beaten by Grafton’s Jacob Sullivan 6-3 6-3 in the men’s final of the Lismore Easter Open.
Stephen Gort, of Mullumbimby, was beaten by Grafton’s Jacob Sullivan 6-3 6-3 in the men’s final of the Lismore Easter Open. Marc Stapelberg

Sullivan powers to victory

GRAFTON tennis player and No.1 seed Jacob Sullivan stuck to his power game and was too strong for Mullumbimby's Stephen Gort, winning 6-3 6-3 in the men's open singles final of the Lismore Easter Classic yesterday.

Gort relied heavily on his scrambling play, while Sullivan struggled with consistency with his serve throughout the match.

"My ball toss has been a little bit off lately and I've been struggling with consistency," Sullivan said.

"I don't know why it has been happening but it's made it difficult.

"Gorty is a real grinder and he is always tough to play," he said.

"He scrambles so well. His shots may not have the same power as some of the other guys but he always gets the ball back deep and puts it in awkward positions."

The women's open singles was also taken out by a Grafton player, when Taylah Beckman defeated Brianna Thompson 6-1 6-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Defending champion in the open men's, Brendan Moore, decided to compete only in the open doubles after a stress fracture to his right tibia in February.

"That definitely made me think it was there for the taking when I heard Brendan was out," Sullivan said.

"I think a fair few people breathed a sigh of relief.

"He's a good player and is always hard to beat here," he said.

"I haven't had a win for a while but I've won a few tournaments in Lismore.

The 17-year-old plays as many tournaments as he can and usually trains at 6am before school.

"Tennis doesn't really have a season so it keeps me busy all year round," Sullivan said.

"I was expecting it to rain coming in but it turned out to be pretty hot.

"I'm used to playing in the heat and I didn't mind the conditions."



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