Tennis: Competitors from Coffs event beef up Casino numbers
A NUMBER of leading local tennis players will turn out for the Hotel Cecil Casino Open tournament.
National ranking points and prizemoney will be up for grabs when the four-day competition starts today.
Casino players in the open men's draw include Miles Brown, Jared Flower and Jaykob Rowe.
They will have their work cut out against the No1 seed Brendan Moore of Lismore.
Moore is aiming to win the event for a record seventh time and is coming off a win in the Easter Open at Coffs Harbour.
"There are quite a lot of locals playing this year, which is great for us," event organiser Brendan Lee said.
"Tennis is pretty popular at the moment and there are a number of talented junior players pushing each other to be better."
Lee is seeded in the men's draw and expects plenty of competition from some of the juniors he coaches.
Meanwhile, Gold Coast competitor Komaki Ido is returning to defend her open women's title.
Casino teenager Maddison Morrissey is the No8 seed for the event and could be one to watch.
She will go straight through to the second round where she will play club mate Bianca Nugent.
The winner of that is likely to face No3 seed Krystal Clarke.
Ella Cook, Kelly Richards and Tylah Robinson are also playing in the women's division while former local Mick Sherry is returning for the open men's singles and doubles.
"Komaki hasn't played many tournaments lately so the open women will be interesting to watch," Lee said.
"The quality is here for this tournament and a lot of them are backing up after Coffs Harbour.
"We're lucky the Hotel Cecil look after us and have been a long-time sponsor of the event."
Matches will start at 10am today with the finals at Casino on Monday.
Some matches will also be played at the Lismore tennis courts on Saturday and Sunday.
In a big weekend of tennis, the final of the Nortec Northern Rivers Junior League will be played at Ballina tomorrow.