INVERELL’S Ben Butler was just one of a number of young juniors to play in the Werris Creek Tennis Club’s 61st annual BHP Billiton Open on the weekend.
Almost 60 players turned out for a senior and junior tournament, which finished up yesterday.
Organiser Claire Cohen said there was some great tennis played over the
weekend. Gunnedah’s Zac Martin had a good weekend.
He won the men’s singles defeating Tamworth’s Martin Russell in a close-fought final.
Russell took the first set 6-4, but Martin fought back to win the next two, albeit only by a service break 6-4, 7-5.
He had, in the semi-final, eliminated Sydney’s Ethan Tulliani in two tie-break sets 7-6 7-6.
Tulliani was one of the pre-tournament favourites having just returned from a six month stint playing in Eastern Europe.
Martin also teamed up with Tamworth’s Daniel Nash to claim the doubles title.
They defeated Brendan Lee and Jacob Rowe 6-2, 6-3.
Castle Hill’s Leanne Sommers triumphed in the open ladies defeating Gunnedah’s Emily Osmond in the final 6-2, 6-2. Osmond fared better in the doubles, combining with mother Annette to beat Sommers and Jodie Hawley in a thrilling final 1-6, 7-6, 10-8.
There were a number of different divisions contested over the weekend ranging from U10s and U12s up to the opens.
Players competed for a share of the $2000 prize pool.