THE McDonald’s Armidale Junior and Open tennis tournament on the weekend hit plenty of winners.
This year was the third tournament and the biggest, with over 280 entries.
“We started with 170 entries and we had 220 last year,” Armidale tennis coach Justin Sherriff said.
The 10&U division was one of the most popular, with 30 players entered in the boys and girls’ competitions, which was fantastic, Sherriff said.
They also had an 11&U division.
The tournament was classed as a national rankings tournament, which meant in the 12s, 14s and 16s, the players were also playing for Australian ranking points.
“There was also a parent and child event, which was a lot of fun,” Sherriff said.
They also held a veterans’ round robin tournament.
The opens was split into A and B grade.
Sawtell’s Rhys Johnston won the men’s A grade singles, defeating Tamworth’s Martin Russell in the final 6-4, 6-3.
Johnston also teamed up with Eli Bayliss to claim the men’s doubles.
They beat the Armidale combination of Joe Teegue and Brock Sherriff 6-4, 6-3.
NEGS star Kayla Wicks was the No.1 seed in the women’s draw and showed why, accounting for Lismore’s Jessica Tickle 6-1, 6-0 in the final.
She and Sherriff also took out the mixed doubles in straight sets.