Tournament brings quality to West Tamworth

Tennis ace: Sydney based player Corey Gaal is at West Tamworth this weekend for the four day AMT Tournament. Photo: Peter Hardin 141016PHI042

Tennis ace: Sydney based player Corey Gaal is at West Tamworth this weekend for the four day AMT Tournament. Photo: Peter Hardin 141016PHI042

The best tennis players in the state are serving it up in Tamworth this weekend as the West Tamworth tennis Club hosts its first ever AMT Tournament.

The Australian Money Tournament not only offers prize money to winners but also maximum Australian ranking points.

The West Tamworth event will be played across four junior divisions from U12 to U18, as well as the open AMT and one other open division in both singles and doubles.

The event has attracted over 130 players from all over, including players from the north coast and Queensland, although convener John ball would have liked to see more local names in the mix.

“We have got a couple of our better locals paying but there are also a few who should be playing but aren’t,” Ball said.

“It would be good experience for all players tio step up to this level.” 

“It will be some of the best singles we will see in Tamworth this year.” 

Local West players Mitch Power, Trent Hartin and Marty Russell are taking on the mens singles, while Narelle Follington will be competitive in the ladies event.

Laura Jeffries, Maddison McGovern and Avril Gardner will be flying the local flag in the juniors.

“We have attracted players from all over and the standard of tennis will be very good in both singles and doubles right across all four days,” Ball said.

Both the senior and junior tournaments began on Friday morning and will go from 8am well into the night on Saturday and Sunday before the finals in each division begin at 10.30am on Monday morning.

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