Brilliant conditions, better tennis

Ace: Cooper Griffiths from Bonnel Bay fires a serve over the net as West Tamworth hosted the AMT series over the weekend. Photo: Peter Hardin 141016PHI011

Ace: Cooper Griffiths from Bonnel Bay fires a serve over the net as West Tamworth hosted the AMT series over the weekend. Photo: Peter Hardin 141016PHI011

The top two seeds will fight it out to become the first Australian Money Tournament winners as the four day competition wraps up at West Tamworth on Monday morning.

Second seed Corey Gaal breezed through the competition before putting Newcastle’s Joel Herbert away in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 in Sunday afternoon’s semifinal to earn a final berth.

The Sydneysider might be in for his biggest challenge in the tournament yet when he faces number one seed Will Maher on Monday.

The Queenslander beat local up and comer Martin Russell 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in a hard fought semifinal on Sunday.

West Tamworth president John Wall said that on current form Gaal looks well placed to take out the tournament and the $400 purse.

In the ladies division the number one seed is also right in the mix with Ivana Popvic beating Georgina Allen in Sunday’s semifinal.

Popvic will now face number six seed Ashley Allman from South West Rocks, after Allman beat number four and fellow mid-north coaster Emily Thomson to secure a place in Mondays final.

Sunday afternoon and night also saw finals and semifinals played in the junior divisions, as well as the doubles, with the final games all to be played on Monday morning as well.

This is the first time the club has hosted an AMT series event, and the president has called it a great weekend of action.

“Brilliant conditions and magnificent tennis,” Ball said.

“There have been some games that have just been thrilling to watch and the finals should be the same.” 

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