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Seaside Open attracts record field



A RECORD field of 230 entries have been received for the Sawtell RSL Seaside Open tennis tournament which starts on Friday.

Courts at Sawtell, Westside and Coffs Harbour Tennis Clubs will be utilised for the tournament which is a national points circuit competition.

Divisions will be decided in singles and doubles for open men and women, veterans over 35 and over 50, under-16 and under-18.

Finals of the open men's and women's singles will be played at Sawtell on Monday.

Entries are particularly strong for the men's and 18 years boys singles which have attracted fields of 80 respectively.

Tournament secretary for the event is Sawtell Tennis Club coach Eli Baylis who has been busy organising the tournament since February.

"There is a lot of work which goes into the tournament including sending way entry forms to promote the event and taking all the nominations," he said.

Number one seed for the men's event is Chris Fletcher from Bonogin in Queensland ahead of South Australia's Joel Kerley while Westside Tennis Club professional, Allan Pade is seeded number 15.

In the women's singles, top seed is Lucia Gonzalez from Sydney ahead of Therese Tisseverasinghe from Sydney.

A host of local players will contest special singles and doubles events in the various age groups with Allan Pade and West Tamworth's Peter Hiscock top seeds in the special men's doubles.

Karissa Knox from Macksville is seeded number four for the 16 years and under girls' singles while Adam Berrada from Bonville is number five seed for the 16 years and under boys' singles.