Number one seed Azra Hadzic claimed the womens title of the Sawtell RSL Seaside Open on Monday.
Number one seed Azra Hadzic claimed the womens title of the Sawtell RSL Seaside Open on Monday. Trevor Veale/The Coffs Coast Adv

Locals perform well at Seaside Open

COFFS COAST junior Rhys Johnston finished runner-up in the under-18 boy's competition at the Sawtell RSL Seaside Open.

The 16 year-old defeated both the number two and three seeds to reach the final before going out to Alexsander Vukic in the final.

"Naturally I am a little disappointed I wasn't able to win the competition on my home court but it was a tough event and to make the final is an achievement in itself," Johnston said.

"Playing against quality opposition will only help my game.

"The fact I had so much success in the under-18s makes up for my early exit in the mens competition.

Newcastle's Nick Lindahl lived up to his number one seeding winning the Open Men's division final in straight sets against Gavin Van Peperzeel of Brisbane 6-4-6-1.

In the womens competition it was again the top seeded Azra Hadzic who came out on top defeating Tyra Calderwood.

Despite cruising through the first set to win 6-1, Hadzic was forced to scrap for the win in the second set before claiming the womens title with a hard fought 7-6 victory.

Grafton junior Taylah Beckmans did well to push opponent Anne-Marie Medcalf all the way in the first set of the únder-18 girls final before going down 7-6 6-1.

The Seaside Open has been a fixture on the local tennis calendar for 33 years with Eli Baylis confident the event will be back again next year.

"Once again it was a great tournament and saw plenty of solid local results," Baylis said.

"Bill Childs had a great 16 boys competition and Alex Dudley played well In the 16 girls.

"Next year the event will be back again and hopefully the great results continue."



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