Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Claycourt Champs Today; a[euro]Tournaments Such as These Are Becoming Rare, as the Number of Clay Courts Are Diminishinga[euro]

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Claycourt Champs Today; a[euro]Tournaments Such as These Are Becoming Rare, as the Number of Clay Courts Are Diminishinga[euro]

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TOURNAMENT director Eli Baylis is watching the skies for clear weather so the third annual Sawtell Claycourt Championships get away on time today.

The four-day Silver event has national points on offer which has attracted talented players from across the eastern states.

aFingers crossed the weather stops us slipping around the court as the aim is to keep everything central at Sawtell club,a he said.

aBut we have around 200 players and 530 matches to play and if necessary, some games may need to be shifted later to other venues.a

If all goes to plan the tournament should conclude on Sunday but extra time has been booked in case of delays and necessity to extend a further day.

aMany of our best locals will tackle the visitors and for a spot in the finals,a Baylis said.

aMatt Allen is seeded number 2 in the 18-year boys, Rhys Johnston is seeded 8 in the same group and five in the 16 boys.

aCallum Neal will go close to a title and is seeded 6 in the 16-year boys, while Alex Studley is seeded 3 in the 14-year girls. …

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