Jacqui Bell sends one back across the net in the under-14 girl's final.
Jacqui Bell sends one back across the net in the under-14 girl's final.

Alchin wins tennis open

BUNDABERG'S Jake Alchin has taken out the Bundaberg Tennis Aged Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over fellow Bundaberg star Jeffrey Nissen.

But fellow seeded Bundaberg player Luke Gerry missed out on winning the under-16s competition as the open finished at Drinan Park yesterday.

Gerry, 16, came from ninth seed to secure a place in the final against top-seed Cory Jacobs, but fell short at the last hurdle.

The St Luke's Anglican School student put in a valliant effort against Jacobs, showing the tennis that had seen him surpass his rivals, but lost 6-4, 6-2.

It marked the end of an impressive week for Gerry, who finished in the quarter finals of the state titles in Rockhampton.

While Gerry was too classy for his old sparring partner, Nissen, in the under-18 final.

Showing the new skills he picked up since moving to the Sunshine Coast to train earlier this year, Alchin stormed past Nissen in straight sets.

The pair then joined forces to take out the under-18 doubles.

While they missed out on placings in the tournament, young guns, Isabella Spring and Federico Keil impressed with wins in the consolation tournaments.

“We had Luke and Jake do really well in their age groups and we had a couple of kids pick up the consolations,” Bundaberg coach Kevin Banner said.

“So it was a really impressive tournament for Bundaberg players.

“We had some of Queensland's best players here and our locals certainly held their own.”

With more than 270 players throughout the week, Banner rated the event as a success.

Spread across five venues in Bundaberg, the tournament drew crowds across the city and pumped hundreds of thousands into the local economy.

“It is a great event for Bundaberg to host, one of the biggest junior tournaments outside Brisbane,” he said.

The open will take place again next year.



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