Echuca siblings serve up potent double victories at Warrnambool Grasscourt Open

AN Echuca sibling act entered the Warrnambool Grasscourt Open to find form and left with four titles.

Erik and Andrine Holt-Crossman won the under 16 boys’ and under 16 girls’ singles finals respectively.

Erik also took home the boys’ under 16 doubles trophy and Andrine the women’s doubles title.

Erik defeated Andres Urrego-Varon 6-1, 6-2 in their singles final yesterday morning.

He backed up his debut Warrnambool win, teaming with Isaac Watson to win the doubles against Nicholas Gattuso and Zachary Lethlean 6-3, 6-3.

Andrine defeated Kelly Martin 6-3, 6-2 in her singles final on Monday.

She partnered Geelong’s Nicole Mullen in the doubles final, producing a hard fought 7-5, 7-5 win.

Erik, 16, and Andrine, 15, have a court at their Echuca home and often practice together.

Both entered the Warrnambool competition in a bid to find form.

“I just came to this tournament to improve my game because I had a few weeks leading up to this where I hadn’t been playing my normal game,” Erik said.

“I am playing in Albury-Wodonga next week, so this was to get into form and get used to playing on grass.”

Erik, the number two seed, said he was pleased with his form.

He said his serve, forehand and volleys ensured he was in his matches, but admitted his backhand and touch on drop shots needed refining. 

“I think I have done pretty well,” he said yesterday.

“I am feeling pretty confident going into Albury-Wodonga.”

Erik and Andrine play for Echuca Lawn Tennis Club and train at Moama-based Rich River.

“It is good to have both of them because one of them is grass and one is synthetic grass,” Erik said.

Erik uses his school holidays to play tournaments across Victoria.

He wants to take his tennis as far as possible. 

“My long-term goal at the moment is I’d like to go to America and play for a college,” Erik said.

“I am not sure what my sister would like to do but I hope she’ll take her tennis career (further).

“But it’s up to her. She can do what she wants.”

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