TENNIS player Adam Lasky made the two-hour trip up the Princes Highway worthwhile by winning the Warrnambool Winter Australian Money Tournament (AMT) yesterday.
The Geelong teenager claimed a 6-4, 6-3 win over Tasmanian Elliot Johnstone to claim the men’s singles honours after three days on the indoor courts.
But Nicole Mullen couldn’t make it a clean sweep for Geelong, losing 6-3, 6-2 to Shepparton’s Hope Curtis-McDonald in the women’s singles.
McDonald later teamed with Adelaide’s Vanessa Cozamanis to win the women’s doubles 6-2, 6-4 against Mullen and Mia Dementiev, also of Geelong.
The men’s doubles title went to Warrnambool’s Matt Moloney and Geelong’s Jordan Drew, who beat Tasmanian pair Elliot Johnstone and Ross Marzetti 6-1, 6-3.
The Warrnambool Winter Junior Champion-ship finals, for under 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s, headline the action at the Mortlake Road centre today.
Tournament director Rob Urquhart said the five-day showcase had been a major success.
Urquhart said the introduction of the AMT alongside the existing junior grades had lifted entries to 115, well up on last year.
Players had come from South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania as well as Victoria, with many incorporating the tournament into a holiday.
“We’ve always had the junior aspect of it but this year we decided to add the adults — the AMT tournament. They play for prizemoney and points,” Urquhart said.
“It’s been a huge success. The growth in the tournament has been more than 50 per cent, it’s been a real benefit.”
Urquhart was confident the popularity of the tournament would increase in coming years.
“The feedback we’re getting off the players suggests the event will really grow,” he said.
“There are very few indoor tournaments around the state.
“To come to an indoor facility in the middle of winter is a real bonus.
“We think the event will go from strength to strength.”