Former Warrnambool player Oliver Good to play in 2018 Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club open men's singles final

A PLAYER who grew up honing his skills on the Lake Pertobe grasscourts will vie for the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club open men’s singles title on Monday.

Melbourne-based Oliver Good will meet past winner Matt Hicks in the decider.

The number eight seed knocked out three players to advance.

“It is really good. This is the furthest I have got, so it’s really nice,” Good said.

“Matt is a good player so I’ll do my best and see what happens.

“I think the draw is pretty strong. A lot guys who might not be high in the rankings have played just as good as the seeds.”

Good, 26, defeated South Yarra’s Harry Lim in a three-set semi-final.

“He won the first set and I won the second and then the third in a tiebreak, so it was pretty tight and fairly up and down.

“I was lucky to get through it. I got a few points there in a row at the end.”

Good moved to Melbourne with his family at 15.

But he enjoys returning to the south-west to play tennis.

“It is nice to play on grass again,” he said.

“The points are a fair bit quicker on grass which is good.”

Good plays tennis sporadically with his business, The College Recruit, keeping him busy.

He joked the venture let him “live vicariously through the young guys we’re organising it for”.

“I went to college in the US to play tennis and now I run a US college placement business,” he said.

“We organise things for young athletes looking to play college sports in the US.”

Geelong’s Olivia Rich and former Australian Open main draw competitor Monika Wejnert will meet in the women’s singles final from 9.45am. The men’s final is expected to start at 10.45am.