AWARD WINNER: Grafton’s Brittany Huxley was named as the Arkansas University’s “Freshman of the Week” for her outstanding tennis results.
AWARD WINNER: Grafton’s Brittany Huxley was named as the Arkansas University’s “Freshman of the Week” for her outstanding tennis results.

Top seeds arrive from overseas for North Coast Open

THE new Grafton Tennis courts were hailed as being of international standard when they were opened last year but now they are living up to their reputation.

The two top seeds in the 87th North Coast Open will arrive in Australia today ahead of the long weekend tournament, the highlight of the Grafton Tennis year.

"We've got 120 players coming for this Australian Money Tournament event," organiser and player Kelly Adamson said.

"Grafton's own Brittany Huxley headlines the open women's competition as top seed and she is returning from college at Arkansas in the United States.

"The top seeded men's player, Brendan Moore, is ranked 78th in Australia at the moment and is also flying in after playing overseas.

"He was originally from Lismore."

Grafton players fill the seedings in the women's draw, with Ashleigh Elward (3) and Taylah Beckman (4) amongst the top ranked players.

Elward and Beckman will also combine as the top seeded pairing in the Women's Doubles event.

Jamie Firth and Jacob Sullivan are seeded fourth in the Men's Doubles.

"We've got our fingers crossed that the weather holds out through to Monday this year," Adamson said.

"Brittany and I were down to play in the women's final, but all the finals ended up being washed out.

"Hopefully the rain stays away this time."