Grafton now an ‘outside chance’ in AO Tennis Blitz
LIKE a tennis player who's let his serve slip, Grafton has slid down the AO Tennis Blitz rankings.
The competition sees clubs and towns throughout Australia participating in community events, holding clinics and playing computer games all in the name of promoting tennis - and earning valuable points - in the lead-up to Australian Open.
Prior to Junction Hill's AO Tennis Blitz Open Day on Friday, the combined Grafton City-Junction Hill team was ranked ninth.
However, events conspired to cause difficulties at the Open Day like a torn hamstring late in the fifth set - a storm arrived while the Hit The Target computer game did not.
"We didn't get as many as we'd hoped and now we've dropped to 11th," Junction Hill coach Darren Crispin said.
The incentive is being assigned one of the 256 players competing in the main draw of the men's or women's singles at the Australian Open which starts on January 19.
Kendall on the Mid North Coast currently leads which would see them allocated men's number one seed Novak Djokovic.
However, there is still hope for Grafton - who had crept back into the top 10 by 4pm yesterday - last year's winner Stanislas Warwinka was the eighth seed in the tournament.
Crispin speculated about slipping even further down the list and drawing somebody like Australian young gun Nick Kyrgios, currently ranked 52 in the world.
"It would be great to get Kyrgios, although he probably won't win."
AO Tennis Blitz Town Leaderboard at 4pm, yesterday
1 Kendall (NSW)
2 Casino (NSW)
3 Inverell (NSW)
4 Warrnambool (VIC)
5 Esperance (WA)
6 Melton South (VIC)
7 Templestowe (VIC)
8 Sunbury (VIC)
9 Biloela (QLD)
10 Grafton (NSW)