THE top seeds dominated the singles finals of this year's North Coast Tennis Open, but any result was a welcome result for organisers.

After two washouts on finals day in recent years, the Grafton Tennis Club were just happy to get the singles finals out of the way before the seemingly inevitable rain hit.

And while some of the finals were unable to be played once the weather set in, the singles finals provided an exciting finish to a big weekend of tennis.

Top men's seed Brendan Moore outclassed former winner Josh Barranechea in the men's singles 6-4, 6-4 before the pair took the court again to duel out the doubles final.


But the local highlight was the clash between Grafton's brightest tennis products Brittany Huxley and Taylah Beckman.


Huxley, who is on summer break from the University of Arkansas, returned just in time to claim her first North Coast Open title.

But Beckman, spurred on by six weeks of intensive tennis coaching at the John Newcombe Tennis ranch in Texas, wasn't about to hand the trophy over without a fight.

The girls have been regular hitting partners over the years and Huxley was impressed by her younger rival's improvement.

"Taylah has just been in the US for six weeks too, and she's really improved since I was last at home," Huxley, 18, said.

"I'm loving my time over there in Arkansas. The girls in my team are really good and we're hoping to be a force in the college circuit over the next few years."

Beckman, 16, is also setting her sights on a professional career starting boost through the US college system.

"I'd definitely like to do something like Britt," Beckman said.

"I've just played six weeks of tennis in Texas and when it finished I just wanted more.

"We played all day every day and it was great."

The girls showed all the polish of their overseas adventures too, as they consistently found the corners of the court and regularly drew spontaneous applause form the court-side crowd.