Fancutt test for rivals on new Gympie courts
TENNIS: Brisbane ace Thomas Fancutt will go in to today's Gympie RSL Open as red hot favourite to take the $2000 prizemoney as some of the best tennis players in the state converge on the newly resurfaced Reg English Memorial Tennis Centre courts.
Seeded number one in the men's draw, his female counterpart Genevieve Lorbergs, who will make the trip from Melbourne, is shaping as an early favourite to take the women's trophy.
Originating in the 1970's, the RSL Cup is one of Gympie's longest running annual sporting events and this year has attracted some standout players.
The tournament is a vital component for aspiring professionals to gain national ranking points, and despite a lack of local players, Gympie tennis coach Brett Cottrill said there are Gympie junior players waiting in the wings ready for the step up next year.
The Gympie courts have recently undergone a $160,000 overhaul, which includes a new playing surface.
Cottrill said the renovation has elevated the Gympie facilities to be some of the best in the Wide Bay/Sunshine Coast region.
While player numbers are slightly down from previous years to 48 in 2017, tournament director Sue Eyley said the quality of entrants was not.
Tournament play starts at 8am today and tomorrow with the finals scheduled for around 10am tomorrow.