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Outlook is brighter for the Grantown Open Tennis Championships

By Gavin Musgrove

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The year's Grantown Open Tennis Championships remains on course to conclude with finals day on Sunday despite the weather interruption of the past two days.

Drier weather is due to return to the clay courts later today and throughout the weekend.

Tournament organiser Alan Russell said: "Enough tennis was played before the two-day rain delay to see that this year’s Grantown Open Tennis Championships will provide some fascinating, high-quality matches over the weekend."

In the men’s singles, top seed Russell Dickson (Newlands, Glasgow) will have to overcome strong challenges from a strong field of younger players as well as Stephen Anniss, who coaches at Rothiemurchus and Aviemore Tennis Club as well as Newtonmore and Kingussie.

Anniss overcame Jack Mullan 6-3, 6-3 in his first match on Monday, however, he faces a tough test later in his rescheduled game tomorrow afternoon against second seed Ross Lyon.

Cousins Andrew and Colin McLeod are flying the home colours with the pair meeting later today in an intriguing contest with Andrew's finesse up against Colin's power.

Russell said: "Teenagers Ross Lyon, Fergus McWilliam, Sandy McWilliam and Logan Urquhart (Bellfield, Inverness) have regularly won junior age group titles in the Grantown tournament and will all feel that this is the year they can make a major impact in the men’s singles.

"Benjamin Hine (Rubislaw, Aberdeen) is another teenager with ambitions to win his first Grantown title.

"The Grantown Tennis Club challenge comes from cousins Andrew and Colin McLeod who meet in the next round at 5pm later today.

"Coaches Stephen Anniss, Callum Thomson and Graham Kay complete the field in an intriguing draw.

"The ladies’ singles and men’s doubles events are just as open and interesting.

"We can’t wait to see how they unfold over the next four days".

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