HUDDERSFIELD’S Mike Tolman is aiming to defend his singles title at the 89th Sellers International tournament at Edgerton, which starts tomorrow.
Hosted by the Huddersfield club throughout next week – first junior matches are on at 9.30 in the morning – the event promises plenty of top action and Tolman is the No4 seed this year.
Top seed in the men’s is Thongsbridge’s Dan Sinclair, who will meet Nathan Jones of Oldham in the final if the rankings prove to be correct.
Third seed is Sean Stafford, a coach a the Huddersfield club and the man who lost out to Tolman in last year’s final.
County player Jo Craven of Leeds is the top seed in the women’s singles, with Emily Singleton of Stockport at No2.
Competition takes place on 10 courts – four indoor – throughout the week and there are 350 players entered in the various age-group sections.
Two new categories have been added at the lowest end of the scale this time, with events for ‘8 and under’ and ‘9 and under’ to be held on the finals day next weekend.
Huddersfield have two players to look out for in the 10 and under sections.
Katie Morton, who has been having coaching at Carnegie and is also under the guidance of Steve McLaughlin at Edgerton, will be hoping to do well in the girls event, while Euan Wilson-Baig, who also played in the National County Cup finals, looks to make the final stages of the boys competition.
Head coach Becky Lee said: “We are looking forward to a good week and, hopefully, to some good weather.
“We’ve got competitions at eight, nine and 10 years old and also at 12, 14, 16 and 18 before we get to the men’s, ladies, mixed and veterans.
“There is plenty going on all week, it’s free entry and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the sport.”
The Sellers is a Lawn Tennis Association official Grand Prix tournament for all junior events.
Tomorrow and Sunday, qualifying play for the juniors starts at 9.30 each day and is throughout the morning and afternoon.
Seniors start qualifying on Monday, with play for them from 6.30pm.