THE heavyweights are preparing to storm into town as the senior tennis events burst into life tonight at the 87th Sellers International Huddersfield Open.
And among the leading contenders set to grace the show courts at Huddersfield Lawn Tennis and Squash Club will be defending champion Mike Tolman, from Flockton.
Tolman, seeded fourth in this year’s tournament, takes on Willie Mason, who beat Finlay Renwick in three sets 5-7 6-1 6-2 in the qualification round.
Top men’s seed Peter Murray, from Altrincham, will take on John Ranson who beat Charlie Gibson 6-2 6-0, and 2006 winner Bobby Brooke, seeded second, will face Saad Abbas, a popular Sellers regular in the annual tournament, after he beat Robert Jackson 6-4 6-7 6-1.
But there was bad news for No3 seed Daniel Pethig (also No1 seed in the Under 18s) who has been forced to pull-out of the tournament after being admitted to hospital with a virus.
Elsewhere, Sam Williams in the Boys 16 category, has continued to impress.
After knocking out the No2 seed Stephen Crawshaw 6-3 6-1, the Bristol-based player with a 6.2 rating, continued his march into Friday’s semi-finals with a 6-4 6-2 victory against James McCallum.
And another ladies seed was sent packing last night when Kendall Brown, from Torquay, beat No4 seed Paula Peters 6-2 7-5 and will now face Bradley-based second seed Nicole Peterson.