Town to host pro tour­ney

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Therese Col­man

Mar­garet River will host a pro­fes­sional ten­nis tour­na­ment this week­end, with lo­cal and in­ter­state play­ers vy­ing for the top prize in the Mar­garet River Gold Aus­tralian Money Tour­na­ment.

The event will run from Satur­day un­til Tues­day, with play­ers com­pet­ing for $10,000 in prize money.

The AMT is sponsored by the Shire of Au­gusta-Mar­garet River and the event will be hosted by the Mar­garet River Ten­nis Club.

Ten­nis club pres­i­dent Drew Szandt­ner said it was a great op­por­tu­nity for Mar­garet River res­i­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence pro­fes­sional sport be­ing played in the re­gion.

“We are hon­oured to have the op- por­tu­nity to host the AMT tour­na­ment,” he said.

Ten­nis West chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Roberts said Mar­garet River was a big draw­card for play­ers.

“There will be some world-class ten­nis and the event is free for spec­ta­tors,” he said.

South West play­ers will fea­ture across the men’s and women’s draws, in­clud­ing ex-Mar­garet River res­i­dent Angie Nathan and Bus­sel­ton’s Joshua Grace.

“I don’t have any ex­pec­ta­tions go­ing into it, ex­cept to en­joy be­ing back on the court in my home town,” Nathan said.

A free chil­dren’s ten­nis pro­gram will also be held at 9am on Sun­day.

More in­for­ma­tion on the tour­na­ment can be found at ten­nis.com. au.

Mar­garet River Ten­nis Club pres­i­dent Drew Szandt­ner with com­mit­tee mem­bers Colin Clark, Ja­son John­son, Mike Blox­some, Beck O'Con­nell, Pablo Gomez and Karen Asange. Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

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