Reid closes on title

BORDER tennis star Mick Reid is just one win away from claiming the men’s singles title at NSW Country Week.

The 39-year-old moved into the final after a 6-3 6-0 semi-final triumph against the Sapphire Coast’s Pete Gardiner at the Albury grasscourts yesterday.

Reid will face the winner of today’s semi-final between No.1 seed Josh Graetz and Matt Rouse in the final tomorrow.

Reid also played well in the doubles for Albury Gold yesterday but it was in the singles where he really shone.

“It was pretty tight early,” Reid said.

“He (Gardiner) got 3-2 up but then I managed to pull it back a bit and get those crucial points.

“I was fortunate enough to get a bit of practice in the weeks leading up to the tournament which helps.

“The courts are playing very well and as the day got on it dried out.

“There are some pretty true bounces.”

Reid, who is also playing in next month’s Victorian Country Week on the Border, could face Albury Gold teammate Graetz in the final.

The pair are also teammates for Forrest Hill in the local pennant competition.

“The first time I won a tie-breaker and since then I haven’t beaten him,” Reid said.

“I’ll give it my best shot, that’s all you can do.”

Border gun Alison Tinworth retired with a leg injury against Alysson Moscher in the first set of the round robin women’s singles yesterday.

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