Josh keeps his cool in heat to win title

YOUNG right-hander Josh Graetz has successfully defended his men’s singles title at NSW Country Week after beating teammate Mick Reid in straight sets.

The 18-year-old lost just one game on his way to victory in the searing heat at the Albury Grasscourts yesterday, winning the final 6-1 6-0.

Graetz can make it a double if his Albury Gold team beats surprise packet Tooraweenah in the men’s teams final this morning.

“I played well so I’m happy,” Graetz said.

“It’s hard playing against your teammate but it helped playing against him previously.

“It was quite tough out there today.

“It was 39 degrees when we got off the court.”

The Albury Gold team, which consists of Graetz, Reid, Paul Grover, Col Scheumack and Mark Cowie, won through to the final after beating Sacred Heart in yesterday’s semi-finals.

Tooraweenah beat Albury Platinum in the other semi.

Graetz, who played against his father Gary and coach Ken Wurtz in the morning session, said the side would go into the final confident of victory.

“We beat them last time so I think we should do pretty well,” he said.

“They did well to beat the other Albury team.

“If we play well we should win.”

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