It was a good day for Border junior tennis players in the first round of the Victorian Grasscourt Championships in Wodonga, with a large number moving into the second round.
In the boy’s Under 14 category, Brock Dixon, Freddy Myers and Isaac Dallinger all advanced to the second round after strong wins.
However, Tallangatta’s Jake Pleming crashed out of the tournament after coming up against the in-form Dallinger.
Dallinger was too strong for Pleming, as he cruised to a 6-2 6-0 victory.
He will now take on Bevan Rossjohn, who got a free pass into the second round after his opponent withdrew from their first-round match.
Dixon showed why he is one of the Border’s best local talents by posting a resounding 6-0 6-1 win over his opponent Sam McInneny.
“I just wanted to get into a bit of a rhythm,” Dixon said after his match.
“My serving was really good today, and I was able to move the guy around a lot.
“It was good to get that rhythm, especially because I have to play one of my good mates in Josh Charlton next, so that’ll be a tough match.”
In the Under 16 event, Ryan Worden remained upbeat despite being bundled out by Bendigo’s Isaac Watson in straight sets, 6-2 6-4.
Worden had plenty of chances to break Watson and get himself back into the match.
But in the end the Bendigo teenager was just too strong.
“My first serve let me down today,” Worden said.
“I really use my first serve to help me get into good position for each point, and I was just missing too many of those today.”
In the men’s AMT event Gerogery’s Josh Graetz and Albury’s Lewis Ahern both eased into the main draw.
Each recorded straight sets wins in the final round of qualifying.