Saturday, August 2, 2008
Cuthill "crashes" out of 2008 Sawtell RSL Seaside Open
Oliver Cuthill was defeated by 16 year old Tomas Willis(Qld)6-3 6-4 ,in the round of 32. Earlier Cuthill defeated Alex Wilson (NSW) in his first match 6-1 6-2 to set up the encounter with the 10th seed Willis.Willis attacked the backhand of Cuthill and was able to gain early control in crucial points by exposing this side.Cuthill had his chances in the Second set however bad choice in shot selection on big points proved costly.Cuthill's first serve percentage for the match was not high.Sawtell's surface is a mixture of clay and synthetic grass and Cuthill was always going to struggle in adapting from Hardcourt's.Willis comes off the Rod Laver 16s where he lost his quarter final match up 8-0.Cuthill is still in the Men's Special Singles, which is the second tier men's event and seeded players in the Open Events cannot enter. 11 of the top 16 seeds in the Open Event where under 17 years of age.Cuthill
will take on 14 year old Mathew Wenta in his first match, whilst expected to win older players certainly don't enjoy playing the younger guys and this could be closer than expected.Sawtell Tennis Club is situated in the beautiful Sawtell Reserve, surrounded by many sporting facilities not far from Coffs Harbor NSW. They have a total of 12 courts; eight clay courts (much envied by other clubs in NSW) and four artificial grass courts.It is a traditionally strong tournament this year attracting over 300 entries and is always played on "Bank Holiday" weekend in Australia.