Callum Puttergill is preparing to try and win a third straight Gladstone Tennis Open crown.
Callum Puttergill is preparing to try and win a third straight Gladstone Tennis Open crown. Mike Richards

Callum Puttergill back chasing open trifecta

HE WILL have to wait until midday Saturday to get his campaign for a third straight Gladstone Tennis Open under way, but Callum Puttergill is confident a trifecta is on the cards.

The Sunshine Coast tennis player hit the court at 2pm this afternoon to tune up his skills before attempting the three-peat.

Beginning at 2.30pm, qualifiers will also hit the court in chase of a position in the main draw.

There are seven qualifying matches in the men's draw, and none in the women's.

Puttergill said whoever wins through the qualifying will be a tough opponent to beat.

The whole draw is a difficult prospect for the defending champion.

He said Gladstone is a place he always wants to return to.

"I won my first prize money tournament here and the club and all the volunteers and the motel I stay at are all very friendly," he said.

"I like the court and conditions here."

Puttergill and his fellow players will take to the court Saturday, Sunday and Monday to decide 26 different draws.

Play begins at 8am Saturday for the main draws.



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