HE’S AN ACE: Calum Puttergill serves an ace in the final game of his final match against Bradley Clews.
HE’S AN ACE: Calum Puttergill serves an ace in the final game of his final match against Bradley Clews. Jake Jones

Puttergill to bid Gladstone farewell after third crown

IF CALUM Puttergill gets his way, the up and coming tennis player will never set foot in Gladstone again.

It isn't because he doesn't like the town or the people who live here.

Just, he would rather be playing tennis at a much higher level than what the Gladstone Tennis Open offers.

He doesn't plan to defend his Open title next year; it would have been his chance to get four in a row.

"Hopefully I am doing bigger and better things," he said.

"I would love to say I would be in Paris at the French open qualifiers."

And the reality is, Puttergill is not all that far away from that, currently preparing to go to Europe for a number of ATP Tour tournaments.

He simply has to keep his form, and bank account, topped up.

Winning tournaments as easily as he did on Monday is a good start.

Puttergill only dropped six games in three matches in this year's Gladstone Open; and only three in the final against Bradley Clews.

The last of which gave Clews a single game at the end of a 6-2 6-1 match; Puttergill shouting "loose" when he dropped the game.

He knows perfection will be needed in Europe when he arrives. The 21-year-old also coaches when he can.

Currently ranked 45th in Australia, the win in Gladstone did nothing to better Puttergill's position; next level tournaments the only way to rise through the ranks.

The name Puttergill will not be completely leaving Gladstone though. Liam, Calum's younger brother, is likely to return.

He won the under-14 competition this year but lost in the semi-final with his brother in the doubles.



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