Friday night tennis starting to hot up

THE Port Lincoln Tennis Association has some big events coming up with the first coming up on Thursday night February, 16.

Wilson representative Damien Eagleton and the association’s major sponsor Sportspower Superstore will be at Tennyson Terrace courts between 5.30pm to 7.30pm for any members or the general public to demonstrate the new range of Wilson racquets.

Anyone in the market to buy a racquet this is the perfect time to try before you buy.

With prizes up for grabs for those attending, get along to maybe try your new racquet.

Friday night tennis

Mixed Friday night tennis is starting to hot up.

With three weeks until finals the ladder is starting to get very interesting.

Three teams are sitting on top on 12 points with two teams on 10 points so the next couple of weeks will shape the top four.

Ladder

Novak 12 points 754 games,

Andy 12 points 699 games 

Roger 12 points 695 games 

Rafa 10 points 715 games 

Stan 10 points 609 games 

Lleyton 4 points 625 games 

Last week was the best night for tennis with no heaters needed for warmth out on the deck.

Andy 8 sets 72 games def Lleyton 8 sets 62 games

This was always going to be a cracker of a game and it certainly did not disappoint.

In the opening round the men’s doubles both teams recorded a 6-4 win.

In the women’s doubles Bernie Southam and Delia Farlam showed too much experience for their younger opponents dominating their match, which proved to be crucial in the end result.

Tammy Shepperd and Kerry Anne Casanova levelled the scores with Andy going into the singles with a four-game advantage.

In the singles, Lleyton were on fire with the men winning three sets, none better than Jack Bradford who won a tough encounter, getting over the line 7-5.

Team Andy controlled the women’s singles with standout performer Bridget Gray getting over the line 6-4 setting up a blockbuster final round.

The mixed doubles were going to be crunch time for both teams, having six sets each and Andy going into the final round with a six-game advantage.

Billy Byass and Tammy Shepperd gave their team hope and when Seb Henderson and Elke Shepperd got over the line Lleyton were back in the game.

With a secure spot in the finals up for grabs Andy hit back with Ben Southam and Belinda Currie dominating their match and when Craig Farmer and Delia Farlam won their match, their team was home with the points.

Best players: Ben Southam and Jack Bradford.

Rafa 9 sets 73 games def Stan 7 sets 64 games

Best players: Simon Hunt and Craig Nisbet.

Novak 12 sets 82 games defeated Roger 4 sets 37 games

Best players: Shaelee Bateman and Dylan Giesberts.

Port Lincoln Tennis Association junior competition

After a week of games being called off due to bad weather conditions players were keen to get back onto the courts.

With the Sportspower Superstore Regional Junior Tournament coming up on Sunday, March 5, players were keen to get some match play.

Nadal 6 sets 52 games def Federer 6 sets 51 games

In the opening doubles round both teams managed to record two sets each with only one game separating the two teams.

In the singles, Dylan Giesberts worked hard in his match getting over the line 6-4.

Thomas Bradford hit back straight away winning his match 6-4 also.

Marc Hanning, Monique Rayfield and Angus Clarke kept the scoreboard clicking over for Federer.

With the game in the balance it was Josh Bradford, Toby Casanova and Ashley Cocks who stepped up for their team, locking the scores at six sets all but the one-game advantage from the doubles proved to be the winning game for Nadal.

McDonald’s best player: Josh Bradford.

Williams 6 sets 54 games deafeated Murray 6 sets 49 games

McDonald’s best player: Charlee Watt.

Stosur 7 sets 59 games defeated Hewitt 5 sets 40 games

McDonald’s best player: Joel Heim.

Men’s Monday night tennis

Port Lincoln Tennis Association men’s Monday night players enjoyed a great night of tennis with some of the teams showing they mean business with the competition now split into two divisions and finals just around the corner.

Division one

Gil Penfold Kelly 4 sets 36 gmaes def Eyre Eye Centre 2 sets 34 games

This was a blockbuster of a match between two power house teams.

In the opening round it was all about tie breaks with Gary Halmon and Mario Piantadosi getting the first one on the board and right next door Nathan Beljon and Gary Hetzel also pulled off their match in a tiebreak.

In the second round Hetzel combined with Piantadosi to record the third tiebreak of the night.

It was not till the last round that Eyre Eye Centre could turn their luck around with Damien McQuillan and Nic Bates being able to finally win a tiebreak.

Best player: Gary Hetzel.

Cruz Contractors 6 sets 36 games def The Fresh Fish Place 0 sets 10 games

Best player: Leroy Wheadon.

Division two

Shepperds Building Company 5 sets 33 games def Eyre Peninsula Seafoods 1 set 18 games

Best player: Ben Southam.

The Pier Hotel 6 sets 36 games def Sportspower Superstore 0 set 15 games

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