Polkinghorne claims championship titles

DOUBLES WIN: Darren Polkinghorne and Chloe Costelloe teamed up in the mixed doubles for a convincing final win.

DOUBLES WIN: Darren Polkinghorne and Chloe Costelloe teamed up in the mixed doubles for a convincing final win.

Port Lincoln tennis player Darren Polkinghorne capped off a big year of tennis by adding another two championship titles to his name in recent weeks.

Competing in the Clarke and Humel Manly Seaside Tennis Championships in Sydney after Christmas, Polkinghorne was keen to do well having won this event three years ago.

Seeded one, Polkinghorne raced through the opening round matches and only dropped four games in four sets to get to the quarter final match.

This match would be a challenge up against Brian Tran.

Losing the first set 6-2, Polkinghorne fought his way back winning 6-4 7-5.

In the semi-final up against synthetic grass specialist Cameron Smith, who had won the last couple of encounters, this match would prove to have everything, big serves, big shots and sharp volleying.

Losing the first set 7-5 Polkinghorne had to regroup quickly winning the second 7-5.

In the deciding set neither player was going to give an inch with the match coming down to a tiebreak.

With the scores locked at five-all Polkinghorne stepped up his game to win 7-5 and book himself a spot in the final.

In the deciding set it once again come down to a tiebreak, which Polkinghorne once again took out 7-5 to win the singles championship.

This was a sensational match against Jordan Smith with both players winning a set 6-4.

In the deciding set it once again come down to a tiebreak, which Polkinghorne once again took out 7-5 to win the singles championship.

Polkinghorne teamed up with Chloe Costelloe in the mixed doubles, winning the quarter and semi-final in the super tiebreak 10-7 and 11-9 booking their spot in the final, which they took out convincingly 6-3 6-3 over Jay Andrijic and Tyra Calderwood.

Polkinghorne moved onto Brisbane to compete in the invitation event 2018 Queensland money race final determined by his results in 2017 in Queensland events.

Winning through to the final Polkinghorne, seeded three, went down to the number one seed Gavin Van Peperzeel 6-2 3-6 7-5 in a hard-fought final.

Port Lincoln Tuna Tennis

On the local front Tuna Tennis will be conducting a coaching clinic in January on Monday, January 22, Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24.

The sessions will include beginners at 9am, intermediate at 10am and advanced at 11.15am.

Contact Paul Polkinghorne on 0427 172 634 for more details and to book a spot.