Simon Bates wins doubles tennis in Alice Springs

DOUBLES: Brayden Doherty and Simon Bates hold up their shield after winning the men's doubles at the Scope Building Classic in Alice Springs. Photo: supplied

DOUBLES: Brayden Doherty and Simon Bates hold up their shield after winning the men's doubles at the Scope Building Classic in Alice Springs. Photo: supplied

Local tennis player Simon Bates found success at the 2019 Scope Building Classic in Alice Springs last week, winning the men's doubles and runner-up in the men's singles.

Singles matches began on October 2 and doubles on October 3, making the finals for both on October 5 after playing a combined six matches.

In the singles final Bates lost to Kiichi Isida in straight sets 3-6 4-6.

However Bates bounced back in the doubles final, with partner Brayden Doherty they won a tight first set 7-6 (4) before claiming the second set 6-4 over opponents Patrick Findlay and Thomas Van Haaren.

Bates said he and his partner had a positive mindset and winning the tight first set drove them to take the second set.

"We teamed up well, had a tight semi final and in the final we really wanted to win," he said.

"My family and friends have been pretty supportive."

Bates also competed in the Pump and Power Open between September 28 and October 1, making the quarter finals of the doubles and semi finals in singles.

Between the two Alice Springs tournaments he played 14 games in seven days.

Bates said his preparation involved training with Paul Polkinghorne, having access to Boston Football Club's gym facilities and "having a hit with Arley and Billy Byass".

He also thanked his partner Mel Wagner for her support.