Nadal shows good early season form

Port Lincoln tennis

THE Port Lincoln Tennis Association had another disrupted week of tennis due to extreme weather.

Thursday night junior games were cancelled due to hot weather and the Friday night mixed competition was cancelled due to rain.

This is the second week in a row this has happened with players really hoping they will be able to get out on the courts this week.

The Saturday morning junior modified program at Stevenson Street had ideal conditions for tennis with more than 40 enthusiastic players playing green ball, orange ball and the laneways with mini nets red ball.

Thanks to all the parents that helped the players with scoring and position on the court.

McDonald's encouragement awards went to Mollie, Harry, Jahva, Nash and Mia.

Junior players got through their matches on Saturday morning in ideal conditions with Nadal showing some good early season form.

Juniors

Nadal 7 sets 55 games def Barty 5 sets 49 games

In the doubles round it was great to see Lochie Day back on the court teaming up with Mitchell Bailey who played some strong tennis to get the first set on the board for their team.

This was well backed up by Jack Hatzimanolis and Aidan Kay-Baker who stepped up their game to win 6-4.

Nadal hit back with Thomas and Cindy Cabot playing controlled tennis to win their match and when Oscar Brown and Ruby Cabot won their match their team were ahead by two games.

In the singles, Bailey and Day continued their form from the doubles, both big winners, and when Kay-Baker held his nerve to win his match Barty surged ahead.

This was when Nadal took control of the match with Thomas, Cindy and Ruby Cabot setting the pace for their team.

When Oscar Brown and Hunter Smith won their matches they were home with the win.

McDonald's best player: Aidan Kay-Baker

Djokovic 7 sets 52 games def Del Potro 5 sets 47 games

In the doubles Braden Windsor and Huey Cliff got over the line in their match winning 8-6 in the tiebreak. Bella White and Ruby Ward hit back with their match winning in the tiebreak.

Djokovic took the early lead, winning the remaining two doubles.

In the singles, MacGowan continued his early season form recording a big win for his side.

Del Potro started clawing back the sets through the efforts of Ward, White, Cadd and Townsend putting them back in the match.

However Djokovic were keen to get their first win for the season and when Cliff, Vidov and Shepperd recorded wins they were home with the points

McDonald's best player: Carter MacGowan

Men's Monday night tennis

Out of all the competitions the men have had the best conditions for tennis this season.

Already there have been some strong performances by the experienced teams.

The next round will be an interesting one with some of these teams up against one another, which will prove to be a great contest.

GKP Accountants 5 sets 34 games def Lincoln Camera Centre 1 set 13 games

Best player: Ryan Cocks

CPH Accounting 5 sets 33 games def EP Seafoods 1 set 9 games

Best player: Paul Izzo

Eyre Eye Centre 6 sets 38 games def Shepperd Building 0 sets 22 games

Best player: Danyon Nisbet

Cruz Contractors 6 sets 37 games def The Fresh Fish Place 0 sets 15 games

Best player: Angus Wheadon

Wednesday night ladies tennis

The women had a warm and windy evening for their matches.

The breeze dropped out as the evening progressed but the humidity increased.

Only two scheduled matches took place as two teams had forfeits due to illness et cetera.

Maven Dental defeated Chris Cash Plumbing in a very interesting match, which could have gone either way.

Best on court for Maven Dental was promising junior player Sally Cabot.

Best for Chris Cash Plumbing was Ayesha Vidov.

Liberty North Shields defeated Raw Meat Store in a great contest.

This was a very exciting match to watch with Liberty North Shields just managing to hang on for a win.

Best for Liberty North Shields was Kerry Collins and best for Raw Meat Store was Veronica Mitchell.

Thanks to all players, sponsors and reserves.

Without the continued support of these sponsors the association would not be able to offer players such great courts and clubhouse.