Fast4 tennis returns

Fast4 tennis returns

Mount Gambier and District Tennis Association action kicked back into gear on Saturday with the introduction of a mixed doubles Fast4 tournament.

Five teams participated in the Division 1 competition, with another five teams competing in the combined Division 2 and 3 draw.

Will Boston and Abbey Hood fought hard all day in the Division 1 draw but were unable to pick up a set for the day.

It was a similar story for Brad Hann and Holly Bastian in the Division 2/3 draw, with the pair also unable to secure a win.

Tie-breakers were a common theme for Kobe Cole and Maggie Collins with two out of their four matches resulting in a tie-break.

Unfortunately, they were not able to capitalise on the opportunities, going down in both matches.

Another team that put in a great performance in the Division 2/3 draw was CJ Arnold and Kate Fabian, with the pair victorious against Hann and Bastian, winning 4-0.

However, they were unlucky in their other contests, only picking up the single set for the day.

The Division 2/3 draw ended up shaping into a tight contest by the end of the day with the top three teams only separated by the smallest of margins.

Each team ended the day with three wins and one loss, meaning the winner would be decided by who could get the most games in their loss.

Ben and Casey Kerin were unfortunate to have their only loss come as a 0-4 defeat to the second placed team of Peter and Rosie Collins.

The Collins duo was very close to claiming glory, but came up short with the difference between them and the eventual winners being only one game.

Rafael Rigopoulis and Rylee Kuchel were named champions, as the pair was able to claim the extra game in their loss, falling to the Kerins 4- 2 whereas the Collins had their only defeat at the hands of the eventual champions Rigopoulis and Kuchel.

West Gambier’s Brady Cook and Emily Jolley had a solid day finishing with two wins and two losses and ultimately coming third in the Division 1 competition.

Their two losses were at the hands of the top two teams of Andrew van den Hurk and Tessa Megaw and the Young siblings, Zayne and Bailey.

The two pairs remained undefeated throughout the day, until they played each other in the final match of the day.

The match lived up to the hype with neither pair unable to break away from each other.

The winner of the competition was decided by a tie-breaker with the first team to five points being crowned the winner.

Van den Hurk and Megaw proved too strong for the Youngs, coming out on top and finishing as champions of the Division 1 competition.

Overall, the day was a great success with great weather and excellent tennis played throughout all of the senior divisions.

The second half of the Mount Gambier and District Tennis Association competition returns on February 3.

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