The Maryborough District Tennis Association (MDTA) held its annual championships last Saturday, with two brand new A grade singles champions crowned in the form of Patrick Jenes and Bethany Fitzpatrick.
Patrick overcame a shaky start to hit his stride in his opening set against Lyndon Tait, gaining a crucial break at 3-3 and accelerating to an 8-4 win.
He then had a tougher task against defending champion, Nathan Field, in an epic set that was worthy of a final in itself, and in the end could only be decided by a tiebreak.
Patrick held firm in the crucial moments, navigating around Nathan’s beastly serve and finding a way to win the breaker, seven points to four.
In the final he met multiple-time champion Trevor Field, whose canny court sense and tactics saw him through his pool games against Riley Ford and Daniel Potter.
But Trevor found himself unable to counter Patrick’s athleticism and court coverage in the final match, as Patrick’s timely drop shots proved decisive.
Meanwhile, Bethany was untouchable in the women’s competition, her steady and consistent game seeing her to early wins over Ashleigh Ross and Holly Beavis.
Her toughest challenge was against reigning champion, Gina Beavis of Avoca, in a hard-fought set that had to be resolved in a tiebreak.
Gina ultimately fell away in the breaker as Bethany swept to victory seven points to three and snared her first A grade singles title.
For more on this story see Page 34 of The Advertiser, Friday, March 15