The Maryborough District Tennis Association (MDTA) kicked off its A grade season last weekend, with its teams all playing hosts to sides from the Ararat District Tennis Association.
With the two associations exploring the possibility of a future merge, the first three rounds of this season were designed as a soft start of cross-over games, with the results still counting towards each league’s respective ladders.
As far as the battle of the associations went, the results of the first round were fairly one-sided, as every MDTA team that took to the court came away victorious against their Ararat league counterparts.
The Lawn team recorded the most decisive victory of the day, dropping only 12 games against Crowlands, who struggled to come to grips with the unfamiliar grass courts.
Riley Ford returned to some of his best tennis after an injury-hampered last season, his thumping serve leading himself and partner Lyndon Tait to an 8-3 opening set win, giving their side the early lead.
Teammate Riley McLeish, in his second year of A grade, was also in sparkling form, with his serving and dynamic forehand in particular on- song as he notched consecutive 8-3, 8-1 victories with his partners.
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