Not quite a Wimbledon tie breaker

PUBLISHED: 12:26 25 June 2010

Good win for league side

The longest day of the year, provided the backdrop to one of the longest tennis matches seen so far.

In a highly competitive and good-natured battle, Sidmouth Tennis Club finally prevailed over the home side Teign Valley Tennis Club with a match score of 3-1.

In the first rubbers, both mixed doubles partnerships of Tyran Le Roux and Nicky Keele and Greg Pepper and Debbie Snelgrove, cruised to comfortable two set victories. The partnership of Tyran and Nicky winning 6-3, 6-3 with the partnership of Greg and Debbie winning 6-4, 6-0.

A short interval later and the second rubbers proved much sterner competition.

With a setting sun burning holes in their eyes, Greg and Debbie won their first set 6-3 but then lost the second 3-6. With tensions rising and defensive rallies growing ever longer, the lead in the championship tie break changed hands many times. Finding their second wind, Teign Valley closed the game out, winning 10-8.

The Tyran and Nicky match was even more closely contested.

After cruising to an early one set lead of 6-1, Teign Valley fought back, battling to take the second 6-4. Taunt, long rallies meant that the flood lights needed to be turned on for the deciding championship tie break to take place.

Starting slowly, Tyran and Nicky mounted a stoic defence to turn a 1-6 deficit into a deadlocked 10-10 equaliser. Turning up the heat, the never-say-die Sidmouth partnership finally broke through, winning the decider with a score of 14-12.

Exhausted but victorious, the Sidmouth team bade farewell to their excellent Teign Valley hosts before heading home at the outrageously late time of 10.30pm.


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