It was a battle of two friends, doubles partners and Dragons supporters playing for the Twin Towns Tuncurry Australian money tournament (AMT) silver men’s singles title on Monday, June 11.
Forster Tennis Club player and coach, Brenton Chambers squared off against long distance pal from the Central Coast, Jonathon Cooper in the men’s singles final.
Brenton, seeded second, was challenged in the quarter finals and won a match tie break in the third set over Bradley Simpson, before cruising through his semi-final, defeating Daniel Stormon 6-3 6-3.
Jonathon Cooper, seeded sixth, eliminated top seed, Tom Evans in the quarter finals in a tight 6-4 7-5 showdown in his charge to the final, setting up the highly anticipated decider.
The first set went to Brenton 6-4 after he came back from a 1-2 deficit to cling to the lead and close out the first set on serve.
The second set saw Brenton move to an early lead but the former world ranking holder, Jonathon fought back and let loose with his fire power in an effort to get back even.
Brenton answered the challenge and lifted his game yet again to stay in the match and showed speed, athleticism and character to hang on and take the second set and match 6-4.
Strong serving and punishing ground strokes left Jonathon trying to come up with a game plan to get back in the match but Brenton proved too much for him on the day.
Many Forster Tennis Club juniors, members, family and friends came to watch the match and cheer Brenton on.
Brenton and Jonathon joined forces later in the men’s open doubles, only to be denied a spot in the final by two points in a third set match tie break in the semi-final.
Forster’s Laia Pasini, Sam Gibson and Finn McDonagh also competed in the event.
Laia made it to the quarter finals of the AMT women’s singles and doubles, while Sam Gibson, moved into the consolation round of the men’s singles, only to be defeated along with the other contenders by the weather.
Finn McDonagh played up an age group into the under 12s with success, winning over the 11th and fifth seeds to move to the quarter final, only to be eliminated by the top seed.
Finn also played doubles with a new partner and very nearly beat the thirrd seeds only to lose a match tie break in the third, 10-6.
Congratulations to all players that participated from Forster Tennis Club.
The next big local tournament will be the NSW Country Tennis Championships in July.