Tennis: heated matches and racquet abuse mars fixtures

Official Ken Brown (centre) with Julien Terrade and Christian Harding.
Official Ken Brown (centre) with Julien Terrade and Christian Harding.

HEATED matches and racquet abuse has led Tennis West to send officials to WA State League matches with four rounds left before the finals.

Ken Brown, one of the most decorated officials, stepped back on court this weekend for the match at Bayswater.

Hosting Dalkeith on slippery artificial clay, Bayswater ran away with the first three singles matches until Dalkeith’s Christian Harding beat Julien Terrade, a French clay courter, 6-4 7-6.

Bayswater won four rubbers to two after Adam Howard retired injured from doubles.

In top four clashes, Cottesloe jumped to the top of the ladder with a five rubbers to one drubbing over Mt Lawley.

Tristan Schoolkate, who recently played in the Australian Open Junior singles, led the win.

A depleted Mosman Park with key players in Brisbane for the Davis Cup tie against Germany battled to go down by just a set against Royal Kings Park and have now slipped to second on the ladder.

Peppermint Grove Tennis Club (PGTC) hosted Hensman Park and despite their bottom position, went within eight games of causing a major upset.

No less than seven tiebreaks were played in the six rubbers with Hensman’s number one Zack Itzstein beating Vuk Velickovic 7-6 2-6 6-1, then Peppermint Grove’s Brendan Malarkey evened the match 4-6 7-6 7-6 against Marco Comuzzo.

Sitting at two-all after the singles, both doubles went the distance with PGTC winning one 11-9 in the third while Hensman won 10-8 in the tiebreak in the other.

Only two of the women’s fixtures were completed after North Beach forfeited to Royal Kings Park, however the clash of the round was the win by Blue Gum over last year’s winners Cottesloe.

The match was poised at two rubbers each after Federation Cup Captain Alicia Molik won in straight sets for Cottesloe over Hannah Innes.

However, straight set wins by Blue Gum’s Sheridan Currie and Katy O’Shea in their singles and then a split in the doubles with a set in hand was enough to get them across the line.

In a match that City Beach women could not afford to drop, Hensman Park got home three rubbers all, six sets all, 56 games to 53 games to stay in touch with the final four.

Juniors Skye Royall and Nadia Rajan delivered strong singles wins to get Hensman Park up on the slimmest of margins.

This weekend’s pick of the matches will be Blue Gum women hosting Royal Kings Park and Cottesloe men face a danger game away against Peppermint Grove.

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