Saturday, 11 May 2019 11:09

1st men in top form

Written by Bobby Kerr

HELENSBURGH Tennis Club’s mens first team were in great form on Friday, hammering David Lloyd Renfrew 2 by eight sets to one.

At first couple Fraser Fulton and David Reid destroyed their opponents 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in under an hour. The pair never put a foot wrong as they dominated the match from start to finish, with David’s penetrating ground stokes and Fraser’s accurate winners from the net.

It was a similar story at second couple for Kevin Stephen and Stephen Lewis. They cruised to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 win, with both players in complete control.

At third couple Alastair Hope and David McCowan secured the opening set 6-3 but lost focus slightly in the ninth game of the second set when the visitors broke their serve to take the set 6-4.

The home pair dug deep and led throughout the final set as each player managed to hold their serve. At 6-5 to Helensburgh, Alastair and David knew they had to break serve to avoid the tie break and with a series of deep attacking shots forced the visitors to the back of the court where they could not hit the winners they needed.

Both teams had points to win the match but it was Helensburgh who finally broke the deadlock with a deep topspin forehand to the baseline from Alastair forcing the visitor to hit a limp return straight to David at the net who hit it for a winner.

It was a similar story for the mens second team who were also up against David Lloyd, this time their third team.

Bill Ram and Allan Adam at first couple won their opening set 6-4 but just missed out in the second, going down narrowly 6-4. They soon bounced back to take the deciding set 6-3.

There were no problems for Iain MacLaren and Stephen Humphreys at second couple as they hammered their opponents 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. At third couple it was a case of youth and experience as club president Keith Love teamed up with top intermediate Archie Russell to secure a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 win for an 8-1 victorey overall.

Sadly it was not to be three out of three for the men this week as the third team came up against a very strong Glasgow University Staff team and went down 8-1 with only Clive Charters and Ralph Ward securing a set on the very fast surface.

The ladies 60+ team travelled to Glasgow’s leafy suburbs last week to play Weir Recreation and came away with a great 6-0 win.

Jackie Hunter and Ann Morison were never troubled in their 6-2, 6-0, 6-1 win. Janette Howieson and Jane Carroll nearly lost their opening set as it went all the way to the tie break.

The ladies had worked very hard to stay in the set and were determined not to lose it. They both agreed to concentrate on playing a mixture of deep and short shots to make their opponents run around the court. The plan worked, and they secured the tie break 7-3. They continued the plan and won the next two sets 6-1, 6-0.