2nd Mixed Team Match
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 00:00
After one of the first severe winter storms the day before our match, with 100mph winds recorded off the Needles and rain bucketing down, we woke on Sunday 3rd November wondering if the match would be on… How lucky were we! Clear skies, sun and only a light breeze. The courts were still wet but it was game on!
Julie and Darren, playing together in a match for the first time, had a great first set against Chichester’s second pair. The competition was good, and there were lots of quality rallies but we managed to win on tie break. A combination of blisteringly fast serves from Darren, his ability to just get that ball that you thought had been a winner, and Julie playing solidly with some good net shots helped them along. Of course, as this is tennis, there were a few double faults and missed easy shots, but they managed to hold to win 7-6. The next set was an easier ride, and they won comfortably at 6-2.
Against Chichester’s first pair they were slow to get going, two-love down at first. However, once they got the measure of their opponents they managed to win the first set 6-4, with some great rallies and by holding their nerve on some crucial points. The second set was closer, with Chichester’s man serving very strongly and with some hard low shots into Julie’s half. With solid play we managed to take his serve eventually, and that break helped us take the set 7-5.
The Alverstoke second pair consisted of Tracey Lazenby and Alex Bingham, and was the first time the pair have played in a match together. The first rubber against the Chichester first pair was a very tightly fought affair with Tracey's consistency on the forehand ensuring the Chichester were always having to make a lot of returns. Unfortunately the odd break went against the Alverstoke pair and the set was lost 6-3. Undeterred, Alex and Tracey came out strongly in the second set, putting both Chichester serves under pressure. Some long rallies and great volleys from Tracey at the net meant that they were always on the front foot and held their serves to reverse the result of the first set 6-4 and taking the match to a championship tie break. This was again a really close affair, that the Chichester pair eventually took 10-8 to end a really enjoyable if ultimately unsuccessful match for Alverstoke.
The second rubber against the Chichester second pair was again a really tight match. In particular the greater mobility of the Chichester male player and consistency of his serve meant that it was difficult for Tracy and Alex to build any momentum, and they were rarely in front. The first set was lost by the odd break although the second did see more pressure put on the Chichester serve. Unfortunately this never resulted in Alverstoke being a break up and with the Chichester pair finally playing with the fluency of the first set, it was eventually lost 7-5. Whilst Alex and Tracey were unable to force a positive result in either match, it was a thoroughly enjoyable first outing for the pair against some extremely sporting opponents.
Overall, we had some cracking tennis – followed by a great match tea!
If anyone is interested in playing mixed tennis, please feel free to contact Tony Norish (Tonyn45@btinternet.com) or Alex Bingham through the office.