THE TENNIS league season is now under way with matches every week until April 2018.
In the first match JITC ‘A’ mixed team played away to Sol Park ‘B’ team in Moraira, and considering it was the first match of the season it was an exciting one.
Accompanied by perfect weather, JITC’s first mixed pair – Rolf Busse and Lesley Brookes took on Sol Park’s George & Louise Rose and won 6-2, 6-4 with Lesley hitting a terrific winner on match point.
Second pair Peter Jones & Julia Hall began slowly against Maggie Conyers & Tony Barfuss from Sol who played a succession of hard-hitting strokes and in doing so won the first set 6-2. JITC tightened their defence in the second set and came out 6-4 winners to leave the tie on 3 points to 1 point at the half way point.
Ladies and Men’s Doubles were next and the Sol Park ladies pairing of Louise Rose and Maggie Conyer were just too strong for JITC and won 6-2, 6-2. This meant that the whole result hinged on the Men’s Doubles, and initially Rolf Busse and Peter Jones from JITC were too strong and comfortably won the first set 6-2. However, the second set was much closer with both pairs having their chances to win the set. Rolf Busse played a superb service game to level the score at 6-6 taking the match to a tie break. Sol Park took an early lead and were 6-4 ahead needing just one point…but JITC won four points in a row to take the tie break 8-6 and win the match overall by 5 points to 3 points.