The busy weekend of grassroots tennis for Newark.
Newark Tennis Clubs men’s 1st team captain Sam Smith and James Lalyk brought back the clubs first win since the big return.
** Men’s 1st - Lincs Nat. League Div 2 **
** Newark 4 - 2 Grantham
The duo (Smith/Lalyk) headed to Grantham for a Lincs National League match in Div 2. Smith warmed up slowly but secured his first set on tie break 7-6 then took his second 6-4. James Lalyk came up against an experienced opponent and lost his singles sets 2-6 2-6 but then found form in the doubles round and the pair took the sets easily 6-2 6-2. This first win puts the team mid table and in a stronger position heading into their next match at home vs Boston.
** Mixed 1st - Lincs Nat. League Div 1 **
** Newark 6 - 6 Louth **
** Louth win on shoot out **
It came to a tie break shoot out for Louth to take the day by a narrow margin! Newark were faced with higher rated players across the board but performed well in their singles rounds. Jon Thornton won easily 6-0 6-4. Sara Jackson (9.1) (cptn) playing Ruth East (7.1) won 6-3 6-2. Matt Holmes battled hard taking his first set on a tie break 7-5 but after a broken string/racket change lost 1-6, then 7-10 in the final set tie break. Jen Brown fell 3-6 3-6 after some long rally’s. Jon/Sara found the doubles round easy and took 6-1 6-1. Matt/Jen took longer to settle into their doubles losing 4-6 and then 6-7 in a final set tie break forcing the team into a tie break shoot out at 6-6. Jon won his tie break singles 10-7 but Sara lost 11-13. Matt/Jen then lost the doubles 8-10.
** Men’s 2nd - Notts Nat. League Div 1a **
** Newark 0 - 12 Lakeside **
The team felt a little deflated after their trip away to Lakeside. The team took just 8 games away from the day and lost the overall team effort 0-12. Greg Eden playing 1st seed lost 2-6 1-6, Hari Kolli 0-6 0-6, Matt Holmes, in action for the second time of the weekend lost 3-6 0-6 and Jamie Croft 0-6 1-6. The team didn’t fair any better in the doubles.