Summer soaking fails to stop smashing tennis final

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A maths graduate had all the angles but it was a tennis ace with a law degree who ruled the court in Campbeltown’s men’s singles last Sunday.

Both winner, Thomas Jordan, and runner-up, Andrew McClement, who started in different groups, reached the final without dropping any sets, in an exciting tournament that started in heavy rain.

Eight players met at the tennis club at 10.30am for a contest to win the Dickson cup which replaced an older trophy in 2014.

It was presented by Ronnie and Toby Dickson in memory of their mother Gertie who was a great supporter of Campbeltown Lawn Tennis Club.

Torrential rain delayed the beginning and the competition start time was put back to noon.

The first and second matches in both groups were played in constant drizzle leaving the ball heavy and spraying water with every shot.

Four players were drawn in each group and had to play one set against each other player with two points being awarded for a win.

In the semi-finals the top player in group A, McClement, six points, played second placed Jamie Morris, four points, from group B.

Group B winner Jordan, six points, took on Hector McMurchy, four points, from group A.

Morris broke McClement’s serve to establish an early lead going to 2-0 up in his semi-final.

After McClement broke back for 4-2 Morris, from 40 love down, again broke McClement’s serve, but it was to be his last winning game against the 2015 and 2016 winner, who won 6-3.

The other semi-final pitted the experienced McMurchy against the contest’s biggest server, Jordan, and was much more clear cut, ending in a 6-0 win.

It left the two 22-year-olds to battle for the prize, with Jordan taking the first two sets.

McClement, who had sailed a yacht for 14 hours the previous day to make it back for the tournament, levelled the match before Jordan took control to win 6-2 and add a new name to the trophy.