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Round-up of the latest action from Oakham Tennis Club

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Newcomers Matt Walker and Rob Hale have been a formidable addition to the first team ranks at Oakham Tennis Club.

The duo were partnered together last week for their opening match and quickly showed their competitiveness in winning two rubbers with one on a tiebreak.

They then went one better this week by winning all three rubbers against a strong Leicestershire club side.

Rob Hale and Matt Walker.
Rob Hale and Matt Walker.

Their accuracy and strength saw them come from behind on more than one occasion.

Finding themselves 7-1 down against their opposite number, they fired winners to draw level and then win the tiebreak.

Tref Vandoros and Gordon Reekie also improved on last week’s result, beating their opposite numbers in another closely fought tiebreak to give the Rutlanders a convincing win.

Stalwarts Jack Hubbard and Dan Potter are unbeaten so far and pulled out all the stops to win three rubbers, losing only 10 games in the match.

Their acrobatics to reach balls earned them well-worked points as Oakham recorded a 7-2 success to move into top spot with 27 points.

The second seniors men’s side started their campaign by hosting Wigston at The Vale where they ran out 6-2 winners.

Skipper Peter Farrar and Gordon Reekie got off to a brisk start, winning all four sets 6-0, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-0.

Rob Potter and Bill Worswick took on the visitors’ firsts and worked well together, facing powerful serves and robust exchanges but undaunted, they fired back searching drives and ran out worthy winners 6-3, 6-4.

However, they seemed to run out of steam in their second encounter, losing 6-1, 6-1.

The ladies’ first team are rattling ahead in the league after their latest 6-3 win over Market Harborough.

This win keeps the Rutlanders at the top of the table, 10 points ahead of Harborough who have also played three matches.

Once again captain Debbie Powell had to make changes for the away match.

Leading form the front – as ever - she and Lauren Prince proved too powerful and accurate for the hosts, losing only three games in three rubbers.

Second strings Grace Hornsby and Ceire Mullins joined forces for their first match together which proved to be a successful combination as they won all three rubbers 8-5, 8-4, 8-1.

The third pair of Jane Wood and Lisa Hornsby found the hosts too accurate and consistent but they battled to score as many games as possible.

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