Lines marches on in Dominican Republic
Nicholas Lines is the lone Bermudian left in the Under-16's singles boys division at the JITIC 2013 tennis tournament in Dominican Republic.
Lines continued his show of resilience, winning another three setter, 0-4, 4-1, 5-4 (11-9), over Nicholas Every of Curacao.
After dropping the first set at love, he bounced back for a 4-1 second set in his favour. The third set reached four games all to bring on the deciding seven point tie break. It was evidently a tense situation as Lines claimed victory by 11 points to nine.
The second round is where the journey ended for Billy Boyle in the main draw, losing to Jose Olivares of the host country 6-1, 6-2.
Boyle appeared to be in the ‘zone' in the first couple of games as they both held serve comfortably, but it wasn't long before the first set was in the pocket of the Dominican at 6-1.
The second would follow in the same pattern of the first, leaving the Bermudian to wonder about what may have been.
“The lanky Dominican moved around the court with grace and had good touch that enabled him to absorb the power of the smaller Bermudian,” said a team spokesperson.
“Billy continued to go for his shots and had a good measure of a number angled drives that got past his opponent, the problem was his opponent had more power of his own to go along with his excellent defence.
“The second set was as comfortable as the first for Jose.”
Boyle's cousin Courtland Boyle had his singles play halted by Jorge Ortiz Garcia.
The Puerto Rican got off to a quick start and then maintained control of the match to continue in the Main Draws back draw section.
The score was 4-0, 5-3 using the short sets format.
In doubles play, delayed by one day due to the rain, both Boyles took on Nabil Muhammed and Gian Luc Robinson of Trinidad and Tobago.
The cousins lost the first set 6-4, before regaining their composure to claim the second set 6-3.
They eventually claimed the win in the final set tiebreaker set 10-7.