Doubles delight for Manders and Mallory
Gavin Manders and Trey Mallory claimed the MTM Doubles Series title after a close-fought battle against Sam Butler and James Finnigan at the Fairmont Southampton on Sunday.
Manders and Mallory won the final of the A Division 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. The B and C Divisions will be played the week after Cup Match.
Manders and Mallory are now ranked the No 1 doubles pair on the island after their success in the three-day tournament.
“It was a great three days and all of the top names were playing in it. The quality was quite high,” said Manders, who set up Manders Tennis Management with Jovan Jordan-Whitter.
“We took a 3-0 lead and had some chances to go up 4-0 but they fought back to make it 3-1 before reeling off five games.
“The momentum shifted heavily one sided and me and Trey were able to catch ourselves, regroup, and close out the final set 7-5.”
Mallory added: “It was a pretty intense final. I give credit to Sam and James who fought hard and never backed up.
“Me and Gavin have styles that perfectly compliment each other.
“We constantly communicated throughout the match, which is key in doubles.”
MTM will be hosting the Craig Bean Memorial Championships at the Fairmont Southampton from August 7 to 15. Bean was the top junior player on the island when he died in a road accident aged in 2000.