Spanton breaks through
LAST weekend the Port Douglas Tennis Club finished another Junior Development Series tournament, this time in Innisfail.
Two juniors collected trophies, which was very pleasing for the club.
But the big story was Rory Spanton. He won the Under 11 boys singles, his first big win in 18 months of playing tournaments.
“It is a wonderful lesson in perseverance,” said PDTC coach Alan Lane.
“Each week he would lose in the later rounds of the tournament, but turn up the next week at lessons and try to pracIn tice what he learnt from his losses.”
He gradually made enough progress for it to “burst through” last weekend.
the match deciding winner and runner up he played Billy Haoda (who had beaten Rory every time in previous matches), the score being 3-4, 4-2, 4-3 (5-4 tiebreaker) with the last tiebreaker going to 4 points all and match point for both of them.
In the JDS format when the score gets to 4 all in the tie breaker the next point is sudden death. “Rory was able to keep his nerve and clinch that point – and the match,” said Lane.
Anna Harding was runner up in the Under 11 girls. She has achieved this in previous tournaments.
Alan Lane and Rory Spanton
Annemarie and Peter Clark