Klein leads Mosman Park charge
THE second round of the men’s State Tennis League saw a replay of last year’s final when Hensman Park (HPTC) travelled to Mosman Park for another spirited encounter, with the latter delivering a thumping six rubbers, 12 sets and 72 games to 0-1-30.
Pre-match strategies surrounding the playing order finally saw Mosman Park’s Brydan Klein, ranked 304 in world singles, slotted in to beat a plucky Zack Itzstein 6-4, 6-1 in a high quality match played on hard court.
Klein (27), born in Rockingham, is a touring British professional.
Mosman Park’s classy Dom Bechard won the battle of the lefthanders against HPTC’S Marco Comozzo 6-2, 6-2 while Brenton Bacon and Alex Downey completed the singles rout and Mosman Park won both doubles, but not before Rhys Johnson teamed with Itzstein to push Klein and Bechard in a tough three setter.
Up the coast, Bayswater scrambled their first points when rain stopped play for a draw against Peppermint Grove.
Mt Lawley recorded their first win for the season over an injurydepleted Dalkeith 4-2 and to complete the round, Cottesloe backed up their first round win over Dalkeith with a 4-1 win over King’s Park.
In the women’s league, all matches were one-sided as Royal Kings Park (RKPTC) continued their great early form and backed their first round win over Blue Gum with another strong win 5-1 over last year’s champions Cottesloe.
The addition of Bojana Bobusic has certainly added a new dynamic.
Blue Gum scored their first points of the season, beating City Beach 4-2 and Hensman Park beat North Beach 5-1.
The pick of the matches this week will be City Beach women hosting leaders RKPTC and Cottesloe hosting Mosman in the mens.
Tim Macpherson, Michae Taylor, Dan Paech and Angus Firth at the inaugural event in April this year.
Dom Bechard in battle against Marco Comozzo.