Tough luck for West End
A 4-2 win over Blockhouse Bay wasn’t enough to keep West End at the top of the Caro Bowl club tennis competition on Friday night.
Former Davis Cup players Mark Nielsen and Alistair Hunt were victorious for West End in singles and doubles matches.
But Blockhouse Bay number one Jackson Bodle secured a win over Adam Thompson in three tough sets, while teenager Marco Comuzzo beat the experienced Teo Susnjak.
Parnell lead the competition after thumping Royal Oak 60 thanks to an appearance by Kiwi No 1 Dan King-Turner, who’s back in the country on a break in between overseas tournaments.
King-Turner, ranked 268 in the world, beat Kiril Tcherveniachki in straight sets and teamed with Matt Prentice to beat Tcherveniachki and Wei Wei also in two sets in the top doubles.
West End now sit on 31 points, one point behind Parnell.
Meanwhile, Campbell Park sit in third spot after a 5-1 win over Kohimarama with Gustavo Gomez and Mariano Pettigrosso once again claiming victory, while Remuera defeated Pompallier 7-6 on a set countback.
In the women’s competition there appeared to be no stopping Royal Oak as they gained a 5-1 win against Remuera to move 10 points clear of Kohimarama.
Leela Beattie was again a winner at No 1 for the Royal Oak side.
The Pompallier women continued to struggle, conceding a 6-0 loss to last year’s champions Parnell.
On Friday night West End host Kohimarama, Pompallier welcome Royal Oak and Campbell Park visit Blockhouse Bay.
The Royal Oak women host Kohimarama, while Pompallier have the bye. Matches start from 6pm. Points table after five rounds: Men: Parnell 32, West End 31, Campbell Park 29, Blockhouse Bay 26, Remuera 23, Royal Oak 12, Kohimarama 4, Pompallier 3.
Women: Royal Oak 36, Kohimarama 26, Parnell 17, Mission Bay 12, Glendowie 11, Remuera 9, Pompallier 9.
Strong shot: West End’s Mark Nielsen hits a forehand during the club’s Caro Bowl tie with Blockhouse Bay on Friday night.