Tough luck for West End

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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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Strong shot: West End’s Mark Nielsen hits a fore­hand dur­ing the club’s Caro Bowl tie with Blockhouse Bay on Fri­day night.

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