Pollini retains his Tri-a-thon title

Cayman Islands Tennis Club’s Tri-a-thon tournament saw a number of great matches as usual last week.

In the men’s final Paolo Polloni defeated Martin Lang 7-5, 6-2 in a tremendously entertaining match on Friday night.

The first set was very tight with each holding serve in fiercely contested rallies. At 5-6 Scotsman Lang was serving to stay in the set against his Italian opponent who was able to break his serve to capture the first set. Then Polloni’s superior fitness told and he was able to take the second set and win his second straight Tri-a-thon tournament.

This was their fifth game. Lang won the first two and Pollini has been victorious since. The last victory was in a masters tournament.

Polloni, 43, is a restaurateur at the Italian diner Luca on West Bay Road. He said: ‘Martin is a good player. He used to play for many years. This was a very, very close match. The first set got to 6-5. I had a break point and broke him so won that 7-5 and then in the second set, I was probably a little bit fitter than Martin. He got a little bit tired and I was able to break him twice. All the games were very, very close, a lot of advantages. We both know each other’s game well so it was always tight.’

Brian Wight and Robert Hale won the men’s doubles, beating Junior Hydes and Chuck Thompson.

Sheila Mackenzie and Sarah Fletcher captured the women’s doubles. Polloni and Karen Myren teamed up to win the mixed doubles.

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