Champs came back for old titles

The Cayman Islands Tennis Club had a full house to watch the final action of the club’s Open in South Sound over the weekend.

On Friday evening, Adam Bayley and Adi House defeated Ilain Nachev and Jade Wilkinson in the mixed open final 6-2, 3-6, 10-2.

Saturday afternoon showcased the rest of the 2015 CITC Open finals.

In the men’s singles final, one of the best Caymanians to ever represent his country, Nigel Mitten, came out of a five-year retirement to capture the championship against Kevin Fawcett 6-4, 6-2.

In the women’s final, the appreciative crowd saw another long, tough match where another player who had retired from the game returned and captured the title. After six years away, Adi House defeated Jade Wilkinson 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a three-hour match. Wilkinson is only 14 and, if this performance is anything to go by, will soon be a senior champion.

Frank Pagelsdorf defeated Peter O’Leary 6-2, 6-2 in the Men’s 50s Championship.

The fans were then treated to exciting doubles finals.

In the men’s final, two club pros faced each other. Coach Adam Bayley paired up with Richard Harrison against Mica Koll and coach Jonathan Crossan in an exciting final.

Bayley and Harrison prevailed with a hard-fought 3-6, 6-4, 12-10 victory. In the women’s doubles final, the more experienced players again prevailed.

Marian Goodall and Patricia Calder teamed up to play the singles final pairings of House and Wilkinson in a tough three set match. The fact that House and Wilkinson were drained from playing each other must have been a factor.

Nevertheless, Goodall and Calder fully deserved their 2-6, 6-4, 12-10 victory.

Tournament director Rob Seward said, “The 2015 CITC Open was really a great tournament to be a part of and it was fantastic that Mitten and House came back and competed at the level that they did after such a long break from the game.”

He thanked the participants for creating a “terrific vibe for tennis on the island and I would like to thank our sponsor, PwC, for a terrific start in the sport in 2015.”

Seward also said he appreciated the number of club members that supported the tournament and he anticipates a glorious year for the sport.

The next event at the tennis club is the 2015 Cayman Open from March 26-29 which will feature some world class players, with the possibility of one who was once world ranked No. 12 competing.

Seward added that Dominik Hrbaty and Dustin Brown are two former highly ranked pros who are considering competing in the 2015 Cayman Open.

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