POOR weather in recent weeks has wreaked havoc on the men’s tennis matches, with postponements and cancellations in abundance, leaving the league a little unclear as to the various clubs’ standings within the tables.
However, Lundin Sports managed to host Dundee’s West End in what was scheduled to be the Tayside League Division III’s season finale.
To accommodate others in the side, Jim Douglas sat this one out but, after round one of proceedings, this seemed ill-advised as the visitors took a surprise 4-2 lead.
Doug Allan and Stuart Kerr were the sole contributors to Lundin’s cause, with a comfortable win of 6-2, 6-2.
John Murdoch struggled to find the form of yesteryear, leaving partner Andy Cargill with an uphill battle, ultimately crumbling at the first hurdle with scores of 3-6, 3-6.
Jamie Douglas and Brian Ortmann’s first outing was fraught with tension amid a shallow 6-4, 7-5 victory for their Dundee rivals.
Poetic justice was seen to be done, though, at the start of round two, when Dundee’s pair conceded through injury to give Allan and Kerr a win of 6-1, 6-0.
John Murdoch, after a rest, atoned a little in the second phase, helping his partner to a share of the points with scores of 6-3, 3-6, but Andy Cargill was still looking rather disillusioned.
The contest finally swung Lundin’s way when Jamie Douglas and Brian Ortmann, after a comfortable 6-3 win, ground out a decisive 7-6 tie-break triumph.
The gods were looking down on Murdoch and Cargill at the start of round three as the pair took full advantage of their incapacitated rival’s injury to return scores of 6-1, 6-0, with the visitors’ pairing putting up very little resistance.
Jamie Douglas and Brian Ortmann also took both points with an emphatic scoreline of 6-0, 6-0 to seal the win for Lundin.
Doug Allan, although displaying some tremendous ground strokes, and Stuart Kerr, with an audaciously angled, cleanly-hit drop shot, dropped their first points of the night in the last action of the contest with scores of 6-7, 4-6, in a tie that, happily, did not affect Lundin’s final winning margin of 11-7.
This victory for the home side not only secured their league status for next season in Division III but also consigned the visitors to relegation.