Lundin’s campaign opens with a victory

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TENNIS league action returned to Lundin Links when the local side entertained Broughty Ferry in this Tayside League Division III match which saw Lundie run out 5.5-3.5 winners.

For this encounter, Lundin’s pairings reverted to the usual partnerships of Jamie and Jim Douglas and Brian Ortmann with Andy Cargill, which left Stuart Kerr to team up with debutant John White.

The match got under way in unpleasant conditions, with the wind and rain making play rather difficult for all participants. However, the Douglas partnership looked to be getting the better of Ferry’s top pairing before Jamie sustained an elbow injury, resulting in the remaining games being conceded.

With the onus now on the other pairings to get some points on the board, Brian and Andy stepped up to the plate and swept aside the visitors’ third seeds, with scores of 6-0, 6-3. Stuart and John commendably shared the spoils with their counterparts.

After being slightly unlucky in losing their first set by a score of 4-6, they rolled up their sleeves and dug out a win in the second set, courtesy of an action-packed tie-break.

Despite Jamie’s injury the Douglas duo re-emerged for round two but, by this stage, Ferry’s top pair had found their top form and Lundin’s fledgling pairing of Kerr and White succumbed to defeat to give the visitors a temporary advantage.

This was short-lived, however, as Jamie fought through the pain barrier with the Douglas pair making light work of their opponents, returning scores of 6-3, 6-0, to draw the sides level once more.

The contest then swung Lundin’s way as Ortmann and Cargill’s power play swept aside Ferry’s second seeds 6-3, 6-2.

However, Ortmann and Cargill crumbled in their last outing of the evening, unable to get the better of their counterparts from Tayside and uncharacteristically losing both sets.

During the break, the ice-pack was again in use on Jamie’s elbow and the Douglas pair were again able to continue to complete their quota of games.

Indeed, this was their best showing of the night, defeating Ferry’s seconds 6-1, 6-0 to maintain the home side’s lead.

In the final action of the evening, Kerr and White emerged victorious against Ferry’s thirds, with White doing himself and the team proud, enjoying the experience, while securing Lundin’s victory in the process, with a final winning margin of 5.5 to 3.5.

This week, the team travel to Falkland, a venue they have not visited in many years.