It was a great weekend for tennis in St. Marys. Rescheduling the St. Marys Social Tennis Club’s doubles tourney proved to be a good idea, as almost everyone was able to make the new date, and the weather could not have been better.
The tennis was pretty darn good too. Thirteen teams entered, with many new faces.
Under tennis-perfect overcast skies on Saturday, Vivek Kurdikeri and Hithesh Podanolana of London repeated last year’s win of the St. Marys Social Tennis Club’s annual Rusty Spring doubles tournament. The pair took out consolation champs Andrew Atlin and Eric Thomas 8-4 in a 45-minute match which began at 4:00 pm – a long day for both teams in this double-knockout tournament.
Both teams had faced 2014 Rusty Spring winners Dave Pullen and John Sipos prior to the championship game. Kurdikeri and Podanolana pushed Pullen and Sipos to the consolation round to face Atlin and Thomas, who had already played two games in a row. The so-called “Battle of St. Marys” was indeed a close one, with Atlin and Thomas eventually winning 8-6.
Despite Atlin and Thomas’ strength and controlled play, it was no match in the end for the comparatively youthful and well-rested Kurdikeri and Podanolana. Kurdikeri was quick and powerful at the net, with Podanolana providing strong serves and ground strokes.
Their next formal event is the Singles “Fall Classic” tournament on Sept. 24.