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Sports: Close matches highlight tennis club’s doubles tourney
Nicole Marsh Burke and Coral MacKenzie, left, lost the women's doubles championship final when MacKenzie was injured. Cathy Reid and Margaret Hobbs Mancuso were crowned champions. TADY SACZOWSKI

A great week of doubles tennis culminated on the weekend with the crowning of men’s and women’s champions and consolation winners at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Tennis Club.

The women’s championship ended when Coral MacKenzie injured her knee and couldn’t continue.

Tournament director John Ramsbottom noted it had been a very competitive match to that point as MacKenzie and her partner Nicole Marsh Burke had won the first set 6-4.

As a result of the injury, Cathy Reid and Margaret Hobbs Mancuso were declared champions.

The women’s consolation championship featured another competitive match, ending 6-3, 7-5 as Fran Doran and Deb Robert defeated Shannon Brander and Charlene Duras.

On the men’s side, the A championship final needed a tie breaker as both teams won a set.

Eventual champions John Pilling and Scott Lewis won the first set 6-3 but Rob Lipovsky and Brad Butler battled back to win the second set 6-4.

The tie breaker was a tight affair, but Pilling and Lewis pulled it out 10-8.

In the men’s B championship match, winners Rob Lamond and Doug Campbell also needed a tie breaker to win the first set 7-6 (8-6 in the tie breaker) over David Rodgers and Flory Massi.

Another competitive match with the first set going to a tie break which Lamond and Campbell won, 7-6 (8 – 6 in the tie break). They also took the second set 6-1.

In the men’s A consolation final, Jim Reid and Manny Umoquit defeated Jerry McIlhone and Peter Rider 6-3, 6-4.

Mac MacSween and Terry Ratovsky won the men’s B consolation final 6-1, 6-2 over Ted Scott and Glen Barr.

Ramsbottom noted that running a tournament requires a lot of help behind the scenes and he singled out Marilyn Francis, Jill Evans, Jayden Jeong, Janice Schactshneider, Hugh Dow, Shawna MacFarlane “and Mother Nature” for helping make the tournament a success.

The club’s annual singles tournament is set for the week of Sept. 11, with the finals to be played on Saturday, Sept. 16.

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