Competitive spirit triumphed over the elements in Petworth Lawn Tennis Club’s Match against Four Men of Tillington.
Play had to be switched to the hard courts and a fascinating match began under grey skies in unseasonal temperatures of four degrees Celsius.
In their first match Tillington’s Mark and Paul Clayton came back strongly after going 6-1 down. Nevertheless they didn’t quite overcome Rod Matthews and Peter Suart conceding the second set tie-break at 8-6.
Roger Morgan-Grenville and James Mitford gave Matthews and Suart another challenging match which ended in a nail-biting draw at 5-7, 7-5.
The Clayton brothers showed their edge defeating Petworth’s Hugo af Petersens and Sam Perry in style despite the latter’s earlier decisive win over Morgan-Grenville and Mitford.
Although victory was Petworth’s at 5-3 in sets, Tillington had a lot left in the bag. Petworth will have to work hard in the return match.