Namibian tennis coaches dominated at the annual Tulipam Central Tennis Championship (CTC), where for the first time this year a new format was introduced to make matches faster and more exciting.
The changes included playing sets to four games and if a game went to deuce, one deciding point would be played to determine the game winner.
“This resulted in matches being tense from the very start, as going behind early would almost certainly result in losing the set. The sudden death point at deuce created exciting pressure moments for both the players and fans. After some initial reservations, all agreed that the new format added a lot of excitement to the tournament,” Muller said.
However, in the men’s singles category, the results followed the form book with the top four seeds reaching the semi-finals.
The first semi-final was between fellow coaches and double team mates Kallie Heese and Nqobilizwe Moyo and this match went all the way to a third set tiebreaker with Moyo eventually sealing the victory.
In the other semi-final, SP van Wyk defeated Ronaldo Uirab in straight sets, 4-1 :4-2.
The final match was played as the best of 5 sets and Moyo took the first set comfortably with Simon van Wyk making too many errors, but van Wyk found his range in the second set and from then on it was a very close battle.
Van Wyk continued to up his game with some fine approach shots and net play to close out the match in a 4th set tie breaker to win the match and the CTC Club Champs title 3 sets to 1.
The men’s plate final saw the first 5 set match played at this tournament.
Marsorry Ickua took a 2-set lead but Patrick “the Hitman” Paulus fought back after some court side inspiration from his young son to win an epic encounter 3 sets to 2.
The ladies’ singles final between Melissa Khupe and Bronwyn Kavarure was another tough match.
Both players played consistent tennis from the baseline, trying to force their opponents into unforced errors without taking too many risks.
Both sets went to tie breakers with Melissa Khupe winning 4-3: 4-3 to defend her title as the CTC ladies Club Champion.
The men’s veteran singles category was played by the elder statesmen of the club in a round robin format and some of the most exciting matches of the tournament took place in this category.
Augusto Cosulich managed to defeat Andreas Brueckner in the deciding match in another tough 3 set encounter that was played in a very jovial spirit.
The ladies’ doubles, also played in a round robin format, was won my Melissa Khupe and Bronwyn Kavarure with Lena Brinkmann and Joyce Stals finishing in second.
The men’s doubles were won by Kallie Heese and Nqobilizwe Moyo who beat Ronaldo Uirab and Risto Shikongo in the most entertaining match of the weekend.
Some great shots were seen during the match, however, the experience of Moyo and Heese showed through at the end to win the match in a fourth set tiebreaker.
The men’s doubles plate was won by Yorm Amesu and Lawrence Kahindi with Oshoveli Hiveluah and David Ipinge the runners up.