University of Sunderland men’s tennis 1sts were defeated 4-2 by an impressive Teesside outfit in the Tees-Wear Varsity on Wednesday afternoon.
Teesside won three of the four singles matches while the points were shared in the doubles.
Sunderland’s team consisted of captain Phil Rudd, president Paddy Horne, Jordan Wilson and Sam Horne with Konstantinos Avelos a vital absentee.
On the tricky carpet surface of Tennis World, Sunderland struggled from the off with Teesside’s quintet consisting of Tom Hollingworth, Jonathan Brown, Jamie Lewis, Duncan Andrews and Sam Thompson.
Sam Horne’s opponent proved too much for him as he went down 6-0 6-1 in the first match to finish.
Paddy Horne’s singles game proved to be the tightest affair. After losing the first set, Horne cruised his way to a 6-0 second set win to take it to a tiebreak. However, his opponent eventually came through to win 10-7 in the tiebreak.
Success was to come for Sunderland though as Wilson cruised to a 6-0 6-1 win to pull Sunderland to within one point of Teesside.
Rudd was last to finish his match but he was unable to defeat his opponent, going down 6-2 6-2 leaving the score at 3-1 in Teesside’s favour after the singles matches.
Sunderland would need to win both doubles matches to snatch a draw. Phil Rudd teamed up with Paddy Horne while Sam Horne’s partner was Jordan Wilson.
Rudd and Horne broke Teesside’s serve in the first game but the hosts’ quality shone through and a moment of comedy saw Horne blast a forehand off Rudd’s head on set point Teesside. The Middlesbrough men impressively won the second set 6-0 to make the overall score 4-1 and the final result was now beyond doubt.
Sunderland were to have the last laugh though as Horne and Wilson won 7-5 6-1 to make the overall score 4-2.
Despite being comfortably beaten, it could have been so much different had Paddy Horne managed to win his singles tiebreak.