Paul O’Flynn and Joseph Rigal had a good battle in the singles. Paul appears to have warmed up first (I bet he had already played that day) and took the first set 6-4. However, Joseph did a good demolition job in the second set to take it 6-1. Despite Paul’s attempts to slow down his momentum, Joseph then took the third set for a 4-6 6-1 6-3 victory.
Geoff Isaacs has a slight injury and has pulled out of the singles, giving Bruce Rigal a walkover. Geoff will still play his doubles matches.
Eugene Belin tried to get games off Sam Evans in their singles match, but to no avail in the first set. He did win one game in the second though, giving Sam a 6-0 6-1 victory.
Dudley Leigh and Richard Wu played their scheduled match early. We know Dudley won, but there was no record of the final score.
Alberto Zanatta and Peter Davies had a 2 hour 45 minute singles “war of attrition”. With the wind and West Heath bounces making timing difficult, hitting winners was a high-risk strategy, and both players had good movement and consistency so points were hard to win. That’s the same time it took Andy Murray to beat Raonic the following day to earn his second Wimbledon singles title. Except that Andy is in his twenties, Alberto in his forties and Peter in his sixties. Peter took the first set 6-3 and had high hopes with a break in the second, but Alberto dug in and forced a tie-break which he won 7-5. In the third set Peter relaxed to hit the ball better, and despite good pressure from Alberto, broke and managed to hold on to it to take the match 6-3 6-7[7-5] 6-3.