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Murraine mesmerises ‘Magic’ to claim Independence Men’s Open title

St. John's, Antigua.

The talents of the country’s male tennis players were on display last weekend as they battled to determine who would reign supreme. After hours of round robin duels on Saturday, only six were left standing.

As faith would have it, Peter “Wiffo” Quinn and Ian “Magic” Hughes (No 2 seed) met head to head in the semi-finals with Hughes getting the better of his opponent, 8-5, to advance to the finals.

Meantime, at the top half of the draw, Johan Oliver (No 1 seed) came up against the hard-hitting Ron Murraine. Murraine claimed this battle, 8-5, to advance.

The finals did not disappoint as the ever-energetic Hughes fought long and hard, but it was just not to be as Murraine took the first set, 6-3.

The second set was more evenly matched as they were tied, 6-6, but Murraine was able to hold serve to edge out Hughes, thus clinching the title in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6.

The tournament was deemed a success, as the participation from both Halcyon Tennis and Jolly Harbour Tennis was high. This is in keeping with the Antigua & Barbuda Tennis Association’s plans to increase its adult competitions for 2014.

St. John’s, Antigua.

The talents of the country’s male tennis players were on display last weekend as they battled to determine who would reign supreme. After hours of round robin duels on Saturday, only six were left standing.

As faith would have it, Peter “Wiffo” Quinn and Ian “Magic” Hughes (No 2 seed) met head to head in the semi-finals with Hughes getting the better of his opponent, 8-5, to advance to the finals.

Meantime, at the top half of the draw, Johan Oliver (No 1 seed) came up against the hard-hitting Ron Murraine. Murraine claimed this battle, 8-5, to advance.

The finals did not disappoint as the ever-energetic Hughes fought long and hard, but it was just not to be as Murraine took the first set, 6-3.

The second set was more evenly matched as they were tied, 6-6, but Murraine was able to hold serve to edge out Hughes, thus clinching the title in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6.

The tournament was deemed a success, as the participation from both Halcyon Tennis and Jolly Harbour Tennis was high. This is in keeping with the Antigua & Barbuda Tennis Association’s plans to increase its adult competitions for 2014.

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Murraine mesmerises ‘Magic’ to claim Independence Men’s Open title

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