It didn’t take long for Nicholas “Nick Nick” Ellis to light up the Silver Hill, Christ Church hard court.
The 13-year-old Silver Hill resident, last year’s losing finalist, rebounded from losing the first set, to upend Desmond “Hatcher” Wooding 26-28, 21-15, 21-17 in the ‘B’ class division, when the Silver Hill Road Tennis Championships got underway on Saturday night.
Ellis, a student of St George Secondary and an evident fan favourite, had to be consoled after he broke down in tears after dropping a keenly contested first set.
However, those tears soon gave way to smiles as the diminutive left-hander brought the crowd to life with spectacular strokes on both sides of the court.
Another teenager in Ezekiel Ward also got off to a winning start in that division by recovering to thump Roger Daniel 12-21, 21-6, 21-10.
In the ‘A’ class competition Simeon Harewood, Corey Mayers, Aaron Douglas, Jamal “Bob” Best, Wayne Clarke and Anderson “Chef Andy” Smith all advanced to the next round.
Simeon twice wasted big leads against Kirkman Harewood before coming away with a 21-19, 22-24, 21-11 win, while Douglas recovered from losing the first set to down Anthony Haynes 16-21, 21-5, 21-17,
Mayers easily dismissed Caeddi Forde in straight sets 21-14, 21-17, with Best also followed suit in his 21-19, 21-11 win over Warrington Ward.
Clarke wasted little time in dispatching Roy “Schoolboy” Revellar 21-18, 21-10, and in the nightcap, Smith cooked southpaw Matthew Grazettes 22-20, 21-17.
In the lone women’s match, Sonja Cox defeated Kathy-Ann McCollin 21-14, 22-20.