LOCAL coach Ben Scott says he will go into today’s men’s doubles final at Wangaratta’s annual tournament full of confidence, despite retiring from his singles match yesterday because of a virus.
Scott won the first set of his quarter-final against James Curtis-McDonald 6-2 but withdrew in the third to give Curtis- McDonald victory, 2-6 6-1 3-0.
Scott said he was using the singles as a warm-up for the doubles, where he is partnering the man who beat him in the singles final last year, Chris Lamb.
Lamb and Scott, the No. 1 seeds, will face Calum and James Curtis-McDonald in today’s doubles decider.
“I shouldn’t have been out there at all but I wanted to use the singles as a warm-up for the doubles,” Scott said last night.
“I didn’t want to let Chris down.”
Lamb and Scott booked their spot in the doubles final after beating James Gardner and Douglas Smith 6-4 7-6.
The Curtis-McDonalds beat Wangaratta stars Kevin Callahan and Peter Mulrooney 7-6 6-2 to book their spot.
Scott didn’t hesitate when Lamb asked him to be his doubles partner via email and said they were confident of winning the trophy.
“Chris is a pretty handy partner to have,” Scott said.
“There’s no use going into a match thinking you can lose.
“I’d like to think we’ve got a good shot at it.”
The women’s doubles final was won by Hope and D’Arcy Curtis-McDonald, who beat Dianne and Sarah Chandler 6-3 6-0.
Lamb beat Gardner 6-2 6-3 in the men’s open singles final last night, while Hope Curtis-McDonald defeated Lisa Beck 6-1 6-4 in the women’s final.