Two new names have been etched into the history of the annual Albury Easter Tennis tournament.
Sydney's Sarah Rokusek and Tomislav Papac took out the men's and women's AMT singles finals yesterday, in what was the first time winning the event for both players.
Papac overcome Melbourne's Patrick Fitzgerald in a super tiebreak, 7-5, 2-6, 5-10, to claim the title, with Australian tennis legend John Fitzgerald at the courts to watch his son.
"It was a tough one," Papac said.
"Especially in the super tiebreak, it was anyone's game.
"I think I got some momentum in the second set and started off the third set well.
"The first three or four points at the start are really big in a super, and I think I took it on from there.
"It got a little bit tense at the end, but I got through."
It wasn't the first time the two opponents had met on court.
"I played him (Fitzgerald) about five years ago in Adelaide and lost to him in a close one, so I was expecting it to be a tough match," Papac said.
"It wasn't easy."
Fitzgerald defeated his doubles partner and Albury tennis star Jade Culph in the semi-final to advance to the decider.
14-year-old Rokusek defeated number one seed Kelsey Lewis 7-5, 6-1 to claim the women's singles.
It's not the first time the Sydney resident has had success on the border, having claimed wins for her previous age groups at the Margaret Court Cup.
Rokusek and Lewis had previously played doubles together, but were forced to go head-to-head on this occasion.
"The match was really intense," Rokusek said.
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"She (Lewis) has got a really good serve, so I knew in order to get close in the match I had to serve well.
"It's been lovely playing here and the weather's been great."
Despite her age, Rokusek hopes to continue to excel in the women's AMT singles, with dreams to one day play on the circuit.
"I started playing in the womens when I was 13, because that's when you can," she said.
"I thought I might as well give it a try and see how I go.
"If I can play on the circuit, that'd be awesome."
Rokusek is now off to contest a tournament in Melbourne.
It was an all-Border showdown in the under-12 girls singles, with Albury's Lara Meagher defeating Ella McDonell.
The Rex Hartwig Cup was this year incorporated into the Easter tournament for the junior grades.
Meagher also claimed the C-grade women's singles final, while Albury's Alison Tinworth was also an Easter tournament winner on her home courts.
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