LIMA — John Kidd and Alex Swick may have cruised into the finals of the Lima City Doubles Tournament, but on Saturday they certainly didn’t cruise through it.
The former LCC duo of Kidd and Swick took home the crown in the men’s open division, defeating Jeff Brown and Gustavo Rueda in a classic showdown in which the match had to be forced into a tiebreaker. Kidd and Swick won 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5). After rain came pouring down throughout the night and morning hours, the final day of the tournament was moved from the Collett Street Courts to Westwood Tennis & Fitness Center.
“We played well in the first set, we held serve and we broke when we needed to toward the end,” Kidd said. “In the second set, we didn’t return well and didn’t serve well in that second set. They broke me and Alex too. In the third set, we were able to hold for the most part and finally in the tiebreaker we were able to get one more point than them.”
Kidd and Swick had to react quickly and return some rocket-like shots from Brown and Gustavo, who were bringing the heat.
“We play a certain style of doubles so we get on top of the net,” Swick said. “It doesn’t matter how hard people hit it because we’ve got pretty good hands. We were a little disappointed that we were inside today because they like to sit back and hit rockets and it’s a lot easier to do that when you’re inside, but we were able to scrape it out today.”
Even though Kidd and Swick make a good team, they still like to beat each other when they square off in other tournaments.
“It’s great to be back out on the court again together to take on some of Lima’s competition,” Kidd said. “I’ve won two tournaments and now Alex has won two so it’s a fun rivalry that we have between us.”
Swick was fortunate enough to celebrate his 19th birthday with a championship win.
“It feels great,” Swick said with a smile. “I told John that we needed one more point for my birthday and that’s all I need. That last point was all I wanted.”
The men’s 50-plus division saw another pair of high school friends win the championship. Mike Klock and Robin Farris beat Brad Kelly and Steve Deblasis 6-1, 6-2.
“It’s a little different playing indoors because we didn’t have the wind or any other weather,” Klock said. “It was humid in there but we got off to a good start again. It was a fun tournament.”
Farris enjoyed playing different types of teams during the tournament run.
“It was fun because each team we played had a different style,” Farris said. “The first two matches actually pushed us pretty well so I think that helped us today. We had a couple tight sets the first two matches.”
Klock and Farris like to play aggressive and charge the net as much as they can.
“That’s our forte is getting to the net and moving,” Klock said. “I think we have an advantage on a lot of those guys.”
Farris mentioned their style is different than most.
“We try to grab the net,” Farris said. “A lot of guys like to stay back especially in the older levels. We still like to move forward and that bothers them but sometimes they’re such good and crafty players that they can make your life a little difficult.”
The former Elida High School duo of Jessie Stambaugh and Jessie Adkins won the women’s open division by defeating Mary Lou Roush and Ruthie Huffman 3-6, 6-3 (6-1).
“We had to figure out their game and we figured out that they liked to lob it all the time,” Stambaugh said. “We’re both aggressive at the net and we play the same style of game.”