Launceston 16-year-old Ruben McCormack has launched the potential of his tennis career off the ground in Easter Monday’s AMT men’s singles final.
The gutsy 6-3, 6-2 win was the first of his two tournament finals – played less than an hour apart – against Ben Barnett for the main prize at this year’s Tasmanian Easter Championships.
“I was sore all tournament, but you’ve just got to play with it,” McCormack said at the end of four days of tennis.
The unseeded winner split the finals with Barnett, who turned the tables in the Pardey Shield for under-age Tasmanians.
He paid tribute to his fierce but friendly rival for accelerating his on-court growth.
“We hit a lot with each other,” McCormack said.
“But it’s good because we can improve from each other, which is really what we’re doing at the moment.”
Eliane Fader went one better than both McCormack or Barnett to claim the AMT and Pardey Shield female double.
Fader, also 16, outclassed the more experienced and top-seed Vanessa Dobson 6-1, 6-2 in the AMT women’s singles final.
She would go on later to defeat her Sandy Bay clubmate Charlotte Ingram 6-1, 6-3 in the Shield decider.
Martyn Icke teamed with Luke Rankovich to take out the AMT men’s doubles final.
The fourth seeds won 6-4, 6-1 against Bailey Horne and Barnett.
Annie Donaldson and Lara Slisko captured the women’s doubles final.
The mainland pair scored a 6-4, 6-2 win over Angelina Graovac and Emma Pollock.