One of the more intriguing matches in the Alabama Adult League Tennis Championships features a local team–Mobile Hastie-Daughterty–against Decatur Irwin on Sunday in the 4.0 men’s finals, scheduled for 8 a.m. at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center.
Hastie-Daughterty swept all five matches against Birmingham-Nixon to make it to Sunday’s finals.
What’s intriguing about this competition is that the Mobile team has 22 wins, but the Decatur squad–which consists of some of the best players from the Decatur-Shoals area–has 25.
That’s right–25 wins. The Decatur-Irwin squad has not lost a single court during the competiton.
That in itself would present a problem for the Mobile squad. However, John Hastie, captain of the Mobile team, isn’t too worried about it. In fact, he;s looking forward to it.
“It feels great to make it to the finals, especially since it’s my first time being captain,” he said. “We’re facing a strong team that hasn’t lost a set. but we have a pretty good team, too.
Hastie said that facing Decatur-Irwin was like David facing Goliath, or even Clash of the Titans.
“It’s going to be a very entertaining match,” he said. “The Decatur team has players who have played in different leagues (in their area). But we’ve been together a while and have a lot of veterans on our team. The core of our team has known each other for years.”
While Mobile Hastie-Daugherty is seeking a title, one Mobile team–the 5.0 men’s squad–won a championship on Saturday, defeating Huntsville in round-robin play.
Mobile-Hutchisson’s 4.5 women stayed alive with a a pair of wins over Huntsville-Richardson and Mobile-Stubbs. Team Hutchisson faces current leader Birmingham-Thompson on Sunday. In 4.5 men, Mobile-Brutkiewicz leads in the round-robin competition, and plays Mobile Antoine on Sunday.
A pair of Birmingham teams–Birmingham-Lockhart and Birmingham Tutwiler–face off in the 4.0 women’s finals. Two other Birmingham based teams–Taylor and Sikora-Grumley–face off in the 3.0 women’s finals. Birmingham Taylor defeated Tuscaloosa-Gatewood 3-2 to advance, while Sikora-Grumley defeated Brimingham Myers/Barclay 5-0.
There were some Saturday matches that were disrupted because of rain. Those matches will continue on Sunday at 7 a.m. The regularly scheduled matches will begin at 8 a.m. at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center, with the 4.5 men scheduled to play at Medal of Honor Park, located on Cottage HIll Road.