Last weekend concluded Latvian Club team championship. Already 6th year in a row, since the establishing in 2011, Liepaja Senior team made it into the Final. As our team all these years continue to play in the age group 35+, each year all the competitors have younger tennis players to strengthen the teams.
Team Liepaja in Final had to face team ACB/VL which included former Latvian Davis cup team member, two leading players in Latvian 35+ ranking. After the victory of our team in regular season they won in Semifinal over team Lafivents (Jūrmala) with 4-2. Team ACB/VL with similar result in Semifinal won over team Rīgas Satiksme.
After 4 Single games the result was 1-3 for the opponents. So the opponents could win in the Final just by winning one set in the remaining two Double games. The remaining games were very intense. In the first set of the first Double game the result was 3-5 for the opponents and in the second set 2-5, in the second set of the second Double game the result was 2-4 for the opponents… Using all the experience and support, team Liepaja could manage the impossible mission – in the first Double game they won with 7-5, 7-6 and in the second Double game – 6-4, 6-4! So the overall result became 3-3 and to define the winner of the Final, it was necessary to count the won sets for each team. The calculations showed, that team Liepaja had one won set more than opponents. So team Liepaja won 5th Latvian champion title in six years!
Liepaja Senior tennis team players: Andrejs Koļesins, Eduards Grodskis, Gints Rolis, Andis Čerņecovs, Erlands Lazdāns, Didzis Holštroms, Andis Cirsis, Artūrs Eglītis, Darius Augustinaitis, Arunas Rozga, Elans Strazdiņš. Team Liepaja thanks to the supporters – Liepaja city Sport department and Liepaja Tennis Sport school administration and staff.
With the this years victory, team Liepaja will have the opportunity to represent Latvia at European club team championship in 2017. This year, thanks to the victory last year, team Liepaja will participate next month in the European club team championship which will take in Southspain (organizer Tennis Europe decided to move the tournament from Turkey).
This year Liepaja Senior team member Andrejs Koļesins has a successful Singles tournament season. After successful participation in the team Latvia in World Championship in Croatia (in May) and with victories in few high rank ITF tournaments this year and after the last won ITF 1st category tournament Andrejs at the moment takes 15th position in the ITF 40+ world Singles rating.