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Ontario's Byrd Wins News Journal Tennis Title

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 7/29/2013

Lexington's Tommy Barkett and Ontario's Jacob Byrd found themselves in a familiar setting Monday night, going head to head in a competitive tennis singles match. Barkett had won the previous two meetings between the two, but Byrd was determined not to let that happen again, and he didn't.

Byrd and Barkett each found their way through a field of around 20 players in the News Journal's 80th Annual Tennis Tournament to the championship match in the boys 18 and under division.

Byrd would come out strong to seize a 5-1 first set advantage at Lakewood Racquet Club in Lexington, but Barkett would battle back as usual to take the next three games. Byrd would close out the first set however, taking the next game and the set 6-4.

Barkett's momentum from his first set ralley would carry over to set number two, where he would run out to a three games to one lead. Byrd would bounce back to take the next two games and tie the set at 3-3, but Barkett would rally to win the next three games and the set 6-3, to force a third and final set.

In the championship set Byrd would take immediate control by breaking Barkett twice and running out to a 5-1 lead. Barkett would hold serve to make it 5-2, but Byrd would close out the match on his next serve opportunity, exercising some demons with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Barkett for the tournament title.

Byrd says he actually hasn't had much tennis practice this summer because he's been so busy with his job. He will attend Spring Arbor University in Michigan in the fall, where he will play collegiate tennis.

   
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