On Wednesday evening at the GBTI Recreational Centre, Bel Air in the Men’s 35 and Over Singles, Albert Razick – a US Diplomat in Guyana defeated Guyanese International Recording Artist Rudy Grant in a brutal and physical
game of smart tennis.
Razick took his revenge for the loss he suffered last year in the Assuria 35 and Over Men’s Singles Tennis Classic. In the first set Razick played with composure, moving Grant around the court with a lot of top spin forehand deep to the baseline leaving the middle of the court free for Razick to come in and play short slices with the forehand and backhand off to the left and right side of the court.
Razick was now in charge of the game and raced to a 4/1 lead which most people who were sitting around the court thought was enough for Razick to take the first set comfortably. But it was not so as Grant fought back with his lobs and drop shots which Razick tried to stop but the amount of court Razick had to cover most of the time gave Grant a serious chance now to close the gap to 4/3.
Grant came off the court after he won the 7th game and asked for a medical break because he felt a slight pull in his groin area when he was running back for the last point he played. Grant called for a bag of ice which he used to stop the pain he was suffering from in the upper part of the inside of the leg. Grant never recovered from that and lost the set 6/3.
Razick was now going in for the kill as he kept on seeing Grant using the ice on the groin but Grant is a battler and he doesn’t give up easily as Razick is well aware; Grant struck in the second set to go 4/1 up and rushed away with the second set 6/3, shocking Razick to the bone.
The third set was now up for grabs as Razick served to start the set which Grant was watching very carefully. Razick kept up the pressure coming in to volley when he could and kept the ball deep to the baseline.
With the game at 3 all, Grant started to do move more around the court which didn’t give Razick any chance to drop the ball short over the net which was happening in the last two sets. Razick came to the net very quickly and volleyed straight into the bottom of the net which gave Grant the lead that he needed to take the game at 4/3.
Grant should have won the set from that point since he had to serve, which would have given him a 5/3 lead but Razick stuck to his game plan by hitting a few quick forehand top spins cross court which left Grant stranded on the opposite side to gave Razick a well earned win and move on in the GBTI Men’s 35 and Over Singles Jubilee Tennis Tournament 6/3, 3/6, 6/4.
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