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Roko runs riot as Reds strike

THE lush courts of Wimbledon offered mixed fortunes for the Army’s racket stars at the Inter-Services Tennis Championships.

A strong showing from the men’s team saw them defend their title from 2012 but the women narrowly missed out on glory at the hands of the Royal Navy.

The tournament started with an action packed singles draw and WO2 Jamie Friend (RLC) hit top form to secure back-to- back wins over his rivals.

After a tight opening set the third seed cruised to victory against Navy opponent Lt Martin Shortt before recording an impressive 6-1 6-1 triumph over Cpl Martyn Ledbury of the Royal Air Force.

“I’ve been playing well recently and have trained hard for this competition,” Friend told SoldierSport.

“But the crosswind made conditions difficult and it was hard to establish a routine and pattern. I was up against two tough opponents so I’m really pleased with the score and how I performed.”

While Friend progressed with relative ease, second seed LCpl Lawrence Tere (RAMC) had to dig deep in his match with RAF player Fg Off Andy Keeley.

An arm injury hampered the Army champion and after winning the opening set he lost the second 6-4. However, Tere showed his class to take the decider 6-1 and seal another win for the soldiers.

“The injury hasn’t helped but I’m trying to cope with it and do the best I can,” he said afterwards.

Read this month's issue for the full report.

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