Rain speeds up play in tennis

By Staff
CHARGING THE NET Fran Seymour charges the net during mixed doubles action at Northeast Tennis Center. PHOTOS BY PAULA MERRITT / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Will Bardwell / staff writer
June 27, 2004
When Justin Sutton made the trip from Brandon to Meridian for the State Games of Mississippi tennis tournament, he knew bad weather might affect how many matches he played.
He was right but not how he thought.
Sutton was one of a handful of competitors who played three matches on Saturday as tournament officials tried to pack in as many games as possible. Rain is forecasted for today and could interrupt play, as it did twice on Saturday.
Still, tennis commissioner Wanda McPhail was happy with the way tournament officials were able to dance around storms and quickly dry off wet courts.
As McPhail predicted, turnout for the event was down from previous years. As a result, some age groups in both the adult and junior played with a round-robin format.
Play began on Saturday at 9 a.m. and continued past 9 p.m. Full results of Saturday's matches were unavailable at The Meridian Star's press deadline.
The tournament will resume today at 9 a.m., and the last scheduled match is set for 4 p.m. McPhail warned that rain could push match times back.
Some areas of play have already finished play. Elizabeth Case and Elise Gibbs wrapped up the gold medal in the girls' 14-and-under doubles.
Case also won gold in the girls' 12-and-under singles tournament, winning all but two games in her two matches. Cassie Munn earned the silver medal, and Savannah Vance took bronze.

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