After a 7 wins in a row, Jordan Holt's victorious run was almost brought to an end on Sunday. But an adrenaline fueled final set saw the long time Local Tennis Leaguer through to continue his successful streak.
'Sunday was one of the closest matches I’ve ever played although I have lost a 3rd set tiebreaker before. I was battling a cold, old balls (which I shamefully brought to the match), a bit of rain at the end and a good opponent: Michael. He kept hitting huge T serves whenever he was down or forcing me into 30 shot rallies because of the slow ball pace. I was lucky to win in the end, I went for broke and hit a few lines!'
After 2 and a half hours of battling it out on Downhills Park in Haringey, it was Jordan who finished the match as victor. His post match commentary sums it up pretty well we think!
'Excellent match. Lots of long rallies on break points. I'm exhausted!'
'I started playing properly probably when I was around 18 or 19. I joined the Imperial College tennis club and then had coaching at bishops park for a couple of years.
I joined my first Local Tennis League in 2013/14. I would definitely recommend! Before LTL I had played a lot of tennis but it had always been with a coach, never really a match situation. The league helped me become a match player rather than just someone who knew how to hit a good forehand fed from a basket. I’ve also met some good hitting partners over the years.'
And with the winning run continuing, who is Jordan now looking to emulate?
'I'm a lefty but I don’t like to grind like Nadal, I prefer to be much more aggressive. My game can be very up and down and I often wear a Stanimal tshirt during matches so I guess I’d say I style myself most on Stan (Wawrinka). Recently I’ve been obsessed with Denis Shapovalov’s serve though and just his game in general. Makes me want a one handed backhand to boot!'
A big thanks to Jordan for giving us the low-down on his fantastic, lengthy battle on Sunday, and a huge well done for keeping the winning run going!
We look forward to seeing more and more 2 hour plus matches to come!