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Weather, slippery court suspend boys tennis match with Ludlowe up 2-1 over Warde

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Published 11:38 pm, Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • Fairfield Warde senior Ted Berkowitz returns a shot against Fairfield Ludlowe's Connor Doyle in an FCIAC boys tennis match at the James Blake Courts on Tuesday, April 29. The match was suspended and will resume Friday at 4 p.m. at Warde. Though Berkowitz won 6-1, 6-4, at Nol. 1 singles, the Falcons will carry a 2-1 lead when play picks up. Photo: Reid L. Walmark / Fairfield Citizen
    Fairfield Warde senior Ted Berkowitz returns a shot against Fairfield Ludlowe's Connor Doyle in an FCIAC boys tennis match at the James Blake Courts on Tuesday, April 29. The match was suspended and will resume Friday at 4 p.m. at Warde. Though Berkowitz won 6-1, 6-4, at Nol. 1 singles, the Falcons will carry a 2-1 lead when play picks up. Photo: Reid L. Walmark

 

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Despite play beginning earlier than the schedule 4 p.m. start, the Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe boys tennis teams were unable to finish play in their rivalry match up Tuesday afternoon at the James Blake Courts at Warde. Three of the five singles matches had been completed, but neither of the two doubles matches were over when rain halted play, through agreement by the coaches, a bit after 4:30 p.m.

Rain, wind and a slippery surface shortened the contest that will be continued later in the week with scores remaining as they were when the delay occurred.

Falcons coach Andy Jorgensen and Mustangs coach Ben Zuckerberg were discussing the possibility of suspended play being picked up at 3 p.m. on Friday. But that was unofficial and must be approved by the athletic directors at each school. A decision on the continuation might come on Wednesday.

Fairfield Ludlowe, which has a 5-3 record so far this season, ended the suspended contest with a 2-1 lead as Parker Doyle defeated Kunav Kumar 6-4, 6-1 and Alex Slobin beat Jack Johnson 6-2, 6-2. The lone victory for Warde (7-1) came from Ted Berkowitz, who beat Connor Doyle 6-1, 6-4.

Berkowitz said that playing in the rainy conditions wasn't ideal but was something he was getting used to.

"I had to play in something like this over the weekend," said the senior No. 1 player who has lost only once this season. "When I'm against the wind, I know I have to hit it a little harder and when I'm with it I can finesse it more."

Freelancer Anthony Parelli contributed to this report

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