The Metro Corporate League’s fall season came to a close on Thursday night as it hosted its end-of-season party and the Advanced Intermediate and Advanced Division Finals at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club.
The team matches are comprised of six different matches: women’s singles, men’s singles, women’s doubles, men’s doubles and two mixed doubles, and the final score is the total games won from those six matches.
The team from Bloomberg, captained by Vighnesh Venkatesan, entered Thursday as the three-time defending champions in the Advanced Division and were seeking a fourth straight title, but were upended by Credit Agricole, captained by Eric Tomasini, who delivered a balanced performance across all six courts to win 33-24 its first title since 2009.
“I think we played solid tennis as a team. We made our first serves, returned well and kept the ball in play,” said Jaime Frontera. “Even in the matches that we lost, we kept it tight because at the end of the day it goes by games, not total matches. So our losses were tight and our wins had wide margins.”
Jaime Frontera gets ready to hit a backhand during the Men's Doubles match of the Advanced Division Finals.
Credit Agricole entered the final two mixed doubles matches with a five game lead, and made sure to stay focused ahead of the final two matches.
“There was a lot of pressure because Bloomberg has gotten the better of us in a few of the finals, so for us, even though they were ahead, we knew they were good players,” added Frontera. “We just took it one game at a time, hold our serves and in the end it worked.”
In the Advanced Intermediate Finals, The Corcoran Group edged Bank of America 26-24 in what Corcoran captain Jane Beal described as "a real nail-biter".
The end-of-season party featured an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, catered food and culminated with a trophy presentation at the night’s end.
To read more about the Metro Corporate League or learn how to start/join a team, please visit www.metrotennis.com/corporate/main.html.
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