The third time around turned out to be the charm for Spencer Newman as he finally got to turn the tables on his younger brother Baker Newman.
In a gruelling, three-hour match on Friday at the National Tennis Centre, Spencer Newman joined Kerrie Cartwright as the champions of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s 2017 Giorgio Baldacci Open National Tennis Tournament.
Playing in the sibling showdown for the third consecutive final, big brother Spencer Newman pulled off the men’s title with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4) decision.
That rejuvenation was able to allow 24-year-old Spencer Newman to finally get the monkey off his back after he played and lost to Baker Newman, 22, in the final of the tournament the previous two years.
But despite losing the title, Baker Newman said he’s not disappointed in losing the gruelling match that was played under the lights on stadium court.
Baker Newman, who advanced to the final by outlasting Philip Major Jr in three sets, said he knew he and Spencer Newman would play three sets as well.
While she only got to watch the Newman brothers trade point for point and set for set, Kerrie Cartwright walked away with a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Danielle Thompson.
Unlike Cartwright, Thompson didn’t play her semifinal match as her opponent, Larikah Russell didn’t show up.
Joining the Newman brothers on the men’s list are Kevin Major Jr, who got eliminated in the semifinal by Spencer Newman and Philip Major Jr, who was ousted by Baker Newman.
Baker Newman, who hopes to be back on the team after he missed the trip last year because of school commitments, said he hope to be ready to play.