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2017 Club Championships wrap

Posted: 17-Sep-2017 by Tennis

2017 Men's Singles runner up Arthur Kaganovitch (left) with Champion Asaf Nagar (right), after the final


Maccabi Tennis Club Head Coach, Asaf Nagar, has successfully defended his title from last year, winning the Men's Singles final at the 2017 Maccabi Tennis Club and Victorian Jewish Tennis Championships.

The tournament was hugely successful in 2017 with the highest number of entries received for both singles events, forcing the tournament to run across three weekends.

In a rematch of last year's final, Nagar came from a set down to eventually run over the top of Arthur Kaganovitch, 5-7 6-3 6-3, in a high quality contest.

Nagar and Kaganovitch played together last season in Grade 2 of the Tennis Victoria Winter Pennant and also went to Israel in July for the Maccabiah Games - Nagar as Team Manager and Kaganovitch won a bronze medal in the mixed doubles.

The first set was tight but at 5-5, Kaganovitch broke Nagar's serve and then consolidated the break to take the first set.  In the second set, Nagar raced out to a 3-0 lead but Kaganovitch turned it around and made it 3-3.  Nagar's serving lifted and he levelled the match at a set apiece.  Nagar continued his momentum in the third set to clinch the title, 6-3 in the decider.

"It's great to win the Club Championships two years in a row," said Nagar, who had been a finalist on four occasions prior to last year's victory.

The rematch of last year's final, which Nagar won 6-2 6-1, was a much tighter contest this time around.

"Arthur is a great young player who will surely win this tournament in the future and we are very lucky and happy to have him at the club."

Reflecting on his triumph, Nagar said "personally, it's almost like a mission to keep developing the Club and bring more players to play at Maccabi and represent the Jewish community in Melbourne."

"I hope I give all the young players a good example and being a role model means even more to me than winning matches at this stage of my life."


In the second division, the indefatigable Geoff Rosenberger was too strong for Ryan Behr.  Rosenberger won 6-2 6-1 in a match that was closer than the scoreline reflects.  Last month, Rosenberger and Behr steered their Grade 7 team to a finals appearance in the Tennis Victoria Winter Pennant.


Men's B Singles runner-up Ryan Behr (left) and winner Geoff Rosenberger (right)


In the final of the Men's Doubles, Joel Fredman and Steven Gostin defeated Arthur Kaganovitch and Ryan Behr, 6-1 3-6 6-2.

This year's tournament received a boost with Federal MP and Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, featuring in the Men's Open Singles draw.  Frydenberg was Club Champion six times in a row in the 1990s and also represented Australia at the Maccabiah Games.  Frydenberg won his first match in straight sets and was on track for a semi finals berth but leading 6-3 5-3 and on match point against Joel Fredman, strained his hamstring muscle and was forced to retire.


Federal MP and 6x Club Champion, Josh Frydenberg, prepares to serve


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Trophies and presentations will be awarded at the Maccabi Tennis Club AGM in December.
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