The first round of the Ararat City Wednesday night tennis summer season began with a searing wind making its uninterrupted onslaught from Warrnambool.
The thriller of the night was the win by Marx Metal.
Level on games, they won three sets to two. Doug Newberry made some great retrievals, while Chris Hartwich served far too many aces.
John Hannett led his team well, but Geoff White brought the Medical Centre through by five games.
Alan Green returned to the scene of many successes, but met Marcus Matthews in top form. However, Jay Guzarem performed very well for Signtek who won by six games.
Intersport won all their sets to set a benchmark for the rest of the competition. James Christie was hitting his drives.
Next week will reveal whether Rural Steel and Mitre 10 have any talent.
Tyrepower 25 lost McDonald's 31; J Ward 25 lost Intersport 48; Signtek 40 def GME 34; Ararat Medical Centre 36 def KFC 31; Stan Hamilton 35, 2 sets lost Marx Metal 35, 3 sets. Full results: Tuesday.