Goodman fights back to lift title
PUBLISHED: 18:03 31 August 2006 | UPDATED: 11:59 04 May 2010
LITTLEPORT S Robin Goodman fought back from 5-2 down in the final set, to become the youngest winner of the men s open singles, in the Cromer Senior Tournament s 87-year history. Throughout the week s tennis the sensational 14-year-old also came away with
LITTLEPORT'S Robin Goodman fought back from 5-2 down in the final set, to become the youngest winner of the men's open singles, in the Cromer Senior Tournament's 87-year history.
Throughout the week's tennis the sensational 14-year-old also came away with the under-21 singles title and was runner-up in the men's doubles.
After overcoming Gary Minns, who is 22nd in the country for the over-35 age group, Goodman defeated last years winner Matt Green in the final.
This was an intriguing, David versus Goliath style contest, with a 5ft 4inch Goodman, up against the 6ft 4inch, 24-year-old.
The match was closely contested with Green winning the first set 6-2, before Goodman fought back to take the second 7-5.
In the final set, the teenager's strength of character and determination shone through.
From being 5-2 down, he slowly and doggedly chipped away to get back into the match, and bring the score to 6-6.
Goodman then held his nerve to win a tense tie-break and earn a place in the history books by claiming the title.
On the same day, Goodman cruised through the final of the under-21 competition, beating Jack Howe 6-1, 6-2.
Goodman then went on to play in the men's doubles final, having beaten the tournament's number one seeds, the day before.
But exhaustion kicked in, with the youngster playing his third final of the day and, he and his partner Johnny Wynne, were unable to pull off victory.
The 14-year-old collected £215 prize money from the tournament.
This week Goodman is playing in the Cambridgeshire County Closed tournament at Hills Road.