Well that was better than expected. Beautiful day, sun, no clouds and no wind. One of the best days since I've live in Wellington. Won the doubles 6-1 6-2 with no real drama. We were 5-0 up in the second and had a little hiccup getting the last game but pretty comfortable in the end. I hoped it would be a more suitable level for me but hadn't expect such a big victory straight away.
Singles wasn't quite as straightforward. Was a real good battle which is what I'd hoped for. I've never been able to hit a lot of quick winners so long rallies and staying in the point has usually been my thing. I fell 2-0 down at the start but clawed back and went 3-2 ahead and eventually took the set 6-4. Second set I got to 5-2 up but it was a lot closer than that sounds with most games going to deuce and mostly long points. Got a match point then of course he smashed down his only un-returnable serve of the day and then held for 5-3, then I failed to serve it out so it went to 5-4. Was really hot by this stage and I was starting to die and had very little left. The other guy was coping a lot better and he was really fast, any time I hit something I thought was a winner he somehow got there and got it back. There's no way I'd have won a third set. Luckily managed to break the next game to take it 6-4 6-4.
So first doubles and singles wins for 5 years (albeit with a 3 and a half year absence from competitive matches). Great feeling!
Team won 5-1 overall with only my doubles partner losing his singles.