Tennis: King Duncan rules in North Berwick with title hat-trick

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Barnton PARK teenager Scott Duncan is savouring the biggest success of his tennis career after capturing the men’s singles at the annual East Lothian Championships in North Berwick.

And the 17-year-old made it a title tour-de-force by adding the boys’ under-18 singles and doubles crowns.

Further success came in the men’s doubles, where he partnered Waverley’s Andy Melrose to reach the final, while along with Claire, his sister, Scott reached the semi-finals of the mixed doubles.

“Entering five events was quite demanding but hopefully it will help me achieve a tennis scholarship to Stirling University, where I’m keen to take the Sports Studies course,” said Duncan.

To capture the men’s singles, Scott came through a 64-player draw culminating in a 6-4, 6-4 win over Italian second seed Gabrielle Raineri and the under-18 final produced a 6-2, 6-1 win over Michael Fairbairn.

Joining forces with David Holmes (Dunfermline). Duncan then saw off Lloyd Greatorix-Watson and Oliver Derbyshire in the boys doubles and while they were able to edge through in a third set tie-break there was a reversal of that outcome in the men’s doubles where Raineri was victorious with Italian Paolo Conti.

The women’s singles was won by English challenger Lauren Matthews.