Tennis: MacDonald targets title retention in Glasgow

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Alan MacDonald is aiming for tennis silverware for a second successive weekend when he defends the Scottish Open seniors indoor title in Glasgow, which starts tonight.

MacDonald, 36, completed a fifth singles success in the Scottish indoor Open last weekend beating Scott Duncan (Barnton Park) in the final after coming through four previous ties.

MacDonald faces stiff competition and if he gets past Thistle’s Lorne Berkley, then Alex Halsey (Glasgow Virgin Active) and Malta’s Mark Gatt lie in wait.

However, he welcomes the chance to further sharpen shot making ahead of a trip to Turkey in March with the Great Britain over-35 team.

Last year MacDonald helped Team GB to a bronze medal in the same event, held in the USA.

Said MacDonald, who coaches at the Barnton Park club: “I am trying to strike while the iron is hot in this age-group. By the time I get to 39 and on the fringe of the over-40s some new ‘young’ guys will have 
arrived on the scene.”

One tournament very definitely on MacDonald’s schedule is a return to the British age-group grass courts championships held at Wimbledon in later summer.

MacDonald will be defending the title gained last year in SW19.