Abby Fischer brought home another city tennis championship on Thursday.
Fischer defeated Laura Moore in the women’s open division title match of the Alton/Godfrey Closed City Tennis Championships. A year ago, Fischer won a city title in doubles.
“Laura and Abby are two of the better players in the area and their final was thrilling,” tournament director Jesse Macias said.
Jesse Macias, Adam Ruckman, Sam Kane, Hannah Macias and Daniel McCluskey also won titles.
Ruckman, who is a two-time qualifier for the National Junior College Tennis Championships with Lewis and Clark Community College, beat former Alton High teammate Carl Stradal, 5-7, 6-3 and 10-5 in the men’s final.
Sam Kane defeated Carson Freeman in the boys 15-and-under division championship match, McCluskey from Marquette High beat AHS’ Silas Chapman in the 18-and-under boys' final and Jesse Macias won the men’s 40 and over championship by beating Kevin Rowland in the finals.
Hannah Macias defeated Cali Giertz in the 15-and-under girls' championship match.
Jesse Macias said this year’s tournament was a successful one.
“The championship matches were exceptionally well played,” he said. “The heat made it difficult, but a lot of the players actually seemed to raise their game in the finals — that’s probably how it should be. I was proud of Adam Ruckman for beating a quality opponent in Carl Stradal, he is a very deserving champion. Adam works harder than anyone I know in the game and he is always on the courts putting in time. He hits with a lot of younger players in the area and everyone knows him and how much he has helped the game in Alton. I’m really happy for him. I think everyone appreciated the display Adam and Carl put on in the finals, the younger players need to see tennis at that level. Big serves, big forehands, it was the best match I have seen on these courts in a long time. But all the matches were exciting.”
The doubles portion of the city championships will take place on June 28-30 at Alton High School and Lewis and Clark Community College. Registration is going on now through June 26. Information for the doubles tournament can be found on the Alton High School athletics website.