Amid numerous picnickers and blaring car stereos in Druid Hill Park, Josh Eventoff of Baltimore defeated Tom Bender of Woodlawn, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-1, to win the men's singles championship of the Baltimore Open tennis tournament yesterday.
"This was a true test of somebody's concentration," said Eventoff, 25.
"But I enjoy all the excitement, the loose atmosphere. It takes the attention off of me."
But it was hard for Bender and Eventoff not to draw attention to themselves in their 2 1/2 -hour battle, which featured powerful ground strokes and finesse volleys.
Not bad for two players who are just getting back into competitive tennis.
Both Eventoff and Bender teach tennis in the Baltimore area. Both have taken time off from playing tournaments.
"I took off 12 months, no hitting at all, and I just recently started to come back and compete," Eventoff said.