Fisher wins with value-added racket

August 23, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

Jaime Fisher didn't cause a racket when he won yesterday's men's 35-over singles championship of the Baltimore Tennis Classic at Clifton Park, he just needed to borrow one to get through the draw.

Fisher broke strings in all three of his rackets during his early-round matches and, at one point in the tournament, had to send someone to his house in nearby Mayfield to get the only other racket he knew of -- the one he has been trying to sell for a friend.

"Now when I sell it I can say 'Hey, this is the racket that won the Baltimore Classic,' " said Fisher, who won the Baltimore Hardcourt Championships and the Perring and Baltimore opens this summer.

Fisher, who is ranked 13th in the state and 21st in the Mid-Atlantic region in the 35-over singles division, was one of the four Baltimore area players who won in the morning's final-round matches.

Isidore Ifeanyi beat Wesley Coleman of Millersville,6-3, 6-0, to win the men's open singles title. Fisher beat Kingsville's Greg Veith, 6-0, 6-2.

Bonnie View Country Club tennis professional Michael Clark and Towson State's No. 2 singles player Laurie Morgan beat Jackie Jackson and Keith Puryear, 6-2, 6-3, for the mixed doubles championship.

Yesterday's win was the third title for Ifeanyi, who is ranked 16th in the state and 25th in the Mid-Atlantic region's men's open division. He has won open singles titles at the Knets Tournament in Columbia and the Baltimore City Municipal Championship, which also was held at Clifton Park this year.

"I was trying to muscle the ball in the first set and made a lot of errors, and in the second set I hit controlled shots instead of power shots," said Ifeanyi, who played three years at the No. 1 singles position before graduating from Morgan State last year.

Proceeds from the tournament go to Play Tennis Baltimore, a sponsor of the National Junior Tennis League and other programs that introduce tennis to Baltimore city youths.

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