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Men’s Tennis Team wins first gold for CNMI

Colin Sinclair, Robbie Schorr and Ken Song have not only grasped the first gold medal for CNMI but did it with perfection as they ended with an undefeated record in the sport of Tennis last Friday of the 2019 Pacific Games held at Apia, Samoa.

During the playoff bout CNMI’s Sinclair and Schorr triumphed with barely any sweat to take down Tahiti 2-0.

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Colin Sinclair, left, Coach Jeff Race, Robbie Schorr and Ken Song pose together in the 2019 Pacific Games held in Apia, Samoa.  Contributed photo

Sinclair was first on the line as he defeated Heimanarli Lai San. At first San earned two points but Sinclair quickly took over to secure the first set 6-2. the second set was all Sinclair as he shutdown San 6-0 to hand CNMI their first playoff point.

Schorr delivered as well as he took down Ridge Chung.

Schorr was nearly unstoppable as he left Chung in the dust with a 6-1 output at the first set. Chung fought back the second time around but Schorr maintained efficiency long enough to outlast Chung 6-3 for CNMI’s second point which locked in their seat in the finals against Papua New Guinea.

Sinclair continued to show his prowess he came out victorious over Matthew Studbbings. No matter what Stubbings did to best the CNMI athlete 6-2. Sinclair picked up the pace at the second half completely silencing Stubbings 6-0 to bring them one step closer to the gold.

Schorr had a much tougher battle but still lived up to the expectation to defeat Mark Gibbons.

Schorr made a statement at the first set with a dominant 6-0 victory. However Gibbons kicked it up a notch during the second set as it came down to the final few possessions. Luckily Schorr stayed on his toes and denied the comeback to triumph 7-6(5) securing the first gold medal for CNMI.

Before CNMI’s celebration they had to battle through the pits.

They started off handing Soloman Islands their first loss. Sinclair drew first blood with a perfect game over Charlie Benjamin 6-0, 6-0 while Schorr downed Popai Leong 6-1, 6-1. In the Men’s Double it was Schorr and Ken Song’ teamwork that took down Benjamin and Leong 6-2, 6-2.

They continued their journey taking down Kiribati in all three matches. Sinclair fought against Tebatibunga Tita where he took over 6-0, 6-0 with Ken Song right by his side beating Bauro Lambourne 6-0, 6-0. Schorr added to their third victory teaming up with Sinclair to defeat Lambourne and Tita 6-1, 6-4 in the Men’s Double.

CNMI’s final win before the playoffs were against Nauru where they met the same results.

Schorr bagged the W against Robert Hubert 6-1, 6-0 with Song over Dallas Addi 6-1, 5-0 (retired) while Schorr and Song earned the third win against Itaia Kanano and Robert Scotty 6-2, 6-1.