SCLTC’s Kay Wilson TKO tournament knocks out any hint of bad weather in Cowichan

Cloudy skies and rain early last Friday threatened to put a damper on the 2014 Kay Wilson Triple Knock-Out tournament at the South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club, but after the first few matches were moved off the grass, the weather started to cooperate.

"The weather worked out well," tournament director Lynne Cowan said. "Friday was iffy, but we were lucky with 14 of our 19 matches that day played on grass."

After two matches on the hard courts at the club and three at the Arbutus Ridge tennis bubble, the tournament went full-bore on the grass courts after 1 p.m. on Friday and stayed there.

"The rest of the weekend we got lucky," Cowan said. "The weather got better and better as it progressed, with Sunday being the best day."

When it was all done, the main event winners were Todd King and Johane Mui of Victoria, who beat Nick O’Callaghan and Vera Butkova of Nanaimo 6-3, 7-6 in the final.

The plate event, for teams that lost their first-round matches in the main event, was won by Holly and Brian Calvin of Nanaimo 6-4, 6-1 over Cowichan Valley locals Robert Mari and Natalia Saavedra.

Daniel Jones and Tracy Stone of Victoria beat the mother-and-son team of Carola Daffner and Julian Sparkes 6-4, 6-1 in the special plate, for teams that lost their second-round matches in the main event. The consolation plate, for teams that lost their first-round matches in the plate event, was won by the local duo of Lillian Lamb and Matt Huhtala 6-1, 4-6, 10-7 over Fred and Denise Kwan of North Vancouver.

The Kay Wilson TKO is the SCLTC’s last major tournament of the summer.