Matija Pecotic -winner of the BOV Malta Men’s Masters

Monday, November 26, 2012, 14:16

Matija Pecotic is the winner of the BOV Malta Men’s Masters Singles Title for 2012 following his victory of 6-1 6-1 over Bradley Callus in the final. The BOV Malta Men’s Masters Tournament is the last Men’s Tennis Tournament of the Malta Tennis Federation’s Calendar for the year and was held at the Marsa Sports Club.


The BOV Malta Men’s Masters Singles Tournament is a technical assessment of National Players in preparation for the team’s international commitments the following year. The tournament featured Malta’s top eight players.


Pecotic was a dominant presence in the tournament, having won all his matches in straight sets through to the final.


Vanessa Macdonald, Head Media and Community Relations at Bank of Valletta and David Farrugia Sacco, President of the Malta Tennis Federation presented the trophies to the winners.


“Bank of Valletta is a major supporter of sporting events in Malta and we are proud to be associated with the BOV Malta Men’s Masters Singles Tournament, the tournament that features Malta’s top players” said Ms Macdonald.


Dr David Farrugia Sacco, President of the Federation, said “We take this opportunity to congratulate Matija on his victory. This invitation-only tournament has become a milestone in the local tennis calendar and we thank Bank of Valletta for its continuous support of this sport”


The tournament Is played in two round robin groups, with the top placed in each group playing off in the semifinals against the second placed.


The final standings for the two groups were as follows:


Final Standings – Round Robin    
  Group One   Group Two


Matija Pecotic   Denzil Agius


Bradley Callus   Raphael Sammut


Omar Sudzuka   Mark Gatt


Matthew Cassar Torreggiani   Mark Shcranz


The more experienced Pecotic won the first semifinal in two straight sets against the much younger Sammut, while the second semifinal saw Callus beating Agius also in straight sets in a keenly fought tie.


Notably missing from the tournament was the number 1 ranked Matthew Asciak who was away from the Island on other professional commitments, and the upcoming Bernard Cassar Torrreggiani, who is studying in the UK.


The Federation welcomed back to top play Omar Sudzuka, after a long break from the game due to injury. In line with its strategy of bringing together experience and younger talent, the Federation also welcomed Matthew Cassar Torreggiani and Mark Schranz for the first time, who showed some promising play, at times challenging the more experienced players such as Mark Gatt and Denzil Agius.

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