Plenty of skill and a fair bit of local knowledge helped Glen Cameron and Eveline van der Linden take out the Fairweathers Marlborough mixed doubles title at Rapaura on Sunday.
Thirteen pairs turned out in glorious conditions to vie for the MTA crown, making for a full day of tennis.
The event culminated in a thrilling final between Cameron, the groundsman at Rapaura who knows every blade of grass on the pristine country courts, and van der Linden against Donna Clark, who has won the title for the past five years, and Stephen Dempster.
The decider was won 7-6, 7-6 underlining the closeness of the contest.
In the semifinals top seeds Stephen and Donna beat Karen and Warner Nichol 6-1, 6-1 while the eventual winners, and second seeds, downed Josh Campbell Joseph and Jane Davidson 6-0, 6-3.
Anne and Tony Fraser took out the consolation final.
Adam Balasoglou and Amber Lyons were competitive all day long, taking out seeded combinations on their way to a win in the plate final over Caroline Cornelius and Brendon Sutherland.