Jake Collins of Great Horkesley A retained the CDTTL men's title in a thrilling final with Rik James of Rowhedge.
Jake, ranked 119 in England, became Colchester Men’s Singles champion for the second consecutive year. Collins received a bye in the first round, which set up a last-16 tie with Wudong Liu (also of GHTTC) who nearly caused an upset by winning the first two games.
Next up was former GHTTC player, Gary Young, but Collins held firm to reach the semi-final. There, Collins’ had to overcome recently crowned Braintree Men’s Singles champion, Steve Kerns. Kerns made life difficult, but Collins reached the final winning 11-8 in the 5th.
Collins’ opponent in the final was Rik James (Rowhedge), who last won the men’s title in 2005. They had met only once before, with Collins defeating James in 5 sets.
In 2015, James won the 1st set 11-7. Collins won the 2nd set 11-7, then won the 3rd 11-6; then fourth 11-7 to become Colchester Men’s Singles champion for the second year running.