October 24th, 2020

Granson captures Lethbridge Tennis Club championship


By Woodard, Dale on September 3, 2020.

Dylan Granson, 16, returns a shot against James Kwan at the Lethbridge Tennis Club final Sunday afternoon at the Lethbridge Tennis Club. Granson is this year's club champion. Herald photo by Dale Woodard

Dale Woodard

Lethbridge Herald

sports@lethbridgeherald.com

The summer of 2020 will go down as a quiet one on the tennis court for Dylan Granson.

Nonetheless, it ended with a bang for the 16-year-old member of the Lethbridge Tennis Club.

Granson defeated defending club champion James Kwan 6-3, 6-4 in the final Sunday afternoon at the Lethbridge Tennis Club Championship.

Playing under sunny skies in a two-hour match, Granson outlasted Kwan to take home the 2020 title.

“I was just trying to be as consistent as possible,” said Granson. “Obviously James is a really good player. I was just trying to put everything in and not make too many mistakes and it just worked for me today.”

The championship title puts an exclamation point on an otherwise low-key summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down the Tennis Club’s normal schedule.

“This was my first tournament, they cancelled the other two or three that we usually have,” said Granson. “So I was just playing matches with my dad (David) and my sister and brother. It was definitely different this year.”

Granson and Kwan kept the spectators gallery entertained in Sunday’s match, particularly with a few lengthy rallies late in the game.

“I was really tired on the court,” said Granson. “But in my head I was telling myself ‘Just one more point until I get the championship’ and that’s what drove me to win those rallies.”

Despite no tournaments to prepare for the club championship, Granson will take home the club hardware after the pandemic summer.

“There were no warm-up tournaments to get ready for playing three or four matches in a day,” he said. “But it was still good.”

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