‘Got ‘er done’ at tennis tourney

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 21, 2012

Andalusia's Alex Evans and Brandon Scruggs won the boys 18U doubles match at the tennis series in Ft. Waltson Beach, Fla. | Courtesy photo

Alex Evans and Brandon Scruggs put their heads together and “got ‘er done” in doubles action at the 2012 Towel-Off Super Series recently in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.

The rising senior and junior at Andalusia High School won their division in the boys 18U doubles competition, winning four games after falling in the first game 5-7.

The tennis players also competed in the singles competition. Evans was a finalist, and Scruggs got eliminated in the first round.

In the doubles finals, Evans said he and Scruggs formed a game plan and from there, things started to fall in place.

“We kept talking to each other and keeping our spirits up,” Evans said. “We were down 5-7, and then we started figuring strategy and playing off of it — keeping a positive attitude.

“It paid off for us in the end,” he said.

Scruggs said they didn’t back down, despite facing adversity during the doubles match.

“They had a few match points, but we managed to win those and cool our nerves,” Scruggs said. “We won four straight games.”

Going into the tournament, Evans said he had completed the Auburn tennis camp a week earlier and added the was prepared and ready.

“I had new rackets, and I was hitting really well,” he said. “My serve clocked at 92 mph at the Auburn camp.”

For Scruggs, he said he’s spent a good deal of time practicing to get ready for this tournament previous competitions.

“I haven’t really been to a lot of tournaments,” Scruggs said. “I’ve started playing in tournaments in the past year.”

Scruggs said he’s played in about five or six tournaments so far.

While they made a great team on the court at the tournament in Florida, Evans and Scruggs aren’t doubles playing partners on the tennis team at AHS.

Evans usually teams up with Chris Smith, and Scruggs’ partner is usually David May.

“We’re a good team together,” Scruggs said. “We’re probably going to be partners this year.”