S. Thomas’ College emerged champions at the annual Public Schools Tennis Tournament leaving a mark in the 23-year-old history of the sport at the school.
They beat Colombo International School (CIS) in a closely fought out final by three matches to two. The outcome of the contest was decided on the final singles match.
Viranka Fernando gave S. Thomas’ the head start winning the first singles 6/1, 6/0 with his firepower that was unmatched throughout the tournament.
CIS levelled when their doubles pair of Aadavan Pushparaj and Akith Gunawardene overcame Sebastian Sansoni and Dulitha Ellawala.
The second singles saw young Thomian Vihan Herath continue his unbeaten run as he routed Shean Karunaratne 6-0, 6-2.
The second doubles saw the underdog Thomian pair of Thuvaragan Sabesan and Senal Hemakumara losing an epic battle to Naadir Nazar and Amandha Gunawardene of CIS 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.
The deciding singles saw Thomian Avindra Perera take on the strong Joshua Jayaratne.
Avindra Perera who had been rock steady throughout the tournament, raced to victory 6/1, 6/2.
S. Thomas’ beat Ananda College in one semi-final while CIS beat defending champions St. Peter’s in the other semi-final.
Coached by Anjuna Anthony the Thomians had won the National School Games for the first time in 2014 and again in 2016.