PEORIA — Rivalries old and new highlighted the championship matches of the Men’s and Women’s Opens at the 49th Tri-County Tennis Tournament on Sunday at Glen Oak Park.
In the men’s title match, 30-year-old Jordan Nestrud captured his seventh Tri-County title with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Grant Reiman in a repeat of the 2014 championship match won by Nestrud. Last year, Nestrud defeated Reiman in a semifinal clash.
“I’ve never beat him and thought this was the year,” said the 21-year-old Reiman, a senior at Eastern Illinois. “He’ll always be tough no matter how old he’ll be. We know each other’s game styles so well and it’s always three sets. We’re both from Morton and he played at Eastern, too. I really look up to him a lot and definitely have no problem losing to someone like Jordan.”
In the women’s title match, 18-year-old Emma Templin won her second title of the tournament, beating Maria Coulter 6-2 6-2. Two days prior, Templin defeated Coulter in the Girls 18 championship 6-3 6-3 in the first-ever matchup between the pair.
“I played a lot better today than I played her in 18s,” Templin said. “I played more consistently and played harder. It helped having just played her because I knew what her strengths and weaknesses were.”
Nestrud, who works for Caterpillar Logistics in Morton, took control at the beginning Sunday, blitzing Reiman in the first set. But the younger player battled back to claim the second set when he became the aggressor and used the whole court well to force a tie.
The 10-minute break between sets was all Nestrud needed to regain command, finishing the match with an ace.
“(Reiman) came out a little bit slow so I took advantage of that,” Nestrud said. “He started getting his rhythm the second set so I had to dig down and play a little more aggressively the third set. I started trying to dictate a little more rather than…