Brothers Kevin and Colin Schiller of Marina del Rey captured the Los Angeles City Doubles Paddle Tennis Championship at the Venice Beach Recreation Center Saturday, July 14th.
After losing in the finals of the winners bracket in three sets (7-6, 0-6, 6-4), the Schillers fought their way through the losers bracket to reach the championship of the double-elimination tournament.
Needing to defeat their undefeated opponents twice to win the championship, the Schillers took the first match in three sets (6-0, 4-6, 6-4).
The brothers lost the first set 3-6 in the second match and were up 5-3 in the second set, when their opponents were forced to retire due to extreme fatigue and dehydration, giving the Schillers the tournament title.
“It was an interesting match-up of two different styles, but I knew that if we played our game, we could beat anyone,” Kevin Schiller said.
Added teammate Colin Schiller, “It ultimately came down to endurance.
“It’s coincidental that I’ve got good conditioning right now, and Kevin’s been working hard on his conditioning as well.”
“Even at the end we felt pretty good,” he added. He also trains as a competitive cyclist.
Kevin Schiller agreed with his brother that their conditioning was a key factor in helping them get back to the championship match and take the title.
“You have to bring a certain level of skill, but good conditioning put us in a position to leverage it,” he said, noting that the duo ended up playing a total of 14 sets during the one-day event.