Goffstown's Taschereau falls in NH Open net final
WATERVILLE VALLEY — The Granite State was well represented in Sunday’s singles final at the 34th New Hampshire Open tennis tournament, but in the end Chris Ellis of Massachusetts used pace, precision and a wicked kick serve to overpower former Goffstown High School standout Nathan Taschereau, 6-1, 6-0.
Ellis, who will be a junior at Bates College in Maine in the fall, advanced to the championship match with a walkover due to injury in the morning semifinals.
Taschereau had a more difficult route to the championship match than Ellis.
Taschereau, after beginning his semifinal match against Bill Conigliaro of Dedham, Mass., outdoors at the Waterville Valley Tennis Center, had to go indoors and onto the carpet surface at the nearby White Mountain Athletic Club when rainstorms swept through the area.
Under the WMAC roof, Taschereau gutted out a three-set victory over Bill Conigliaro and then, a little more than an hour later, he was back outside on the clay courts against Ellis,who last month was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American in doubles.
Ellis, of Shrewsbury, Mass., quickly set the pattern for the championship match with deep returns, angled volleys, drop shots and his kick serve.
Ellis staved off several break points on his serve while converting break points on Taschereau’s serve.
For Taschereau, 22, Sunday was his first professional championship match appearance.
After the match, Taschereau complimented Ellis, saying he would have needed 100 percent of his game to beat him.
“There’s no reserve in the tank,” said Taschereau, “I gave it all I could.”
Ellis said he enjoys playing on clay surfaces and added that he will be traveling to Spain to play several tournaments.
He added that he plans to return in 2016 to defend his title.
Taschereau said he will also return for a fourth appearance in the New Hampshire Open.
Ellis was also part of the doubles championship team along with Vidith Huot, of Providence, R.I.
Ellis and Huot defeated 2014 singles champ Matt Kuhar of Smithfield, R.I., and his partner, Zachary Morris, of Garden City, N.Y., 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.