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Two Governor's Cup tennis championships for Conrad
Aug 13, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Marty Conrad swept the 3.5 singles and doubles tennis tittles Sunday at the Wyoming Governor's Cup in Cheyenne.
In the doubles competition, Conrad teamed up with former Shoshoni football coach Harold Bailey.
Conrad didn't drop a singles set in the two-day tournament.
Conrad lives in Lander but plays tennis in Riverton with the Wind River tennis club.
"It's one of the top tournaments in the state," Conrad said.
It was the first time Conrad had won the singles title. He had played the tournament six times.
"It was the luck of the draw this year," Conrad said.
Bailey now lives in Greeley, Colo.
"We play every year together," Conrad said. "We just never could win it until this year. Our key was to just stay focused."
In the singles division, Conrad advanced to the championship after beating his opponents in the second and third rounds. He received a bye in the first round.
In the finals, Conrad knocked off Palmer Trujillo from Cheyenne 6-4, 6-1.
The 61-year-old Conrad usually is older than his opponents.
"Along the way, I played against 30- or 40-year-old guys," Conrad said. "Palmer is 52 years old."
Conrad was surprised the title match didn't go three sets.
"I had to keep him running from side to side," Conrad said. "I placed my shots pretty well My serve was on target. I tried to get him tired out. We had some long rallies."
In the doubles division, Conrad and Bailey upset the No. 2 and No. 1 seeds on the way to the championship.
"Harold was 'on' this tournament," Conrad said. "It was a team effort."
In the finals, Conrad and Bailey won 6-3, 3-6 and won a 10-point tiebreaker 10-7. Jeff Jacoby (California) and Trujillo made up the No. 2 doubles team.
After the 3.5 division, Wyoming has a 4.0 bracket for elite players.
The players are divided up by abilities.
"The most popular is the 3.5, where you have the most players," Conrad said.