By Nick Curcuru
---- — Following two straight losses on the road on Monday and Tuesday, the Boston Lobsters had to wait a little longer than expected to return home for a match against the New York Sportimes on Wednesday.
The Lobster’s flight out of Washington, D.C., to Boston, where they played the two-time defending champion Washington Kastles on Tuesday night, was delayed Wednesday afternoon causing the match with the Sportimes to be pushed back to a 9:30 start time, two and a half hours later than its originally scheduled start time of 7:00. The match was not completed until after the Gloucester Daily Times went to press, for results see gloucestertimes.com/sports this morning.
After opening the Joan Norton Tennis Center at the Manchester Athletic Club in style Sunday with a hard fought 20-18 win over the Sportimes, the Lobsters hit the road for two games against a pair of tough opponents this week.
The Lobsters fell to 1-1 on Monday with a 22-14 loss to the Springfield Lasers in Springfield, Mo.
Eric Boutorac and Katalin Marosi picked up the Lobsters lone win of the match taking mixed doubles 5-2. The Lasers came into the match with a full lineup featuring Andy Roddick, who helped the Lasers pick up wins at men’s singles and men’s doubles by a score of 5-2 in each match. Springfield also took the win in women’s singles and doubles en route to a comfortable victory.
The Lobsters then squared off with the two-time defending Mylan World Team Tennis champion Washington Kastles, who brought their winning streak to 34 games with a 25-12 win over the Lobsters in DC. Boston had to contend with another former superstar player as Martina Hingis of the Kastles picked up wins at women’s singles and doubles leading her team to a clean sweep of the Lobsters, who fall to 1-2 with the loss.
Wednesday’s match was a rematch of Sunday’s season opener as the Lobsters looked to get back to .500 and the Sportimes were looking for their first win of the season.
Eric Butorac has been leading the way for the Lobsters early on this season as the senior member of the team, five years service, has been stellar at both the men’s and mixed doubles spots. Newcomers Amir Weintraub and Katalin Marosi are also off to good starts for the Lobsters, who are looking to get back to the playoffs this season after missing out last year.
Following Wednesday’s match the Lobsters hit the road this weekend for a match at the Sacramento Capitals on Friday and at the Texas Wild on Saturday. The Lobsters return home on Sunday for a match against the Philadelphia Freedoms, where Mark Philippoussis will make his first appearance at the Joan Norton Tennis Center.