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Magee and Reynolds ‘Czech’ into the winner’s enclosure

RAPHOE’S Joshua Magee and playing partner Paul Reynolds flipped the age-old saying ‘fail to prepare and prepare to fail’ on its head at the weekend when they claimed the men’s doubles crown at the Czech Open.

The title was their first international tournament victory since joining forces around two years ago, and according to Josh, their stunning run to the final came on the back of an ideal period of preparation.

“We got a good patch of training in before this tournament and the performance came out eventually!,” beamed Magee, who started feeling the effects of a cold just before Sunday’s final.

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“I was quite happy with this one because we went through the tournament without dropping a set, so we won every match in straight sets, which doesn’t really happen often.

“With our preparation being so good and being so organised, we dominated most of the time. We put in a solid performance and it will be a nice one to look back on.”

Having been close to breaking through at international level throughout the last two years, Josh and Paul are now hoping they can use this win as a stepping stone to make bigger in-roads at major events in order to improve their ranking.

And that goal will begin at the end of this month with the SaarLorLux Open.

“It was good to get a win again because it’s been a while since I’ve had a good run,” Josh added.

“At the end of last year I had a good run at the Welsh and Irish but it’s been a while since I got to the latter stages of a tournament, so to win this one is a real boost of confidence.

“Our goal was to reach the final or win it to help boost our ranking but the main aim was to win it so we could get our first international title together.

“We’ve been close a few times, but no cigar, but this time everything just seemed to come together.

“The SaarLorLux Open is a really big one with a lot of top players, but hopefully we can get through a few rounds there before what I call the ‘home’ tournaments – the Welsh, Irish and Scottish – they will be our main goals to do well in.”

After taking a few days off this week in order to recover from the cold, Josh flies out to Dusseldorf this weekend where he will play for BC Hohenlimburg in Bundesliga 2 Nord.

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