STAN Tummon moved one step closer to his major goal when he equalled Ken Hick's record of seven open men's title victories at the Peacheys and Sons Engineering Gladstone Closed Tennis Championships on Sunday.
Tummon, who has made no secret of the fact he wants the record for his own, had to fight hard before overcoming 18-year-old Brendan Warwick in the men's singles final.
After easily accounting for Noah Marsh and Peter Kammholz during the qualifying rounds, Tummon dropped the first set 4-6 against Warwick before claiming the second 6-2 and winning a gripping super tiebreaker 11-9 to decide the issue.
In a memorable tournament for Tummon, he also teamed up with Mark Paton to capture the open men's doubles title, defeating Kammholz and Nathan Peachey in the deciding round robin match 6-3.
However, it was the singles victory, brought up with a slashing backhand winner across court, which gave Tummon the most pleasure.
The hard-hitter believes it is likely to be Warwick who will stand between him and the record next year.
The shared record spans the GDTA's modern era, since the introduction of hard courts, and does not include prior tournaments in which players such as Trevor Laver dominated.
GDTA coach and publicity officer Rob McBean said the championships had drawn solid numbers but the lack of female players was a concern with planned women's open and A grade competition unable to be staged.