ATP Newport Doubles Final Recap
Seldom does a tennis fan get to see a professional tennis championship match for free. Lucky enough, due to darkness the double’s final at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport was postponed until today. The tournament allowed fans to get into the match for free, which is a very rare opportunity. I decided to capitalize on this opportunity, what made it so much sweeter was that two of my favorite players Tim Smyczek and Rhyne Williams were competing in the doubles final. They were to face off against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Mahut, who had won the singles championship the day before was hoping to add another trophy to take home, and be the first man in 2013 to win both the doubles and singles championship.
The Americans were hoping to stop Mahut’s streak and took the first set 7-6(4) but were unable to keep the momentum going, and the Frenchmen took the second set 6-2. A super tiebreak was to be played, the first I’d even seen live, unfortunately the match started to slip away for the team of Smyczek and Williams in the Super Tiebreak and soon enough Mahut and Roger-Vasselin were up 7-3, finally they capitalized on the match at championship point when they were up 9-4.
Nicolas Mahut who’s a big fan of the grass courts in Newport had the week of his life, and that can’t be taken away from him. But from a fan’s standpoint, as a huge American tennis fan, I was gutted when Rhyne and Tim lost. It also seemed that the crowd was cheering louder for the Frenchmen, which didn’t quite make sense to me.
It was the first time that Williams and Smyczek had ever played doubles together. And it was also both of their first ATP finals, something they’ll never forget. Both had a great attitude throughout the match, and I hope they can continue to play doubles together for the rest of the season. The American summer season will definitely do them some good, and they could very well find themselves in another ATP doubles final. As anyone who knows Rhyne knows that grass is clearly not one of his best surfaces, but as he continues to play on it seems that he’s starting to overcome it. Here’s to hope both Rhyne and Tim will have great summers. I surely won’t forget this summer, as I had the chance to watch my first ever ATP final.