The fourth-seeded tandem of Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett upset the second-seeded team of Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 (Match TB) to take the crown at Queen’s. This is the fourth title this season for the duo. They have taken crowns at ATP events in Rotterdam, Dubai and Hamburg.
This is the team’s first Queen’s title together but Ullyett’s second doubles title in the last three years. He captured the 2003 crown with then-partner Wayne Black.
With today’s win they will overtake the third-place team of Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor and will sit in third place in the Stanford ATP Doubles Race. Previously the team sat in fourth place, just 23 points behind Knowles and Nestor.
Bjorkman and Mirnyi finish as runner-up for the second year. Last season they fell in the final to Bob and Mike Bryan. But by finishing one round ahead of the Bryans, who fell this year in the semifinals, Bjorkman and Mirnyi take over the lead of the Stanford ATP Doubles Race.
Ullyett said: “To win this feels good. We started off a bit shaky this week going to a third set tie-breaker but after that we really got on a roll and played some of our best tennis. It was great to beat both the Bryans in the semifinals and Bjorkman/Mirnyi in the final. They’re the top two teams in the Race and it gives us lots of confidence going into Wimbledon.”
Hanley said: “Kevin and I have a pretty good record in the super tie-break so whenever we go into one we feel like we have a good chance. It was a little up and down but we tried to stay in the match and to our credit we never gave up. It was great to win an event, especially to beat two of the top pairs in the world.”