The Lion is the UTS2 king

Alexander ‘The Lion’ Zverev needed Sudden Death to beat Felix ‘The Panther’ Auger-Aliassime and become king of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown jungle on Sunday.

WTA Tour resumes in Palermo

The 31st Ladies Open Palermo kicks off in Sicily on Monday, marking the resumption of the WTA Tour after five months suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic and the exhibition events that have peppered the calendar since March wrapped up at the weekend.

The British Bulldogs just edge it

As the organiser of the Battle of the Brits Team event, Jamie Murray couldn’t have been more delighted that, after a week’s highly competitive play, the final outcome of the event wasn’t settled until the last match.

New York Empire win World TeamTennis 2020

New York Empire defeated Chicago Smash, 21-20 in a supertiebreaker, to win the 2020 World Team Tennis season in a nail-biting finish at West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort on Sunday, and hoist the King Trophy for the first time.

UTS Finals on BBC Sport

The Ultimate Tennis Showdown is an innovative competition organised by leading coach Patrick Mouratoglou at his academy in the south of France to help fill the void created by the suspension of the professional tours, and with matches split into quarters, a unique...

New York upset Philadelphia to meet Chicago in WTT Final

The two top seeds failed to make the final of World TeamTennis on Saturday at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia after the New York Empire upset favourites Philadelphia Freedoms, 22-18, and Chicago Smash took out Orlando Storm, 24-13.

Race to the line

Jamie Murray, the man behind the Battle of the Brit events, will be delighted that his team event has reached the final day with both teams sharing the points and the finishing line of 60, just ten matches away

US Open to go ahead

The USTA has confirmed that the US Open will go ahead as planned, alongside the Western & Southern Open tune-up event the week before, both with strict protocols in place.

Player tests positive at Palermo

The WTA’s woes continue as news broke of a player testing positive for coronavirus at the Palermo Open follows hot on the heels of the cancellation of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Japan.

Watson and Edmund are Friday’s standout players

The Battle of the Brits Team event at the NTC is certainly proving to be a very competitive competition with a great atmosphere despite here being no spectators.
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

New York | Cabal & Farah win men’s doubles title

The first champions of the 2019 US Open to be crowned were in action on Friday, as the top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah took aim at their second straight Grand Slam title against challengers Marcel Granollers & Horacio Zeballos, the No 3 seeds, in the men’s doubles final.

"We're living a dream. It was really difficult times two weeks ago. We made a decision to fight for it, to play for him and we honour him right now Sebastian Cabal

The Colombian pairing of Cabal & Farah made further history when they overcame Spaniard Granollers and Zeballos from Argentina to lift the trophy, 6-4 7-5.

After Farah captured the men’s doubles title with partner Cabal at Wimbledon in July, defeating Nicolas Mahut & Edouard Roger-Vasselin in a physical, crackling nail-biter of a contest, 6-7 7-6 7-6 6-7 6-3, he flew to Bogota in his native Colombia and was immediately swarmed as he walked off the plane.

“I kept saying to the Colombian media, ‘I felt like Shakira for two hours,’ ” he recalled. “You come out and there are all these journalists, and everyone’s coming [up to you] and they’re chanting ‘Colombia, Colombia!’, and there’s a bunch of flags in the airport.

“Sebas [Cabal] arrived to Cali, Colombia, and there were basically 20,000 people there. They received him with a fire truck.
“They put him on top of the fire truck with the flags and there was a caravan that went into the city.”

They are just the 3rd twosome this century to win both majors in the same year, behind Mike Bryan & Jack Sock, who achieved the same feat twelve months ago, and Jonas Bjorkman & Todd Woodbridge, who did it in 2003; and they are the first-ever South American team to prevail in men’s doubles at the US Open in the Open era.

On the other side of the net, Zeballos & Granollers were aiming for their first major title.

Granollers reached two Slam finals in 2014 alongside fellow Spaniard Marc Lopez, finishing runner-up at both the French and US Opens, while Zeballos was in his first Grand Slam final.

They triumphed together at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, while Zeballos won a second Masters 1000 crown in 2019 alongside Nikola Mektic at Indian Wells in the spring.

Under the roof in Arthur Ashe Stadium, with a sea of raucous supporters in yellow Colombian soccer jerseys surrounding them in the stands, the reigning Wimbledon champions and No 1 seeds, Cabal & Farah, pulled off their straight sets win in what is turning out to be their best year on tour, making the semi-finals at Roland Garros in addition to their Wimbledon victory.

Granollers & Zeballos, who partnered up just this past summer at the Canadian Masters, maintained a perfect 10-0 record coming into Friday’s final, and, like the top seeds, had only dropped one set all tournament.

The early exchanges were crackling, featuring lengthy net rallies, incredible gets, and both teams working the geometry of the court to their advantage, but Cabal & Farah proved just that much steadier on serve.

In the first set, they created break point opportunities on both Granollers’ and Zeballos’ serves while never facing a single break point on their own.

At 4-4, with Zeballos serving, they finally converted and served it out to take a one-set lead.
Then, as the second unfolded, drama began to set in.

Cabal & Farah again had the easier time holding serve, and they created 6 break point opportunities through the first 5 games, but failing to convert any of them.

At 4-3, Farah double faulted to give Granollers & Zeballos their first break points of the entire match.

As Farah dumped a volley into the net, they converted on their first opportunity and, as it would later turn out, their only opportunity, to allow Zeballos to serve it out and even the score.

The Argentine, however, struggled to put a first serve in play, and the top seeds pounced, immediately breaking back.

Granollers & Zeballos had no answers after that, and managed to win just 3 more points in the match.

On championship point, Cabal put away a return that fell short in the court, and Farah collapsed to the ground.

As has become tradition after the Colombian duo wins, Cabal’s young son ran out onto the court to hug the winners and instantly charm the crowd.

The pair have now collected 5 men’s doubles trophies so far in 2019 and go into the Asian swing and the Australian Open as the men’s doubles team to beat.

After the triumph, however, Farah had other thoughts on his mind and, during the trophy ceremony, he spoke emotionally to the crowd about Roberto Cocheteux, one of the foremost supporters and sponsors of tennis in Colombia, who had passed away right before the tournament.

“We couldn’t go to his burial because we had to stay here,” Farah said, while Cabal choked back tears. “It was very tough for us, and so we said we would dedicate this tournament to him, and there’s no better way to dedicate [a tournament] than to win it.”

Added Cabal: “We’re living a dream. It was really difficult times two weeks ago. We made a decision to fight for it, to play for him and we honour him right now.

“We’re happy we can do this for him, and hopefully he is in the sky watching us.”

It was quite a clean doubles final from both teams. Cabal/Farah committed 32 winners to just 8 unforced errors, while Granollers/Zeballos combined to hit 23 winners to just 8 unforced errors.



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.