Doubles delight for Aussies
In a fabulous weekend for the Aussies in doubles, John Peers, Sam Groth, Chris Guccione and Jess Moore were all victorious at ATP and WTA events around the globe.
Wherever you looked on the weekend, Australians were winning on tour in doubles.
It began in Newport, Rhode Island, when Sam Groth and Chris Guccione combined to win the grasscourt Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
The Aussie pair defeated Brit Jonathan Marray and Canada’s Adil Shamasdin 6-4 6-3 to win their second title together; their first came in Bogota, 2014.
— Tennis Hall of Fame (@TennisHalloFame) July 16, 2016
The victory was Guccione’s fifth ATP doubles title, and third in Newport.
“Obviously I like it here … It’s a great place, great town and a well-run tournament so hopefully I can continue my good run,” he said.
Peers retains Hamburg title
A year after winning the title with Jamie Murray, Victorian John Peers teamed with Henri Kontinen to win the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg.
Peers and Kontinen, a Finn, won their third title of 2016 with a 7-5 6-3 victory over third seeds Daniel Nestor and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.
“It’s good fun coming here straight after Wimbledon. They put on a great show and it’s always good fun to get back on the clay after such an enjoyable grasscourt season,” Peers said after winning his 10th career ATP doubles title.
“They put up a really good fight and Henri and I had to hang in there. We started to get the momentum at the end of the first set, when we got the first break. We then just tried to keep rolling and lucky for us we got the title.”
First tour-level success for Moore
Meanwhile, West Australian Jess Moore won her first WTA title with a victory alongside Varatchaya Wongteanchai in Bucharest.
Moore, ranked just outside the doubles top 100, combined with her Thai partner to beat Alexandra Cadantu and Katarzyna Piter 6-3 7-6(5).
— BRD Bucharest Open (@BucharestOpen) July 17, 2016