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Tennis | Doubles Round up | Finn Bass & Tom Hands claim title in ITF Champaign USA

By Glenys Furness

  • Finn Bass & Tom Hands claim title in USA
  • The Brits claimed the title in straight sets

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS, USA – Finn Bass & Tom Hands entered the ITF event and were unseeded. The Brits needed three sets in each match except the final.


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Finn Bass & Tom Hands teamed up in the ITF event in Illinois. The Brits were unseeded. In the first round they were against Nic Meister & Oliver Stuart. The American/French pair broke Bass & Hands in the first set to take the lead. The Brits fought back in the second, staying toe to toe with Meister & Stuart. Bass & Hands forced a tiebreak in the second set, which they edged to level up the match. The final set was a match tiebreak was a tight affair, but the Brits managed to scrape ahead and eventually booked the spot in the next round 3-6, 7-6(7), 13-11.

The quarter-final saw the Brits against the top seeds Juan Carlos Aguilar & Boris Arias. Bass & Hands dominated the first set as the Canadian/Bolivian struggled to hold serve. The second set saw the roles reversed as Aguilar & Arias dominated and levelled up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak, the Brits edged ahead and managed to stay there, booking a spot in the semi-final 6-2, 2-6, 12-10.

In the semi-final the Brits were against Joshua Peck & Kyle Seelig. The match was very much like the previous round. The Brits dominated the first set breaking Peck & Seelig to take the lead. The Canadian/American regrouped and forced a tiebreak in the second, which they edged. The final set was a match tiebreak and the Brits once again edged ahead to book a final spot 6-2, 6-7(6), 11-9.

The final saw the Brits against Kweisi Kenyatte & Siphosothando Montsi. Bass & Hands fought hard in the first set, and secured a break of serve against the American/South African to take the lead. The second set was very similar, and once again Bass & Hands broke serve to take the title 7-5, 6-4.

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Doubles Round Up

Julian Cash & Mark Whitehouse defeated Ajeet Rai & Benjamin Winter Lopez in the final in Monastir 7-6(1), 6-3.

Elbert Barr & Billy Harris were defeated by Fabian Marozsan & Zsombor Velcz in the first round in Antalya 6-4, 6-4.

Ali Collins with Jaimee Fourlis were defeated by Quirine Lemoine & Gabriella Mujan in the semi-final in Alkmaar 6-1, 6-1.

Soumeya Anane with Federica Prati were defeated by Angelica Raggi & Eliessa Vanlangendonck in the first round in L’Aquila 6-1, 2-0 (RET).

Emilie Lindh with Raphaelle Lacasse were defeated by Saki Imamura and Jiho Shin in the semi-final in Monastir 5-7, 6-2, 10-1.

Emily Appleton & Freya Christie were defeated by Arianne Hartono & Yuriko Lily Miyazaki in the quarter-final in Porto 6-1, 6-7(4), 10-3.

Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls were defeated by Mana Ayukawa & Akiko Omae in the quarter-final in Porto 0-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Next week Brits play in London (Wimbledon), Serbia, Spain, France, Turkey & Tunisia.


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