Henry Patten during the 2020 British Tour
Henry Patten during the 2020 British Tour ¦ (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Henry Patten claims title in ITF Santo Domingo

By Glenys Furness

  • Henry Patten claimed the title in Santo Domingo
  • Took out top two seeded pairs en route
SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Henry Patten and Rinky Hijikata teamed up and were unseeded. The pair claimed the title together.


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Henry Patten teamed up with Australian Rinky Hijikata and entered the ITF event, the pair were unseeded. In the first round the Brit/Aussie were against the German pair of Lucas Gerch & Maik Steiner. Patten & Hijikata dominated the first set and took the lead. The Germans fought back in the second set, breaking the Brit/Aussie levelling up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak was a tight affair, however Patten & Hijikata edged through and into the quarter-final 6-2, 3-6, 10-7.

The quarter-final pitched Patten & Hijikata against Daniel Cukierman & Brandon Holt. The Israeli/American pair pushed the Brit/Aussie hard in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. Patten & Hijikata edged the breaker and into the lead. The second set saw the Brit/Aussie secure a break of serve to take them into the semi-final 7-6(6), 6-3.

In the semi-final Patten & Hijikata were against the top seeds David Pichler & Oleg Prihodko. The Austrian/Ukrainian pair were outclassed and outplayed in the first set. The Brit/Aussie didn’t lose a game in the set and took the lead. The second set saw the top seeds fight back, breaking Patten & Hijikata to level up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak was a very tense affair, with the Brit/Aussie finally managing to edge through and into the final 6-0, 3-6, 12-10.

The final saw Patten & Hijikata against the second seeds Yu Hsiou Hsu & Wu Tung-Lin. The Taiwanese pair dominated the first set, as the Brit/Aussie struggled to hold serve. The second set saw both pairs stay toe to toe and force a tiebreak. Patten & Hijikata eased through the breaker and levelled up the match. The final would be decided by a match tiebreak. The unseeded pair dominated the breaker and claimed the title 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-3.


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Doubles Round Up

Mark Whitehouse with Quentin Folliot were defeated by Aleksander Kovacevic & Alfredo Perez in the first round in Santo Domingo 6-3, 6-2.

Elbert Barr with Manuel Sanchez were defeated by Andrés Molteni & Santiago González in the first round in Acapulco 6-1, 6-0.

Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Lloyd Glasspool & Harri Heliövaara in the quarter-final in Acapulco 4-6, 6-3, 10-6.

Lloyd Glasspool with Harri Heliövaara were defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas & Feliciano López in the semi-final in Acapulco 6-4, 6-4.

Dan Evans & Ken Skupski were defeated by Sander Gillé & Joran Vliegen in the first round in Dubai 6-4, 7-5.

Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Neal Skupski & Wesley Koolhof in the first round in Dubai 7-6(4) (RET).

Neal Skupski with Wesley Koolhof were defeated by Austin Krajicek & Édouard Roger-Vasselin in the quarter-final in Dubai 6-4, 7-6(0).

Ryan Peniston with Manuel Guinard were defeated by Szymon Walkow & Jan Zielinski in the first round in Pau 6-0,6-3.

Jonny O’Mara with Matt Reid were defeated by Karol Drzewiecki & Kacper Zuk in the semi-final in Pau 6-3, 2-6, 10-6.

Eden Silva with Kimberley Zimmerman were defeated by Elixane Lechemia & Ingrid Neel in the first round in Guadalajara 6-2, 7-5.

Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Zhu Lin & Wang Xinyu in the semi-final in Guadalajara 6-4, 6-0.

Billy Harris with Tiago Cacao were defeated by Zvonlmir Babic & Alexander Donski in the first round in Vale Do Lobo 6-4, 7-5.

Scott Duncan with Dominik Kellovsky were defeated by Francisco Cabral & Peter Heller in the semi-final in Vale Do Lobo 3-6, 7-6(2), 10-5.

Blu Baker with Jesse Witten were defeated by Ezekiel Clark & Evan Zhu in the final in Naples, Florida 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.

Emilie Lindh with Ana Lantigua De La Nuez were defeated by Federica Arcidiacono & Guilia Crescenzi in the first round in Monastir 6-3, 6-4.

Next Week Brits play in Monterrey, Lyon, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia, USA, France & Australia.


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