NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Luke Johnson of Great Britain hits a forehand during day 1 of the Nottingham Trophy at Nottingham Tennis Centre on June 13, 2021 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Johnson claims ATP Charleston Challenger title

By Glenys Furness

  • Luke Johnson & Skander Mansouri claimed title
  • Brit/Tunisian were second seeds
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA – Luke Johnson was the second seed in the Challenger event with Skander Mansouri. The Brit/Tunisian lifted the title, the third Challenger title for Johnson.


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Luke Johnson teamed up with Skander Mansouri and were the second seeds. The Brit/Tunisian drew Ryan Peniston & Garrett Johnsย in the first round. The Brit/American got off to the better start, breaking the serve of the seeds and took the lead. The second set saw Johnson & Mansouri fight back. The seeds stayed with Peniston & Johns and the set looked to be heading to a tiebreak. However, the Brit/Tunisian broke right at the end of the set and levelled up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak saw the seeds ease through into the next round 4-6, 7-5, 10-3.

The quarter-final saw Johnson & Mansouri against Australians Tristan Schoolkate & Adam Walton. The seeds started well, breaking the Australians to take the lead. The second set saw Schoolkate & Walton fight back, breaking the seeds to level up the match. The match tiebreak again saw the seeds ease through to book a spot in the next round 6-4, 3-6, 10-3.

In the semi-final Johnson & Mansouri were against third seeds Christian Harrison & Mikelis Libietis. The American/Latvian pair were no trouble for the second seeds in the first set. The Brit/Tunisian broke early and took the lead. The second set was closer as Harrison & Libietis stayed toe to toe at the start. Eventually, the second seeds secured the vital break of serve and moved into the final 6-3, 6-4.

The final was against Americans Nicholas Bybel & Oliver Crawford, who had made the main draw as alternates. Johnson & Mansouri did not take this lightly, as Bybel & Crawford had scythed through the field to get here. It proved to be a good contest, with Bybel & Crawford staying close in the first set. Eventually, the Brit/Tunisian managed to break serve and take the lead. The second set was more of the same, with the Americans staying close until the seeds again broke serve. Johnson & Mansouri lifted the title, the third Challenger title overall for the Brit, in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.



Doubles Round Up

Scott Duncan & Marcus Willis were defeated by Marco Bortolotti & Alexandru Jecan in the quarter-final in Braga 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

Julian Cash with Robert Galloway were defeated by Gabriel Debru & Antoine Hoang in the first round in Orleans 6-4, 6-1.

Henry Patten with John-Patrick Smith were defeated by Constantin Frantzen & Hendrik Jebens in the final in Orleans 7-6(5), 7-6(12).

Ben Jones with Jakob Schnaitter were defeated by Sebastian Eriksson & Albert Saar in the first round in Falun 6-4, 6-4.

Ying Hou with Fabian Hansch Mauritzson were defeated by Anton Matusevich & Harry Wendelken in the first round in Falun 6-0, 6-3.

Michael Shaw with Jack Karlsson Wistrand were defeated by Max Dahlin & Yannick Steinegger in the first round in Falun 6-3, 6-4.

Giles Hussey with Patrick Harper were defeated by Daniel Merida & Olaf Pieczkowski in the first round in Falun 6-3, 6-4.

Anton Matusevich & Harry Wendelken were defeated by Simon Freund & Johannes Ingildsen in the final in Falun 7-6(2), 4-6, 10-7.

Joe Cooper & Sean Drewry were defeated by Jody Maginley & Joshua Sheehy in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-3, 6-4.

Adam Jones & David Quayle were defeated by Andrea Bacaloni & Gabriele Bosio in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 7-6(4), 6-4.

James Davis & Hamish Stewart were defeated by Louroi Martinez & Adam Moundir in the semi-final in Forbach 4-6, 7-6(6), 10-7.

Millen Hurrion with Finn Reynolds defeated Louroi Martinez & Adam Moundir in the final in Forbach 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

Jasmine Conway & Ranah Stoiber were defeated by Lucia Cassidy & Imogen Haddad in the first round in Monastir 2-6, 7-6(5), 10-5.

Lucia Cassidy & Imogen Haddad were defeated by Laura Boehner & Gina Feistel in the quarter-final in Monastir 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.

Next week Brits play in Roehampton, Shanghai, Campinas, Mouilleron-le-Captif, Alicante, Lisbon, Tiburon, France, Spain, Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia, USA, Beijing, Croatia & Austria.