ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: A ball kid holds tennis balls during the men's singles grand final between Lloyd Harris of South Africa and Andrey Rublev of Russia on day seven of the 2020 Adelaide International at Memorial Drive on January 18, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Julian Cash claims title in ITF Heraklion
HERAKLION, CRETE, GREECE – Julian Cash teamed up with Reese Stadler and entered the event. The Brit/American didn’t drop a set until the final.
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Julian Cash teamed up with Reese Stadler and entered the doubles event in Heraklion. The Brit/American pair were unseeded. Their first round opponents were Cypriot pair Petros Chrysochos & Sergis Kyratzis. Cash & Stadler moved into the quarter-final without hitting a ball as the Cypriot pair retired 0-0 (RET).
In the quarter-final the Brit/American were up against Italian pair Mattia Belluci & Omar Giacalone. Cash & Stadler started well and broke the Italian pair to take the lead. In the second set the Italians tried to fight back, however the Brit/American broke the serve again to book a spot in the semi-final 6-3, 6-2.
The semi-final saw Cash & Stadler against the top seeds Hua Runhao & Zhang Ze. The Chinese pair stayed with the Brit/American in the first set and forced a tiebreak. Cash & Stadler edged the breaker and took the lead. The second set saw the Brit/American pair break the serve of Runhao & Ze and they didn’t look back. Cash & Stadler booked a spot in the final 7-6(7), 6-3.
In the final the Brit/American were against the all British pairing of Billy Harris & George Houghton. The first set was a very close affair, with neither side giving an inch. Harris & Houghton forced a tiebreak which they edged to take the lead. A very one sided set followed, with Cash & Stadler breaking at will and dominating to level up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak was tight, ultimately though it was the Brit/American pair that secured the win 6-7(6), 6-0, 10-8.
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