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Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Mark Whitehouse claims ITF title in Heraklion

  • Mark Whitehouse and Petros Chrysochos were seeded four
  • Brit/Cypriot pair didn’t drop a set until the final
HERAKLION, CRETE, GREECE – Mark Whitehouse and Petros Chrysochos entered the ITF event and were seeded fourth. The Brit/Cypriot pair made the final without dropping a set.


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Mark Whitehouse teamed up with Petros Chrysochos in Heraklion and were seeded fourth. The first round saw the Brit/Cypriot against Vasilos Caripi & Kelsey Stevenson. The South African/Canadian found the seeds too strong in the first set. Whitehouse & Chrysochos dominated and moved ahead, the second set was a little closer but the fourth seeds broke serve to move into the next round 6-2, 6-4.

In the quarter-final the Brit/Cypriot were against Ammar Elamin & Jason Janis. The Irish/German pair were dominated by the fourth seeds. Elamin & Janis were unable to get any games on the board as the seeds easily moved into the semi-finals 6-0, 6-0.

The semi-final saw the fourth seeds second seeds Luke Johnson & Pablo Vivero Gonzalez. The Brit/Spaniard were more competitive than the first round match, however Whitehouse & Chrysochos still dominated the first set. The second saw Johnson & Gonzalez try to get back into the match, the second seeds managed to stay with the fourth seeds for a while. However, the fourth seeds managed a break of serve to move into the final 6-2, 6-3.

In the final Whitehouse & Chrysochos were against the top seeds Hua Runhao & Zhang Ze. The Chinese got the better start and broke the serve of the fourth seeds to take the lead. The Brit/Cypriot regrouped in the second set and dominated the top seeds to level up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak the fourth seeds got the mini break and didn’t look back. Whitehouse & Chrysochos claimed the title 4-Ja6, 6-2, 10-6.


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Doubles Round Up

Neal Skupski & Ken Skupski were defeated by Aleksandr Nedovyesov & Andrea Vavassori in the first round in Lyon 7-6(3), 6-3.

Cameron Norrie & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Pierre-Hugues Herbert & Nicolas Mahut in the first round in Lyon 6-1, 6-1.

Jay Clarke with Elliot Benchetrit were defeated by Evan King & Julian Lenz in the first round in Biella 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-7.

Jack Draper with Simon Carr were defeated by Theo Arribage & Titouen Droguet in the first round in Jablonec nad Nisou 6-2, 6-1.

Aidan McHugh with Nicolas Kicker were defeated by JC Aragone & Nicolas Barrientos in the semi-final in Pensacola 6-4, 6-2.

Jonathan Binding & Scott Duncan were defeated by Luca Castelnuovo & Alexander Cozbinov in the quarter-final in Tbilisi 6-3, 4-6, 10-7.

Emily Appleton & Alicia Barnett were defeated by Ayla Aksu & Valeriya Olyanovskaya in the quarter-final in Tbilisi 6-2, 7-5.

Cheri Darley with Cristina Mayorova Bakhtina were defeated by Vlada Koval & Sofya Lansere in the first round in Platja D’Aro 6-0, 6-3.

Olivia Nicholls with Valeriya Strakhova were defeated by Isabelle Haverlag & Suzan Lamens in the quarter-final in Platja D’Aro 6-2, 3-6, 10-7.

Ana Popescu with Julia Kimmelmann were defeated by Emily Seibold & Arina Gabriela Vasilescu in the semi-final in Heraklion 6-3, 6-1.

Freya Christie & Sarah Beth Grey were defeated by Emma Davis & Anna Ulyashchenko in the quarter-final in Monastir 6-2, 2-6, 10-7.

Next week Brits play in Paris, Oeiras, Czech Republic, Boznia, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland, Romania, Greece, Latvia, Slovenia, Spain & Tunisia.



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