Tres Davis and Robby Ginepri capture USTA BOYS' 18 Super Nationals Doubles Championship; Rajeev Ram and Jonathan Stokke take 16s doubles crown.
Davis and Ginepri, the second seeded team, staved off eight match points at 5-6 in the third set and took a 5-0 lead in the subsequent tiebreak, only to see King and Newport battle back to win the next five points. When Davis and Ginepri won the next point to produce their initial match point, the tension mounted, but they capitalized immediately and provided the crowd with its first opportunity to exhale since the match had begun more than two hours earlier.
King and Newport, the third seeds, were down a service break in the second set, but rallied to force a third with a series of clutch shots in the final three games.
With the victory, Davis and Ginepri receive a wild card entry into the main drawn at the U.S. Open later this month. Ginepri, of Marietta Georgia, won Boys' 16s titles in both singles and doubles last year in Kalamazoo and goes for a rare grand slam of four national titles in two years when he takes on Phillip King in the 18s singles final Sunday.
In the 16s doubles championships, Rajeev Ram and Jonathan Stokke, the top seeded team, also needed three sets to prevail, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0. The seventh seeds, James Pade and Aaron Spencer, rallied in the second set to claim the distinction of being the only team to win a set from the top ranked 16 doubles team in this tournament.
Source: Colette Lewis (Tournament Office)