The 2022 Buffalo Club Pro Doubles yielded a familiar champion in Scott Arnold, who has now won three out of four iterations since the tournament’s inception in 2017, with first-time partner Adam Bews Sunday, May 8, in upstate New York.
The penultimate tournament of the season offered a $35,000 draw, which attracted a dozen teams to the Buffalo Club.
The top four seeds safely progressed to the final, however Canadian three seeds Matthew & Drew Henderson needed a five-game comeback to get past Sergio Martin & Imran Khan 15-10, 13-15, 13-15, 15-12, 15-9.
In the bottom half of the draw, first-time partners Hameed Ahmed & Chris Sachvie made a strong debut together, progressing to the final without dropping a game and winning their semifinal over the Hendersons at 14-all in the third.
Top-seeded Bews & Arnold improved together as they made it through the event, overcoming first-game losses in both of their first two matches before righting the ship and progressing in four.
Bews & Arnold produced their best squash in the final, defeating Ahmed & Sachvie 15-10, 11-15, 15-8, 15-14 in sixty-eight minutes.
“Playing with scott was a great experience,” Bews said. “It was nice of him to agree to play with me and we played well, and got better throughout the event. It was the first time we played together so there was a lot of ironing out communication and who was covering what, but we got better and it was a really fun final. Big shout out to Hameed and Sachvie who played a great tournament and put up a really good show in the final.”
Bews has been one of the most active players on the doubles scene in recent months, winning the inaugural LA Mixed Doubles and National Doubles. The Buffalo Club marks his first on the men’s tour since 2018.
“This is one of if not my favorite tournaments on tour,” Arnold said. “Tom does an awesome job of gathering sponsors, support and interest in the event and keeping it going from when he started from scratch four years ago. It’s now an event where every match has a full gallery which doesn’t happen often at a lot of events. I guess i need to thank Bewsie as well for putting up with me for a week. Once we got past our communication issues about who is covering what, Bewsie realized that he’ll cover everything and we’re good.”
Arnold adds the 2022 Buffalo title to his 2017 and 2019 titles with John Russell.
“Huge thank you the buffalo club for hosting us this week it’s been a really fun event,” Bews added. “There’s always a big and knowledgeable crowd here and they come and watch every single match. The pro am is packed and a really big draw so it’s really fun the whole week we’re here. Huge thank you to Tom Hayes for all of the hard work he does here setting up this event and getting it back on the calendar.”