Mike Ferreira and Chris Callis reunited for the 5th Annual Sleepy Hollow Open hosted by the spectacular Sleepy Hollow Country Club. The Racket Club pair took the scenic journey up to the Hudson to power through the draw to take out top seeded team Zac Alexander and Jim Bamber in an entertaining but one sided final.
Going into this year’s event tournament organizer, Greg McArthur elected to utilize 11 scoring and with the withdrawal of top seeds James Stout/Scott Arnold and 5th seeds Kyle Martino/Sam Khalifa, the draw was wide open with all teams eyeing a win. From the first round the matches were close fought. Last minute additions to the draw, Andrew Muran and Alex Schwartz pushed a sluggish John Roberts and Greg McArthur to 5 games while Mohsin Khan and Nku Patrick used their unconventional style to its full advantage against NYAC duo Clinton Leeuw and Jaymie Haycocks.
The first semi final was an all-court battle between Callis/Ferreira and Cameron Pilley/Ryan Cuskelly. Four very close games saw Ferreira/Callis edge out the Aussie duo by a slim margin, the increased intensity of the 11 scoring seeming to suit both teams in this match. The second semi final saw Alexander/Bamber perfectly execute a well thought out game plan. After watching Lucas Rousselett and Josh Hughes take out 3rd seeds Adam Bews and Matt Henderson in the quarterfinals, Alexander/Bamber were keen not to let the young pair get started in their semi final match and succeeded in stopping them in their tracks for a 3-0 win.
There were high hopes for a long battle of a final but Bamber/Alexander were unable to prevent Ferreira’s relentless attack from the left wall or rattle Callis’s trademark consistency on the right, ultimately going down in 3 games. Ferreira/Callis had last partnered up at the R&TC Open at the end of last season where they lost in the final to Stout/Arnold but with this win and plenty more events to play in the season we may well see another pairing soon.