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White & Stoker Win Inaugural Onwentsia Mixed Pro Doubles

(l-r): Aidan Harrison, John White, Georgina Stoker

Former singles world No. 1 John White and women’s pro doubles world No. 6 Georgina Stoker upset the top two seeds to win the inaugural $20,000 Onwentsia Masters Mixed Pro title—the second Professional Mixed Doubles event of the season—April 10, in Lake Forest Illinois.

Stoker & White opened up their tournament with a four-game win over Onwentsia head professional Aidan Harrison & world No. 7 Suzie Pierrepont to set up a semifinal against two seeds Lauren West & Alexander Noakes.

Stoker & White then pulled off a decisive upset over West & Noakes 15-8, 15-13, 15-13 to reach the finals where they met top seeds Elani Landman & James Bamber.

Aidan Harrison reports on the final: “The first final of the day was the Pro Draw which saw speedy James Bamber from England playing exceptional squash and was balanced well with his partner South African, Elani Landman from NYAC. The strength of current world champion Georgina Stoker from England and John White was on full display as they were able to move up a gear at vital times during the match which carried them as they faced an uphill battle being two games to love down. Once Stoker was able to handle the thundering pace from Bamber on the crosscourt, she was able to contain Elani on the left wall. At crucial times in the third and fourth games at 10-all, Bamber made unforced errors and gave confidence to White who was able to make his accurate winners to tie up the match two-all. What a fifth game. Back and forth with both teams looking to force a winner at the right times, but it was the sneaky shooting by Stoker that gave her and White the first Masters Mixed Pro title at Onwentsia winning the fifth 15-11.”

The inaugural Ontwentsia Masters Mixed Pro Title was the second professional Mixed doubles event in as many weeks. The professional Mixed format was introduced for the first time this season with rankings points and prize money on offer for both the men’s and women’s professional doubles tours.

 

Mathur & Callis Make Triumphant Return in Boston; Leonard & Ubina Earn Third Title of the Season

Manek Mathur & Chris Callis marked their first tournament together since September with their second title of the season, while Kaley Leonard & Maria Elena Ubina continued their strong season with their third title at the Boston Pro Am, March 27.

The top half of the draw saw top seeds James Stout & Scott Arnold exit the tournament in the semifinals as four seeds Greg McArthur & Zac Alexander pulled off a narrow win 15-13, 15-14, 11-15, 15-14.

Just like they did on their last Boston title run in 2020, Mathur & Callis nearly exited the tournament in the semifinals, escaping their match against three seeds James Bamber & Mike Ferreira on simultaneous match ball in the fifth game 12-15, 15-8, 7-15, 15-8, 15-14 in ninety-one minutes.

Mathur & Callis went on to clinch the title against McArthur & Alexander 15-9, 13-15, 15-12, 15-9 in in seventy-six minutes. Mathur & Callis have now won both tournaments that they have competed in together this year, in a season that has otherwise been disrupted by injuries and covid.

In the women’s draw, Leonard & Ubina continued their strong form this season with another final upset over top seeds Lume and Elani Landman. The two seeds clinched their third title of the season 15-10, 11-15, 15-7, 15-11 in forty-four minutes.

“We’ve tried to play a full season together ever since 2018, but constantly have hiccups, but being on court with Chris is a real treat and I am lucky to do so often enough,” Mathur said. “Hope to finish this season with him injury and covid free. I think at this stage in our careers, winning is always fun but being able to do it with a good friend and spend a weekend together makes things that much more special.”

“It was a brutal effort all the way through, but it really shows you that doubles is still in a great place after two plus years of covid-related difficulties,” Callis said. “Credit to Greg and Zac as well as Mikey and Jim — both matches could have gone either way and both of those teams played great all tournament long. The semi was one of the most exciting games I’ve been of part of in a while and the finals was incredibly high quality from the start. There wasn’t much a difference between the teams in either the semi or the final, but if there was a difference I think what Manek and I did best was change our strategy and style of playas the matches went on. Proud of the way we continued to adjust as the matches went along.”

“Just want to reiterate how great the event turned out from top to bottom,” Callis continued. “The quality of play was top notch, the pro-am was a blast, and of course everything went off without a hitch thanks to Lenny, Chris Spahr, and all of the event sponsors. They really didn’t miss a beat after so much time off and I’m happy they got such a great event quality and sportsmanship-wise — they definitely deserve it.”

“Excited to have the tour back, even more pumped to be back out there doing this with Chris,” Mathur said. “Big thank you to Lenny, Amrit, Tom Poor, Chris Spahr etc. for all their hard work in putting this Boston event together and taking such great care of the players. It’s one of my favorite events and most successful events and I look forward to being back next year!”
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Pierrepont & Bews Win Inaugural Professional Mixed Doubles Tournament in LA

(l-r): Will Mariani, Latasha Khan, Adam Bews, Suzie PIerrepont

Professional doubles celebrated a new milestone for the sport with the staging of the first professional Mixed Doubles draw—with rankings points for both the men’s and women’s professional tours on offer—which was won by doubles stalwarts Suzie Pierrepont & Adam Bews April 1-3 at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles.

The $25,000 draw attracted nine teams to the west coast, and played out according to seeding with the top four seeds advancing to the semifinals.

In the bottom half of the draw, two seeds Latasha Khan & Will Mariani took out three seeds Jordan Brail & Alicia Rodriguez 15-5, 15-13, 15-12. In the top half, top seeds Bews & Pierrepoint endured a four-game challenge from married tandem Lauren West & Chris Longman 13-15, 15-6, 15-10, 15-10.

Bews, world No. 10, and Pierrepont, world No. 7, put in a decisive performance in the final to win the inaugural Professional Doubles title 15-5, 15-11, 15-9.

“We are very proud to be the winners of the first Mixed professional doubles event,” Bews said. “We are lucky enough to have been able to play a lot together and it really helped up through this event. Thanks so much to Gus Cook, the Jonathan Club, the sponsors and members for making this event happen.”

“Rule number one of doubles, pick a good partner,” added Pierrepont.

 

 

 

April 2022 Rankings

1 Scott Arnold Australia 8 4197.92 1
2 Chris Callis USA 5 3008.50 4
3 James Stout Bermuda 7 2955.00 3
4 James Bamber England 9 2673.33 6
5 Greg McArthur Scotland 7 2670.00 2
6 Manek Mathur USA 4 2587.50 5
7 Mike Ferreira England 6 2475.50 7
8 Zac Alexander Australia 5 2200.00 9
9 Bernardo Samper Colombia 3 1850.00 11
10 Adam Bews Scotland 9 1551.35 13
11 Clive Leach England 6 1452.25 19
12 Robin Clarke Canada 3 1380.00 10
13 Cameron Pilley Australia 5 1357.25 29
14 Graham Bassett USA 6 1280.63 12
15 Travis Judson USA 6 1257.38 17
16 Joshua Hollings Canada 6 1202.88 20
17 Hameed Ahmed Finland 5 1171.63 16
18 Clinton Leeuw South Africa 8 1165.00 28
19 Ryan Cuskelly Australia 4 1162.25 45
20 Alex Domenick USA 5 1098.38 25

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Cuskelly & Pilley Win Maiden SDA Title at Ox Ridge

Australian former PSA touring professionals Ryan Cuskelly & Cameron Pilley won their first professional doubles title in their second season on the SDA Pro Tour at the second Ox Ridge Open, March  17-20, in Darien, Connecticut.

The eight-team Bronze draw saw an early exit of top seeds Graham Bassett & Clive Leach at the hands of Josh Hughes and B.G. Lemmon. PSA pros Chris Hanson & Chris Binnie pulled off another first-half upset in the bottom half of the draw over four seeds Travis Judson & Alex Domenick after going 2-0 down 12-15, 11-15, 15-10, 15-10, 15-10 in ninety-six minutes.

Elsewhere in the bottom half of the draw, two seeds Hamed Anvari & Clinton Leeuw reached the final courtesy of a four-game, seventy-nine-minute win over Hanson & Binnie 15-11, 12-15, 15-11, 15-9.

Cuskelly & Pilley’s only dropped game of the tournament was their first against surprise National Doubles finalists Lockie Munro & Lyell Fuller. The Aussies were perfect from there on out, dispatching Hughes & Lemmon in a three-game semifinal and Anvari & Leeuw in the final 15-10, 15-5, 15-7.

The title held special meaning for Cuskelly, who recently based himself at the Ox Ridge Riding & Racquet club.

“It’s been great to meet many people and hadve some really tough matches this weekend,” Cuskelly said. “I’d like to thank all of the sponsors and amateurs for making this event possible. I’m new here and super excited to win my first SDA event with Cameron at my home club.”