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Chaudhry & Samper Win Partnership’s Maiden SDA Title in Missouri

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l-r: Baset Chaudhry, Adam Bews, Bernardo Samper, Matt Jenson.

Trinity graduates Bernardo Samper & Baset Chaudhry won their partnership’s first SDA title this weekend in their fourth tournament of the season together—the $20,000 Missouri Athletic Club Open.

Samper & Chaudhry entered the draw seeded second, with MAC pro Adam Bews & world No. 7 Matt Jenson leading the draw as the top seeds. The top two seeds both reached the final courtesy of two, three-game victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals. The only major upset in the main draw came in the form of Ned Marks & Aaron Luque taking out four seeds Graham Bassett & Fred Reid in the first round.

In close final, the St. Louis crowd saw local hero Bews & Jenson fall in four games, 15-14, 15-10, 11-15, 15-14.

The title marks Samper’s first SDA title and Chaudhry’s third and largest. Samper, a Colombian international, revealed there were multiple forms of motivation for the partnership entering the tournament.

“I think Baset and I understand each other well on court, and our games compensate each other,” Samper said. “Since we first partnered up, we both wanted to win an SDA event together. He is going back to Pakistan next month, so our goal was to win this tournament. It meant a lot for us for two reason, first to win a bronze level SDA event and second it was Baset’s birthday last weekend so there were a few things in play.”

“I believe Bernie and I gel really well together and also compliment each other’s game,” Chaudhry said. “I try to create openings with my pace and Berny is more of the shot-maker. This strategy has worked out quite well for us so far this season. Having said that, we both were itching to clinch a title, so really relieved to finally get that out of the way, especially since I’m moving to Pakistan for a few months and won’t be able to participate in the SDA events after January this season.”

Samper said the home crowd didn’t faze the champions in the final.

“Adam is improving a lot and played amazing in the final,” Samper said. “Having the crowd on your side can be good and bad. Good because you have the all the support and bad because you have a lot of pressure to perform. However, Adam definitely didn’t feel the pressure and played amazing. I have to say that is was a very respectful crowd and I am looking forward to be back next year. I would also like to mention the amazing job Adam is doing at the club and organizing this event.”

“This the best I have seen Adam Bews play,” Chaudhry added. “We thought we would be able to break him down but he hung in strong so we really had to make it long and hard and wait for the openings. He did an amazing job both organizing and competing in the tourney which is not easy since there are so many moving pieces, so kudos to him.”

Samper & Chaudhry are set to compete in the Chilton Investments North American Open this weekend.

“The MAC was incredible,” Samper said of the hosts. “It was my first time and people could have not been nicer, from the staff to the membership. I would like to thank the sponsors of the event because without them the event would not be possible.”

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Watch replays of the live stream below and on the SDA Youtube channel.

Russell & Berg Bag Inaugural Missouri Athletic Club Open Title

The 2015 Missouri Athletic Club Open final L-R: Viktor Berg, Preston Quick, John Russell, Matt Jenson.
The 2015 Missouri Athletic Club Open final L-R: Viktor Berg, Preston Quick, John Russell, Matt Jenson.

Missouri Athletic Club Open Draw SDA Live

Top seeds John Russell & Viktor Berg won the second SDA title of the season, and are the first team to appear on the winners list of what was the inaugural Missouri Athletic Club Open this weekend in St. Louis.

Newly-appointed squash professional and SDA professional Adam Bews founded the $20,000 event at his new home club. Both MAC locations hosted matches and housed the players.

“Having played the tour and making friends with a lot of guys during my time in Greenwich, I wanted to expose my membership to top quality men’s doubles and give them a fantastic experience,” Bews said. “Members loved the event and many seeing pro Men’s doubles for the first time couldn’t believe what they were seeing. They loved the pros and we will have them all back!”

Bews added local color to the main draw, defeating Josh Cardwell & Joey Roberts in the only qualifying match with partner Mike Puertas, who runs the SDA St. Louis Open at the Racquet Club of St. Louis.

Bews & Puertas entered the main draw against Russell & Berg, who dismissed the locals in three games, which included simultaneous game ball in the second.

Russell & Berg then dropped one game in their semifinal against Boston’s Graham Bassett & John Roberts to set up a final against another pair of SDA veterans Matt Jenson & Preston Quick.

Jenson & Quick also reached the final in four-game semifinal against Canadians Fred Reid & Justin Todd. Reid & Todd had upset Trinity alums and two seeds Carl Baglio & Andres Vargas in the first round 15-13, 12-15, 15-14, 15-11.

The final marked Jenson & Quick’s first since claiming the 2014 Hashim Khan title, and first final since Jenson’s recovery from an Achilles injury that kept him away from tour for a year.

With the top 4-ranked players barred from entering the Bronze draw including Russell’s regular partner Clive Leach, the English world doubles champion rekindled his partnership with Viktor Berg, with whom he has maintained an undefeated record in their few appearances together including the 2010 Jim Bentley Cup and a number of invitationals.

Russell & Berg maintained their undefeated record together, notching a second title in what began as a close final before Russell & Berg pulled away to win the title in the fourth 15-6, 13-15, 15-10, 15-5.

“The final was a close, competitive match with some highly entertaining points with lots of movement,” Russell said. “Jenson only had achilles surgery eleven months ago and has made a remarkable recovery from such a serious operation.”

Their partnership saw Russell occupy the left wall, while Berg shifted to right wall duty.

“Viktor and I have played together a few times in invitationals before so weren’t completely new to each other’s games,” Russell said. “We have also played against each other many times so know each other’s games really well.”

“John and I team up very well, he’s such a great competitor” Berg said. “In fact, we are undefeated after playing a few events together. The final played out well for us. Preston and Matt are a pleasure to play against, and John played unbelievably well.”

Berg, who won the 2015 St. Louis Open title, and Russell are both excited to have another St. Louis event on the calendar.

“Adam did a great job hosting and organizing,” Berg said. ” First class event, and great playing at the two MAC locations.”

“It’s great to see a second event in St. Louis,” Russell said. “Adam Bews ran a first rate event in which the players were extremely well looked after by the members. Many thanks to all the patrons for making this possible.”

Bews looks forward to bringing the SDA tour back to the MAC after positive reception of the event from the club membership.

“Things went great and all ran smoothly,” Bews said. “It was a unique experience for the pros being able to stay at the club they were playing at. They were all fantastic at mixing with the members and playing some great pro ams. Thanks to all of them for making the trip!”

All matches are available for video replay on SDA Live.

The SDA tour returns to St. Louis January 14-16 for the $40,000 St. Louis Open at the Racquet Club of St. Louis.

The SDA tour resumes November 6-9 in New York City for the $30,000 Big Apple Open.

Missouri Athletic Club Welcomes Inaugural SDA Tournament

After winning the 2014 St. Louis Open, Viktor Berg (second to right) will hope for more St. Louis success as the top seed in the Missouri Athletic Club Open.
After winning the 2014 St. Louis Open, Viktor Berg (second to right) will hope for more St. Louis success as the top seed in the Missouri Athletic Club Open.

Missouri Athletic Club Open Draw SDA Live

The SDA Pro Tour adds a second event in St. Louis, Missouri, this weekend in the form of the inaugural $20,000 SDA Bronze Missouri Athletic Club.

The SDA’s own Adam Bews, formerly out of the Field Club of Greenwich, was the catalyst behind the tournament as the new head professional at the Missouri Athletic Club. The MAC Open adds to the St. Louis Open, which is hosted at the Racquet Club of St. Louis. Bews and the St. Louis Open organizer, Mike Puertas, join forces as the locals in the sole qualifying match Friday afternoon, which completes the eight-team main draw.

2014 St. Louis Open champion Viktor Berg will hope for more success in St. Louis, and is seeded first along with the highest-ranked player in the draw, world No. 5 John Russell.

Berg & Russell are seeded to meet Trinity Bantams Carl Baglio & Andres Vargas in Sunday’s final.

Follow live scores on SDA Live throughout the weekend. Match play begins at noon Friday.