No. 1 Seeds Scott Lipsky (USA) and Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) win seventh doubles title together 4-6, 7-6(7), 10-7
The Irving Tennis Classic crowned its singles champion today, Czech Republican Lukas Rosol. The third seed, ranked No. 47 in the world, Rosol won his seventh career ATP Challenger tour event with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over American, Steve Johnson. In the doubles final, the No. 1 seeded team and 2012 doubles champions, Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and American, Scott Lipsky were triumphant again in the finals securing a narrow super-tiebreaker win against Australian John-Patrick Smith and New Zealand Native Michael Venus.
The singles semi-finals were played earlier in the day in which Rosol defeated No. 83 Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 5-7, 6-1, 6-0 and Johnson beat No. 94 Tobias Kamke (GER) 6-4, 6-2. Rosol ended Johnson’s Texas winning streak and captured the singles title in just over 47 minutes with a straight-set victory.
Rosol arrived in Irving coming off a second-round loss last week in Indian Wells, Calif., to No. 6-ranked Andy Murray in three sets, 4-6, 6- 3, 6-2. In his first three rounds at the Irving Tennis Classic, Rosol beat Michael Russell (USA), Daniel Brands (GER) and Ryan Harrison (USA).
“Despite the cold and windy conditions today, it was heartwarming to see some tennis fans brave the elements and come out and cheer on the players in the final matches” said Zoltan Papp, Irving Tennis Classic Tournament Director.
No. 1 seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky have played together in 51 tournaments in the last three years, and this win marks their seventh doubles title. En route to the finals the duo defeated Adham El-Effendi [USA]/Darren Walsh [GBR], Federico Delbonis [ARG]/Guido Pella [ARG] and Samuel Groth [AUS]/Chris Guccione [AUS].