HALL OF FAME TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Mahut Celebrates Double Triumph In Newport
by ATP Staff|
Nicolas Mahut became Monday the first ‘double’ titlist at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships since Rajeev Ram lifted the singles and doubles (w/ Jordan Kerr) trophies in 2009. Dan Goldie also completed the ‘double’ in 1987.
Twenty hours after he captured his second ATP World Tour singles title over former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, Mahut joined forces with fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin to beat Americans Tim Smyczek and Rhyne Williams 6-7(4), 6-2, 10-5 in one hour and 33 minutes for the Newport doubles crown.
"I feel really honoured to be one of the three," said the 31-year-old Mahut. "I wasn’t feeling 100 per cent at the beginning, but in the end, I played good at the right time and Edouard played really well."
"First to win the singles is a big accomplishment," said Mahut. "To win the same week, singles and doubles, it is the first time it has happened to me in my career, and it’s amazing. When I look back a month ago, I was ranked 240, then I played the French Open in doubles, won two titles, won another one in doubles, it’s just a great achievement. I just don’t think I even realise it all yet."
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Second seeds Mahut and Roger-Vasselin split $25,000 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points in the pair’s fourth tournament success. Smyczek and Williams shared $13,140 and earned 150 points.
"We got through and we are very happy to win this one," said Roger-Vasselin."This is our fourth together and hopefully there will be more."
Mahut improved to a 7-5 in ATP World Tour doubles finals mark, while Roger-Vasselin extends his perfect record to 4-0. The duo won three titles in 2012 on French soil, including the Moselle Open, the Open 13 and the Open Sud de France.
Mahut also reached the doubles final with fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra at Roland Garros, where they were edged out by top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. A couple weeks later, he captured his first ATP World Tour singles title at the Topshelf Open in 's-Hertogenbosch (d. Wawrinka).
“It’s just incredible what has happened to me in the past month," he said. "I was maybe going to stop playing singles because my ranking was too low only a month ago, so I was thinking to play maybe just doubles, and a month later I’m back in the Top 100. It’s just unbelievable."
The doubles final had been carried over to Monday after Mahut played three matches – two singles and one doubles – on Sunday. By winning the singles title, Mahut rose 52 spots to World No. 75.