Americans claim LCCC/USTA doubles championship
GODFREY – An American team took the doubles title on Day 7 at the 19th USTA Lewis and Clark Community College Men's Futures Tournament Friday afternoon at the LCCC Simpson Tennis Center; the tournament's purse is $25,000.
The semifinalists in the singles competition were also determined Friday; play was delayed in the morning due to showers that rolled through the area, but all scheduled matches were played.
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Americans Nathan Ponwith and Emil Reinberg took the doubles championship with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Venezuela's Jesus Bandres and Argentina's Facundo Mena; Mena advanced into Saturday's singles semifinals with straight set win over Australian Marc Polmans.
Top-seeded Tennys Sandgren of the USA celebrated his 25th birthday Friday with a three-set win over Wil Spencer of the USA to move into Saturday's semifinals; both semifinal matches will be played at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Simpson Center; the final is set for 10 a.m. Sunday, also at the Simpson Center.
Here are Friday's complete results:
Tennys Sandgren (USA) def. Wil Spencer (USA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Rhyne Williams (USA) def. Jonathan Chang (USA) 6-4, 6-2; Luke Bambridge (Great Britain) def. Collin Johns (USA) 6-0, 6-3; Facundo Mena (Argentina) def. Marc Polmans (Australia) 6-3, 6-2
DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Nathan Ponwith/Emil Reinberg (USA) def. Jesus Bandres (Venezuela)/Facundo Mena (Argentina) 6-3, 6-4
Just two matches – both singles semifinals – are on Saturday's card. Court 1 will feature Luke Bambridge of Great Britain meeting Mena, while Court 2 will have Sandgren going up against Rhyne Williams, his one-time teammate at Tennessee.
For updated information and live scoring on the day, visit www.lc.edu/usta