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Andy Lake wins One-on-One shootout at FTC in Daytona Beach

November 10, 2006 02:23 PM

by Dave Brown

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Daytona Beach, Fl.—(November 9, 2006)--The first One-On-One Doubles Super Set Series came to Daytona Beach as a prelude to the Men’s 35 National Clay Court Championship. Some of the players drove and some of them flew in to be among the first to take part in a new and innovative way to play tennis. One-On-One Doubles is a half court, serve and volley game, played by two players on half the court. The Super Set format is very flexible and offers all players a non-elimination format that can be completed in one evening. Todd Ehren from New York said “This was a great format and an excellent warm-up for the Nationals. I hope you do it again next year.”

The innovator and promoter of One-On-One Doubles is Ed Krass. He convinced USTA Florida to join him and provide some seed money to help get the word out about the new program. The top 35 and over men in the country were invited to come and compete for $1,300 in total prize money. Four flights were arranged with names like the Attackers, the Crushers, the Terminators, and the Nailers. Each flight had a seeded player and included Andy Lake (last year’s 35’s champion), and former ATP players, Tom Gullikson, Oren Montevassel, and Carlos Gomez-Diaz. The players played to Rock and Roll and to a spirited gallery of spectators.

After three hours of exciting tennis under the new format, four semi finalists emerged. USPTA pro and dark horse, Mark Harrison of Melbourne, won his flight. Andy Lake, Oren Montevassel, and Carlos Gomez-Diaz also won theirs. Harrison continued to roll as he entered the final with an upset over Montevassel. Lake defeated Gomez-Diaz in his semi-final, and went on to defeat Harrison in the final. Lake picked up a check for $1,000, while Harrison took home the $300 runner-up prize.

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Related story: Gomez-Diaz defeats Montevassel for Men’s 35’s Clay Court Title






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