John Isner Claims Van Alen Cup; Ryan Harrison & Matt Ebden Capture Doubles Victory
The Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships has wrapped for another year, with No. 1 seed John Isner claiming the Van Alen Cup. Isner defeated Olivier Rochus to become the first No. 1 seed to win the tournament since its first year in 1976. On the doubles side the first-time duo of Matthew Ebden of Australia and Ryan Harrison of the U.S. defeated Johan Brunstrom of Sweden and Adil Shamasdin of Canada to claim their first ATP World Tour title. Click to see photos: Singles Doubles
In the singles match, 6'9 Isner overcame 5'6 Rochus in the match that was the greatest height differential ever in an ATP World Tour final. This was Rochus' second straight year as a finalist. He was a semi-finalist in 2009 as well. Isner fired 22 aces en route to his 6-3, 7-6(7) victory. He did not drop a set throughout the entire tournament. The tournament was a turn-around week for Isner, who had not won back to back matches since Miami in March.
"This year I haven't had great results," admitted Isner. "The last time I won back-to-back matches was Miami. So it's huge on any level, but especially on this level, to win five matches in a row. This game is all about confidence, so I'll definitely take this into my next event and events after that."
In doubles action, wild cards Ebden and Harrison overcame Brunstrom and Shamasdin in a tie break, 4-6, 6-3, 10-5. En route to the final, they defeated No. 1 seeds Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram.
"We said before the match that it's something we want to start to try to win some titles," said Ebden. "We're extremely happy we managed to do it here today in Newport. We have to thank the Tournament Director [Mark Stenning] for giving us a wild card or we wouldn't have gotten in the event. Hopefully we can take this and move on to bigger and better things."
Harrison added: "It was extremely exciting. We were talking about it beforehand. We were looking forward to trying to get our first title and putting ourselves in a position where we could play in these events. Looking forward to the future."
Photos by Kate Whitney Lucey