Matt Ebden & Ryan Harrison Win Doubles Title
Young ATP World Tour stars Matthew Ebden, 23, and Ryan Harrison, 19, overcame fourth seeds Johan Brunstrom and Adil Shamasdin in a tie break, 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 to capture the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Championships doubles title. En route to the final, they defeated No. 1 seeds Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram. It was the pairs first time playing together and each were contesting their first final on the ATP World Tour. Click to see photos.
“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.”
To capture the title, the Australian-American duo prevailed in a Match Tie-break for the third time in four matches during the tournament.
“Those Match Tie-breaks make it very exciting and fun for the crowd, but it makes us as players a bit nervous; a little bit who can play well under those pressure points,” admitted Ebden. “We handled our nerves quite well all week. We had a few tough matches, but we tried to stay relaxed and focused on our games. We really believed that if we did our stuff well that we could win.”
Harrison said of their ability to handle the pressure: “Matt was very persistent with telling me to just make sure we hustled out every point and make sure we stayed solid and stayed mentally positive throughout the whole thing. It’s just one or two points here and there. It’s one of those things where we kept battling, even though a couple things were going against us. We had a little bit of bad luck in the beginning of the first set. We just stayed positive and we were trying to stay as focused as possible. We got some things to go our way.”