Double Triumph for Nicolas Mahut at Hall of Fame Tennis Championships
Nicolas Mahut of France, well known for his ability to endure long matches, won four matches at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Sunday, July 14 and Monday, July 15 to claim both the singles and doubles titles at the tournament. Mahut was a wild card entry into the tournament.
"First to win the singles is a big accomplishment," said Mahut. "To win both in the same week, singles and doubles, it's amazing. When I look back a month ago, I was ranked 240, then I played the French Open final in doubles, won two titles, won another one in doubles, it's just a great achievement. I just don't think I even realize it all yet."
On Sunday, he won the tournament title, defeating 2012 finalist and No. 4 seed Lleyton Hewitt 5-7, 7-5, 6-3. The singles title was Mahut's second career title, following up a win in June at the Topshelf Open, which is also played on grass courts. He was a finalist in Newport in 2007.
The championship victory was one of three wins that Mahut recorded on Sunday. He started the day in a semifinal match versus Michael Russell, in which Mahut prevailed 6-2, 6-2.
Mahut, who famously contested the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon in 2010, then went on to a successful doubles semifinal. He partnered with his compatriot Edouard Roger-Vasselin to defeat Marcelo Demoliner and Andre Sa of Brazil, 6-4 7-6(4).
"It's always easier to come back onto court after wins," he said. "You know I can play a long time, I can stay a long time on the court."
On Monday, he partnered with Edouard Roger-Vasselin to claim their fourth title as a team, overcoming the American pairing of Tim Smyczek and Rhyne Williams, 6-7(4), 6-2, 10-5.
By winning the singles title, Mahut rose 52 spots to in the ATP Emirates Rankings to World No. 75.
Mahut is the first player on the ATP World Tour to win both singles and doubles titles at the same event this season. He is the third player in the history of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships to do so (Rajeev Ram in 2009 and Dan Goldie in 1987).
"A month ago I was playing to make the cut for the qualies at the US Open, I was ranked 240 with some points to defend. I told my coach, I have to play great on grass to make the cut for the qualies. A month later, I have two titles," he said.