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Peter Lynch, the Tournament director watches the first rounds of tennis, and chats with onlookers.

Haverhill City Tennis Tournament rookies Chris Andros and Matt Tiberii looked nothing like the new kids on the block in capturing the doubles portion of the annual event at the John J. Lynch Memorial Courts at Winnekenni Park.

In fact the dynamic duo played like old pros in besting top-seeded, two-time defending champions Ray Reed and Randall "Bubba" Seabrook in "an exciting and well-played" 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 final to cap off a successful two-weekend tourney.

"This was the largest and most competitive tourney in 10 years," said tourney director Peter Lynch, noting that the tourney had 42 players representing five countries, including the U.S., Chile, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic and Russia.

In the finals, Andros and Tiberii, who entered the tourney as the third seed, captured the first set easily (6-2) as Reed and Seabrook made numerous and uncharacteristic unforced errors, said Lynch.

But the defending champs bounced back to win the second set by an identical 6-2 score.

In the third and deciding set, Andros and Tiberii slammed their way to an insurmountable 4-0 lead. Reed, who had won last week's singles crown, and Seabrook prevailed in the next two games but the rookies captured the final two to win the tourney doubles title.

On their road to the championship, Andros and Tiberii defeated Loi Van Nguyen and Walter Paul 6-2, 6-3 in an early round. They then turned some heads by upsetting second seeds Igor Korik and Mike Roberts 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals.

Korik and Roberts, a pair of teaching pros at the Willows Racquet Club, "were never able to get their power games going as they were continually blunted by the steady-angle and point-blank volleys of Andros and Tiberii," said Lynch.

Korik and Roberts defeated Lynch and his longtime partner Steve Iola, past champions, 6-1, 6-2, in an early matchup.

In the other semifinal match, Reed and Seabrook were tested in their first-set match with the tough fourth-seeded tandem of Paul Raimondi and Matt Modlish, who is the only player in tourney history to defeat nine-time singles and 10-time doubles champion John Tracy in a final.

Modlish and the ambidextrous Raimondi, who serves left-handed but hits all other shots with his right hand, kept it close in the first set before falling 4-6. But Reed and Seabrook cruised to a 6-1 second-set win to earn a spot in the finals.

Lynch, who has been tourney director since the late 1980s, said he is grateful to Smyth Graphics for its generous donation of tournament T-shirts for the fifth consecutive year.



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