Groth/Guccione Grab Newport Doubles Title
Aussies improve to 2-2 as a team in ATP World Tour doubles finals
Aussies Sam Groth and Chris Guccione won their second ATP World Tour team title on Saturday, beating Brit Jonathan Marray and Canadian Adil Shamasdin 6-4, 6-3 to capture the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships doubles title in Newport.
Groth and Guccione, 6'4” and 6'7”, respectively, hit 11 aces and erased the only break point faced against Marray/Shamasdin, who were playing in their first ATP World Tour final as a team. The Aussies also lost only eight points on their serve (40/48). Their previous team title came at Bogota in 2014 (d. Barrientos/Cabal).
“It was a great serving week and today thankfully we mixed it with a couple good returns,” Groth said.
The win marked Groth's first Newport doubles title but Guccione's third, and all have come with different partners. The left-hander won the title in 2010 with Carsten Ball and in 2014 with Lleyton Hewitt.
“Obviously I like it here,” Guccione said. “It's a great place, great town and a well-run tournament so hopefully I can continue my good run.”
The champions earn 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings Points and will split $27,840. Marray/Shamasdin will receive 150 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings point and split $14,630.