Peers/Kontinen Capture Brisbane Crown
Dream debut for Aussie/Finnish duo
Second seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers capped a dream debut week together as they triumphed at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp on Sunday. The Finnish/Australian duo defeated Australians James Duckworth and Chris Guccione 7-6(4), 6-1.
Kontinen and Peers prevailed in just 63 minutes, converting three of their nine break points. They have not lost a set in four matches this week, including victory over fourth seeds Dominic Inglot and Robert Lindstedt in the semi-finals.
"It was a great start for us in our first week together," said Kontinen. "There's always a little question mark how it's going to start out when we haven't played any matches before. But right off the bat we felt pretty comfortable on the court and we're happy with the way we played throughout the week."
"It's a great step in the right direction for Henri and I to start off the way we did," said Peers. "We put in four really solid matches and did really well. It's really promising for us as a team and we're looking forward to 2016."
The 27-year-old Peers lifted the trophy at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament for the second year in a row, having triumphed in 2015 with Jamie Murray. With Murray, Peers went on to reach the finals at Wimbledon and the US Open before the pair ended their partnership with a debut appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Both Melbourne native Peers and the 25-year-old Kontinen won their seventh ATP World Tour doubles titles. Last year, Kontinen won five titles, three alongside Marin Draganja and two when partnering Treat Huey.
Duckworth and Guccione were contesting their first final together after coming into Brisbane with a 0-4 lifetime record as a team.