24 Oct 2017

Brothers In Arms

Match Report

By Nick Fishpool

Ivan and Matej Sabanov (CRO) with Chandril and Lakshit Sood (IND)

LAGOS, NIGERIA: The doubles final last weekend had an interesting twist which would have had the onlooking fans questioning if they were seeing things, but rest assured, their eyesight was just fine.

The reason for this? Well, facing each other in the title match were two sets of identical twin brothers.  On one side were the Sabanov’s, Ivan and Matej, from Croatia and across the net were the Sood’s, Chandril and Lakshit, from India.

In keeping with the ‘twin’ theme of this final, the chair umpire, Kehinde Ijoyla, also has a twin brother whilst the ITF Supervisor, Iain Smith, is father to twin girls!

Ivan and Matej Sabanov (CRO) with Chandril and Lakshit Sood (IND)

We nearly had this final match up the previous week only for the Sood’s to fall in their semifinal having initially led in the match but no such slip this time around with both pairs of brothers winning through in straight sets.

Top seeds, the Sabanov’s, having won the title the previous week were looking to earn back-to-back title wins for the first time since managing this feat in Turkey during February whilst the Sood’s, second seeds here, were chasing a first title since September.

In taking the opening set 63, the Sabanov’s inflicted a first set loss of the week on their opponents and in another close set ground out the win to wrap up the match 63 64.

Ivan and Matej Sabanov (CRO)