At the luxury Rama Gardens Hotel in Bangkok, venue for the Thailand F4 Futures tournament, Jose Statham from New Zealand walked away as champion in both the singles and doubles events.
Despite typhoons, earthquakes and a tsunami in South-East Asia, and Bangkok being in a rain depression, the rain interrupted tournament, happily, finished on schedule.
New Zealand's 22-year old Davis Cup player, Joes Statham, emerged from the tournament triumphant, taking both the Singles and Doubles crowns. In singles, Statham defeated 19-year old Roman Jebavy 63 26 75 in a thrilling two and a half hour match in which Jebavy was leading 41 in the final set. This was Statham's fifth singles final appearance of 2009 and saw him claim his first singles title since May 2009, and a career third.
The previous day had seen Statham paired with his Singles final opponent Roman Jebavy in the doubles final and, playing together in a tournament for the first time, the No. 1 seeds saw off the challenge from Hungarian 4th seeds Kornel Bardoczky & Adam Kellner to record a 64 64 victory.
In the photos
1. Admiral Bannawit Kangrian (LTAT) Jose Statham (Winner) Roman Jebavy (Runner-up) Arth Nana (Tournament Director)
2. Thana Hatthakitkosol (Rama Gardens Hotel), Kornel Bardoczky/Adam Kellner (Runners-up), Jose Statham/Roman Jebavy (Winners), Arth Nana (Tournament Director)
3. Jose Statham, Mikal Statham, & Amir Weintraub
4. Roman Jebavy at the Pool
5. Pool Deck and Courts in the background.
6. Warut Korkiatthaworn, Kento Takeuchi, Peerakit Siributwong,& Kirati Siributwong
7. Roman Jebavy, Nopparak Kaesaman (CU) & Adam Kellner
8. Jose Statham, Weerapong Noei-Ocha (CU) & Kornel Bardoczky