Photo: Mathilde DusolTom Egberink (NED) and Michael Jeremiasz (FRA)
Tom Egberink of the Netherlands and Michael Jeremiasz of France won an enthralling men's final watched by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands on Sunday at the Invacare Doubles Masters in Amsterdam.
Her Royal Highness was among the presentation party after Egberink and Jeremiasz upset second seeds Robin Ammerlaan of the Netherlands and Stephane Houdet of France, following a 64 62 victory in front of a large crowd.
Ammerlaan and Houdet finish runners-up in the Doubles Masters for the third year in succession, while Dutch top seeds Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink clinched third place after defeating Frederic Cattaneo and Nicolas Peifer of France 62 62 at the start of the last day of competition.
"It's amazing to win my first Doubles Masters in my home country, just amazing," said 18-year-old Egberink, whose only previous Doubles Masters appearance ended in him finishing sixth with Gordon Reid of Great Britain in 2010. "Me and Michael just have a good feeling together on court and we are good friends off the court, which is good for the doubles partnership, and we've had a lot of fun."
"In every good doubles partnership there is a team dynamic and we make a good team and have been working on our tactics and who will have what role in advance of our matches," said Jeremiasz, for whom it was a third Doubles Masters title with his third different partner. "Tom asked me a few months ago if I would play Doubles Maters with him and at the time I had no partner, so I said 'let's go for it' and now we are champions I am very happy."
Vergeer and Walraven recover to win Invacare Doubles Masters women's title
Top seeds Esther Vergeer and Sharon Walraven came from a set and 3-1 down in the all-Dutch women's final to defeat second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot and win their first Invacare Doubles Master title as partners.
At the end of a season in which Vergeer and Walraven beat Griffioen and van Koot in all four Grand Slam finals, the two partnerships went to a third and deciding set for the fourth successive time and the second time this week at the Frans Otten Stadium as Vergeer and Walraven prevailed 36 75 64.