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De Voest’s double delight

Our Davis Cup ace, Rik de Voest had double reason for celebration in the United States at the weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.

The South African veteran certainly had a weekend to remember at the $50 000 JSM Challenger of Champaign-Urbana tournament in Illinois.

He had a great run in both the singles and doubles sections of the draw, making the final in the singles and then going on to win the doubles competition.

Seeded fourth for the singles competition, De Voest went down to unseeded American Alex Kuznetsov 6-1 6-3. But any disappointment at not being crowned singles champion would have been softened when he teamed up with fellow South African Izak van der Merwe to win the doubles final.

Also seeded fourth in the doubles draw, the two beat the German/Swedish combination of Martin Emmrich and Andreas Siljestrom 2-6 6-3 10-4 to take the title.

De Voest took home $4 240 for making the finals and he and Van der Merwe shared $3 100 for winning the doubles competition.


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