The Marina City Club hosted its annual Men’s Doubles Championships this past weekend (May 14-15, 2011). The tournament had six teams of men ranging in age from 18-85 years old and all levels from 2.5-4.5 ntrp! An amazing cross-section of our club turned out. There were two divisions: The Championship and The Gold. The finals were held at noon on Sunday May 15th on courts 1 and 2.
The Gold Division was won by Lamont Cosby and Allan Bledstein over John Marshall and Richard Barry, 6-3, 6-0. Congrats to Lamont and Allan for a well-played final on court #2.
The Championship Division featured a final between Stephen Hall and Steve Cezus versus Mike Levitt and Alan Koshkin. The match was extremely competitive with a “crowd” of 20 on-lookers, Cezus and Hall captured the first set in convincing fashion 6-2, with over-powering groundies and big serving. However, as the second set began, it became evident that Koshkin and Levitt were crowd favorites as underdogs. Koshkin and Levitt kept sneaking out games with smart, steady, aggressive play and took a commanding 5-2 lead before closing out the set 6-4. The final set was a war, with games going back and forth on serve until 4-4. Hall served and at 30-all, hit big shots to stay on serve 5-4. It was now Koshkin’s turn to handle the pressure. At 30-30, Koshkin hit a solid second serve, but Steve Cezus hit an aggressive return to put his team in a winning position. On their first match point, Hall and Cezus made it count, closing out the final set, 6-4 and winning the 2011 Marina City Club Doubles title. Congrats to all participants. The tournament featured a players’ raffle with Steve Cezus’ name coming out of the hat to win a 6-racquet Nike bag.