Sergiy Stakhovsky skips Atlanta qualifying but wins Newport doubles title


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Sergiy Stakhovsky skips Atlanta qualifying but wins Newport doubles title

Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky made a last-minute decision to play doubles in Newport with Marcel Granollers of Spain. Stakhovsky, 33, was planning to try to earn a place in the Atlanta main draw through the qualifying event over this past weekend.

Stakhovsky, ranked at No. 145 in the world, finished his singles campaign in Newport early on. Former world No. 31 Stakhovsky won the opening set of his singles first-round match but still lost to Ramkumar Ramanathan of India.

However, Stakhovsky stayed in Newport to play doubles with Granollers. It ended up a dream team debut for Stakhovsky and Granollers, who made it all the way together on the grass courts of Newport. Stakhovsky and Granollers edged out Marcelo Arevalo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 6-7 (10) 6-4 13-11 in a tight Newport final.

"Marcel wanted to play with me here, but I wasn’t sure because I was supposed to play [singles] qualifying in Atlanta [this weekend]," Stakhovsky said, per the ATP website. "I still wanted to play well, so I had to commit. I ended up having to skip Atlanta, but we won the doubles here, so it was nice”.