The heat was on Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina – both in weather and in action.
Friday’s skies did not cooperate with tournament officials, player and fan expectations when it came to the doubles finals, so Saturday became packed with championship action – first the doubles final and then singles to round out the 2022 event.
The unseeded pair of Hugo Nys (MON) and Jan Zieliniski (POL) were seeking another upset this week as they battled it out against the no. 3 seeds Matthew Ebden and Jamie Murray.
Though Ebden and Murray, both with major titles to their names, were playing together for the first time as a team, the doubles veterans proved too hot to handle.
Ebden/Murray went up a break in the first set and never let up showcasing versatility superb net management, winning 6-4, 6-2.
Matthew Ebden 2022 Gentlemen’s Doubles Wimbledon champ exclamined, “This feels great. It’s obviously why we came here. There is no where else I would have rather been this week. It was more than the title. It was just a really fun week.”
Adrian Mannarino may not have classified his week as “fun,” but he nevertheless came away with the title.
The Frenchman is the first one to win the tourney though four of his compatriots had tried. Julien Benneteau lost to John Isner in 2011. Gaël Monfils lost to Jurgen Melzer in 2013. Pierre-Highes Herbert fell to Kevin Anderson in 2015, and in 2019 Benoit Paire met Hubert Hurkacz and couldn’t get the win.
After saving match points in his opening round, the 34-year-old never looked back dissming each opponent in straight sets and becomes the oldest Winston-Salem Open winner in the tournament’s history.
“I really just came here with the ambition to get some matches before the U.S. Open, so I’m really happy that I was able to win the tournament,” Mannarino said.
Mannrino is the fourth left-hander to win a title on the ATP Tour this season.