Tyler Stewart, left, and Philip Henning won the doubles title in their pairing as a team. Photo by Kayla Thompson
Philip Henning and Tyler Stewart defeated Demetris Aziodes and Martin Breysach 6-4, 6-2 in the doubles finals on Sunday at the Greenview Development & Majestic Realty Men’s Pro Tennis Open.
For both teams, this tournament was the first time they had met and played with their partner. Henning is a South African graduate student at the University of Georgia and Stewart is a Texas Tech sophomore from Midland, Texas. Aziodes, from Greece, is a senior at Texas Tech and Breysach, from France, is a freshman at Baylor.
“I met this guy on the first day we got here, and I asked him, ‘Do you want to play doubles?’” Henning said.
Despite the fresh introductions, Stewart said they were able to communicate really well throughout the matches.
The final was Breysach and Aziodes’s first match in three days, after winning the quarterfinal and semifinal matches by walkover.
“It’s tough not to play two days in a row,” Aziodes said.
During the match, Henning and Stewart were able to find success breaking Aziodes and Breysach’s serve, taking advantage of Breysach’s difficulties at the net to take a 4-2 lead, eventually winning the first set 6-2. Henning was able to get to nearly every ball that Aziodes and Breysach played, giving Henning and Stewart the advantage.
In the second set, Henning continued his strong play; the winning duo was able to break Breysach and Aziodes’s serves to tie the set at 2-2. The second set featured more back and forth play, with Breysach and Aziodes breaking Henning and Stewart’s serve to tie the score at 4-4. Henning and Stewart were able to finish out the set.
“I think the expectation was to go out there and have fun,” Stewart said after the match.
By Lindsey Plotkin