GODFREY – It was a British versus Americans doubles final Friday in the 17th Annual Lewis and Clark Community College Men’s Pro Tennis Classic with the win going to No. 1 Luke Bambridge and Liam Broady from across the pond.
Bambridge and Broady defeated University of North Carolina teammates Ronnie Schneider and Brett Clark 6-4, 7-5.
The pairs faced each other in the quarterfinals last week in the Tulsa Futures. Bambridge and Broady won that championship match as well.
“We are really doing well in doubles and hope to continue our momentum,” said Broady.
Schneider and Bambridge are two of the remaining players in the semifinals.
No. 4 Bambridge, of Nottingham, England, will play No. 8 Daniel Nguyen, of Oxnard, California.
Schneider, of Bloomington, Indiana, will face Sunday’s Tulsa Futures winner Mitchell Frank, of Annandale, Virginia.
Schneider is the only remaining qualifier in the tournament, and has been playing tennis every day and sometimes twice a day, counting his doubles matches.
This is the second consecutive year he has worked his way through the qualifying rounds of the Lewis and Clark tournament. Last year he made it to the quarterfinals.
For a few games Friday, it looked like Schneider’s match against Spencer Papa might go to a third set, but he dug in and gutted out a 6-4, 7-5 quarterfinal victory.
“My body is doing good. I’ve been doing a good job stretching and staying loose after matches,” Schneider said.
The Schneider-Papa match was the only one completed Friday morning before a nearly five-hour rain delay stalled singles quarterfinal and doubles final play.
Other players who finished their quarterfinals late Friday afternoon were Fares Ghasya, an upcoming senior at The University of Illinois, who battled last week’s Tulsa Futures winner Mitchell Frank. Frank won 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.
Ghasya finished his junior year as an All-American, became the sixth Illini ever to claim Big Ten Player of the Year, made First-Team All-Big Ten and was a two-time Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week. He finished the year ranked 20th nationally in singles and finished with the most wins on the team.
“It is great to be back at the Lewis and Clark tournament,” said Illini coach Brad Dancer.
“We had several men competing this year, and they always look forward to it.”
No. 7 Jeff Dadamo lost to No. 4 Bambridge in a tiebreak after the rain delay 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-6(6).
Saturday’s semifinals will both start at 10 a.m. at the Andy Simpson Tennis Complex.