Monday, October 3, 2016

Former world No. 1s Leach, Stark win doubles exhibition

Rick Leach, posing before Saturday's exhibition in the
Sacramento suburb of Antelope, won five Grand Slam
men's doubles titles. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Rick Leach and Jonathan Stark edged Mark Knowles and Brian MacPhie 5-7, 6-2 [10-8] Saturday in an exhibition of former professional doubles stars at the Antelope Community Tennis Center in the Sacramento area.
   All except MacPhie climbed to No. 1 in the world in doubles. Knowles and MacPhie starred for the now-defunct Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis.
   Leach, 51, Knowles, 45, and Stark, 45, combined for 15 Grand Slam doubles titles. Leach won nine (five men's and four mixed), Knowles four (three men's and one mixed) and Stark two (one men's and one mixed).
   MacPhie, a 44-year-old left-hander originally from San Jose, peaked at No. 22 in men's doubles. He reached five Grand Slam quarterfinals in men's doubles, one with Knowles (2001 U.S. Open).
   All four players starred at Pacific-12 Conference schools -- Stark at Stanford, Knowles at UCLA and Leach and MacPhie at USC.

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