Friday, January 17, 2020

Cal alum McLachlan retains Auckland doubles title

   Ben McLachlan (Cal, 2011-14) of Japan won his second consecutive Auckland doubles title today, this time with Luke Bambridge of Great Britain.
   In a matchup of unseeded teams, Bambridge and McLachlan defeated Marcus Daniell of New Zealand and Philipp Oswald of Austria 7-6 (3), 6-3. Bambridge and McLachlan did not lose a set in their four matches.
   McLachlan, 27, was born and raised in New Zealand but plays for his mother's native country,
   "It means a lot to win this tournament," McLachlan said on "I grew up watching this tournament and was a ball kid here. To be able to do this in front of my parents, my brother and friends is awesome."
   This was McLachlan's fifth tour-level doubles title and first with Bambridge. McLachlan won last year's Auckland title with Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.
   Bambridge captured the doubles title in the $100,000 Fairfield (Calif.) Challenger in 2017 with David O'Hare of Ireland.
   In an all-French singles final in Auckland, unseeded Ugo Humbert edged fifth-seeded Benoit Paire 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-6 (5) for his first ATP Tour title.
   Humbert, a 21-year-old left-hander, became the first Frenchman to win the crown. He ousted second-seeded Denis Shapovalov and fourth-seeded John Isner en route to the final.

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