It’s an American vs. Belgian men’s doubles final in New Haven, as No. 1 seeds Joran Vliegen and Sander Gille will take on Newport Beach Doubles Champions Robert Galloway and Nathaniel Lammons for the title. Don’t blink, because this power-packed matchup is sure to bring a back-and-forth battle for the trophy.
The duo of Vliegen/Gille has been nothing short of spectacular in their three wins this week, dropping only one set throughout the course of the tournament and looking every bit the part of the No. 1 ranked duo. Even more impressive, the Belgians have had a 2019 to remember that’s included three doubles titles along with making the final at Wimbledon. That being said, there’s no doubt they’ll be facing their toughest competition yet as the experienced All-American grouping of Galloway/Lammons will lean on their previous Oracle Challenger Series success in hopes capturing the trophy on Saturday. No matter who takes the title, fans in New Haven are sure to be in for a match to remember.
The women’s doubles finalists are set, and another American vs. International matchup will greet fans at the Yale Tennis Center on Saturday. The unranked American duo of Usue Maitane Arconada and Jamie Loeb will take the court against No. 2 seeds Anna Blinkova and Oksana Kalashnikova with the trophy on the line.
The American team is comprised of one Oracle Challenger Series veteran and one relative newcomer, but both will need to be at the top of their games to defeat the higher seeded opposition. Jamie Loeb, an Oracle US Tennis Award recipient, is in her second career Oracle Challenger Series doubles final after reaching the same stage in 2018 in Newport Beach. The final will be one of two matches for the day for Arconada, who has also shocked the field on the singles side on her way to an unexpected semifinals berth. Oddly enough, the other women’s singles semifinal match features Anna Blinkova, one half of the international doubles finalists alongside Kalashnikova. The Georgian/Russian duo and No. 2 tournament seeds hold a combined 5 WTA doubles titles, and will look to collect their first Oracle Challenger Series trophy against the Americans on Saturday.