Three out of the four athletes in the men’s doubles final in Houston have seen success at Oracle Challenger Series events. Marcelo Arevalo made the semifinals in Newport Beach and the quarterfinals in Chicago while his partner Jamie Cerretani won the Newport Beach event and made the quarterfinals in Chicago. They face off against all-American team and Texas residents Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe. The number one seeds, Krajicek/Monroe look to get one step closer to a doubles win in their home state. 36-year-old Monroe has 4 doubles titles to his name, including one from Atlanta earlier this year where he played with John-Patrick Smith. He also won Stockholm in 2015 with doubles legend and fellow American Jack Sock. Partner Krajicek is no newbie to Oracle Challenger Series doubles events. He was eliminated in the first round of the Newport Beach event and claimed the doubles title at the Indian Wells event.
A pair of Oracle Challenger Series newbies will take on Series veterans in the women’s doubles finals, held on Saturday at Rice University. The all-American team of Maegan Manasse and Jessica Pegula played together one other time this year, reaching the quarterfinals in Ashland. They will meet American Desirae Krawczyk and Mexican Giuliana Olmos, both who have played Oracle Challenger Series events in the past. The North American team played together in Newport Beach and Krawzczyk played doubles in Chicago, reaching the quarterfinals.