Only one American duo remains standing in the mens Newport Beach doubles draw, a field that started with six all-American teams. Robert Galloway and Nathaniel Lammons are fresh off of a finals appearance in Columbus and seek to win their first ATP Challenger Tour title as a team. This is the first Oracle Challenger Series event finals appearance for either American, with Galloway reaching the semifinals in Houston (partner Nathan Pasha) and the quarters in Chicago (partner Jamie Cerretani) and Lammons reaching the semifinals in Chicago (partner Ruben Gonzales). With five APT Challenger doubles titles between the two of them (Galloway with 4, Lammons with 1) these two are definite contenders to take the prize in Newport Beach.
Oddly enough, Galloway, World No. 104 and Lammons, World No. 130, eliminated frequent respective doubles partners Pasha/Gonzales in the first round, beating their other halves 6-4, 6-2. They won their quarterfinals match against Gonzalo Escobar/Roberto Maytin 7-6(5), 7-6(5) yesterday and the fellow all-American team of Evan King/Hunter Reese in a tiebreak: 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-7.
It may only be January but Monegasque Romain Areneodo and partner Andrei Vasilevski of Bulgaria have already experienced great success together on court. Coming off of a finals win at the Orlando Open earlier this month, the duo are looking to repeat their success against the all-American team of Galloway/Lammons. The fifth seeded team started the week in Newport Beach with a tie break win over Alex Lawson/Peter Polansky 6-1, 2-6, 10-5 before eliminating N. Siriam Balaji/Jason Jung in the quarterfinals, 7-6, 6-3. Saturday saw another victory for the duo, this time over Miomir Kecmanovic/Darian King: 6-1, 6-3.