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When the Australian superstars Damien Mudge and Ben Gould defeated the English pairing of Clive Leach and Jonny Smith three games to love in mid-April at the Racquet & Tennis Club in mid-town Manhattan before a packed gallery in the final round of the biennial World Doubles, they capped off two and a half months of perfection during which they ran off the last seven tournaments of the SDA’s inaugural 2012-13 tour. After suffering consecutive-tournament mid-January losses in both Boston and at the North American Open in Greenwich to Leach and Paul Price, Mudge and Gould emphatically righted themselves, sweeping to sequential victories in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Denver, Atlanta, Cleveland and finally New York, and dashing off 23 straight matches, all but five of them in straight sets. In light of their wins in each of the four autumn tour stops (the Maryland Club Open, the St. Louis Open, the Big Apple Open and the inaugural U. S. Open in Wilmington) prior to their pair of setbacks, Mudge and Gould finished off the season having won 11 of the 13 tournaments held under the SDA aegis this season, compiling in the process a record of 30-2, and lifting the overall totals of their three-year partnership to a won-loss record of 99-3, with 30 tournament wins in 33 attempts.
In an overwhelming display of relentless firepower and ruthless efficiency, the top-seeded defending-champion Australians Damien Mudge and Ben Gould defeated British stars Clive Leach and Jonny Smith 15-8, 9 and 9 Monday night at Racquet & Tennis in mid-town Manhattan in the final round of the biennial Netjets World Squash Doubles Championships. It was actually the third straight time that Gould won this event (also in 2009 with Paul Price) and a record fourth overall title for Mudge, whose 2002 and 2004 editions he had earned with Gary Waite. Continue reading
The 2013 NETJETS World Squash Doubles Championships are underway in New York City. For up to date draws and information, please go to the official tournament site: www.worlddoubles.com.
Continuing the dominance they have displayed since early-February, Ben Gould and Damien Mudge swept to victory this past weekend at the Tavern Club Invitational in Cleveland, taking this tournament for the third consecutive year and winning their sixth straight SDA tour stop and tenth overall this season. After reaching the Saturday-evening final with straight-set victories over first Fred Reid Jr. and Dan Roberts and then Matt Jenson and Willie Hosey (finalists in this event two years ago and first-round victors over Carl Baglio and Jacques Swanepoel), Gould and Mudge rose superior to second seeds Paul Price and Clive Leach with an 8-15 15-9 15-8 15-13 tally. Continue reading