Knoxville Challenger: Leander Paes and Purav Raja lift men’s doubles title

Leander Paes and Purav Raja have lifted Knoxville Challenger men’s doubles title at Tennessee in United States. Top seeded Indians defeated American-Australian duo of James Cerretani and John Patrick Smith 7-6, 7-6 in the final of the men’s doubles ATP challenger at the indoor hard court of Goodfriend Tennis Center tonight.

Paes and Raja won their first ever title after joining forces in August this year. Earlier, Leander Paes won three Challenger level titles this season pairing with Canadian Adil Shamasdin and American Scott Lipsky. Purav Raja before teaming up with Paes had won Bordeaux Challenger with Divij Sharan and also made the final of the Chennai Open.

Top seeded Indian team of Leander Paes and Purav Raja  take on the American-Australian duo of James Cerretani and John Patrick Smith in the men’s doubles final of the Knoxville Challenger tennis tournament.

In the semi-final of the competition at Knoxville in the United States, the Indian pair defeated the South African-British combination of R. Roelofse and J Salisbury in straight sets 7-6, 6-3.

In the other semi-final, Cerretani and Smith overcame the Venezuelan-British pair of Maytin R and Narrie C also in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

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