Back to back titles for Stout in Philadelphia

  • James Stout with partner Greg McArthur (left) following their doubles victory in Philadelphia

    James Stout with partner Greg McArthur (left) following their doubles victory in Philadelphia

World racquets champion James Stout capped off an impressive two weeks of match play with back to back wins in Philadelphia.

Playing in the 2013 Graham Cup at the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia last weekend, second seeded Stout and partner Greg McArthur defeated top seeds John Russell and John White three games to one, 15-14, 13-15, 15-9, 15-13.

The victory was the first for the two as a team in an event only open to players ranked outside the top 12 in the Squash Doubles Association rankings.

At the time that entries closed McArthur and Stout were ranked 15 and 18, while Russell and White were ranked 14 and 17 respectively.

Playing at the Philadelphia Racket Club in the US Open rackets singles championships the previous weekend, Stout defeated world number two Alex Titchener-Barrett three games to one in the final to retain the title he won in New York last year.

The game he lost to Titchener-Barrett, the first game of the final, was the only game he lost in the tournament.

After losing the first game 15-4, he steadily improved to take the next three games decisively, 15-9, 15-4, 15-1.

In the final of the US Open rackets doubles championships, played after the singles final, Stout and his partner, fellow New York professional Mike Gooding, who were seeded second, defeated the top ranked team of Will Hopton and James Coyne.

The match was over in quick fashion, three games to nil, 15-9, 15-8, 15-5.

The doubles win was the first for the pair as a team.

Stout had previously won the US Open doubles title in 2008 with Neil Smith, also in Philadelphia.

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Published Mar 16, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 6:23 pm)

Back to back titles for Stout in Philadelphia

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