Paes wins 25th Challenger doubles title at Newport Beach

Paes and Cerretani secured the title with a straight-sets victory in the final.

Leander Paes (in picture) and James Cerretani beat Denis Kudla and Treat Huey. (File Photo)   -  PTI

Leander Paes in partnership with James Cerretani of the U.S. beat Treat Huey of Philippines and Denis Kudla of the U.S. 6-4, 7-5 in the doubles final of the USD 150,000 Challenger tennis tournament in the U.S. on Saturday.

Read: Paes enters Challenger doubles final with straight-sets win

After losing the third round in the Australian Open with Purav Raja, Leander had opted to use the time on hand, especially when he was not playing the mixed doubles, by competing across the globe in the U.S. The ploy worked as he collected 125 ATP points which should push him back into the top-50 in the world ranking.

The former World No.1, Leander had won five Challenger titles last year, and two of them to end the season with Purav Raja.

The results

USD 150,000 Challenger men, Newport Beach, U.S.

Doubles (final): James Cerretani (U.S.) & Leander Paes bt Treat Huey
(Phi) & Denis Kudla (U.S.) 6-4, 7-5.

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