Marco Grangeiro and George Wilkinson (1) have been one of the most consistent teams in the last few years but they always seemed to come up short in the final match. Not this time. The Manursing Island Club saw them defeat Anton Mavrin and Patricio Misitrano (6) 6-2, 7-5 to claim their first title together.

Grangeiro-Wilkinson cruised through the first set and were up 3-0 in the second. Even umpire David Lee thought the match was going to be a short one. The #6 seeds had something else in mind. They adjusted their volleys and drives and tied it at 4-4. Two more breaks of serves to be tied at 5-5 again. A very quick break of serve gave Grangeiro the chance to serve for the match. After two hours of high quality paddle, the #1 seeds celebrated a hard fought and well deserved win.

On their way to the final, the champions had two very close matches: Mikk Irdoja and Dan Regan in the round of 32s and Scott Estes and Nathan LeFevre in the quarter finals. Both matches went the distance and finished with the Brazilian-English duo prevailing 6-4 in the third. In the semis they beat Martin Bostrom and Max LePivert (3) 6-2, 6-4.

Mavrin-Misitrano battled it out in the quarters for 2.5 hrs to defeat the Patterson Grand Prix champions Steve Derose and Jon Lubow (2) by scores of 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-2. The second set tie-breaker had many very long points, one of them that lasted over five minutes. Their next match was defending champion Johan Du Randt and first time partner Nathan Healey. Healey, a former ATP pro with a doubles career high of 58, seemed to have a tough time trying to adjust to the pace of the match. Scores of 6-0, 6-3 gave Mavrin-Misitrano their ticket to the final.

Next stop for most teams will be the Long Island Invitational, the third stop of the Grand Prix Series. Du Randt-Parsons will be back playing together and Bostrom-LePivert may play together one more time. However, the team to beat will certainly be Grangeiro-Wilkinson.

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