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Team Australia triumph at World Tennis Challenge

11 January 2018, by World Tennis Challenge

Team Australia lifted the trophy at Memorial Drive on Wednesday evening after their hard-fought 2-1 victory over Team USA ensured they were crowned 2018 World Tennis Challenge champions.

On Monday evening the team of Mark Philippoussis, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Henri Kontinen, John Peers and wildcard Mansour Bahrami had defeated Team International, and wins for the doubles pairings of Kontinen/Peers and Philippoussis/Bahrami on Wednesday secured the hosts’ victory.

Kontinen/Peers got the better of Bob and Mike Bryan, before world No. 79 Frances Tiafoe prevailed in a tight match against Kokkinakis to force a deciding legends doubles match.

The final match went right to the wire with some pulsating tennis from Philippoussis, Bahrami, Henri Leconte and Robby Ginepri entertaining the record crowd.

“This is perfect preparation for the guys ahead of the Australian Open and it’s great to have such a tough field here,” said Philippoussis.

“It’s been a pleasure to play with these guys and good luck to them for next week.”

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