Fraser/Angulo Take Title
Second seeds Tyler Fraser and Chris Angulo defeated third seeded Brad Pierce and Eric West 6-1, 6-2 to win the 2021 Hertzel Cup City Open Championship. This was Fraser's fifth city championship and Angulo's first. Tyler has won with Rob Bakker, Luke White, Lee Lonergan, Hector Rincon and now Angulo. Fraser is now 25-0 in Hertzel Cup matches, winning all five he has played. Pierce has a 2-2 record in four finals appearances, winning in 2006 & 2011 with Doug Jones. This was West's first final.
Faig/Necessary Finish 5th
PT Leaguers Brian Faig and Dave Necessary upset #6 seeded Richard Canelas and Evan Webeler in the round of 16 and then won the Quarterfinal Reprieve to finish fifth overall. The unseeded duo lost to Pierce/West following their long three-set R16 match but rebounded to win two reprieve matches, both against seeded teams. In the QF Reprieve semis they beat #7 Ben Hall and Patrick Shiels then won a third-set tiebreak against #8 Josh Heller and Rusty Schubert in the final. This was the best Hertzel Cup finish for both Faig and Necessary.
Matrka/Van Lokeren Upset #5 Seed
PT Leaguers Marie Matrka and John Van Lokeren pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament. an 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8) nail-biter against #5 seeds Rex Cabrera and Hector Rincon. Rincon was a defending champion as he won last year with Fraser. Matrka/Van Lokeren lost their quarterfinal against Pat Gilligan and Luke White and then a close 7-6, 7-5 reprieve match against #8 seeds Josh Heller and Rusty Schubert.
PT Leaguers Win Backdraws
In addition to Faig/Necessary's fifth place finish, all of the other consolation playoffs were won by current or recent PT Leaguers. Richard Canelas and Evan Webeler won the "Round of 16 Reprieve" to finish ninth. Paul Gosiger paired with his son to finish 17th as winners of the "Round of 32 Consolation." Ryan English finished 33rd as winner of the the "Round of 64 Consolation" with partner Chris Wachtel. Todd Wise finished 41st as winner of the "Round of 64 Consolation Reprieve" with partner Eric Mackey. Recent PT Leaguers Seth Dimling and Jim Heldman finished 25th, winning the "Round of 32 Consolation Reprieve."
Click: 2021 Hertzel Cup Results for more.