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APTA Grand Prix Series Men's Wrap-Up
February 17, 2016
The Blanchard Cup was an up and down battle all season that confounded the experts, but in the end Juan Arraya and Max Le Pivert will be the first names engraved on the Blanchard Cup Trophy. Jon Lubow and Steve DeRose proudly placed their names on the list as the first winners of an APTA Grand Prix Series event. Their thrilling three-set win over Sebastian Bredberg and Martin Bostrom made them the early favorites to grab the Cup.
At the Chicago Charities, the defending National Champions, Drew Broderick and Jared Palmer, won their first Grand Prix and first Chicago Charities to jump into contention. Marco Grangeiro and George Wilkinson moved into second place in Chicago with their runner-up finish. DeRose and Lubow continued to lead after losing in the semis. Juan Arraya and Max Le Pivert recorded their second consecutive semifinal and were in third place.
The Duane Hayden Invitational on Long Island marked the halfway point in the chase for the cup. There one of the two pre-season favorites, Johan du Randt and Mark Parsons would lose in the semis. Combined with their quarterfinal loss in Chicago, they fell back into the pack. Grangeiro and Wilkinson's win was their second in two weeks and a maiden triumph in a Grand Prix. The win marked them as the team to beat for the Blanchard Cup.
The next stop on the tour was in Cincinnati and the power of the Blanchard Cup was evident as The Midwesterns had the strongest draw in recent memory. Neither team of DeRose/Lubow or Grangeiro/Wilkinson played, although DeRose did manage to snag a good partner in Drew Broderick—so good that they won the tournament without the loss of a set. In the finals, they defeated Arraya/Le Pivert. Their second place finish pushed them into the cup’s second place going into the final event of the season.
Philadelphia would be the place the Blanchard Cup would be decided. An injury to Grangeiro left Wilkinson and him in a precarious position. In the lead but unable to defend it. Three teams had a chance to win. DeRose/Lubow, Bostrom/Bredberg and Arraya/Le Pivert. Early round upsets knocked the first two out in the 16s, leaving the field open for Arraya/Le Pivert to cash in on. The team was seen huddled in the locker room with their coach doing the math to confirm that they had actually won. Le Pivert finally threw his arms up in frustration saying, "My math isn't very good", but the Argentine was up to the task and soon the duo was celebrating their victory.
Special thanks to Patricio Misitrano and the Super Tournament Committee for all their hard work on the Grand Prix series. The APTA would like to thank all the players, volunteers, and sponsors for making the first annual APTA Grand Prix Series a successful endeavor, and an event to look forward to for years to come.
Congratulations to Juan Arraya and Max Le Pivert for their impressive achievement this season and for being the first Blanchard Cup recipients. We wish them great success at Nationals. Come join us at the presentation on Friday, March 4th, at the Nationals Hall-of-Fame dinner.