Hills West's Davis twins win Suffolk doubles title
Dylan and Duane Davis are twins, teammates and doubles partners.
They are now county champions as well.
The top-seeded juniors from Half Hollow Hills West defeated No. 2 Nick Fox and Cory Seltman, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), in the doubles final at the Suffolk tennis championships yesterday at Floyd.
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"It's just crazy," Dylan said of the opportunity to win a county title with his brother. "He's my partner in crime, on and off the court, since the womb. I love him."
"He's the best, I love him a lot," Duane said. "To do it with him means the world to me."
While the end of the day was satisfying and emotional for the Davis twins, the final got off to an inauspicious start.
Midway through the first set, which Fox and Seltman won, 6-1, Duane landed awkwardly trying to return a shot and hurt his back.
"When Cory hit an overhead," Duane said, "I jumped up and went down and fell on the wrong side and my back just went out.
"Mentally, it was hard because I was thinking to myself, 'I have states in two weeks and I didn't want to hurt myself.' But then, I said, 'Let's go.' Dylan I have been working hard together constantly."
"He had the heart of a lion out there," said Hills West coach Kim Langendorfer, who added both players showed their perseverance after dropping the first set.
"I can't be more proud of them," Langendorfer said. "They always pull themselves right through."
"You just have to keep on fighting," Dylan said, "and that's what we did."
The Davis twins advanced to the final with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Hills East's Travis Leaf and Ross Reiffman in the semis. Seltman and Fox defeated Hills East's Grant Rosenberg and Roger Cheng, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, to reach the final.
No. 4 Leaf and Reiffman won the consolation match over No. 3 Rosenberg and Cheng, 6-2, 6-4, to join Seltman, Fox and the Davises in qualifying for the state tournament.
In the semifinals of the singles bracket, Hills East's Zain Ali defeated Bayport-Blue Point's Stephen Gruppuso, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), and fellow Thunderbird Kyle Alper defeated Westhampton's Cooper Lacetera, 6-4, 6-2.
Ali will face Alper tomorrow at Hills East at 2:45 p.m. for the singles championship after their match was postponed Tuesday. No. 4 Grupusso qualified for states with a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 3 Lacetera in the consolation match.