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Ireland's Peter Clarke Wins the 2003 Newton Cox Men's Professional Tennis Classic

March 31, 2003 09:57 AM

The final of the 2003 Newton Cox Men's Professional Tennis Classic was a hotly contested battle between Ireland's Peter Clarke and American Michael Joyce, two unseeded players. In the end Clarke proved to be the more consistant and outlasted Joyce 7-6 (6), 6-4. This USTA Challenger event was held at the Newton Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, AL.

Both players took out seeded players en route to the final, with Joyce defeating No. 4 seed Jean-Julien Rojer, from the Dutch West Indies, in the opening round of play and No. 1 seed Dmitry Tursunov, from Russia, in the semi-finals. Clarke defeated American Thomas Blake, No. 8 seed and brother of James Blake, in his semi-final match-up.

Joyce, from Los Angeles, is a veteran of the USTA Circuit and has won four Futures events going back to 1992, including a 2002 win at the $15K Hammond, LA Futures event. This is Clarke's second win on the USTA Circuit, as he took a $15K Futures title in Berkeley, CA in 2002.

The doubles competition was an all American affair, as Joyce and American Kevin Kim defeated fellow countrymen Josh Goffi and Travis Parrott in a tough three setter, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5.

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