Maatta, Somerville and Tribler
Seasoned Doubles Champions, Jan Axel Tribler and Mikael Maatta win the 2011 Oahu Club Men’s Night Doubles Event.
The veteran gentlemen and HPU All Americans, Mikael Maatta and Jan Tribler captured the Oahu Club's Men's Night Doubles Title and the second leg of the 2011 Triple Crown of Tennis Men's Doubles Championships. They won the Waikiki Tennis Club Clay Court Championships
to open the series and they will enter the Blue Moon Men's Nite Doubles
at the Kailua Racquet Club with huge motivation to take all three titles that will would give them the wild card into the 2012 Honolulu Challenger, Hawaii's only USTA Pro Circuit Event.
Years apart in age and court time, the former NCAA doubles champions came face to face with the tournament's youngest team but very talented Chas Okamoto and Paul Okuda. Required to fire it up, the former HPU standouts escaped a 3-5 third set situation that could have earned Okamoto and Okuda, seeded 5th, a well deserved tournament win. They already had accomplished wins over second seeds Ikaika Jobe/Michal Wojnarowicz and third seeds Hendrik Bode/Vaclav Stverka in earlier rounds.
The finals teams couldn't have been any more different. Loyal to each other for nearly a decade, the historic team of Maata and Ribler that put HPU on the map was a stark contrast to the younger in years talent of Punahou's Paul Okuda and 2011 High School State Singles Champion, Chas Okamoto from Kauai, playing together for the first time.
Maatta and Tribler from Sweden and Denmark respectively, paid compliments to the home grown boys that nearly forced an upset and had the audience won over. The loyal crowd that outlasted the rain three times, were treated to an extraordinary match that was mostly witnessed in the third set.
Okamoto and Okuda were the baseline bulls that cracked and cranked a balance of forehands and backhands through the tenured team. Winning most of their points at the net with crafty drop volleys, Maata and Tribler had to get that much more agressive to turn it around. Their presence and pressure in the service box and a few big serves paid off and the memorable team of Okamoto and Okuda did not convert a handful of points that could have reversed the outcome.
The Punahou Senior, Okuda and the entering UH Freshman, Okamoto had a contagious spirit of belief and want. Their new fan base will be disappointed because the team won't be playing the next and final leg of the series, the Blue Moon Men's Nite Doubles.
Congratulations to Henry Somerville and his staff at the Oahu Club for organizing an outstanding event.
The last leg of The 2011 Triple Crown of Tennis Men's Doubles will be played from July 24 - August 6 at the Kailua Racquet Club. Winners win a $500 bonus and the wildcard into the 2012 Honolulu Challenger Pro Circuit Event.
2011 Oahu Club Men's Night Doubles
Surface: Clay - Outdoor
Sunday’s July 16 – RESULTS
Doubles – Finals
Mikael Maatta and Jan Axel Tribler vs. Chas Okamoto and Paul Okuda, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
Third Place Results:
Ikaika Jobe and Michal Wojnarowicz vs. Dave Andrews and Jared Spiker, 8-3