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Elite tennis players compete at Charbonneau Tennis Club

2009 US Open mixed doubles champion Travis Parrott led a four-some of top-notch tennis players.


Photo Credit: COREY BUCHANAN - 2009 US Open mixed doubles champion and 2001 NCAA men's doubles champion Travis Parrott rips a forehand.

30-plus Charbonneau folks were treated to a highly entertaining display of skill and style Sunday afternoon when the team of Travis Parrott and Craig Koessler took on Mike Tammen and Marco Pineda in an exhibition doubles match.

Photo Credit: COREY BUCHANAN - Marco Pineda finished 2013 as the top ranked men's open player in the Pacific Northwest.

Parrott got the pro-set started with a dominant hold at love service game. But the team of Pineda and Tammen fired back, winning three straight games including Koessler’s first service game.

After every player held serve until the score was 6-5, led by a well-placed angle volley by Parrott and a thunderous overhead by Koessler, the two roared back to take a 7-6 lead. Then in the final game, with the game score at deuce, Pineda hit a volley that was likely headed out into the net.

To cap off the comeback victory, Parrott spun a forehand to Pineda’s feet. Because Pineda couldn’t angle the ball over the net, the team of Parrott and Koessler triumphed 8-6.

Photo Credit: COREY BUCHANAN - Craig Koessler is a tennis professional at Charbonneau Tennis Club and Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland.

After the match, Koessler credited Parrott for the victory and said a plant could win with Parrott on its side. He said: “Today, I was a little bit better than a plant.”

Photo Credit: COREY BUCHANAN - Mike Tammen is the tennis director at The Racquet Club in Portland and is the current world doubles champion in the men's 55 division.



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