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Men’s Open Singles
Current USHA 17-and-under national champion Ray Ure stunned R48 #28 Sam Esser in the first round, overcoming match point to sink the current collegiate national finalist 11-10 in the tiebreaker to earn his pro stripes. Michael Gaulton demonstrated the promise that has been apparent for many years, proudly waving the Maple Leaf en route to tiebreaker victories against defending champion and R48 #18 Dave Munson and Chicago legend Dane Szatkowski en route to the final. Max Langmack ensured the youth carnage continued on the bottom half of the draw, ousting Bill Mehilos and Mike Munson to meet Gaulton in the final.
“I felt good all weekend, really feeling like I was getting good contact,” stated Langmack. “Michael came out hard in the first. We battled back and forth. He’d played some really tough tiebreakers all weekend, so I tried to keep him running and focused on tried to hold center court. He put up a strong effort in the first, but I had a couple runs to get ahead and win the first 15. I got hot in the second and got more set up opportunities off the back wall, that I converted. I was really trying to serve and shoot, and that coupled with his fatigue really weighing on him allowed me to win the second.”
Gaulton def D. Munson 15-21, 21-10, 11-9
Szatkowski def R. Ure 21-6, 20-21, 11-6
Munson def Stoffel 21-15, 21-20
Langmack def Mehilos 21-3, 21-11
Gaulton def Szatkowski 15-21, 21-10, 11-9
Langmack def M. Munson 21-12, 21-20
Final: Langmack def Gaulton 21-15, 21-3
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