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ON TOUR: Williams, Sandgren Play for 1st Challenger Title

After reaching the doubles semifinals of their last two Challenger events together, former Vols Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren will play for their first Challenger doubles title Saturday evening in Lexington, Ky.


Williams and Sandgren beat Maxime Authom and Charles-Antoine Brezac 6-1, 7-6 (4) in the semifinals Friday to advance. The two have dropped only one set this week at the $50,000 event.

The Vol duo, seeded fourth, faces top-seeded John Peers and Austin Krajicek in the title match. Williams played doubles with Krajicek, a former Texas A&M star, in Spain earlier this year, and former Baylor standout Peers has frequently teamed up with former Vol John-Patrick Smith. 

Sandgren's schedule promises to be a busy one the next few days. He is on the entry list to play the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger. 

Breakers Clinch No. 1 Seed in West: Smith was a winner again Friday to help lead the Orange County Breakers to a 21-13 victory over the Boston Lobsters to clinch the top playoff seed in the Western Division of World TeamTennis. 

Smith beat Jan-Michael Gambill 5-3 to lead off the night in men's singles. He and Lindsay Davenport lost mixed doubles 5-1, but Smith bounced back with Travis Parrott to close out the victory with a 5-0 win in men's doubles against Gambill and Eric Butorac

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