The format of the Jay Gould was changed in 2005 to become a doubles tournament and was played at the Tennis & Racquet Club in Boston along with the Jimmy Knott Memorial. With the first round going as expected, the semifinals featured exciting contests. In the top half, the T&R’s Jeremy Wintersteen and Shawn Herlihy lost the first set 1-6 and were down in the second before winning the next sets 6-5, 6-1 against a tough team of Pat Winthrop (NTC) and Hugo Burge (T&R). In the other semifinal, Newport’s duo of Doug Spear and John Damon squared off against the T&R’s Matt Porter and Rob McLane. The first set was an exciting one and went back and forth. Spear & Damon had one set point but Porter & McLane prevailed 6-5, 6-1. In the final, Porter and McLane won the first set but Wintersteen and Herlihy improved and took the second. In the third, Porter & McLane played well with an effective combination of a steady floor game and aggressive volleys and won 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
– By Jeremy Wintersteen, USCTA Club Representative
Pat Winthrop & Hugo Burge (4) def. Kip & Frank Curren 6/1 6/1
Matt Porter & Rob McLane (3) def. Jim Van Alen & Mike McElroy 6/0 6/0
Jeremy Wintersteen & Shawn Herlihy (1) def. Winthrop & Burge 1/6 6/5 6/1
Porter & McLane (3) def. John Damon & Doug Spear (2) 6/5 6/1
Porter & McLane (3) def. Wintersteen & Herlihy (1) 6/4 2/6 6/4